This is a view of Jonathan Kruk performing Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol" at Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown, NY on December 12, 2015. (Photo by Tom Nycz)

Jonathan Kruk performing Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” at Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown, NY on December 12, 2015. (Photo by Tom Nycz)

Whether you’re looking for A Christmas Story or The Nutcracker, New York is full of holiday favorites. From hip-hop to classical chamber music, NYC-Arts can guide you through the wide array of holiday events across the city.

    Holiday Season at The Met

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Fri, Nov 25, 2016 - Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the winter holidays at all three of its locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—with a variety of holiday-themed events and performances, as well as its annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche presentation, a display of a spectacular late-19th-century silver Menorah, and handcrafted medieval holiday decorations.

    Trinity Church Wall Street: Messiah

    Trinity Wall Street


    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - Mon, Dec 19, 2016

    Annual performances of Handel’s Messiah at Trinity Church have long been a holiday staple in New York City. Five years ago, Trinity branched out to include an annual Messiah performance uptown at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, establishing another holiday tradition.

    Hanna and the Moonlit Dress

    Theater at the 14th Street Y


    Fri, Dec 02, 2016 - Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is based on the beloved Israeli book Hanna's Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el and is adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal. In this immersive experience, children will help create Hanna's enchanted world by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors.

    The Dead, 1904


    Thu, Dec 08, 2016 - Sat, Jan 07, 2017

    This immersive adaptation of this James Joyce story will be staged in the c. 1900 townhouse of The American Irish Historical Society (991 Fifth Avenue, New York) on the Upper East Side for an audience of just 42 people per night. The production will travel over three floors of the building, which has been restored to period decoration. Rooms used will include the lobby, parlor, music room, dining room and upstairs library. A holiday meal, ...

    Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns Presents A Christmas Carol

    Sat, Dec 10, 2016 - Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    Complete with musical accompaniment, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk brings to life the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in this Historic Hudson Valley production.

    Apollo Theater: The First Noel

    Apollo Theater


    Sat, Dec 10, 2016 - Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of The First Noel is a Harlem-based holiday musical that features original music and re-imagined classic carols with pop, jazz and gospel. The show follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by tragedy to tell a universal story of love and belonging.

    Great Music at St. Bart’s: Holiday Events

    St. Bartholomew’s Church


    Tue, Dec 13, 2016 - Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    The December events presented by Great Music at St. Bart’s are among New Yorkers’ favorite holiday traditions. A Joyous Christmas Concert offers choral, orchestral, and organ music of the season along with a Christmas carol sing-in. Adoration of the Magi is an intimate visual and musical celebration of the holidays in the St. Bart’s Chapel. A Concert for the New Year, a holiday gift to the city, is a late evening organ concert by William ...

    InterSchool Orchestras of New York: Winter Concert

    Symphony Space


    Tue, Dec 13, 2016 - Thu, Dec 15, 2016

    Winter Concert at Peter Norton Symphony Space will feature three ensembles: the Trinity-Florentine Orchestra, Turtle Bay Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra. All three ensembles will take part in a performance of great classical music selections including works by Strauss, Grieg, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.

    New York Pops: Make the Season Bright

    Carnegie Hall


    Fri, Dec 16, 2016 - Sat, Dec 17, 2016

    The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke and joined by four guest artists, sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway and brothers Anthony and Will Nunziata, will present an evening full of holiday cheer.

    Winter Solstice Celebration

    Symphony Space


    Fri, Dec 16, 2016 - Sat, Dec 17, 2016

    Irish Arts Center brings its annual holiday celebration of Irish dance and storytelling to Symphony Space. Honoring mid-winter traditions from around the world, the Winter Solstice Celebration is built around the closeness of friends and family.

    Carnival of Animals

    Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts


    Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 12:00 am

    Staged as a modern twist on Victorian toy theater, this show brings everyday objects to life as lions, elephants and birds through the incredible work of puppeteers. This surreal and playful production brings to life Saint-Saëns’ musical “salute to feathers, fur, and fins.”

    Pipes of Christmas

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


    Sat, Dec 17, 2016 - Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    The Pipes of Christmas annual concerts return for an eighteenth season. The festive concerts, produced by the Clan Currie Society, offer a traditional Celtic interpretation of the holiday season with holiday favorites such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, “Joy to the World”, and “Amazing Grace”, all performed live on pipes, drums, harp, fiddle, organ and brass, accompanied by readings taken from Scottish, Irish, and Welsh literature.

    Welcome Yule & Holiday Sing Concerts

    St. John’s Episcopal Church


    Sat, Dec 17, 2016 - Sun, Dec 18, 2016

    The Dessoff Choirs present a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, and Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

    The Rob Mathes Holiday Concert

    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace


    Sun, Dec 18, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Don't miss an afternoon with Rob Mathes as he lights up the Schimmel stage with his all-star six-piece horn section and a backing band filled with studio legends from SNL, David Letterman's Late Show, and Paul Simon's band. Celebrated vocalists Vaneese Thomas and James "D-Train" Williams round out the powerhouse cast. Expect an afternoon filled with high-energy re-imaginings and a celebration of the holiday spirit!

    Vox Vocal Ensemble Holiday Concert | Works & Process at the Guggenheim

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


    Sun, Dec 18, 2016 - Mon, Dec 19, 2016

    Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents the annual Holiday Concert featuring New York composers and a World Premiere Commission by Grawemeyer Award-winning Composer Sebastian Currier. Celebrate the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music in the museum’s iconic rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition.

    New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon

    St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery


    Sun, Jan 01, 2017, 12:00 am

    The Poetry Project, the legendary downtown mecca for working poets and experimental artists since the days of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with its signature event, the New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, which will feature poets and other artists from throughout its storied history alongside new and emerging poets.

    Three Kings Day Parade

    El Museo del Barrio


    Fri, Jan 06, 2017, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    El Museo del Barrio will celebrate its 40th Annual Three Kings Day Parade on Friday, January 6, 2017 with real camels, parrandas, gigantic hand-made puppets, live music and performances in the streets of East Harlem, New York. The time-honored holiday will commemorate the parade's long trajectory and roots by giving recognition to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino community.