NYC Insider Guide December Events and Activities Calendar

New York City Events December 2019 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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Top NYC December Events

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Christmas in New York City
  • New York City Holiday Lights Tours
  • New Year’s Eve in New York City
  • Nutcracker Ballet
  • Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before
  • The RIDE Holiday Bus Tour
  • NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
  • Billy Joel, Cher, Andrea Bocelli
  • Holiday Tree Lightings: Lincoln Center, Bryant Park, Central Park

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Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2019

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

Nov 8, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Daily @ 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm (some variations)

With up to 4 shows per day on weekends, the Rockettes are a tradition during the NYC Holiday Season for more than 75 years. Don’t miss the signature eye-high kicks, precision choreography and exciting, show-stopping numbers – including one with Santa.

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Best Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

Some of our top value picks near Rockefeller Center include:

Hotels Near Rockefeller Center

  • The Jewel facing Rockefeller Center - great value and location. My NY high school classmates stayed here for our reunion
  • Night Hotel - Rated the #1 Sexiest Hotel in America (best for couples)
  • 3 West Club - consistently receives excellent reviews, especially the location and value for the price.

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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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.

Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

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Price starting at US$64
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THE RIDE Holiday Edition Bus Tour

Bestseller
Price starting at US$46
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Holiday Statue & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

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Price starting at US$46
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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Party VIP

NYC Insider Pick
Price starting at US$469
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Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

Bestseller
Price starting at US$52
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Holiday Lights and Movie Sites Bus Tour

Bestseller
Price starting at US$35
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Holiday Lights Double Decker Night Bus Tour

Bestseller
Price starting at US$55
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NYC Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour

Price starting at US$55
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Holiday Jazz Cruise

Price starting at US$64
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Ceremony, 7-9 pm

The unlit tree arrives in November, then Black Friday and Thanksgiving pass, the department stores open their famous window holiday displays...but it is the week after Thanksgiving that 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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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:

Best New Years Eve NYC Hotels

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New Year’s Eve in New York City

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

New Year's Eve Times Square VIP Party at Applebees

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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December New York City Concerts and Shows

Radio City Christmas with Rockettes

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Cirque du Soleil ‘Twas the Night Before…

Cirque du Soleil 'Twas the Night Before...

December 11-29, 2019

‘Twas the Night Before… is an exhilarating new spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine. This vibrant acrobatic show about the joy of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of children and adults alike. Expect the unexpected! Find out what really happened before Santa dropped in. A Modern Spin On A Holiday Classic For The Whole Family.

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Hotels Near Penn Station, NYC

Staying near Penn Station / Madison Square Garden is a great idea when staying late for the Rangers, Knicks or your favorite concert, arrive or leave early via Amtrak or LIRR or just want to stay in a very affordable area of Manhattan steps from the Empire State Building, Macy's and no more than a 15 minute subway ride anywhere in Manhattan. Some of our top picks near Penn Station include:

Hotels Near Penn Station NYC

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NYC Uber and UberPool - Save $5 Coupon

For a long time, I was only pro taxi as Uber had so many issues and just congested NYC. However, the launch of uberPOOL has made rides much more affordable as well as better for our roads and the environment.

uberPOOL basically combines rides, so you may go out of your way for a few minutes, but the rides will cost you about 30% less. This is a great option for 1-2 people (any more than that and you'll have to take your own car). Many times, you'll have the whole ride to yourself anyway if they can't find you a match, so you'll save huge $$. Even better, get $5 off your first Uber or uberPOOL using my link or with code uber-nycinsiderguide.

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The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center

The Nutcracker NYC Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

November 29, 2019 -January 5, 2020
Tickets on Sale in September

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth. Great seats at Nutcracker Ballet



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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, Central Park, Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, 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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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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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.

If 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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Christmas in New York Holiday Season Calendar

Christmas in New York Holiday Season Calendar

Check our day by day guide to the Holiday Season in New York City. Thanksgiving, the Rockettes, Cocoa and Carols Cruises, The Nutcracker Rockefeller Tree, Central Park Christmas Tree and more on our NYC Holiday Events Calendar. Deck the
Halls, Light the Menorah and celebrate Christmas in New York with our calendar.

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Sports New York City Events December

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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December Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for December!

freestyle love supreme on broadway

freestyle love supreme

Sept 13, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020. Before Hamilton! Before In The Heights! More than 15 years after its inception, Freestyle Love Supreme — the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale — arrives on Broadway. Every performance, the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride. Performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. With spontaneous guest appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, and more, every night brings the unexpected.

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical Tickets

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical

Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, he comes up with the perfect plan involving exorcism, arranged marriage and a girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Previews March 28, Opens April 25, 2019. Ages 12+

Tootsie Broadway Musical

Tootsie Comedy Musical

Based on the classic film, Tootsie tells the story of a talented, but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land the role of a lifetime - including adopting a new, female persona, Dorothy Michaels. His audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime,only to cause complete comedy and chaos in his life. Previews March 29th, Opens April 23, 2019.

Moulin Rouge The Musical

Moulin Rouge The Musical Tickets

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular! Previews June 28, 2019, Opens July 25, 2019.

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Celebrities on Broadway

Sea Wall/A Life

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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. Some of our favorite picks are:

Fun Things to do in New York in Winter

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New York Christmas 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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Most Popular New York City Tours and Activities

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour (StatueTour)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$51
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Price starting at US$20
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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 + 102 for Fee)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$34
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THE RIDE Bus Tour

NYC Insider Pick
Price starting at US$60
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All Access: 911 Memorial Tour, Museum & Observatory

Bestseller
Price starting at US$100
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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$34
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Giants & Jets MetLife Schedule

New York Giants Tickets

Ready to see the Giants star quarterback, Eli Manning or catch our newest star recruit, Saquon Barkley? Perhaps you’d rather see football’s newest stars on the Jets roster? Either way, there’s nothing like a traditional American football game, so head on out to MetLife Stadium, where tickets start at just $40 per game!

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Rangers MSG Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. The NY Rangers have made the finals and/or playoffs the last six consecutive seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting
events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

The NY Knicks have a great roster, so come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

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NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games December



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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month.

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