New York City Events December 2015

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  • NYC Insider Guide December Events and Activities Calendar

    The New York City Events December Calendar 2015 (partially updated for 2016) is filled with magic, dozens of 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).

    There is nothing on the planet like New York City during the winter holidays. 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).

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    Best New York City December Events Vacation Packages

    New York City Events December

    Prices 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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    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is officially scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015
    Ceremony, 7-9 pm

    The unlit tree arrives in November, Black Friday and Thanksgiving just passed, the department stores just opened their famous window holiday displays…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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    Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

    Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

    Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

    See the Insider Guide for dozens more Hotels Near Rockefeller Center.

    Rockefeller Center runs from 47th - 50th Streets, between 5th and 6th Aves. Download our free neighborhood maps at Midtown East Hotels and Midtown West Hotels

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    Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

    You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, The King and I and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

    Lincoln Center NYC

    More: Lincoln Center Venue Guide

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    Get Your NY Discount Pass Before Peak Season!

    Compare all the New York City Discount Passes, get savings coupons and find out how to get free entry to hundreds of tours, museums and attractions, plus skip the line privileges. Which is the BEST – New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York City Pass?

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    New York CityPASS

    CityPASS - 41% off Top 6 Attractions. Choice of 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Includes Empire State Building, Circle Line Cruise, Museum of Natural History and more.

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    The New York Pass

    New York Pass - Save on 1-10 day New York Passes - 80+ Attractions included, use 1-10 days. Can activate passes and bus packages one year from purchase date, so buy when on sale! Includes 9-11 Museum, all major attractions and dozens of expensive tours.

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    NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

    Download over 100 pages of NYC maps, information and recommendations in less than 5 minutes! Our NYC Insider Printable Map Guide Book includes organized, easy to follow, color coded guides to NYC, detailed maps of every neighborhood, weekly chart of Free Museum Days and Times and free weekly neighborhood tours, Best of NYC Categories and lists by ALL native New Yorkers and much more.

    The New York City Travel Guide is your NYC PRE VACATION Guide, sort of like, “New York City 101.” This book is an overview of NYC to help you PLAN your trip so you make the absolute MOST of your time and money here. Think of this book as the guide to answer all the most commonly asked questions and avoid the most common NYC Vacation and Trip Planning mistakes.

    The NYC Map Printable Bonus Guide is a 14 page downloadable Bonus Guide, compiled of the best free, downloadable local neighborhood maps with stores and shops block by block put together by our local NYC neighborhood associations; all formatted and ready for you to print.

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    Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in Room

    Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in room offer travelers a wonderful way to relax and connect after a long day of walking around NYC. Our top picks for in room jacuzzi spa tubs include:

    Jacuzzi Hotels NYC in Room

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    Christmas in New York City

    Christmas in New York City

    There is nothing like Christmas in New York City. 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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    Things To Do in New York in December

    Things To Do in New York in December

    Don’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 Tours

    New York City during Holiday season is a don’t miss! Get in the festive spirit by taking a Holiday Lights Tour. Choose from Bus Tours, Holiday Dining Cruises and Movie & TV Site Holiday tours.


    See More: December Holiday Tours in New York City

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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.

    • Dinner Cruises with Fireworks
    • 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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    Best New Years Eve NYC Hotels

    Best New Years Eve NYC Hotels

    If watching the world’s most famous ball drop at midnight from your own New Year’s Eve NYC Hotel is on your bucket list, then don’t miss your chance to reserve a special NYE package in NYC.
    Some of our favorites include:

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

    It’s NYC vs. NYC in December and you can catch the Rangers vs. Islanders (12/2), Nets vs Knicks (12/4) and Giants vs. Jets (12/6)!

    Winter is a great time to catch one of our 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 and Islanders 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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    Elf The Musical

    Elf The Musical

    December 9-27, 2015
    The Theater at MSG

    Enjoy the hilarious tale of Buddy, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to NYC to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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    The Harlem Globetrotters

    Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden

    December 27-28, 2015; Madison Square Garden

    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.

