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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 ...

A Chanticleer Christmas

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

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 ...

Holiday Brass

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Waverly Consort—The Christmas Story

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