Top 10 Things To Do In December


Window Shopping.

Holiday window displays to help keep you merry.

Christmas shopping can happen anywhere, but it’s only in NYC that you can find some of the most stunning holiday window displays in existence. From Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales to Macy’s and Barneys, these top of the line department stores spare no expense when it comes to covering their window décor in holiday cheer. So put on your warmest clothes and coziest boots and admire the various presentations firsthand. It’s guaranteed to keep you merry well into the new year.

All Aboard!

The NYBG Holiday Train Show is pulling into the station.

If you thought the New York Botanical Garden was just made up of flowers and plants – think again! This iconic establishment also plays host to its very own Holiday Train Show, which lasts throughout the entire month of December. Come watch in wonder as model trains zoom through a display of 150 landmarks, many of which should look very familiar and include miniature versions of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and even Rockefeller Center. These locomotives will have you feeling like a kid again. And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop, so you can get that Christmas checklist underway! (2900 Southern Blvd.)

Ice, Ice, Baby.

The perfect way to skate through the holidays.

Nothing says it’s Christmas time like taking a little stroll (or should we say glide) on an ice skating rink and you won’t find a more scenic location to do it than in the Big Apple. Bryant Park’s annual Bank of America Winter Village can offer all that and much more. This fun holiday market provides the perfect setting for a little shopping and skating if the mood strikes you. So not only can you browse an endless array of unique vendors for all your present-buying needs, but you can close out the day with a romantic loop around the rink. (41 W. 40th St.)

Gingerbread Crumbs.

A landmark extravaganza you don’t want to miss.

Run, run, run, as fast as you can… to Le Parker Meridien’s annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, that is! Come admire (and drool over) a stunning display of miniature gingerbread houses right in the hotel lobby. However, these aren’t just your typical gingerbread configurations. These sugarcoated structures are replicated after NYC’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and more. There’s even an option to vote on your favorite design. It’s the perfect way to satisfy your inner-child and your inner-sweet tooth. (119 W. 56th St.)

Let There Be Light.

NYC’s most iconic Christmas tree is back.

No Big Apple Christmas would be complete without experiencing the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, which will kick off on 12/2. This iconic tradition allows onlookers the chance to be awestruck as thousands of twinkling lights brighten the night sky. Towering high above the city’s beloved Rockefeller ice rink, this stunning Swarovski star-topped tree is guaranteed to fill you with the holiday spirit. And if that isn’t enough, then surly a few holiday-themed performances from Hollywood’s A-list stars will get you singing a different tune. (

Go For The Goalie.

Nothing beats a good ice hockey game.

You can’t truly appreciate the thrill of an ice hockey game until you’ve witnessed one firsthand, and the Barclays Center is hosting the perfect event for you to do just that. Watch as the New York Islanders hit the ice and go stick-to-stick against the New York Rangers in a rousing battle that’s guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. But hurry — this epic showdown kicks off on 12/2, so get your tickets today! (620 Atlantic Ave.)

Top Of The Menorah To You.

A holiday tradition for all to enjoy.

If you’re a fan of beautiful lights and delicious food then NYC’s annual Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah event is just what you’ve been looking for. This Jewish Festival of Lights has become a beloved city tradition during the holiday season, allowing both tourists and natives alike to come together to watch this 32-foot-high, 4,000-pound candelabra light up the night sky. Live music as well as a variety of holiday-themed treats will also be available, making this one celebration you won’t want to miss. Oh, and did we mention it’s absolutely free!? So what are you waiting for? Come join the fun from 12/6-13. (Fifth Ave. and 59th St.)

Jim Gaffigan at MSG.

A holiday tradition for all to enjoy.

If laughter is the best medicine, then consider Jim Gaffigan the cure to the common cold. On 12/12, you can come see this comedy legend firsthand as he takes the stage on the World’s Most Famous Arena: Madison Square Garden for a night of side-stitching fun you won’t soon forget. And since it’s all live, that means anything can happen! So if laughter is what you’re looking for, this one is guaranteed to hit you right in the funny bone. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Put A Pin(stripe) In It.

College football just got even better.

It’s college football like you’ve never seen it before. That’s right, sports fans – the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl is back and better than ever this year.  Featuring participants from both the Big Ten and ACC, this nationally televised event has been responsible for some of the most memorable moments in college football history. So hike on over to Yankee Stadium while you still can and watch these fine athletes battle it out on the field for the George M. Steinbrenner trophy. Touchdowns, tackles, and trophies — it’s everything you need to help stay merry all year round. Kickoff commences 12/26 at 3:30 p.m. (1 E. 161st St.)

Buffett at Barclays.

This is one concert you won’t want to miss.

Looking for an unforgettable way to ring in the New Year? Then we suggest you head over to the Barclays Center on 12/31 to see the legendary Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band live, along with special guest Huey Lewis & The News! Known for his chart-topping hits like “Cheeseburger In Paradise” and “Margaritaville,” Buffett is sure to deliver a memorable performance that will leave you awestruck well into the New Year. And when you add Huey Lewis & The News to that lineup? It’s enough to make you want to go “Back in Time” and relive the evening all over again. (620 Atlantic Ave.)