The holidays are now in full swing here in the Big Apple! From Christmas trees for sale on the street to holiday displays on Fifth and Madison Avenues to the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, the holiday season is certainly here in full force. For New Yorkers and visitors alike, that means there’s plenty to see and do. Here are just a few things this weekend to check out!
Starting on Friday night at 7:30PM, head on over to Madison Square Garden for Z100’s annual Jingle Ball, the city’s best concert for the season. This year’s performers include The Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Ellie Goulding and more! Tickets and additional information can be found at www.thegarden.com.
The Yorkville Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic, but the Yorkville Nutcracker is arguably the most unique version of the celebrated performance, taking place in 1890s New York City. Head over to the Kaye Playhouse in the Upper East Side for an unforgettable twist on this holiday staple. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.dancespatrelle.org.
Great Northeast Cheese and Dairy Fest
Need a break from all of the holiday shopping and crowds? Head on over to Flushing Town Hall in Queens on Saturday for the Great Northeast Cheese and Dairy Fest, one of the city’s most popular cheese, wine and spirits tasting events. Find tickets and more information at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-northeast-cheese-dairy-fest-tickets-27644816390.
New Literature from Europe Festival
This free and fascinating literary event features some of the best writers in the world. Head on over to the Goeth Institut, Poets House, Scandinavia House, Nuyorican Poets Café and Center for Fiction for interesting readings and other events.
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
Dyker Heights is celebrated for its over-the-top Christmas displays and holiday lights that adorn the neighborhood every year. Bus tours from Union Square are always a great way to see this holiday staple in NYC. Visit www.asliceofbrooklyn.com for more information.
Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center and Central Park
There’s no better way to get in the winter spirit than with ice skating! Head on over to the iconic Rockefeller Center ice skating rink or Wollman Rink in picturesque Central Park for some holiday fun!