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NYC Insider Guide December Events and Activities Calendar

There is nothing on the planet like New York City during the winter holidays. The New York City Events December Calendar 2014 is filled with magic – the holiday trees, sparkling lights everywhere, store window displays, holiday lights tours, ice skating, shopping, (hopefully) white snow, the smell of roasted chestnuts (which, by the way, smell far better than they taste). The City is breathtaking at this time of year. It’s also very cold and more crowded than usual, but that is the price we pay to experience amazing New York City during the holidays.

Please check sightseeing and holiday hours for Christmas Eve and Day (December 24th and 25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st). Please add your event to the New York City Events Activities December calendar.


Half Price Tickets December in New York City

December Half Price Tickets:

  • Radio City Rockettes
  • Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • NY Botanical Garden Train Show
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • NYSee Holiday Lights Tour: Macy’s & More
  • Big Apple Circus
  • Broadway Shows
  • New Years Eve Parties and Cruises
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Gingerbread House Making & Decorating Party

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December New York City Concerts and Shows

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NYC December Sports – Giants, Jets, Rangers, Knicks, Nets

Winter is a great time to catch one of our 5 (soon to be 6) professional sports teams in action! The Giants and Jets are heading towards the end of football season. Knicks and Nets basketball is underway, as is the NY Rangers hockey season. Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC!

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The MusicalDecember 5-28, 2014
The Theater at MSG

Discover the joy of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” the Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Discount Tickets: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree LightingWednesday, December 3, 2014
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The tree arrives in November, Black Friday and Thanksgiving have just passed, the department stores open their famous window holiday displays…and the week after Thanksgiving represents the true start of Holiday Season in NYC for many New Yorkers. Check the full NYC Insider Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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Newest Broadway Shows

Who will you see on Broadway in December? We have some tough choices this month – Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, James Earl Jones, Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally!

You Can't Take It With You Broadway Comedy You Can’t Take It With You Broadway Comedy – Starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne

Called the “original Modern Family,” this comedy play follows the freethinking Sycamore family and mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. (August 26, 2014-February 22, 2015)

 

The Last Ship Broadway MusicalThe Last Ship Broadway Musical – Starring Sting (Dec 9 – Jan 10)

Inspired by Sting’s own childhood, The Last Ship is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger.

 

Its Only a Play Broadway ComedyIts Only a Play Broadway Comedy- Starring Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally
It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady and more. (September 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015)

 

Love Letters Broadway PlayLove Letters Broadway Play Candice Bergen & Alan Alda; Diana Rigg & Stacey Keach

Two actors, playing long time aristocrats, read love letters written to each other from the age of 7 through the next 50 years. (November 9 – December 5 – Candice Bergen & Alan Alda) (December 6 – January 9 – Diana Rigg & Stacey Keach)

 

A Delicate Balance Broadway PlayA Delicate Balance Broadway Play – starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton

Married couple, Agnes and Tobias, cope over the course of a weekend, as they welcome home their 36-year old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage, give shelter to their best friends, and tolerate Agnes’ alcoholic live-in sister. (October 20, 2014 – February 22, 2015)

 

The River Broadway Play Starring Hugh JackmanThe River Broadway Play – starring Hugh Jackman

A remote fishing cabin, a man and a woman, and a moonless night. Erotic, chilling and poetic, The River promises to be the must-see event of the season. (October 31, 2014 – February 8, 2015)

 

 

Elephant Man Broadway PlayElephant Man Broadway Play – starring Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson

The true story of a 19th-century British man whose disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show. When a renowned Dr. takes Merrick under his care, all of high society becomes fascinated with him, but a “normal” life begins to seem all but impossible. (November 7, 2014-February 15, 2015)

See the full List of Broadway Shows

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Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York CityChristmas in New York City is magical. The Rockefeller Tree, glamorous store window displays and holiday lights everywhere you look bring the most amazing city and landmarks in the world to a whole new level. You want to make sure to have the best dinner, know which attractions are open and closed and so much more.

Read the full NYC Insider Guide to Christmas in New York City to get the inside scoop and plan your Christmas holiday.

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New Year’s Eve in New York City

New Year's Eve Times Square VIP Party at Applebees

You have so many options for New Year’s Eve in NYC.

  • Elton John at the Barclays Center
  • Public view of ball drop in Times Square
  • Private indoor parties around Times Square with view of ball drop
  • Special dinners at thousands of restaurants
  • New Years Eve with the New York Philharmonic

Check out the New Year’s Eve party guide.

