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NYC holiday events, shows and attractions

The holiday spirit is here in New York City and there's plenty to do this season.

From enjoying warm cocktails, spicy sweets and warm latkes, to having fun at winter-themed exhibits and holiday concerts, there's much more to do than taking in the "Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes."

Scroll through for our picks.

Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise (through Dec. 30)

Carol literally around Manhattan aboard a cruise ship
Photo Credit: Classic Harbor Line

Carol literally around Manhattan aboard a cruise ship decked out with holiday decor and full of wine, beer, champagne, and (spiked) gourmet hot cocoa. Classic Harbor Line's Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise takes off from Chelsea Piers and serenades you with live carols and a free drink. ($64, 5:15 and 7:45 p.m., West 22nd Street and Hudson River, sail-nyc.com)

Donner and Blitzen's Reindeer Lounge (Nov. 30-Dec. 30)

Enjoy one of four grand fireplaces, tall Christmas
Photo Credit: Sarah Boisjoli

Enjoy one of four grand fireplaces, tall Christmas trees, a candy cane wall and holiday-themed cocktails ($13) at this pop-up bar open just for the season. The menu includes Festivus mulled wine, candy cane shots, and the Nog-Gonna Make It To Work Tomorrow (pictured), White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Slushy and bites like Fondue You See What I See, The Office Party Cookie Plate, Fried S'mores, and more. DJs will spin tunes on the weekends. (noon to late, daily, 224 Franklin St., Greenpoint,  reindeerlounge.com )

Sustainable Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Dec. 21-27)

Sustainable brands are gathering together for their own
Photo Credit: This Candle Company

Sustainable brands are gathering together for their own holiday pop-up on Mott Street with a curated selection of products like candles from This Candle Company, and apparel, shoes, accessories, candles, and beauty supplies from Karen Thomas, Alejandra Burguette, Ali Eichenholz, Espinache, Jeffrey Burroughs, Lina Mayorga, Perennial, Collection Co., Johanna Dinardo and others. (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 252 Mott St., facebook.com)

'Wreath Interpretations' (Dec. 10-Jan. 3)

Peruse through unique and unconventional wreaths from nearly
Photo Credit: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Peruse through unique and unconventional wreaths from nearly 40 fine artists and designers who formed their works with piano keys, pasta, plastic bottles, various tools ("Domestic Artifacts" by Liz York, pictured), foam ears, tree tags and art supplies among other unusual objects. The exhibit opens with a reception Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Free, 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 830 Fifth Ave., nycgovparks.org)

Flatiron Cheer Dec. 1-23

Join in on a whole month of free
Photo Credit: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership BID

Join in on a whole month of free activities and holiday-themed walking tours from the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership each Sunday in December. Catch free live performances and activities, including Winter Wellness Wednesdays and chances to win giveaways. flatirondistrict.nyc)

Kwanzaa Crawl (Dec. 26)

Members of the African diaspora are once again
Photo Credit: Kwanzaa Crawl

Members of the African diaspora are once again gathering together to support the black-owned bars in Brooklyn and Harlem in celebration of Kwanzaa. More than 4,000 expected participants will be split into more than 40 teams to travel between more than 30 bars. Those who participate will get their own Kwanzaa Crawl cup to take with them to each bar.
($25, noon to 1 a.m., kwanzaacrawl.com)

Celebration of Kwanzaa (Dec. 29)

The Parkchester community is celebrating Kwanzaa with an
Photo Credit: Habari Gani Family

The Parkchester community is celebrating Kwanzaa with an evening of live music and dancing, an African market, a raffle and a free dinner. (Free, 4 to 8 p.m., St. Helena's Church, 1315 Olmstead Ave., Bronx)

Winterland Rink at Pier 17

Now you can pair your ice skating with
Photo Credit: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Now you can pair your ice skating with some skyline views. An outdoor rink debuted Friday at the Rooftop at Pier 17, offering sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and the East River from the top of the four-story Seaport District venue. In addition to daily ice skating at the seasonal installation, the rink will hold programming such as curling and broomball. Visitors to the rooftop rink also have access to bites and seasonal drinks at the Tank, a "warming hut," the new restaurant and lounge R17, and food trucks. ($10-14 Monday-Thursday, $16-22 with skate rental; $13-17 Friday-Sunday, $19-25 with skate rental; open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Seaport District, pier17ny.com)

