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Thursday, December 8

Lights on the Cobbles

Gansevoort Plaza

Larger-than-life light-up snowmen and other whimsical light displays are back in Meatpacking. Find ten separate light installations along Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street including colorful neon lights in abstract shapes and planters filled with glowing dandelions. New this year on Ninth Avenue, take a frosty photo in two illuminated giant geometric frames. Head to Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

FREE
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Photos with Santa Claus

Hudson Yards
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Take complimentary photos with Santa in his sleigh with a sparkly background, located on Level 4 by H&M and Zara. First come, first serve. Sleigh available for photos when Santa is not in town, or post at many dazzling photo-ops throughout the Shine Bright decor and the Wells Fargo Winterscape. Dec 7-9, 5…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Friday, December 9

Santa Fun Cruise

Event Cruises NYC
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 24, 2022

Visit and take photos with Santa and his elves, decorate a gingerbread house, sing carols, enjoy live storytelling and nosh on a cookie, brownie, hot chocolate with marshmallow and other treats while watching stunning NYC views. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine for adults. Includes open-air outdoor with panoramic views and heated indoor seating. See the…

Suggested Ages: All
$49-$79
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Illuminate The Farm

Queens County Farm Museum
4:30 pm–9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 24, 2022

Explore an illuminated world of color on a historic farm. Walk through 6 acres of dazzling holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, favorite farm animals. Admire luminescent displays inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths and legends, along with illuminated tunnels, illuminated rideable swings, and more. For $5, pick a…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
 $26.99, $17.99/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under
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Candlelight Tree Tours

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 23, 2022

A lovely historic mansion will be aglow during candlelight tree tours. Explore decorated period rooms with a variety of themed trees.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$12
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Holiday Cheer at The Langham

The Langham
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

Enjoy complimentary Angelina Paris USA hot chocolate (the best) and warm apple cider in a festively decorated hotel lobby. Victorian carolers sing at 6 pm.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Choral Music at Your Voices

Lincoln Center
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

On select evenings at 6 pm, New York-based choral groups representing the vast range of unique voices and languages of this special city perform live from within Your Voices: A Kinetic Sculpture by Es Devlin. Performers include the Cardinal Hayes Singers, The Jalopy Chorus, the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, Ukrainian Village Voices and the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Florence Gould Hall
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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One event on Dec 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Feautures clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks. The intimate theatre providing excellent views from…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12
$34/adults, $24/ages 12 & under
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Dances Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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One event on Dec 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 12:00 pm

This annual production at Hunter College’s cozy Kaye Playhouse features dance students, ages 5 to 85, alongside professional artists. The lavish Olde New York settings give this production a more local vibe. Expect ice skating in Central Park, Teddy Roosevelt at Gracie Mansion and a sleigh-ride to the New York Botanical Garden. 🎟 Save…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$75
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Saturday, December 10

Macy’s Breakfast with Santa

Macy’s Herald Square
8:00 am–11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 24, 2022

One event on Dec 19, 2022 at 8:00 am

One event on Dec 20, 2022 at 8:00 am

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 8:00 am

One event on Dec 22, 2022 at 9:00 am

Enjoy a festive breakfast feast with Empire State Building views at Stella 34 Trattoria , Macy's 6th floor restaurant. Then meet Macy's Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves. Includes a family-style Italian breakfast feast, takeaway treats, holiday activities and a mimosa or bellini for adults Pricing varies by seating…

Suggested Ages: All
$65+/ages 11+, $45+/ages 3-10, free/ages 2 & under
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Coquí Club: Celebrating the Holidays

El Museo Del Barrio
9:30 am–10:30 am

El Museo's beloved bilingual program for ages 3-5 and their caregivers is back in-person! Join an interactive program facilitated by museum educators that includes storytelling, discussion and an art making project. Celebrate the holidays with a reading A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora. In this…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 5
$5
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Selfies with Santa + Cookies and Crafts

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
10:00 am–1:00 pm

Explore a historic mansion decorated with festive holiday trees in each of the period rooms, take selfies with Santa, and decorate holiday cookies in the conservatory.

