Events in New York December 2018

Events in New York – December 2019 Edition

The last month of the year is truly a magical one. Obviously, many exciting events in New York in December 2019 are waiting for you. From Christmas shows and markets to New Year’s Eve specials.

Top Events in New York in December 2019


Santa Meet and Greet NYC


What? Santa Meet & Greet @ Holiday Markets

When? November 18 – December 24, 2019

Where? Various locations in NYC

Free? Yes

Description: Introduce your kids to a New York Santa! You can find ‘representatives’ of the real Santa Claus at various holiday markets in New York City. If Santa determines your little ones were good kids this year, you can treat them with a sweet something from the many vendors!

Noteworthy markets: Grand Central Holiday Fair (November 18 – December 24, 2019) | Union Square Holiday Market (November 21 – December 24, 2019) | Columbus Circle Holiday Market (December 4 – December 24, 2019)


The Nutcracker NYC 2018


What? The Nutcracker 2019 (by New York City Ballet)

When? November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Where? David H. Koch Theater (Map)

Free? No


Description: It wouldn’t be the holiday season without The Nutcracker. This traditional ballet does not only strike with magnificent performances by the New York City Ballet, but also the famous score by Tchaikovsky. Although this event in New York in December 2019 is not for free, it’s definitely a performance worth seeing!


Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018


What? Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2019

When? November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Where? Radio City Music Hall (Map)

Free? No


Description: This famous Christmas show at the Radio City Music Hall is another family spectacle. Watch the most creative holiday themed musical performance right in the heart of Manhattan.


Harlem Gospel Concerts 2018


What? Harlem Gospel Concerts 2019

When? December 1 – December 31, 2019

Where? Various Baptist Churches in Harlem

Free? No


Description: Manhattan’s most religious neighborhood, Harlem, is the right address to experience traditional Christmas masses. Not only because of the wonderful churches, but also the great Gospel performances. At VOLATOUR we recommend a guided tour, especially during Christmas time, to ensure entry. Tickets are available at VOLATOUR at only $65 per person!




Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018


What? Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2019

When? December 1, 2019 – January 2, 2020

Where? Dyker Heights & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Free? No


Description: Christmas enthusiasts attention! Every year, millions of tourists are traveling to Brooklyn just to see the Christmas home decorations in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. In order to fully enjoy this family event in New York in December 2019 and to see the best decorations the neighborhoods have to offer, we recommend booking a guided tour. Why don’t you join us?! Tickets are only $65 per person! We’d love to show you around.


Winters Eve Lincoln Square 2018


What? Winter’s Eve @ Lincoln Square

When? December 2, 2019 (5:30 PM)

Where? Lincoln Square (Map)

Free? Yes


Description: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square starts with a tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park, Upper West Side and offers many fun activities. From food tastings, to entertainment for kids and live music.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2018


What? Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

When? December 4, 2019 (7 PM)

Where? Rockefeller Center (Map)

Free? Yes


Description: The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting is the ultimate event in New York in December 2019 and a highlight for every Christmas enthusiast. The impressive decorated tree (up to 100 feet tall), will be lit in a public ceremony on December 4, 2019. Since access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, make sure you’ll arrive early at the Rockefeller Plaza, if you want to be part of the event.

Tip: If you can’t make it to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, don’t worry. Here are a few other noteworthy tree-lighting ceremony locations: Central Park (December 5, 2019) | Park Avenue (December 8, 2019) | Queens Botanical Garden (December 8, 2019)


Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl New York 2018


What? Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl New York 2019

When? December 7, 2019

Where? Bar None (Map)

Free? No


Description: Throw yourself into the trashiest Christmas sweater you can find – you won’t be alone at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl! By joining this festive event in New York in December 2019, you’ll be introduced to fancy newcomer bars and well-known pubs. The good thing is, you’ll always find your colorful group – even after a few eggnogs!


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Merry Tuba Christmas 2018


What? Merry Tuba Christmas 2019

When? December 15, 2019

Where? Rockefeller Center

Free? Yes


Description: If you are planning on attending the Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center, you are doing everything right. You’ll not only get to listen to the greatest Christmas carols played by hundreds of brass players. You also get to see the ice rink and famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Definitely worth a visit!


Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration 2018


What? Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration 2019

When? December 19 – December 21, 2019

Where? Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Map)

Free? No


Description: New York celebrates the longest night of the year with an extraordinary concert inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Expect top music and dance performances by New York’s greatest artists.


NYRR Midnight Run 2018


What? NYRR Midnight Run 2019

When? December 31, 2019

Where? Central Park Bandshell (Map)

Free? Yes (Spectators)


Description: Sports fans attention! If you fancy welcoming the new year the sporty way you should consider attending the Midnight Run in NYC. Either by running yourself, or by cheering for the runners. Starting at 10 PM with free music and fireworks at 11:59 PM in Central Park.


New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 2018 2019


What? Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 2019/2020

When? December 31, 2019

Where? Times Square

Free? Yes

Description: The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is probably the most iconic New Year’s celebration in the world! If you don’t want to miss this event in New York in December 2019, you should start gathering at Times Square around 3 PM.

Beware: This event is only for the tough ones!

Here are a few tips: 1. Dress warmly – you’ll be out there for a loooooong time! 2. We recommend selecting a spot close to a bathroom. 3. The moment you are leaving your spot, someone else squeezes in, guaranteed! So make sure you attend this event as a group. 4. Not suitable for claustrophobic and children!

With this list of events in New York in December 2019 you are prepared to experience the last month of the year in all its glory! We hope you liked our collection.

Thank you for continuously checking and sharing our event listings.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

from your team at VOLATOUR!

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1 Comment

  1. Melissa Trachtenberg on October 17, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Great list of NYC Events in December and lovely photos!!!




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