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A number of Christmas concerts take place throughout the city. Some of the best:
* The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November to January. Don't miss out on this essential slice of holiday kitsch.
* Every year, the Vienna Boys Choir performs a Christmas show at Carnegie Hall. More info: 212 247 7800

* Catch a performance of Handel's Messiah in Harlem's stunning gothic cathedral, St John the Divine. More info: 212 316 7540
* Croon along with the professionals at Handel's Messiah Singalong. Takes place at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
* The choirs of Harlem put on a festive jazz and gospel show at the Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Festival. More info 212 870 6700.

More Holiday Traditions:

Chanakuh, The Festival of Lights, takes place in early to mid-December. Yaakov Agam's 32-foot tall Menorah, the world's largest, is lighted each evening of Chanukah on 5th Ave. at 59th St. More here.

The Winter Solstice Concert at St John the Divine is a fast-growing tradition. "Earth musician" Paul Winter draws audiences in excess of 11,000 for four performances over three days. More info: 212 316 7540

A holiday tradition: iceskating at the Rockefeller Center through January. More info: 212 332 6868

Another classic holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, plays at Lincoln Center.

 

Christmas Day Dec. 25th - Public Holiday

The spectacular Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree goes up at the beginning of December, signalling the start of the festive season in New York City. If you want to see more holiday lights, there's a good guide available at nyctourist.com.

Other December Events:
These are usual times and locations. Make sure to check ahead for confirmation.

World Aids Day Candlelight Vigil takes place December 1st. Tribute to those whose lives are affected by HIV. More info: Housing Works 212 966 0466. worldaidsday.org

The New York Exposition of Short Film & Video runs for a week in early December. Focusing on film and video under 60 minutes long, it is the longest runnign independent film festival in the USA.

Running until January, it's the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center. A classic one-ring show best known for its fun-loving clowns. For more info: 212 307 4100

Bam New Wave Festival runs from Septembe to December at Brooklyn Academy of Music
More Info: (800) 755-4000

BAM presents new dance, theater, concerts, performance art, theater for young people, and repertory and first run films.

For New Year's Eve, see January


 
January TOP

New year's Day - January 1st, Public Holidayublic Holiday

Times Square New Year's Eve
When & Where:
The Ball Lowering is held atop One Times Square, located at the southern end of the "BowTie" of Times Square between 42nd and 43rd Streets on Broadway/Seventh Avenue.
More info: (212) 768-1560
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Traditionally marked by a 200,000 people gathering to watch the ball drop. No parade, but it does signal the beginning of the pre-Lenten Carnival season throughout the world to the millions watching the event on TV.

New York Road Runner's Club Midnight Run
More info: New York Road Runners Club - 212 860 4455
Midnight Run on nyrrc.org
Four-mile event that takes place at Central Park. Live DJs, fireworks, a costume masquerade and a non-alcoholic toast are all part of the fun.

More New Year's Eve Events to Look For:

First Night - New Year's Eve family oriented celebrations 
New Year's Eve Concert for Peace - Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Harlem. Come early for free general seating, or call 212-581-1212 for reserved tickets.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration - South Street Seaport
New Year's Eve Fireworks - Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. This is a safe event (ie no alcohol), but there are DJs, bands and a laser light show.
New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve Concert - Lincoln Center

January Parades/Festivals:

Three Kings Day Parade
When:: January 6

Where: 3rd Avenue
from 106th to 116th Streets
More info: 212 831 7272 ext 135
Filling the streets of Spanish Harlem with camels, sheep, donkeys, hoards of schoolchildren, men dressed as kings and Latin music, the Three Kings Day Parade is a thoroughly colourful and festive Christmas affair, Latin American-style.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
When: 3rd Mon in Jan - Public Holiday
Where: Manhattan's Fifth Ave, from 61st to 86th St.
More info: 212 316 7540

Chinese New Year Parade
Whenn: on the first full moon after January 21& before Feb. 19
Where: Around Mott Street, Chinatown.
More info: Chinatown Online or 212 431 9740, 212 941 0920
Dragons, clashing cymbals, colourful costumes, firecrackers and good family fun.
San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
The world's first & largest

More January Events:

A holiday tradition: iceskating at the Rockefeller Center through January. More info: 212 332 6868

Another classic holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, plays at Lincoln Center

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November to January. Don't miss out on this essential slice of holiday kitsch.

National Boat Show Early January at JKJavits Convention Center. A well-known showcase for new boats. Whatever your fancy, you'll see it here fist. More info: 212 922 1212

Winter Antiques Show: Late January at Seventh Regiment Armory. The Winter Antiques Show is America's most prestigious venue for fine and decorative arts, with an attendance of more than 25,000 over a ten-day run. Also marks the beginning of Americana Week.

The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center. A classic one-ring show best known for its fun-loving clowns. For more info: 212 307 4100.

February TOP

February is Black History Month!

Valentine's Day

February 14th
NY Valentine's Guide on ny.com.
What could be more romantic than weddings atop the Empire State Building? A special honor, couples must prove their worth by writing to the building supervisors. Those chosen are wed on the 80th floor, and are entitled to free visits to the Observatory every Valentine's Day.

Parades and Festivals

Chinese New Year Parade
When: on the first full moon after January 21& before Feb. 19
Where: Around Mott Street, Chinatown.
More info:
Chinese New YeaRin our Image Server  Chinatown Online or 212 431 9740, 212 941 0920
Dragons, clashing cymbals, colourful costumes, firecrackers and good family fun.
San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade & Festival
The world's first & largest

Lunar Year Parade
When: Like the Chinese New Year, this parade falls on the first full moon after Jan 21 & before Feb 19.
Where: Main Street & 37th Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue

Presidents Day Parade
When: The third Monday in February - Public Holiday
Where: 5th Ave, from 35th to 50th Sts.
 

More February Events

New York Armory Antiques Show takes place in early February at 7th regiment Armory More info: 914-698-3442, 212-472-1180 or Wendy Antiques Shows.

Arguably the most popular and most prestigious dog show in the US, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show take splace at Madison Square Garden in mid-February.

Gramercy Park Antiques and Fine Art Show take splace in mid to late February at 69th Regiment Armory. More info: 212-255-0020 or Stella Shows.

The Empire State Building Run-up is a grueling, invite only competition in which competitors race from the lobby to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. For more information check out

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