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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

New York Classical Theatre makes their debut at One Liberty Plaza with "A {15-min!} Christmas Carol," a rollicking holiday chestnut ...

Annual Holiday Concert by Oratorio Society of Queens

Opening its 85th anniversary season with 120-plus members under the direction of Maestro David Close, the OSQ will perform portions ...

Asia Society Holiday Celebration

Celebrate the holiday season with Asia Society. Experience a night of fun and culture with friends and colleagues.

A Bronx Messiah

Celebrate the Holidays with a staple of the seasonal repertoire unparalleled in its popularity. This unique production of "The Messiah," ...

Bumbug, The Musical

"Bumbug The Musical", a new rock opera by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, is an electrifying musical reinvention of "A ...

A Chanticleer Christmas

Chanticleer's sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music.

Cristina Fontanelli’s Christmas in Italy

A vocal journey through Italy's best loved classic songs, opera arias, Neapolitan and Christmas classics with piano, mandolins, guitar and ...

Christmas in the Caribbean with The University Singers

This year's show will include a mix of Christmas music, Caribbean rhythms, and Jamaican songs, and features a tribute to ...

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Though it closed December 30, 2012, "A Christmas Story, The Musical" is nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards for Best ...

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

The museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and ...

A Civil War Christmas

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, ...

Currier & Ives and Other Winter Tales

New York printmakers Currier & Ives’ iconic winter scenes of skaters in Central Park, along with bucolic scenes of snow-covered ...

Grand Central Holiday Train Show

In a brand new layout built by Lionel, model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand ...

Handel’s Messiah

Emmanuelle Haim conducts the philharmonic in the quintessential classical music high-point of the holiday season.

Harlem School of the Arts: A Harlem Holiday

HSA invites you to celebrate the holiday season with representations of Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa! Experience student performances from the ...

Historic Holiday House Tour

Six historic sites in Flushing invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about these NYC landmark houses and ...

Holiday Brass

The Quintet — featuring Principal Trumpet Philip Smith, trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf, Principal Horn Philip Myers, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, ...

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Step into the holiday season of the year 1830. Take a tour by the warm glow of candlelight, and sample ...

Holiday Lights and Cannoli Tour

Visit the legendary Dyker Heights holiday lights display, where each year residents compete to have the biggest and brightest holiday ...

Holiday Train Show

The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands ...

Ice Theatre of New York’s Winter Holiday Skating Celebration

A holiday ice show and Christmas tree lighting featuring the Ice Theatre of New York, The Skyliners and Figure Skating ...

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "WWII & NYC," New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series will show a broad scope ...

Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol

In this hilarious holiday show, the kvetching comedienne is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the ...

Kwanzaa 2012: First Fruits of the Harvest

Join the museum’s 34th annual Kwanzaa celebration to experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa and honor the holiday’s seven guiding ...

Kwanzaa at The Apollo

The Apollo celebrates Kwanzaa with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Kwanzaa Celebration: Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble will engage audiences with an interactive demonstration of traditional music and dance of Africa ...

Nativity: A Life Story

"Nativity: A Life Story" is a musical production based on Langston Hughes' work, "Black Nativity." Don’t miss an award-winning cast ...

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Spectacular: An American Holiday

Join the men of New York City Gay Men's Chorus as they celebrate favorite holiday songs and pay tribute to ...

New York City Master Chorale: An A Cappella Christmas

Under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, the New York City Master Chorale will kick off its seventh season ...

The New York Pops—Pink Martini: Joy to the World

Pink Martini creates a fabulously eclectic, modern sound. This special multi-denominational holiday concert features songs from the band’s best-selling album, ...

New York String Orchestra

This group of young musicians has been lighting up the holidays with its annual Christmas Eve concert for more than ...

Oratorio Society of Queens: Featuring Handel’s “Messiah”

The Oratorio Society of Queens performs portions of Handel's “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. Maestro ...

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night

"Unsilent Night" is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. ...

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, with the Rockettes

The famous Rockettes kick off the holiday season in this 85th anniversary show. It features live music, dances, and a ...

Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol

Through complex technology and choreography, the show mashes together over 100 years of film history. Five performers slip in and ...

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

New York City wastes no time getting into the holiday spirit. A week after Thanksgiving, the largest tree in New ...

Shtreiml: Hanukkah Celebration

A new look at some centuries-old folk music, delivered by a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. ...

St. Luke’s Community Sing

Join OSL for a free Holiday Sing—with favorite carols and songs you know in English, Spanish and Hebrew. From "Feliz ...

The Christmas Show

BALAM Dance Theatre principal ballerina Robin Gilbert and artistic director Carlos Fittante perform the Grand Pas de Deux from the ...

Three Kings Day Parade

Each year El Museo celebrates its time-honored tradition of the Three Kings Day Parade. Watch as this renowned procession explodes ...

Twelfth Night Festival

Early music for the season of Christmastide.

The Waverly Consort—The Christmas Story

This beloved program includes vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and mass compositions from the 10th to the15th century.

Winter Solstice Celebration & Holiday Marketplace

Enjoy the holiday spirit while getting some shopping done! Plan for a delightful day at the Queens Botanical Garden. Besides ...

World’s Largest Menorah

The world's largest menorah stands at a whopping 32-feet tall (the maximum allowed by Jewish law), and has been towering ...