The last month of the year is a truly magical one. Obviously, many exciting events in New York in December 2018 are waiting for you. From Christmas shows and markets to New Year’s Eve specials.
Top Events in New York in December 2018
What? Santa Meet & Greet @ Holiday Markets
When? November 1 – December 24, 2018
Where? Various locations in NYC
Description: Introduce your kids to a New York Santa! You can find ‘representatives’ of the real Santa Claus at various holiday markets in New York City. If Santa determines your little ones were good kids this year, you can treat them with a sweet something from the many vendors!
Noteworthy markets: Grand Central Holiday Fair (November 12 – December 24, 2018) | Union Square Holiday Market (November 15 – December 24, 2018) | Columbus Circle Holiday Market (November 28 – December 24, 2018)
What? The Nutcracker 2018 (by New York City Ballet)
When? November 23 – December 30, 2018
Where? David H. Koch Theater (Map)
Description: It wouldn’t be the holiday season without The Nutcracker. This traditional ballet does not only strike with magnificent performances by the New York City Ballet, but also the famous score by Tchaikovsky. Although this event in New York in December 2018 is not for free, it’s definitely a performance worth seeing!
What? Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018
When? November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Where? Radio City Music Hall (Map)
Description: This famous Christmas show at the Radio City Music Hall is another family spectacle. Watch the most creative holiday themed musical performance right in the heart of Manhattan.
What? Harlem Gospel Concerts 2018
When? December 1 – December 31, 2018
Where? Various Baptist Churches in Harlem
Description: Manhattan’s most religious neighborhood Harlem is the right address to experience traditional Christmas masses. Not only because of the wonderful churches, but also to listen to great Gospel performances. At VOLATOUR we recommend a guided tour, especially during Christmas time, to ensure entry. Tickets @ VOLATOUR only $65 per person!
What? Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018
When? December 1, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Where? Dyker Heights & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Description: Christmas enthusiasts attention! Every year, millions of tourists are traveling to Brooklyn just to see the Christmas home decorations in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. In order to fully enjoy this family event in New York in December 2018 and to see the best decorations the neighborhoods have to offer, we recommend booking a guided tour. Why don’t you join us?! Tickets are only $65 per person! We’d love to show you around.
What? Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl New York 2018
When? December 1, 2018
Where? Bar None (Map)
Description: Throw yourself into the trashiest Christmas sweater you can find – you won’t be alone at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl! By joining this festive event in New York in December 2018, you’ll be introduced to fancy newcomer bars and well-known pubs. The good thing is, you’ll always find your colorful group – even after a few eggnogs!
What? Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration 2018
When? December 20 – December 22, 2018
Where? Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Map)
Description: New York celebrates the longest night of the year with an extraordinary concert inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Expect top music and dance performances by New York’s greatest artists.
What? Merry Tuba Christmas 2018
When? December 16, 2018
Where? Rockefeller Center
Description: If you are planning on attending the Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center, you are doing everything right. You’ll not only get to listen to the greatest Christmas carols played by hundreds of brass players. You also get to see the ice rink and famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Definitely worth a visit!
What? NYRR Midnight Run 2018
When? December 31, 2018
Where? Central Park Bandshell (Map)
Free? Yes (Spectators)
Description: Sport fans attention! If you fancy welcoming the new year the sporty way you should consider attending the Midnight Run in NYC. Either by running yourself, or by cheering for the runners. Starting at 10 PM with free music and fireworks at 11:59 PM in Central Park.
What? Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 2018/2019
When? December 31, 2018
Where? Times Square
Description: The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is probably the most iconic New Year’s celebration in the world! If you don’t want to miss this event in New York in December 2018, you should start gathering at Times Square around 3 PM.
Beware: This event is only for the tough ones!
Here are a few tips: 1. Dress warmly – you’ll be out there for a loooooong time! 2. We recommend selecting a spot close to a bathroom. 3. The moment you are leaving your spot, someone else squeezes in, guaranteed! So make sure you attend this event as a group. 4. Not suitable for claustrophobic and children!
With this list of events in New York in December 2018 you are prepared to experience the last month of the year in all its glory! We hope you liked our collection.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from your team at VOLATOUR!