New York City is brimming with culture, great food, and exciting experiences—especially during the holidays! Check out our list of things to do in December in NYC.

1. Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Columbus Circle Holiday marketThis classic New York holiday market is filled with hundreds of artisans and designers offering an array of goodies, including gourmet treats, handcrafted jewelry, art pieces, home goods, and so much more.
Through Dec. 31., Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbus Circle, Manhattan

And check out this list of all the best holiday markets in NYC!

2. Santa and His Elf Visit Bronx’s Little Italy

Santa and his elves are visiting the Bronx! Take a holiday stroll in Little Italy, where magical lights and delectable treats await, and make sure to meet Santa and his cheerful elf.
Dec. 8–Dec. 23, Fridays 12 – 2 p.m. and Saturdays 3 – 5 p.m.; 610 Crescent Ave, the Bronx

3. Astronomy: The December Sky

The clear, crisp night skies of December are perfect for stargazing. Grab your friends and a hot chocolate and explore our beautiful solar system.
Saturday, Dec. 9., 6 – 7 p.m., Van Cortlandt Nature Center, the Bronx

4. Holiday Window Displays

No better way to embrace the magic of the holiday season than strolling through the city streets and gazing at the iconic Christmas windows of New York City. From glittering lights to magical characters, these captivating windows showcase the spirit of the holidays and transform the city into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy.
Various department stores, including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s Herald Square, Bloomingdales, and Raising Cane’s; Anytime

5. Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Times Square on New Years Eve, confetti in the air. Say goodbye to 2023 and countdown to a dazzling 2024 at the Times Square Ball Drop! Join the lively crowd in the heart of the city for an unforgettable classic New Year’s celebration.
Dec. 31, Till midnight; Viewpoints along Broadway from 43rd Street to 50th Street, Manhattan


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