December in NYC: Come Celebrate the Holidays!

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

Searching for a Last Minute Gift; Consider Celebrating the Holidays in New York City!

The famous windows and holiday markets are sparkling and on display. Explore the museums, galleries, theatres, concerts, ice skating, caroling and, of course, the lighting of the various Christmas trees and Hanukkah Menorahs starting Wednesday, December 2, 2015 with the lighting of The Tree at Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Wednesday, December 2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
30 Rockefeller Plaza (between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Join tens of thousands at Rockefeller Plaza and millions of viewers across the globe for live performances and the lighting of the 2015 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 8 pm on January 6.

Fulton Houses’ Tree Lighting
Wednesday December 2 at 6:00 pm
419 West 17th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Join Fulton Houses for Christmas Carols, apple cider, and more, as they get ready for the holidays with their annual tree lighting.

Abingdon Square Conservancy’s Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 4 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tree-lighting at 7:30 pm
Abington Square, West 12th Street at Eighth Avenue

Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, caroling, and photos with Santa Claus (bring your camera) at this holiday celebration (rain or shine) with Abingdon Square Conservancy.

Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah
Sunday, December 6 to Sunday, December 13, generally at 5:30 pm
Friday, December 11 at 3:30 pm
Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm
Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel

Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights. Lightings generally take place just before sundown (at about 5:30 pm), though Friday’s is around 3:30pm and Saturday’s at 8pm, bookending the Sabbath.

Greenwich Village Caroling Walk
Saturday, December 19 at 4:30 pm
Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street

Join the West Village Chorale for strolling through Greenwich Village as they lead seasonal carols and songs. Songbooks and light refreshments provided.

Christmas Eve Caroling
Thursday, December 24 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Under the Arch, Washington Square Park

Join The Rob Sussman Brass Quartet as they lead carollers on Christmas Eve. Complimentary songbooks will be provided by the Washington Square Association.

Kwanzaa at AMNH
Sunday, December 27 at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

“Saturday December 26 through Friday January 1 marks Kwanzaa, a week-long commemoration of African heritage and culture. At this family-friendly fest you can catch dance, theater and a unbelievable beat-box performance by Doug E. Fresh; peruse arts, crafts and food vendors at an International Marketplace; and learn about the 48-year-old holiday at a screening of Maya Angelou–narrated documentary The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, introduced by director MK Asante and followed with a tribute to Angelou.” (From Time Out NY)

Then, the ultimate celebration on New Year’s Eve at various locations around the City!

Contact a Discover New York and Beyond Destination Specialist to create a custom trip to meet your budget and goals.

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