Between holiday-themed performances, department store display windows, and illuminated buildings and plazas, New York City is at its sparkly best in December.

Here are a sampling of holiday events surrounding Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa  to light up the darkening days of the month.

    NYRR Midnight Run

    Central Park


    Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Ring in 2014 and get an early start on that resolution to shed a few pounds at the four-mile Emerald Nuts Midnight Run.

    Charanga Soleil

    Peter Jay Sharp Theater


    Fri, Dec 27, 2013, 9:00 pm

    For the fifth year in a row this lively pan-Caribbean ensemble takes the stage at BAMcafé for its annual holiday dance party. Expect a globe-hopping jam session that encompasses Cuban salsa, Congolese rumba-soukous, Haitian compas, and Puerto Rican plena-bomba, performed on infectiously rhythmic bongos, sprightly flutes, and Cuban tres guitar.

    Kwanza Celebration: Regeneration Night

    Apollo Theater


    Fri, Dec 27, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Radio personality, poet and songwriter Imhotep Gary Byrd hosts this annual Kwanzaa showcase of music, poetry and dance. This year’s roster includes multi-instrumentalist Michael C. Wimberly, rapper F the Elemental and kora player Yacouba Sissoko, along with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

    New York Pops Holiday Concert: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

    Carnegie Hall


    Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 2:00 pm

    A Charlie Brown Christmas in a special holiday Family Concert with The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. This staged concert version of Charles M. Schulz's iconic television special brings the beloved Peanuts characters to life through special choreography performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet, with director and choreographer Liza Gennaro, and child actors from TADA! Youth Theater. 2:00 PM -Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert -Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Kwanzaa at The Apollo

    Apollo Theater


    Fri, Dec 28, 2012, 7:30 pm

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