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

    Manhattan

    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.

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    Charanga Soleil

    Peter Jay Sharp Theater

    Manhattan

    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

    Manhattan

    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

    Manhattan

    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

    Manhattan

    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.

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

    December Holiday Events in New York City

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

Kwanza Celebration: Regeneration Night

253 West 125th Street

New York N.Y. 10027

2125315301

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.

An Irish Christmas: A Musical Solstice Celebration

553 West 51st Street

New York N.Y. 10019

2127573318

Each year, sold-out audiences have reveled in the warm glow of this intimate event, featuring the legendary Mick Moloney, Riverdance on Broadway star fiddler Athena Tergis and an all-star cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians.

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

881 Seventh Avenue

New York N.Y. 10019

2122477800

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 ...

The Seventh Principle: Kwanzaa

212 West 83rd Street

New York N.Y. 10024

2127211223

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

Kwanzaa at The Apollo

253 West 125th Street

New York N.Y. 10027

2125315301

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