Daniella's Holiday Happenings | NYC Events & Activities to Enjoy in December 2023

I hope you and your loved ones are all well, had a lovely Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the holiday season ahead.
In that light, I thought you might enjoy this list of events happening throughout December in and around New York City. There are 31 different experiences to choose from, enough to keep us entertained until 2024!

May you all have a lovely holiday season,
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Yoga Class in Central Park

Feel relaxed and rejuvenated during this group yoga session. All participants are required to bring their own mats.

NYPL Book Sale

The St. Agnes branch of the New York Public Library will host a book sale, with a wide selection of lightly used books at reduced prices.

Hanukkah Family Day

Celebrate the festival of lights at the Jewish Museum, which will offer family art and gallery activities, music, and dancing.

Paint & Sip Course

Paint your very own work of art with the guidance of an expert instructor at the popular Painting Lounge.

Christie’s Live Auction: Important Watches

Christie’s New York will auction a wide selection of vintage and modern horological masterpieces from renowned designers, including Rolex, F.P. Journe, and Richard Mille.

George Balanchine’s
The Nutcracker

Get your tickets to the highly anticipated and beloved ballet this holiday season, taking place at Lincoln Center.

World’s Largest
Menorah Lighting

Visit the southeast corner of Central Park for a menorah lighting ceremony taking place each of the eight nights of Chanukah.

Highlights Tour

Take an immersive tour through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Steinhardt Conservatory and discover a wide range of beautiful plant species from all over the world.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Recently dubbed the “Best Christmas Market in the World,” the village features a variety of vendors with rare, handmade goods, as well as food, ice skating, and more.

Winter Celebration

Visit Brust Park for a special tree lighting ceremony and winter festival. Guests can enjoy music, hot cider, and seasonal treats.

Moise Safra Center Hanukkah Cooking Class

Learn how to make traditional Sephardic light bites using recipes from Chef and Scholar Helene Jawhara-Piner’s latest cookbook.

Tuesday Movie Matinee:
Home Alone

This holiday season, the New York Public Library will be screening fan-favorite seasonal classics. Get your tickets to see the popular film Home Alone.

2023 Holiday Party With NYBF

Light bites and cocktails will be served at this special holiday party, hosted by the New York Book Forum.

Brooklyn Menorah Lighting

Celebrate Chanukah in Park Slope with a nightly menorah lighting event, complete with live music, latkes, and children’s gifts.

Samara Joy:
A Joyful Holiday Performance

See popular singer and “Best New Artist” Grammy-winner Samara Joy perform a selection of holiday songs at the Apollo.

The Ultimate NYC Food & Culture Tour

Taste-test your way through some of New York City’s most delicious dishes and learn all about the culinary history of Manhattan’s West Village.

Grand Holiday Bazaa

Shop from over 220 independent local designers, vendors, and artisans at the final day of the Grand Bazaar’s Holiday Market.

Manet / Degas Exhibition

This exhibition displays some of the most significant works by Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, exploring their common themes and painting styles.

Holiday Horse and
Carriage Tour

What better way to view beautiful holiday lights throughout the city than in the back of a horse-drawn carriage?

Board-Making Class

Impress guests at your holiday parties with skills gleaned from this expert-led course at Katch Astoria.

World-Famous Harlem
Gospel Choir

Visit the premier Blue Note Jazz club to see the internationally acclaimed Harlem Gospel Choir perform live.

The Cafe Wha?
House Band

The fan-favorite ensemble returns to perform at Cafe Wha?, performing a wide selection of upbeat songs.

Boot Camp at the YMCA

Take part in a heart-pumping circuit fitness course at the Long Island City YMCA, led by Instructor Zarina Noor.

Forest Hills Greenmarket

The weekly farmers market will feature family-friendly activities, free cooking demonstrations, local vendors, and more.

Christmas Prix-Fixe Dinner

Make your reservation to enjoy the renowned Russian Tea Room’s special Christmas prix-fixe meal, which includes four courses.

Celebrate Kwanzaa

New York City’s largest family Kwanzaa celebration returns to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, with live performances, workshops, art displays, and more.

Brain Games: Chess

Sharpen your skills and participate in both casual and competitive chess matches at the Grand Concourse Library.

Alexandre Estrela: Flat Bells

Popular artist Alexandre Estrela’s first New York City exhibition features video animation, metal plates, and an immersive soundscape.

Brooklyn Is… Exhibition

The latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library showcases the complexity and culture of Brooklyn, with photographs, portraits, and artwork.

Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration

The Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa celebration returns with an exciting performance by the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, led by acclaimed choreographer Abdel Salaam.

New Year’s Eve 2024 at Daintree Rooftop

Ring in the new year while enjoying skyline views at the Daintree Rooftop & Lounge’s Studio 54-themed celebration.


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