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.
Die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for young audiences; free in the Winter Garden; as an R-rated cabaret; and many more variations.
The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse's team at Applie Imagination, the landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds and pine cones.
The famous Rockettes kick off the holiday season in this 85th anniversary show. It features live music, dances, and a brand new showcase featuring the Rockettes' most extraordinary costumes through the years. Playing on Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "WWII & NYC," New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864.
Six historic sites in Flushing invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about these NYC landmark houses and their unique histories. The Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, and the Bowne House will each offer special activities, refreshments, and a glimpse at what life was once like during the holidays in Flushing.
The world's largest menorah stands at a whopping 32-feet tall (the maximum allowed by Jewish law), and has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1977. The annual lighting ceremony is a must for Jews and non-Jews alike.
In a brand new layout built by Lionel, model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North on a 34-foot long, two-level “O” gauge layout while R-16 and R-30 subway trains wind their way through a miniature Manhattan.
"Nativity: A Life Story" is a musical production based on Langston Hughes' work, "Black Nativity." Don’t miss an award-winning cast interpret the story of Mary, her passion for her husband, Joseph, and the birth of a Miracle!
Through complex technology and choreography, the show mashes together over 100 years of film history. Five performers slip in and out of characters to create an imaginative and new interpretation of the beloved Dickens story.
Join the men of New York City Gay Men's Chorus as they celebrate favorite holiday songs and pay tribute to American heroes. A very special guest star joins them this year: folk music's beloved legend Judy Collins!
Join OSL for a free Holiday Sing—with favorite carols and songs you know in English, Spanish and Hebrew. From "Feliz Navidad" to Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio"—you’ll be able to sing with great musicians, friends, family and the whole OSL community.
New York printmakers Currier & Ives’ iconic winter scenes of skaters in Central Park, along with bucolic scenes of snow-covered small-town life, became the standard imagery for the American holiday season. This exhibition presents highlights from the museum’s exceptional collection.
"Unsilent Night" is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer.
The Quintet — featuring Principal Trumpet Philip Smith, trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf, Principal Horn Philip Myers, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, and Principal Tuba Alan Baer — has hosted an annual holiday concert at Lincoln Center since 1995.
A holiday ice show and Christmas tree lighting featuring the Ice Theatre of New York, The Skyliners and Figure Skating in Harlem. Bring the whole family to join in the festivities, including hot cocoa and holiday music.
The museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce.
Each year El Museo celebrates its time-honored tradition of the Three Kings Day Parade. Watch as this renowned procession explodes throughout the streets of El Barrio with lively music, dancing and parrandas!
Celebrate the Holidays with a staple of the seasonal repertoire unparalleled in its popularity. This unique production of "The Messiah," under the direction of Michael Spierman, features the Bronx Opera Chorus, the Orchestra of the Bronx and a diverse group of community members from the borough reading the text aloud.
The Oratorio Society of Queens performs portions of Handel's “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. Maestro David Close, conductor; Geraldine McMillian, soprano; Dory Schultz, tenor; Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone; Guest Artist Cantor Jerry Korobow; the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
Opening its 85th anniversary season with 120-plus members under the direction of Maestro David Close, the OSQ will perform portions of Handel's Messiah and traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. Also performing are Guest Artist Cantor Jerry Korobow with the Orchestra Arts Ensemble of Queens, plus soloists.
Enjoy the holiday spirit while getting some shopping done! Plan for a delightful day at the Queens Botanical Garden. Besides the wonderful goodies available in the store and from select artisans, they'll have demonstrations, children's crafts, storytelling and music, plus a bird and nature walks.