We celebrate a lot more than Christmas in New York. Visitors call it Christmas, New Yorkers call it “The Holidays” in respect of everyone’s traditions.
Whatever you call them, NYC is one of the world’s leading Christmas destinations. Many American holiday traditions were defined here.
However you celebrate, we wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!
NYC Holidays 2021
Preparations start in November. Most events launch around Thanksgiving. NYC’s holiday season continues to Three Kings Day on January 6.
Thanksgiving, the American family day, is Thu, Nov 25. 🇺🇸
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is Nov 28 – Dec 6. 🕎
Día de las Velitas, the Colombian Festival of Lights, is Tue, Dec 7.
Las Mañanitas, the birthday celebration for La Virgen de Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico and icon of Mexican identity, is Sat, Dec 11. 🇲🇽
Winter Solstice, the longest northern night and ancient root of all these celebrations, is Tue, Dec 21.
Christmas, the world’s most popular Latin holiday, is Sat, Dec 25. Some celebrate Christmas Eve on Fri, Dec 24. 🇮🇹
Kwanzaa, an African American holiday tradition founded in NYC, is Sun-Sat, Dec 26 – Jan 1, 2022. 🇺🇸
New Year’s on the Gregorian calendar is Sat, Jan 1. New Year’s Eve is Fri, Dec 31. 🇮🇹
Letter of the Year, an Afro-Cuban Yoruba tradition that foretells the coming year, arrives on the first days of the year. 🇨🇺
Three Kings Day, the important Latin gift-giving day, is Wed, Jan 6. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
Santa Claus is back at Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square, Nov 26 – Dec 24. Reservations open Nov 21. macys.com
The Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park, Tue, Nov 23. $25. 🇮🇹
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is lit live and on NBC Wed, Dec 1.
The markets are good places for children to do holiday shopping. It’s fun for the entire family.
Bryant Park Winter Village family shopping, skating and dining is open in Midtown South daily from Fri, Oct 29, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022.
Columbus Circle Holiday Markets is at the southwest Central Park gate on Columbus Circle in Midtown, Fri, Nov 19 – Dec 24, 2021. urbanspacenyc.com
The Grand Central Holiday Fair is on, but we don’t know dates yet.
Union Square Holiday Market is in Union Square Park, Thu, Nov 18 – Dec 24, 2021. urbanspacenyc.com
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square will be back next year.
NY City Ballet’s “George Balanchine The Nutcracker” is at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center Fri, Nov 26, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022.
The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular is at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan almost daily from Nov 5, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022.
Los Pleneros de la 21 are leading a Parranda Cycle of Bomba and Plena workshops at Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in El Barrio East Harlem, Tue-Wed, Nov 30 – Dec 15. From $21. losplenerosdela21.org 🇵🇷
Flamenco Vivo Holiday Fiesta, a Zambomba, the Andalusian Christmas caroling tradition, is at 4W43 Gallery in Midtown on Fri, Dec 10 at 7:30pm. $35. 🇪🇸
Plena Libre plays Puerto Rican Plena Folk music and holiday Parrandas at Lehman Center in Jerome Park, The Bronx on Sat, Dec 4 at 8pm. From $25. 🇵🇷
Celebrate the holidays at Parrandón Navideño with El Conjunto Quisqueya, Ramon Orland and Jose Alberto “El Canario” at Lehman Center in Jerome Park, The Bronx on Sat, Dec 11 at 8pm. From $40. 🇩🇴
Big Band Holidays featuring The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wed-Sun, Dec 15-19. From $55. jazz.org
Chris Botti 17th Blue Note Holiday Residency is Dec 6, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022, 8 & 10:30pm.🇮🇹
The Magic Flute in English stars Rolando Villazón as Papageno, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, Dec 10 – Jan 5. metopera.org
The NY Philharmonic Handel’s Messiah is at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, Tue-Sat, Dec 14-18. From $51. nyphil.org
No Trinity Church Handel’s Messiah this year.
Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration is at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in Morningside Heights on Sat, Dec 18 [unconfirmed]. solsticeconcert.com
New York City’s Holiday Festivals
Sunday, November 28 – December 6, 2021 ✡️
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 🇲🇽
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 🌃
Friday, December 24, 2021 🎄
Sunday, December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 🌍
Saturday, January 1, 2022 🥳
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Christmas Markets are fun and good places for children to do holiday shopping.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
October 29, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022
New York City’s traditional Christmas shows are the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration.
Friday-Sunday, December 17-19, 2021
DAVID H. KOCH THEATER
Friday, November 26, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022
November 5, 2021 – January 2, 2022
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
calpullidance.org | Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2021 🇲🇽 🎄
Saturday, December 21, 2019
BRONXWORKS BETANCES COMMUNITY CENTER
Mott Haven, The Bronx
NYC’s top Colombians in theatre, music and dance perform a shepherd’s play
December 15, 2019 – January 4, 2020
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Lincoln Center, NYC
This shortened English family version of Mozart’s fairy tale opera is a New York holiday tradition
Fri-Sun, December 6-8, 2019
LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ Bring to life the holiday traditions of the Spanish diaspora in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and mother Spain at Abrons Arts Center
Christmas concerts make the season merry.
Monday, December 6, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
Facebook Live @Pleneros21
Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7pm
Fri-Sun, Dec 20-22, 2019
TRINITY CHURCH Wall Street
Financial District, NYC
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Columbus Circle, NYC
Wednesday-Sunday, December 18-22, 2019
Tue-Thu, Dec 17-19, 2019
DAVID GEFFEN HALL
Lincoln Center, NYC
Saturday, December 14, 2019
JEROME PARK, The Bronx ~ Celebrate Christmas like we did in 1971 with the Latin Christmas album “Asalto navideño”
Three Kings Day
Three Kings Day is the climax of many Latin Christmas traditions. Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and the end of the Christmas season, is the traditional Latin gift-giving day.
The Three Kings represent all the parts of who we are as Latins: White, Black and Brown. They came from the orient and in the Caribbean and South America we have oriental Latins too. Can you think of any other traditional icons who represent diversity?
ELMUSEO.ORG, Facebook, YouTube | Wednesday, January 6, 2021 🇵🇷 🎄
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 🇵🇷 🎄
Latin Christmas Traditions
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 🇨🇴🎄
Thursday, December 16-24, 2021 🇨🇴 🇪🇨 🇻🇪
Thursday, December 16-24, 2021
Friday, January 7-14, 2022 🇵🇷🎄
Saturday, November 19, 2022