    Harlem Globetrotters Tickets start at $25.

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    Newest Shows and Celebrities on Broadway

    Who will you see on Broadway in December? Al Pacino, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Hudson?

    Even More Celebrities on Broadway:

    The Color Purple

    The Color Purple Broadway Musical – starring Jennifer Hudson

    Starring Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple spans 50 years in Celie’s life rural Georgia following the tragic separation from her sister, Nettie. Celie endures an abusive relationship with her husband, Mister, and learns powerful lessons once a strong-willed woman named Sofia enters her world. Opens November 10, 2015

    Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Musical

    Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Musical

    The classic musical returns to Broadway in all-new production with stunning choreography. In 1905, the Jewish inhabitants of a Russian village are poor in finances, but rich in traditions. Tevye, the milkman, must raise his five daughters and find husbands for the eldest three, while facing edicts from the Czar and challenging modern ideas…like daughters who want love. Opens November 12, 2015

    China Doll Broadway Play

    China Doll Broadway Play – starring Al Pacino

    Al Pacino returns to Broadway in a fast-paced thriller involving big money, fast planes, a beautiful young woman, and other objects of desire. Mickey Ross, a billionaire about to go into semi-retirement, has just bought his young fiancée a new plane and is giving last-minute instructions to his assistant before leaving his office. Then the phone rings and everything changes. (Oct 21, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016)

    Misery Broadway Play | Bruce Willis

    Misery Broadway Play – Starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf

    Following a near fatal car accident, a world-famous novelist finds himself in a strange house being nursed back to health by his doting, self-proclaimed Number One Fan. But as her love for his work turns to dangerous obsession, he realizes he must plot his greatest story yet: how to escape with his life. Based on the book by Stephen King.
    (Previews Oct 22, Opens Nov 15, 2015; Closing Feb 14, 2016)

    See the full List of Broadway Shows and List of Discount Broadway Tickets

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    Celebrities on Broadway

    Hughie Broadway Play

    Full List of Broadway Shows

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    Star Wars & Vikings in Times Square

    See 70 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars™ films, more than 500 groundbreaking archaeological discoveries at the Vikings Exhibition and learn what makes you move, what makes you tick, and what makes you unique.

    Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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    Promote YOUR Business on NYC Insider Guide

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    Ongoing New York City Events December 2015

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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 Christmas

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    The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails

    The Imbible Christmas Carol Cocktails

    November 27, 2015 – January 2, 2016
    Fridays at 10:30PM and Saturdays at 7:00PM

    The award-winning team that brought you the long-running Off-Broadway smash-hit “The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking” takes on Dickens in their latest installment of music, comedy, and cocktails, “The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails!”

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    Jennifer Ouellette Sample Sale

    Jennifer Ouellette Sample Sale

    December 17-18, 2015

    Jennifer Ouellette’s work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Women’s Wear Daily. Her hats and headbands have been worn by Lady Gaga, Penelope Cruz, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears.

    More Info: Jennifer Ouellette Sample Sale

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    Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

    Bryant Park Christmas Tree Lighting

    December 1, 2015, 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 Tree Lighting Skate-tacular stars Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and will be narrated by Danny Aiello. 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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    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). Top New York City Events December picks include Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell discussing "Joy"!

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    Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

    Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

    There are so many things to do in New York in Winter, making it one of the BEST times to visit NYC. Yes, the weather can be cold and wet, so it is a risk. However, there are two huge payoffs, depending on a pre-or post holidays visit. Enjoy unique Tours, fireplaces, day spas, museums, shows, Broadway, Opera, skiing and snowboarding, indoor rooftops, sports, ice skating, sledding and so much more!

    Here are some of our top picks for Fun Things to do in New York in Winter.

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    More New York City Events December 2015

    Prior NYC December Events (stay tuned for 2015 annual updates):

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    December New York City Concerts and Shows

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    Discount Tickets December in New York City

    List of Discount Broadway Tickets

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