Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
At the end of the year, Bryant Park is transformed into Midtown Manhattan's very own winter wonderland. At Bryant Park, you can enjoy a variety of holiday shops along with a skating rink. The Bryant Park rink is the city's only ice skating rink where admission is free.
Holiday shopping at Bryant Park features a range of artisanal boutiques that includes food vendors and artisans from the local area, as well as over the world. When it comes to food, Bryant Park offers Public Fare, where you can get pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. Wine and cocktails will be available in the evening.
The rink measures 17,000 square feet and you can rent skates there and enjoy special events, including free skating shows.
Bryant Park's offerings will be available daily through all of December and the beginning of January.
Tasting @OSH: American Whiskeys
Whiskey is one of America's favorite liquors and has a history that dates all the way back to the 10th century. It has a long history in the US as well, having been used as currency during the Revolutionary War. Celebrate this drink at the Old Stone House (OSH) Whiskey Tastings. At the OSH tastings, you will be able to taste a variety of American whiskeys, which will be served along with cheeses and bread.
The whiskey tasting will be held on December 8th at the Old Stone House in Washington Park, located at 336 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Tickets are $45.
The NY Dog Film Festival
Are you are a dog person? If so, celebrate your relationship with your canine companion at the Annual NY Dog Film Festival. The festival takes place in NYC each fall before traveling around the US to support regional animal welfare. The 3rd Annual Dog Film Festival will kick off on December 10th and features two sets of films: Every Dog Has His Day at 2:45 pm and Love Makes the World Go Round at 4:45 PM.
Tickets will be $15 with a $1.37 fee. The box office will be open for 30 minutes before showtimes.
The 9th Annual Latke Festival
Celebrate potato pancakes at the 9th Annual Latke festival, which is held at the Brooklyn Museum. Latkes will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges and proceeds will go to The Sylvia Center. Participating restaurants include Benchmark, Shelsky's of Brooklyn, and Mae Mae Cafe. Previous winning latkes have included seeded potato latkes stuffed with honey mustard and topped with horseradish cream cheese and pastrami smoked salmon.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway. Early Bird admission tickets are $55, regular admission is $70, and VIP admission is $120. The Latke Festival will be held on December 18th and will start at 6 PM.
New Year's Eve in Time's Square
The New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square is the most famous celebration of the New Year, with the ball-drop being the most popular element of the celebration. Every year there are thousands of people present to witness it in Times Square alone, and millions more watching on television all over the world. Along with the countdown and ball-drop, there will be performances by musical stars, confetti, and a pyrotechnic display.
The event occurs on December 31th and there are multiple venues in Time Square from which you can enjoy the festivities. Applebee's, Planet Hollywood and Bucca di Beppo all have their own events to ring in the New Year as well.