December 2017 things to do in NYC

December brings the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas, the most popular Latin holiday.

December Highlights

Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

The Christmas Tree and Nativity made with Neapolitan Baroque Crèche is a New York City holiday tradition. It’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nov 22, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

New Year’s Eve 2017

The 2017 Times Square New Year’s Eve program will be announced Dec 26, 2016. Univision is providing three star performers.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexican-Americans celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Mon, Dec 12, 2016 with a Youth Mass at 10am and a Mass at 7pm.

La Novena de Navidad

The nine day Christmas celebration from Dec 16 – 24 is a holiday tradition in Colombia and some Latin cultures

Christmas in New York City

November and December is a time of glittering windows, Rockettes, Christmas trees, lights, parades, masses, and shopping, lots of shopping.

New York City Ballet George Balanchine The Nutcracker

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
On Sale September, 2017
November 24 – December 31, 2017

December Calendar

Friday, December 1

Portugal regained its independence from Spain on December 1, 1640.

Ballet Hispanico presents its Fall season at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at 8pm.

Saturday, December 2

Celebrate the start of the Christian holiday of Advent.

Tango composer Osvaldo Pugliese was born in Buenos Aires on December 2, 1905.

Ballet Hispanico presents its Fall season at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at 8pm.

Sunday, December 3

The Encuentro NYC Colombian music and dance festival at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, was December 3, 2016, 4-10pm.

Monday, December 4

Tuesday, December 5

Venezuelan-American Mariah Carey brought her annual “All I Want for Christmas is You” concert to the Beacon Theatre December 5-17, 2016.

French-Canadian playwright Robert Lepage directs Parisian avant-garde theater ensemble Théâtre du Soleil / Ex Machina in Kanata, a monumental theatre piece about the Native American experience in Canada from the 19th century to the present. At the Park Avenue Armory, December 5-19.

The Broadway play Farinelli and the King has its first preview at the Belasco Theatre in the Theater District at 8pm. Through March 25, 2018.

Wednesday, December 6

2017 Grammy Nominations were announced Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30am.

Thursday, December 7

Art Basel Miami Beach is Thursday-Sunday, December 7-10. It’s not in New York, but the entire New York art world will be there.

Colombians start their Christmas celebration with the Día de las Velitas (Day of the Candles).

Friday, December 8

Celebrate the Christian Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Monday, December 11

Carlos Gardel, the legendary Argentine Tango singer was born in Toulouse, France on December 11, 1890.

Golden Globe nominations will be announced December 11, 2017.

Tuesday, December 12

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lighting at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Ave & 59th St) at 8pm. Hanukkah continues through December 20.

Celebrate the Mexican Christian holiday of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Wednesday, December 13

The New York Philharmonic performed Handel’s “Messiah,” a Christmas tradition at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center December 13-14, 2016.

Italian crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli sings at Madison Square Garden, December 13-14 at 7:30pm.

Thursday, December 14

Celebrate the birthday of Argentine Tango composer Juan d’Arienzo, “El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat), in Congreso, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1900.

Friday, December 15

Celebrate the Christian holiday of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Celebrate Panamanian Mother’s Day.

Celebrate the 81st birthday of Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri.

The shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Oscars® was announced December 15, 2016.

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice brought light to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Thursday-Saturday, December 15-17, 2016.

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Broadway play Farinelli and the King opens at the Belasco Theatre in the Theater District (invitation only). Through March 25, 2018.

Monday, December 18

Tuesday, December 19

Watch El Clásico, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, with Peña Madridista NYC at Playwright Irish Pub in Lower Midtown, or Penya FC Barcelona at Smithfield Hall in Chelsea.

Wednesday, December 20

Celebrate the end of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Thursday, December 21

Celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day/longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Friday, December 22

Tickets went on sale in 2016 for the New York Jewish Film Festival in January at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Saturday, December 23

Sunday, December 24

Celebrate the Christian and secular holiday of Christmas Eve.

Celebrate the birthday of singer Ricky Martin in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads the Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This mass is the original meaning of “Christ-mas.”

Monday, December 25

Celebrate the Christian and secular Christmas.

Tuesday, December 26

Celebrate the start of Kwanzaa. It runs through January 1.

Wednesday, December 27

Thursday, December 28

Friday, December 29

Saturday, December 30

Sunday, December 31

Celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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December Events

Mariah Carey “All the Hits”

Venezuelan-American singer
with Lionel Richie
Madison Square Garden, Chelsea
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Andrea Bocelli is classical pop crossover

Multi-Grammy nominated
Italian crossover tenor
Madison Square Garden
December 13-14, 2017

Isabel Leonard to sing Cherubino in Met Opera’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”

Grammy-winning Argentine-American mezzo-soprano
Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
December 2017
January 2018

“Hamilton” is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday 2017

Ballet Hispanico is America’s leading Latino dance company

167 West 89th St
Upper West Side
Apollo Theater
December 1-2, 2017
Joyce Theater
April 9-15, 2018

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York’s iconic church

Catholic church
5th Ave between 50th / 51st St
Midtown East
Spanish mass

Celebrate Mother’s Day. We love you Mom!

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017). Some celebrate on other days in March, May, August, October, or December.

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

Italian Renaissance
Met Fifth Avenue
1000 5th Ave, Upper East Side
November 13, 2017 – February 12, 2018


This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Lighting ceremony Wednesday,
November 29, 2017
Lit through January 7, 2018

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
Through December 2017

Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

This festival of Colombian music and dance is at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village December 3, 2016 from 4-10pm

Bergdorf Goodman

New York City’s most luxurious department store carries the world’s top designer collections including many Latin designers. Bergdorf’s holiday windows are up November 15, 2016.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Fall 2016 at New York City Center

World’s leading modern dance company
New York City Center
131 W 55th St, Midtown
November 30 – December 31, 2016

Latin things to do in NYC January 2018


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