Christmas in New York begins with preparations in November, enters full swing over Thanksgiving Weekend, and ends in early January.
New York City’s Holiday Festivals
Most New Yorkers call the season “The Holidays” instead of “Christmas” because we celebrate many traditions and not everyone celebrates Christmas. We use “Christmas” on these pages because that is what most people search for, but we do mean the holidays.
Whatever you celebrate, we wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!
Thursday-Sunday, November 25-28, 2021 🇺🇸
Sunday, November 28 – December 6, 2021 ✡️
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 🎁
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 🇲🇽
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 🌃
Friday, December 24, 2021 🎄
Sunday, December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 🌍
Saturday, January 1, 2022 🥳
If you haven’t had enough of the holidays, visit Puerto Rico where the Christmas season starts on November 19 and ends with the San Sebastian Street Festival in Old San Juan, around January 15-20. Puerto Rico has the world’s longest holiday season.
Christmas Markets are fun and good places for children to do holiday shopping.
BRYANT PARK, Midtown, NYC EXPECTED Friday, October 29, 2021-Jan 2, 2022 🎄
comitenoviembrevirtualfair.org | Through November 2021 🇵🇷
LINCOLN SQUARE, NYC | Monday, November 29, 2021 🎪
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.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, Midtown, NYC 👯♀️👯♀️👯♀️ November 5, 2021 – January 2, 2022
DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, Lincoln Center, NYC 🩰 [Expected] November 26, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE, Morningside Heights, NYC 🌄 Expected Saturday, December 18, 2021
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.
March 8, 2020
BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Englewood, New Jersey
The Italian-American trumpeter is the best-selling American instrumental artist
Fri-Sun, Dec 20-22, 2019
TRINITY CHURCH Wall Street
Financial District, NYC
Wed, December 18, 2019
JULIA DE BURGOS CENTER
El Barrio, East Harlem, NYC
Celebrate Christmas Puerto Rican style with a bomba and plena Parranda cycle ¡WEPA!
Wednesday-Sunday, December 18-22, 2019
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Columbus Circle, NYC
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Henriquez make the holidays swing
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?
Thursday, January 6, 2022 👑👑👑
ELMUSEO.ORG, Facebook, YouTube | Wednesday, January 6, 2021 🇵🇷 🎄
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 🇵🇷 🎄
Latin Christmas Traditions
November 19, 2021 to Three Kings Day 🇵🇷🎄
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 🇨🇴🎄
Thursday, December 16-24, 2021 🇲🇽
Thursday, December 16-24, 2021 🇨🇴 🇪🇨 🇻🇪
Friday, January 7-14, 2022 🇵🇷🎄