December Happenings 2016

December is a very festive time of year with the majority of events related to the Holiday season. For December 2016 the city of New York has several ongoing events that are only available at this time of year. Here are six events of notes you should definitely attend if the opportunity arises.

December 2016 Events Of Note In New York City

  • The Rockefeller Christmas Tree: the Rockefeller Christmas tree attracts tourist from around the world every year. For 2016 a 78 foot 10 ton Norway Spruce has been decorated with over 45,000 lights. Aside from being a unique site in its own right the Rockefeller tree is also near several other Christmas attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. The tree will remain decorated through January 7th and is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at Rockefeller Center on 49th St.  

  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park: this 17,000 square foot indoor skating rink is not only open late but also free to enter. However, despite no entry fee ice skate rentals are $20 a pair unless you bring your own. There’s more to than just skate. After you are finished you can enjoy a nice meal at  a rink side restaurant or do your holiday shopping at the over 125 stores around the winter village. Located at 6th Avenue and 41st St this attraction will remain open until January 2nd, 2017.   

  • The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: has been a part of greater American culture since 1933. The Rockettes, tap dancing, and flying Santa are just some of the sights of this high energy prop heavy performance. The show will run through January 2nd, 2017 at the famous at Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center.  

  • The Nutcracker: is a classic ballet performance and several interpretations of this famous show are going on across New York City. Showings include the adult Baroque interpretation Nutcracker Rouge from Company XIV, a 1970s version The Hard Nut by the Mark Morris Dance Group, a historical based version The Colonial Nutcracker by Dance Theater of Westchester, and the the classic version performed by by the New York City Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, the New York Theatre, and others.          

  • Union Square Holiday Market: is a classic European style market. The selection is vast with over 150 stores run by vendors both local and national. Selection includes an assortment of handmade gifts and delicious food items. Located at 14th St to 17th St in Union Square between Union Sq West and Park Ave South the market will be open until December 24th, 2016.   

  • Whiplash: lastly, if you’re looking a laugh the annual Whiplash comedy should definitely be on your list of sites to see. This yearly comedy show is hosted by Leo Allen and has a wide range of comedians appearing from the up and coming to well known industry veterans and stars. Surprise guests are a yearly occurrence and have included famous comedians such as David Cross, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. just to name a few. Whiplash is being held at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in the on 307 W 26th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Shows are scheduled for Monday December 19th at 11:00 pm and Monday December 26th at 11:00 pm. UCB also has a location in the East Village.