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.

    Private: The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

    New York Botanical Garden


    Sat, Nov 16, 2013 - Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves.

    Private: “A Christmas Carol” the musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell

    The Players


    Sun, Dec 01, 2013 - Mon, Dec 30, 2013

    A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale.  Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future.  See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life.  Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process?  Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with ...

    Private: A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House

    Merchant’s House Museum


    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 - Fri, Dec 20, 2013

    The Merchant’s House Museum’s elegant and intact 19th-century double parlor, complete with original décor, including gas chandeliers, period paintings, and marble fireplace, will be decked with period decorations of the season, providing the perfect setting for this inspired telling of Dickens’ timeless tale.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    Private: It’s A Wonderful Life- The Live Radio Play

    Irish Repertory Theatre


    Wed, Dec 04, 2013 - Sun, Dec 29, 2013

    This beloved holiday-season drama is brought vividly to life in a stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film of sacrifice and redemption in small-town America. Set in a radio station in the 1940s, with a live sound FX artist, this poignant drama features six actors portraying 25 unforgettable characters.