Things to do in New York in December 2018

Things to do in New York in December 2018 include holiday windows, shopping, Santa, Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, NYCB Nutcracker, Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispánico, Calpulli Navidad, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.


WEEK 48 ~ December 1-2, 2018

Saturday, December 1

Just two weeks left for Affordable Care Act enrollment through December 15 at www.healthcare.gov

Celebrate Portugal’s Restoration of Independence Day from Spain on December 1, 1640.

The Met opera performs Boito’s Italian opera Mefistofele (Mephistopheles) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 1pm. From $20

There is a Filipino Mass “Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan at 2pm. FREE

The Met opera performs Bizet’s French opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles  (The Pearl Fishers) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20


Sunday, December 2 ~ Hanukkah

It’s the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

It’s the start of Advent, the countdown to Christmas.

There is a Nicaraguan Mass “La Purisima” in Spanish at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan at 4pm. FREE

Tango composer and band leader Osvaldo Pugliese (the Chopin of Argentine Tango) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 2, 1905.

Celebrate a traditional Mexican Posada with Mano a Mano at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at 12pm. FREE

Watch Manhattanhenge, the winter days when the sunset lines up with Manhattan’s street grid. FREE


WEEK 49 ~ December 3-9, 2018


Monday, December 3

Watch Manhattanhenge, the winter day when the sunset lines up with Manhattan’s street grid. FREE

Celebrate the second day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30pm.

The Met opera performs Puccini’s Italian opera La Bohème  (The Bohemian) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20


Tuesday, December 4

Celebrate the third day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

IT’S OPENING NIGHT at the Met opera for Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata, at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. Gala cocktails and dinner at 6pm. From $2,000. Premiere performance at 8pm. From $37.


Wednesday, December 5

Celebrate the fourth day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

Join New York State Senate Majority leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Michael Gianaris at a reception for Colombian-American New York State Senator-elect Jessica Ramos of the 13th District, at the Anheuser-Busch offices in Chelsea, Manhattan from 6 – 8pm. From $250

The Met opera performs Puccini’s Italian opera Il Tritico  (The Tryptich) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20


Thursday, December 6

The Art Basel Miami Beach art fair opens today and runs through Sunday.

Golden Globe nominations are announced today.

Celebrate the fifth day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem at 7 & 9pm. $20

The Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio plays the Harlem Stage Gatehouse in Manhattanville, Manhattan for Carnegie Hall Citywide at 7:30pm. FREE

The Met opera performs Puccini’s Italian opera La Bohème  (The Bohemian) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15

Friday, December 7

Nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards are announced today (rescheduled from December 5). The Awards are Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Celebrate the sixth day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

Celebrate Día de las Velitas (Day of the Candles), the Colombian holiday tradition.

Nona by Michael Polish opens at Village East Cinema in Manhattan’s East Village. $15

The Met opera performs Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Photo © Christopher Duggan. Courtesy Ballet Hispánico.

Photo © Christopher Duggan. Courtesy Ballet Hispánico.


Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance company, presents CARMEN.maquia, a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on French composer Bizet’s famous comic opera “Carmen” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Manhattan at 8pm. Get tickets from $13.50

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, NYC’s awesome Mexican dance company, premieres Navidad, A Mexican-American Christmas, a new Off-Broadway holiday production, at the Thalia Theater in Sunnyside, Queens at 8pm. From $37


Saturday, December 8

Celebrate the Marion Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Celebrate the seventh day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30pm.

The Met opera performs Puccini’s Italian opera Il Tritico  (The Tryptich) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 12:30pm. From $20

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8 pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 2 & 8pm. From $29

Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance company, presents CARMEN.maquia, a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on French composer Bizet’s famous comic opera “Carmen” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Manhattan at 8pm. Get tickets from $13.50

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, NYC’s awesome Mexican dance company, premieres Navidad, A Mexican-American Christmas, a new Off-Broadway holiday production, at the Thalia Theater in Sunnyside, Queens at 8pm. From $37

The Met opera performs Bizet’s French opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles  (The Pearl Fishers) at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8:30pm. From $20

The NYC All Night Milonga (Argentine Tango) is at Stepping Out Studios in NoMad, Manhattan from 10pm – 4am.


