December NYC Events (12/16/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

NYC events in December 2021

“Plan your month with our NYC events in December 2021 guide including holiday markets and festive foodWritten by Shaye WeaverTONY

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with the best NYC events in December 2021. This season’s highlights include, well, you already know what they are. You can really get into the spirit when you visit one of New York’s many holiday markets boasting great gifts for your friends and family as well as tasty provisions. Looking for something less festive? Check out terrific art shows and pop-up holiday bars.”

Here are 6 of my faves:

The beloved New York holiday train tradition at the New York Botanical Garden is back for its 30th year!

The garden will become a mini-train depot with its collection of 25 G-scale model trains that’ll chug along a nearly half-mile track (which is also overhead) by 175 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center—all made of natural materials such as leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs, bark and berries. 

Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins November 20.

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park is back this year in all it’s holiday glory. On the grounds you can peruse about 170 shopping and food kiosks—all at one of the best NYC parks. Work up an appetite at the free, 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and then fill up at the rinkside pop-up restaurant called The Lodge Deck for festive cocktails and hearty food.

Holiday windows in New York City

Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out sweaters and great presents from our holiday gift guide, stop outside Macy’s, Barneys and other classic department stores to take in holiday windows that feature famous cartoonists, iconic New York attractions and more.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights residents take the holidays very seriously: The houses in this nabe are decked out with thousands of lights, life-size toy soldiers, inflatable Santas and more. Take in all the best displays on this 3.5-hour bus tour.


The colorful lanterns created by the LAB at Rockewell Group are officially back at Brookfield Place for the season. Open daily now through January 2, 2022 between 10am and 8pm, visitors will be able to send a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns up above. There’s something simply magical about sending our wishes into a light-filled display of beauty.  The destination will also be hosting a special new interactive experience titled Maestro this year. From 10am through 8pm on December 4-7, 11-12 and 16-19, visitors will actually get to conduct their own symphony. Holiday music will play in the background while patrons use gesture-controlled instruments to create unique light shows.

Igloos and ice-less curling in Bryant Park

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, open now through March 6, is poised to once again be one of the most exciting attractions this season. In fact, in addition to the over 170 holiday shops, kiosks and eateries that make up the destination, the village will play host to two exciting activities for New Yorkers to revel in. First up: a series of cozy igloos that are heated and overlook the park’s iconic skating rink. Inside the clear and intimate structures, each one decorated with holiday cheer in mind, patrons can order delicious food and drinks to enjoy among friends or family (each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests). If it’s something a bit more active that you’re looking to do, consider visiting the on-site Curling Café, which will offer the first-ever iceless curling experience. Expect dedicated curling lanes where two teams of up to four people each can play some “street” (also known as iceless) curling for an hour-and-a-half. According to an official press release, the lanes are accompanied by “a private, heated dome where teams can warm up and share seasonal drinks and bites between games.”

TONY lists 29 December Events, for all the rest go HERE


10 Best NYC Christmas Trees That Aren’t In Rockefeller Center

Claire LeadenSecret NYC

“Sure, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree gets all the glory—but there are so many other stunningly decorated trees all over the city!

From the Park to the Palace (hotel, that is), these stops are perfect to add to your route as you explore all the holiday fun in NYC.”

Here are 10 spectacular NYC Christmas trees, and once again Secret NYC does a wonderful job bringing the very best of NYC to our attention.

Check them out regularly, I do.

1. New York Public Library, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

New York Public Library

This year, NYPL’s enormous tree with fake snow dusting and woodsy pinecones — one of the most festive in the city — is said to be featured at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on Fifth Ave. Usually it’s at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building across the street. You can still see the festive wreaths on the famous lion statues out front there, and a lot of other holiday decor throughout the building as well!

Address: 455 5th Ave.

2. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza

The dazzling tree in The Plaza Hotel lobby even has wrapped presents underneath! A stunning crystal chandelier also adds to the photo op, and don’t miss holiday-themed cocktails at Palm Court & an Eloise Pop Up Shop!

Address: 768 5th Ave.

3. Washington Square Park

Facebook / Washington Square Association

This gorgeous tree makes the iconic Washington Square Arch even more picturesque. The official lighting for this year will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. TheRob Susman Brass Quartet will lead the group in holiday songs, with songbooks provided, and event Santa will appear (with candy canes!) to lead the lighting countdown. The multi-colored lights on the 45-foot tree will then remain lit from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. every day of the season.

Address: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.

4. Brookfield Place

Instagram / @jhaykin

This tree is only one of the fabulous holiday features in the downtown Brookfield Place shopping center this season. Don’t miss ice skating and a dazzling canopy of winter lanterns.

Address: 230 Vesey St.

5. Zucotti Park

Instagram/ @sincerelymaureen

Zuccotti Park is lined with dazzling trees everywhere that create a glowing display right in FiDi! Truly magical.

Address: At Liberty St. between Broadway & Church St.

6. The Peninsula Hotel

Instagram / @thepeninsulanyc

The Peninsula Hotel looks just as festive on the outside as it does on the inside! There are multiple Christmas trees decked out with gold ribbon and giant ornaments.Advertisement

Address: 700 5th Ave.

7. Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

This tree in Dante’s Park right near the glamorous Lincoln Center brings a bright light to the West Side! Usually it’s lit at the annual Winter’s Eve event, but this year Lincoln Center is hosting smaller neighborhood pop-up events and installations instead. Stay up to date on their website here.

Address: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, on 62nd Street

8. The Seaport District

Jane Kratochvil

The Seaport District’s gigantic tree will go up Thursday, Dec. 2, with a special lighting ceremony and festive night with pop-up markets, hot cocoa and cookies! In general throughout the holiday season it’s the perfect place to see decor, go shopping, and get mulled wine or spiked cider at the Garden Bar.

Address: 19 Fulton St.

9. Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Three trees stand tall near the ice rink and they are the perfect addition to the Winter Village already overflowing with Christmas spirit — the official lighting takes place on Monday, Dec. 6! Don’t forget to also catch the holiday market and delicious bites at The Lodge.

Address: Between 5th and 6th Ave., W 40 St. and W 42 St.

10. New York Botanical Garden

Instagram / @lucerobarbosa_

The New York Botanical Garden has multiple, beautifully lit Christmas trees. Plan a whole day and see GLOW or check out the train show too!

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx


So many great things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between December 15th-21st – New York – The Infatuation

Magical Christmas Window Displays In NYC To See This Holiday – TONY

21 Best Italian Restaurants in New York | Condé Nast Traveler

Top 10 Secrets of Harlem, Manhattan – Untapped New York

New Year’s Eve Events In NYC to ring in 2022 – TONY

At Bar Milano, Eataly NYC Transports Diners to Northern Italy – Robb Report


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