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New York City Helicopter Tours

NYC Helicopter ToursThe cold weather is a great time to take to the Manhattan skies for an exciting New York City Helicopter Tour! On top of our always-gorgeous skyline, you’re bound to see amazing holiday lights up close this time of year! Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Ground Zero Memorial, World Trade Center and Ellis Island downtown.

I LOVED my tour…check out some of my photos and review at New York City Helicopter Tour.

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Most Popular New York City Events December

What to book and buy NOW…NYC’s Most Popular Tickets for New York City Events December

Broadway Shows Open on Thanksgiving and Christmas

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New York City Lights Tours

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles – in any weather!

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Things To Do in New York in December

Things To Do in New York in DecemberDon’t let the cold weather fool you! There are lots of great things to do in New York in December.  For starters, winter sports abound, whether you like to play, watch, or both. Shopping reaches a fever pitch this month, from crafts and artists’ markets to flea markets to sample sales. Whether you want to ice skate, see the most beautiful skyline lit up to a whole new level, head to Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes, Lincoln Center for the Nutcracker, see the best of Broadway or the beautiful windows of 5th Avenue, don’t miss our insider tips and guide to a great December in NYC.

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New York City Holiday Lights Tours

New York City Holiday Lights ToursNovember 27 – December 27, 2014

NYC Insider Review: New York City Holiday Lights Tour. New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking an evening Holiday Lights Tour of Manhattan’s glittering holiday-season lights including: Central Park’s Holiday Markets, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World’s Largest Snowflake, all the store displays on Madison, Park and Fifth Avenues and lots more!

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Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Winters Eve Lincoln Center NYCMonday, December 1, 2014, 5:30-9:00pm

Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony and features free entertainment, food tastings, in-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, cultural organizations and public spaces in the district will be buzzing with activities for both children and adults. At the same time, sidewalks along Broadway from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to 68th Street will be alive with performers, street musicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled stroll through the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood. More on Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bryant ParkTuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:00pm

Winter Village at Bryant Park will kick off the holiday season with a live countdown and ceremonious lighting of its iconic Holiday Tree. This free-to-the-public event will feature live entertainment from Grammy winners, Olympic skaters and Broadway performers. The 50-foot tree has more than 3,000 ornaments and tens of thousands of lights. Don’t forget to browse through the amazing Bryant Park Holiday gift fair and take a spin on their FREE Ice Rink.

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Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYCNovember 28 – December 20, 2014 – Thursday through Sunday at 5:30pm.

On this tour, you’ll learn all about the history of Christmas in NYC, our famous lighted trees and Christmas music written in New York. See Holiday displays and store windows, holiday markets, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier’s and, of course, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

75 Minutes, Tickets from $20.
More Info: Christmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC

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The Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square GardenDecember 27-30, 2014

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are always a blast to watch. This is not ordinary basketball – it is a comedy show and wholesome family fun. Their high-flying blend of basketball action and comedy has thrilled fans of all ages for over 80 years. We loved this show as a kid.

Try first for half price at Harlem Globetrotters, but if not, Harlem Globetrotters Tickets start at $25.

NY Area Harlem Globetrotters 2014 Shows:

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Guggenheim FREE Holiday Concert

Guggenheim FREE Holiday ConcertSunday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, in what has become a revered annual tradition for holiday enthusiasts of all ages. Free to the public. More on the Guggenheim Museum.

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Tickets on Sale in December


Ongoing New York City Events December 2014

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Times Talks – New York Times Live Interviews

Times Talks - The New York Times Live Interviews

TimesCenter
242 West 41st Street (7th/ 8th Aves)
Tickets usually $30
www.timestalks.com

Now, this is NYC! Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies). Stay tuned for our top New York City Events December picks!

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More New York City Events December 2014

More NYC Things to Do in December:


Prior NYC December Events (stay tuned for 2014 annual updates):

  • Winter Wonderland at the Bronx Zoo
  • Central Park Zoo Winterfest

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Best New York City December Events Vacation Packages

New York City Events DecemberPrices on hotels tend to skyrocket during NYC’s busiest time of year! Luckily, we have a fantastic NYC Vacation Company that has scoured the city to bring you the BEST deals and help you enjoy your NYC vacation. December is a great time to book your all inclusive NYC Vacation Package and save. All New York City Vacation Packages include Hotel, Taxes, Free Attractions and Museums, Discounts, Maps, Vacation Planning Assistance and more.

Best New York City Vacation Packages in December:

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