Don’t let shopping be the only way you observe the lead-up to the holidays. Famous carols, classic stories and performances draw New Yorkers together to celebrate the season and the diverse traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Performances of “The Nutcracker,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”; the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza and a Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History are just some local traditions to look forward to this season.

A {15-min!} Christmas Carol

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New York String Orchestra

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St. Luke’s Community Sing

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Nativity: A Life Story

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Holiday Lights and Cannoli Tour

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A Chanticleer Christmas

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Holiday Brass

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