Sunday, December 9

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 1 & 5 pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 3 & 7:30pm. From $29

Celebrate the eighth day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lightings at Grand Army Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan (Fifth Ave & 59th St) and Park Slope, Brooklyn  (Prospect Park West & Eastern Parkway) around 5:30 pm.

Dance Argentine Tango to live music at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Live sets at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm. $20


WEEK 50 ~ December 10-16, 2018

Monday, December 10

Puccini’s Italian opera La Bohème  (The Bohemian) is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti starts his annual holiday residency at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village with sets at 8pm & 10:30pm. Botti plays nightly through Sunday, January 6, 2019, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. From $55


Tuesday, December 11

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

Dominican drama En el tiempo de las mariposas is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

Watch FC Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League) with Penya FC Barcelona NYC at Smithfield Hall in Chelsea, Manhattan at 3pm.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $45

There is a Mexican community concert for las mañanitas a nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe (the birthday of Our Lady of Guadalupe) at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown East, Manhattan on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7pm. FREE

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

“Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango for dancing at The Django in Tribeca, Manhattan at 7:30pm.

The new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Wednesday, December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.

Puerto Rican comedy La Gringa is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

Colombian psychedelic cumbia band Bomba Estéreo plays Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan at 7pm. $29.50

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

Puccini’s Italian opera Il Trittico is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

“Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at a new venue lunàtico in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn at 8:30pm. $10 recommended donation


Thursday, December 13

Spanish classic drama La casa de Bernarda Alba is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7 pm. From $45

It’s OPENING NIGHT for Flaco Navaja’s first full-length play, Evolution of a Sonero, at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 7:30pm. From $24

Julian Wachner conducts The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah at St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan’s Financial District at 7:30 pm. From $25

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

LAST CHANCE to see Puccini’s Italian opera La Bohème  (The Bohemian) at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

“Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens at 9:30pm. Bar Free, Upstairs $10.

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday, December 14

(2018) The Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film shortlist was announced on this day in 2018.

Colombian drama El coronel no tiene quien le escriba is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 11am. $30

Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero is at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 7:30pm. From $24

Julian Wachner conducts The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah at St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan’s Financial District at 7:30 pm. From $25

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, NYC’s awesome Mexican dance company, premieres Navidad, A Mexican-American Christmas, a new Off-Broadway holiday production, at the Thalia Theater in Sunnyside, Queens at 8pm. From $37

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 8pm. From $29

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 8 pm. From $45

Verdi’s Italian opera Otello is at the Metropolitan Opera at 8pm. From $20

Dominican drama En el tiempo de las mariposas is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 8pm. From $17

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Saturday, December 15

It’s Panamanian Mother’s Day.

Puerto Rican Latin Jazz and Salsa legend Eddie Palmieri was born in East Harlem (El Barrio) on December 15, 1936.

LAST CHANCE to enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance at www.healthcare.gov

The new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center and broadcast live in cinemas at 1pm. From $20

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 2 & 8pm. From $29

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $45

Watch the Turin Derby (Derby della Mole), Torino vs Juventus at the Football Factory at Legends in Koreatown, Manhattan at 2:30pm ET. FREE (but do buy a drink)

Puerto Rican comedy La Gringa is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 3pm. From $17

Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero is at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 3pm & 7:30pm. From $24

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, NYC’s awesome Mexican dance company, premieres Navidad, A Mexican-American Christmas, a new Off-Broadway holiday production, at the Thalia Theater in Sunnyside, Queens at 8pm. From $37

The Spanish-American Romero Guitar Quartet plays Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y at 8pm. From $53

“Best Tango Album” Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 8pm. $10 recommended donation.

