Things To Do In December

Alas, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Being in NYC makes this season extra special, what with the window dressings and twinkling decor and wealth of fun and festive events to attend all around the city. Below, we’ve corralled a list of things to do throughout the month which promise to bring equal helpings of good tidings and cheer. Happy holidays, Glenwood residents!

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Holiday Jazz Cruise: Through December 30th, 2018

What better way to take in both the holidays and NYC than with a holiday jazz cruise down the Hudson River? Located on the Westside at Pier 62, you’ll board a 1920’s style yacht (and yes, it will be decked out for the holidays), where you will enjoy holiday jazz performed by a trio, festive drinks, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. The cruise is 1.5 hours and costs $64. The perfect fun night out with a group of friends, a romantic date night, or even to entertain those out of town guests!

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The Yorkville Nutcracker: December 6th-9th, 2018

The Nutcracker is a December institution in the city, but you know what’s better than the traditional Nutcracker? The Yorkville Nutcracker! This performance is happening on the Upper East Side, and sets the ballet to New York backgrounds, such as a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace, and skating in Central Park. Dancers in this performance range in age from 5 to 85, so it’s truly a performance for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy. Tickets are $65, or $55 for seniors. The theater is a quick jaunt from The Fairmont and The Lucerne.

rockefeller center Christmas tree
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Merry Tuba Christmas: December 9th, 2018

If you’re looking for the perfect day to visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in Midtown East, consider going on December 9th at 3:30pm, which is when the Merry Tuba Christmas performance will be taking place. The day is truly a magical one, as hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players from all across the country will congregate outside on The Rink at Rockefeller Center to play holiday favorites. The crowd is encouraged to sing along, making this a caroling event you’ll never forget. And the best part? It’s completely free, and perfect for all ages.

Unsilent Night: December 16th, 2018

An annual tradition, Unsilent Night happens every year Downtown and is a spin on traditional caroling. Instead, you will download the music onto your phone or smart device before heading out (or get super retro and use a boombox and one of their cassette tapes!), and then play it on cue with the crowd, which will then walk from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. It creates a luminous soundscape played by the audience and carried through city streets…it may just become your favorite December tradition yet! The event is happening on December 16th at 6pm and is free and open to all ages.

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Good Riddance Day: December 28th, 2018

Tis the time to say goodbye to your worst memories of 2018, and start with a fresh slate for the New Year. Head to Times Square where you can participate in Good Riddance Day. You simply write any memories or habits that you wish to bid adieu to on paper and then toss them into the giant shredder, physically seeing them disintegrate before your eyes. The event is happening outside on the plaza of Times Square from 12 to 1pm. And if you can’t be there in person? Simply share your memory via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GoodRiddanceDay and they will shred it for you! The event is free.

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