Decked Out December Guide 🎄🎆

The month of hot cocoa, peppermint, mistletoe, and caroling is upon us! So the spoiled NYC team has created a guide to navigating NYC and experiencing the festivities happening in the five boroughs. Grab tickets to an immersive light show in Queens, a live dance competition in Manhattan or give yourself the gift of carols and cocoa on water. There is no limit to how you can spend this December with our varied round up so bundle up and start planning!

Sunday, 12/1

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 501 Union Gowanus, Brooklyn


The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is open this December. It unifies the best of neighborhood creators for your pleasure. The 7th installment is full of artisan products, delectable bites & beverages, live music plus arts, and craft programming. Bring your gift lists and acquire all of the things you need in one go! 

Cocoa & Carols Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Manhattan


Board a vintage 1920's yacht, decked out in Christmas decor for the Cocoa & Carols Cruise. Attendees will enjoy complimentary hot chocolate spiked or classic, champagne, beer or wine and a live band. Listen to soothing holiday hymns and Christmas carols throughout the cruise beside NYC's skyline and monuments. 

Wednesday, 12/4

Lights At The Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx

Holidays carolers and ice artists take over the Bronx Zoo this December to create a wonderland. Visitors will see animal sculptures, LED light art and more inside the Zoo for a limited time. Bring your pals and family over to enjoy nature with a Christmas twist.

Thursday, 12/5

Horror Film Festival  260 W 23rd St, Manhattan

The NYCHFF is the most widely recognized film festival catering genre cinema. During the jolly December month, the NYC Horror Film Festival is screening scary and spooky original films. Big names in horror and thriller cinema will be nominated for awards during a ceremony, panels for Q+A's will be held and more. Find the dates that work for you and secure your spot.

Friday, 12/6

Hello Panda Festival Citi Field, Queens


Experience all the wonders of the holiday season brought to life with food, art, sculpture and more. The Hello Panda festival is merging light installments, an art gallery and grub to create an unforgettable experience. Browse enormous bewitching light art, gourmet food vendors and the other immersive entertainment featured.

Saturday, 12/7

A Holiday Oddities Flea Market 307 Kent Avenue, Manhattan 


Stroll along the line between the peculiar and fascinating Holiday Oddities Flea Market. Those who visit the market can expect to find unique and new items to gift or keep. Shop vintage, handcrafted and rare goods.  

Sunday, 12/15

The Nutcracker 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens


Adventure and spirit are brought to life alongside Tchaikovsky's music for The Nutcracker. The Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing, Queens will host the show full of dancing and acting performances. Grab your tickets before they sell out and watch a seasonal gem brought to life!

Monday, 12/16

Latke Festival 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn


This is not a festival about your typical flapjacks. Latke Festival is all about potato pancakes, the holiday treat is usually served with applesauce and other additions. If you're new to this dish or a longtime fan, show up and enjoy. The Brooklyn Museum is serving up assorted drinks and latkes from different chefs.

Thursday, 12/19

A Charlie Brown Christmas 4402 23rd St, Queens


Charles M. Schulz's iconic Charlie Brown Christmas special is moving from television to stage! Thanks to the Secret Theater in Long Island City and a strong cast of performers, old and new fans can enjoy the eternal Peanut classic. Experience a bit of music, humor, jazz, and comfort with friends or solo.

Saturday, 12/21

World Bboy Battle Championships 199 Chambers St, Manhattan

16 of the most competitive and talented recognized b-boys are facing off at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. After the progression through numerous rounds categorized by skill sets like Power moves, Footwork, and Burners, one winner will remain. If dancing is your thing, show up to spectate while live talents take the stage. 

Make Music NY Various Locations


Listen to original and popular music from dozens of different musicians and bands on NYC streets for the Make Music Winter event. The street festival will commence during the day and into the night all over the city and feature different forms of music. Find a performance for you and enjoy the free show in honor of Winter's first day.

Tuesday, 12/24

Christmas Eve Caroling Washington Square Park, Manhattan

The sounds of classic Christmas tunes are made better by soothing synchronized voices this month! Catch free caroling performances at Washington Square Park under the arch. Viewers will also enjoy the music of the Brass Quartet band.

Tuesday, 12/31

New Year's Eve Fireworks Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn