2017 New York City Holiday Events
It’s time to get into the holiday spirit!
What’s better than the holidays? The holidays in New York City! Think: white snow glistening down between the city lights, cozying up with a hot mug of cocoa at one of the millions of New York City coffee shops, or seeing window after window decked out in festive holiday displays. The most wonderful time of the year is finally here, and it’s much more enjoyable when you have an endless supply of events to take part in in the Big Apple. Lucky for us, this year won’t disappoint. Whether you’re warming your spirit with a performance of The Nutcracker, munching down on some delicious potato pancakes at the Latke festival, or getting your shopping on at the Bryant Park Winter Village, New York City is the best place to get immersed in holiday cheer. We put together a list of the best New York City Holiday Events, and we promise you won’t want to miss out on what we have in store for you!
Bryant Park Winter Village – Various Dates
Where’s the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done? The Bryant Park holiday markets, of course! No other holiday market is as popular as the Bryant Park Winter Village, which features a 17,000 square foot ice-skating rink and more than 150 shopping kiosks and food vendors. Have a hectic holiday schedule? Well, there’s no need to worry. The Bryant Park rink and fair is open daily from 8am to 10pm through March 4th, so you’ll have all the time you need to get into the spirit while getting your shopping done.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular – Various Dates
This year, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is celebrating its 89th year of dancing and high kicks. This highly coveted Broadway show has become one of NYC’s most popular holiday traditions, drawing tourists from all over the world. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be going on through January 1, 2018, so make sure you grab some tickets while you still can!
Holiday Window Displays – Various Dates
One of the best parts of the holidays that draws tons of tourists and New York natives alike to the city is the holiday window displays that can be found in several different places. From Saks Fifth Avenue, where you can find a window display celebrating the 80th anniversary of Disney’s Snow White, to Macy’s in Midtown East with an adorable bear who plays his own piano, there are countless opportunities for you to ogle at some gorgeous holiday window displays.
The Nutcracker – Various Dates
The New York City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is at the heart of New York City’s year-end holiday season. This performance marks the 63rd annual performance and, whether you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve seen it or it’s a once-in-a-lifetime visit, it’s an experience that will warm your heart and stay with you forever.
Santacon NYC – December 9th
The annual NYC Santacon is happening once again with hopes of spreading joy amongst celebrators and drinkers alike on December 9th. With a donation of $10 that guarantees entry to all the big Santacon venues, you can dress up as Santa (along with thousands of others) and take part in one of the biggest Christmas celebrations of NYC. Dress warm, get your drink on, and make sure you do your best to spread the holiday cheer! Ho ho ho.
Chanukah Bring in the Light Festival – December 10th
Starting at 11am, the Chanukah Bring in the Light Festival will be offering you an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit! Bursting with crafts, entertainment, make your own holiday treats, opportunities to give back to others, and so much more, this Chanukah Festival is definitely one you will not want to miss. It doesn’t end there though! After the festival have lunch in the neighborhood and then catch a performance of Bagels from Benny – The Musical! – a musical that celebrates the importance of community and giving back to those in need.
The 9th Annual Latke Festival – December 18th
Crisp-fried potato pancakes steal the spotlight this holiday season at the 9th Annual Latke Festival. This festive holiday tasting event celebrates the most creative potato pancakes in New York City with a contest drawing in a panel of judges and a vote for the best latke in NYC. What’s better than that? Proceeds benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching healthy eating habits to children and their families. Interested in attending? The festival takes place on Monday, December 18th – purchase your tickets here.
New Year’s Eve in Times Square – December 31st
The iconic New Year’s Even in Times Square isn’t only a New York tradition – it’s a worldwide phenomenon. An estimated one million people flock to the streets of Times Square to experience live music, celebrations, and see the world famous ball drop at 12am whist getting covered in tons and tons of confetti. If you’re brave enough to fight the crowds we have a few tips for you: dress super warm and don’t drink a lot of water (because bathroom lines, if you can even find any, will probably suck). If you can’t mentally prepare yourself for that sort of craziness (like many of us) you can still take part in the celebration while watching the ball drop on TV in the comfort, and warmth, of your own home.