Puerto Rican musical La Canción is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 8pm. From $17

Puccini’s Italian opera Il Trittico is at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center at 8:30pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Sunday, December 16

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 1 & 5pm. From $45

Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero is at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 3pm. From $24

Cuban drama Exquisita Agonía is at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan at 3pm. From $17

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 3 & 7:30pm. From $29

Julian Wachner conducts The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah at St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan’s Financial District at 3pm. From $25

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, NYC’s awesome Mexican dance company, premieres Navidad, A Mexican-American Christmas, a new Off-Broadway holiday production, at the Thalia Theater in Sunnyside, Queens at 4pm. From $37

Spanish-Peruvian-Puerto Rican pianist Antonio Truyols plays a free concert in the Weill Art Gallery at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3 pm. FREE

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

Dance Argentine Tango to live music at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Live sets at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm. $20


WEEK 51 ~ December 17-23, 2018

Monday, December 17

Julian Wachner conducts The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah at St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan’s Financial District at 7:30 pm. From $25

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Tuesday, December 18

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

The Met opera performs Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Wednesday, December 19

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 7pm. From $45

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play their annual Big Band Holidays concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $40

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Thursday, December 20

There is a City Singing Christmas Concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan from 7-9pm. FREE, but tickets are required.

Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem at 7 & 9pm. $20

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $45

Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero is at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 7:30pm. From $24

Paul Winter’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration opens at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $38

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play their annual Big Band Holidays concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $40

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday, December 21

It’s the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $45

Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero is at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 7:30pm. From $24

Paul Winter’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration continues at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $38

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play their annual Big Band Holidays concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $40

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 8pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Saturday, December 22

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Haitian – Puerto Rican – American artist was born in Brooklyn on December 22, 1960. SAMO©

The Met opera performs Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 1pm. From $20

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 2 & 8pm. From $29

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $45

LAST CHANCE to see Flaco Navaja’s play Evolution of a Sonero at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the Times Square Theater District at 3pm & 7:30pm. From $24

Paul Winter’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration closes at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, Manhattan at 2 & 7:30 pm. From $38

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play their annual Big Band Holidays concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 8 pm. From $40

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Sunday, December 23

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 1 & 5pm. From $45

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play their annual Big Band Holidays concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 2pm. From $40

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 3 & 7:30pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


WEEK 52 ~ December 24-30, 2018

Monday, December 24

Pop singer Ricky Martin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2pm. From $45

There is a Children’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan at 5:30pm. FREE

It’s Christmas Eve.

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Tuesday, December 25

It’s Christmas (originally, Christ-Mass) the world’s most popular Latin holiday.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown East, Manhattan at 12 midnight. This is the original meaning of “Christ-mass.”

There is a Christmas Mass in Spanish at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown East, Manhattan at 4pm. FREE

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

Wednesday, December 26 ~ Kwanzaa

Contemplate Umoja (Unity) on the first day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 7pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 2 & 7:30pm. From $29

The Met opera performs Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Thursday, December 27

Contemplate Kujchagulia (Self-determination) on the second day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 7pm. From $45

Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem at 7 & 9pm. $20

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 7:30pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

Dance traditional Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional in Chelsea, Manhattan from 9:30pm – 2am. (Classes: Beginners 7pm, Intermediate 8pm). $15


Friday, December 28

Contemplate Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) on the third day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

Celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas), the Latin April Fools Day.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 8pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


Saturday, December 29

Contemplate Ujamaa (Cooperative economics) on the fourth day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

The NYC Ballet Nutcracker is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 2 & 8pm. From $45

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 2 & 8pm. From $29

The Met opera performs Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8pm. From $20

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55

The NYC All Night Milonga (Argentine Tango) is at Stepping Out Studios in NoMad, Manhattan from 10 pm – 4 am.


Sunday, December 30

Contemplate Nia (Purpose) on the fifth day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

LAST CHANCE to see the NYC Ballet Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 1 & 5pm. From $45

LAST CHANCE to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan at 3 & 7:30pm. From $29

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 8pm & 10:30pm. From $55


WEEK 1 ~ December 31, 2018

Monday, December 31

Contemplate Kuumba (Creativity) on the sixth day of Kwanzaa, the African – American holiday tradition.

It’s National Champagne Day!

It’s New Year’s Eve!

Italian–American, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti plays the Blue Note in Greenwich Village at 7pm & 10pm. From $55

  • Happy New Year!
  • ¡Feliz año nuevo!
  • Feliz Ano Novo!
  • Felice anno nuovo!
  • Bonne année!
  • An Nou Fericit!

Tuesday-Sunday (January)


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