Suggested Ages: All
$10/child
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DUMBO x Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market

The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
10:00 am–5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

The Brooklyn Flea brings 40+ vintage and handmade vendors to the DUMBO Archway in a curated Holiday Market. Also visit the DUMBO Holiday Tree + Santa's Mailbox.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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SciSkate

New York Hall of Science
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Take a glide around an indoor rink in skates or booties for a warm, wintertime experience with the whole family. Skates and booties rentals are included. You can bring your own skates but make sure they are sharpened. The rink is made from Glice, an eco-friendly synthetic plastic surface. See our guide to New…

Suggested Ages: All
$10
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Gingerbread Lane House-Building Workshop

Essex Market
10:30 am–4:30 pm
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One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

One event on Dec 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

One event on Dec 27, 2022 at 10:30 am

Make your own GingerBread Lane house. Workshop participants receive a kit of the same materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy. Workshops sell out so book in advance.

Suggested Ages: All
$25
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Watson Adventures’ Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

Grand Central Terminal
10:30 am–1:00 pm
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One event on Dec 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

One event on Dec 30, 2022 at 10:30 am

On a seasonal scavenger hunt, kids and adults team up to see the delights of Midtown’s lavish holiday displays, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, and other festive highlights. Romp through locations that star in beloved books and movies, such as the Eloise series, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street,…

Suggested Ages: 10 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$21.50/ages 18+, $17.50/ages 10-17
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Mozart for Munchkins: Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites

Goddard Riverside Community Center
10:30 am–11:30 am

Hear samplings from the Nutcracker and other holiday favorites played by professional musicians in a relaxed, all-ages concert. See a Sugar Plum Fairy twirl - and dance along.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
$40/adult, free for kids
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An Afrofuturistic Winter Wonderland

Lincoln Center
10:30 am–12:00 pm
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One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

Feel the holiday spirit at Electric Root's celebration of community and love headlined by Michael Mwenso and his band the Shakes for a rocking, soul-satisfying selection of multi-denominational holiday classics. Led by Mwenso and accompanied by a stellar lineup of New York's most accomplished jazz musicians and vocalists, help bring this harmonious…
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Choose-What-You-Pay, $5-$25
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My First Nutcracker

Theatre Row
11:00 am–12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 22, 2022

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

Join Clara and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers and a pesky mouse king in this holiday classic reimagined by New York City Children's Theater for theatergoers ages 3-8. Clara’s narration throughout the performance helps young theatergoers follow the classic holiday story in this interactive dance theater…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 8
$32.25
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FAD Market Holiday Pop-Up: Boerum Hill

The Invisible Dog Art Center
11:00 am–6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

Shop a festive holiday market with a rotating roster of over 50 of the region’s most talented makers, designers and artisanal food brands offering a highly curated selection of impeccably crafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, handmade food items, home furnishings and more. Come discover unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list.…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

AMT Theater
11:00 am–12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Dec 31, 2022

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Dec 11, 2022

Elegant, energetic beloved book character Fancy Nancy comes to life in an hour-long musical from Vital Theatre Company. What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
$39.50-$59.50
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Art in Dumbo Shop the Studios

DUMBO
12:00 pm–4:00 pm

Just in time for the holidays, 35 artists in DUMBO open their studios to the public to sell their art. Organized by the DUMBO Improvement District and Art in DUMBO, Shop the Studios is an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to connect directly with artists working in DUMBO, Brooklyn, explore their studios, and take…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Holiday Creative Breaks on Little Island

Pier 55
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

Make a holiday themed postcard and spread some joy by mailing the postcard to family, friends, or neighbors (postage provided). See our guide to Little Island.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Holiday Julebord with Björk Cafe & Bistro

Scandinavia House
12:00 pm–9:00 pm
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One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

One event on Dec 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Feast at a Julebord (Christmas Table) presented by Björk Cafe & Bistro, a holiday variation of the quintessential Smörgåsbord buffet-style meal in the Scandinavian countries that includes multiple staples of Swedish cuisine served on the table. The actual Christmas season in Sweden usually begins with the St. Lucia ceremony, around the 13th of December, and leads…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$95, $40/ages 15+, $25/ages 2-10
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Ballerina Performance at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Step into the reverie of holiday music and magic with Lea Ballerina throughout the sparkly Chelsea Market concourse throughout December.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Pusteblume’s Nikolausfeier, Weihnachtsbasar & Posadas

Pusteblume International Preschool
12:00 pm–3:00 pm

Join Pusteblume International Preschool for an international holiday event with music, food, arts & crafts, piñata games, Posadas activities and a visit from St. Nikolaus. Light refreshments and goodie bags included. Traditional holiday foods available for purchase plus shop a holiday market.

