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

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

An Irish Christmas: A Musical Solstice Celebration

Each year, sold-out audiences have reveled in the warm glow of this intimate event, featuring the legendary Mick Moloney, ...

Charanga Soleil

For the fifth year in a row this lively pan-Caribbean ensemble takes the stage at BAMcafé for its annual holiday ...

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas in a special holiday Family Concert with The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. ...

The Seventh Principle: Kwanzaa

Join The Seventh Principle’s Kwanzaa program for a dynamic presentation of traditional African and modern dance.


Learn about the seven principles and symbols of Kwanzaa and enjoy performances. Make zawadi.

Kwanza Celebration: Regeneration Night

Radio personality, poet and songwriter Imhotep Gary Byrd hosts this annual Kwanzaa showcase of music, poetry and dance. This year’s ...

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.