Suggested Ages: All
$17
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Santa at Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman
12:00 pm–6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

One event on Dec 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Visit a fashionable Santa wearing a custom Etro suit in the historic, swanky department store decked out for the holidays. Free polaroid and candy canes. The whole seventh floor is a festive wonderland with fashionable candy cane creatures, a singing polar bear and more (and don't extravagant the stunning windows). Breakfast with Santa on Dec…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Roaming Carolers @ The Oculus

Westfield World Trade Center Oculus
12:00 pm–2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 16, 2022

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Dec 13, 2022

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Dec 29, 2022

One event on Dec 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on Dec 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Look for roaming carolers performing on the festively-decorated Oculus floor and the South Concourse balcony. Rotating singers include The Songful Artists, The Mistletones, Sing for Hope Piano & String Quartet  and faculty and students from Church Street School for Music and Art. Also shop local artists at The Oculus Holiday Market.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi

Guggenheim
1:00 pm–1:30 pm
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Weekends through Dec 9

Fabulous fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic accompanied by Ensemble Signal as a dancing cast costumed and directed by Mizrahi brings the lively tale of animals and instruments to quirky life. Only 30 minutes long plus funny dancing animals make it great for very wee ones (but also entertaining for grown-ups).…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+
$20-$35
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Sunset Park Kids’ Cinema Club: Frozen

Industry City
1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Join Sunset Park Kids' Cinema Club for a screening of Fozen. Takes place indoors at Five-Two-A in BLDG 5 (entrance on 33 35th Street). Lots of festive decor and photo-ops throughout the indoor & outdoor campus. See our guides to eating, arcade games, ice skating and more in Industry City.  

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Apollo Theater
2:00 pm–6:00 pm

Under the twinkling lights of the famous marquee, the Apollo invites audiences to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including pictures with Santa, a book and toy drive and amazing performances from local choirs. Stick around after for the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Sábado Familiar: Parranda! Featuring BombaYo

El Museo Del Barrio
2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Join El Museo to kick off the Three Kings Day celebrations with a fun-filled day of family programming. Music group BombaYo leads the Puerto Rican holiday caroling tradition of parrandas. Learn about the origins of parrandas, and the plena rhythm that guides its storytelling tradition at the museum, then take the celebration onto the street…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas

Queens Theatre
2:00 pm–3:30 pm
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One event on Dec 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents Christmas traditions from both sides of the Rio Grande in a dance musical about a young person caught between two worlds—their family’s past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Through a dream, this youngster attempts to bring the two cultures together where Aztec-inspired dance is performed…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$25-35, $90/four tickets with code 4FOR90
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Senior Center Caroling – UES

Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home
3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Sing and spread cheer at a nursing home. Fully vaccinated singers of all ages and abilities welcome; all are greatly appreciated. Song books provided. Rapid COVID test will be taken upon arrival; masks required.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Harlem Opera Theater A Christmas Miracle

The Church of the Intercession
3:00 pm–5:00 pm

See a festive opera composed prominent African American composer and music educator Mark Fax and join a holiday community sing with the artists and the audience.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
$20
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Santa at Harry’s Table

Waterline Square Park
4:00 pm–7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 21, 2022

Take photos with Santa at Italian marketplace Harry’s Table by Cipriani at Waterline Square. Find holiday decorations, music and treats throughout the 28,000 square foot food hall plus Italian food and goods like pizza, gelato, cheese, panettone at a mix of to-go counters, shops and restaurants. Wed, Sat & Sun 4 pm–7 pm 

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta

Harlem Metro-North Station
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

The Harlem Night Market is back this holiday season with fun, food & winter shopping at the historic, twinkling La Marqueta. Support local entrepreneurs and shop neighborhood eats, drinks & gifts. Enjoy visits with Santa, a bounce house and 360-degree photo booth. Get on the dance floor with DJs Stormin' Norman and Ted Smooth with…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Holiday on the Hudson

West Harlem Piers Park
4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, live music, dancing, decoration-making and hot chocolate.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Morningside Park Winter Celebration

Morningside Park
5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Join Friends of Morningside Park to light the  tallest living holiday tree in any New York City park, decked out in 5400 lights. Enjoy music by a Columbia Teachers College vocal ensemble and a brass quartet of students from Manhattan School of Music. Enjoy free refreshments from local vendors.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Ajkun Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Ballet Arts Center for Dance
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

A small local ballet company presents the classic Nutcracker story in an intimate studio setting featuring new choreography by artistic director Chiara Ajkun. Filled with funny battles with the mice and flavors from a worldwide journey to the Kingdom of Sweets. Includes complimentary photos with the dancers. All Proceeds benefit "A Ticket To Dream," which offers…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+, Adult Friendly
$54
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