Urban Zen/International Folk Art Market (Dec. 6-29)

This international marketplace will have more than 40
Photo Credit: Urban Zen

This international marketplace will have more than 40 artisans from places like Colombia, India, Thailand, Madagascar and South Africa in one space (Donna Karan's Urban Zen), selling things like baskets, carpets, silk and woven clothing, dyed tapestries, Bandhani textiles, Zulu pottery and more. (Monday through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; Urban Zen, 705 Greenwich St.; eventbrite.com)

Holiday Show Spectacular (Nov. 30-Dec. 29)

Nitehawk Cinema is screening holiday favorites for a
Photo Credit: Nitehawk

Nitehawk Cinema is screening holiday favorites for a whole month, including "Home Alone," "Elf," "Love Actually," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," "Die Hard," "Black Christmas" and more. ($12, 136 Metropolitan Ave. Williamsburg, nitehawkcinema.com)

Big Apple Circus NYE Party

Big Apple Circus is putting on a two-hour
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Big Apple Circus/JP Yim

Big Apple Circus is putting on a two-hour extravaganza with aerialists and acrobats, a freestanding ladder act, flying trapeze, wall trampoline troupe and NYE-centric tricks like a human ball drop, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. ($45-$250, 9:30 p.m., Damrosch Park, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, bigapplecircus.com)

Bar Hugo's no-cover party

Sip on special cocktails, dance to tunes by
Photo Credit: Dylan Cross/Dragonfly Image Partners

Sip on special cocktails, dance to tunes by a live DJ and ring in the new year with party favors and a Champagne toast as fireworks blast into the night sky. (Free entry, 525 Greenwich St., hotelhugony.com)

Coney Island Celebration

Enjoy free live music from Priceless and DJ
Photo Credit: iStock / Elena Zubreva

Enjoy free live music from Priceless and DJ Dan, sideshow performances, karaoke, rides, including free admission to the B&B Carousell, and bumper cars at the fourth annual New Year's Eve celebration in Coney Island. The Parachute Jump will countdown to the New Year and finish with a 10-minute fireworks display. (9 p.m., Steeplechase Plaza at the Parachute Jump, Boardwalk and West 19th Street, allianceforconeyisland.org)

'A Concert to Usher in the New Year'

Ring in the new year with a free,
Photo Credit: Courtesy St. Bartholomew's Church

Ring in the new year with a free, hourlong concert performed on the St. Bartholomew Church's organ, which is the largest of its kind in the city. Organist Paolo Bordignon will play carols, Mozart, Mendelssohn and songs to celebrate the coming of the new year, including a prelude by Bach (written while he was in jail), "Radetzky March," a piece by Louis Vierne based on the clock chime of Big Ben, and finally, "Auld Lang Syne." There will be Champagne for all at midnight. (Free, 11 p.m., 325 Park Ave., mmpaf.org)

Gansevoort Meatpacking Rooftop NYE party

Celebrate at this swanky rooftop bar as you
Photo Credit: Gansevoort Meatpacking Rooftop

Celebrate at this swanky rooftop bar as you take in views of the NYC skyline. Party favors, an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight and more will be available for guests. (Starting at $169, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 18 Ninth Ave., nightout.com)

Broken Shaker's New Year's Eve

Sister Nancy, the first female dancehall DJ and
Photo Credit: Courtesy Broken Shaker

Sister Nancy, the first female dancehall DJ and reggae legend, is headlining Broken Shaker's New Year's Eve party this year. DJ Gravy will follow with a set mix of reggae, hip-hop and R&B tunes. There will be an open bar by Pernod Ricard and a Champagne toast at midnight. (Free, 10 p.m., 23 Lexington Ave., eventbrite.com)

'90s Lodge party at Treadwell Park

Reminisce at this New Year's Eve party that
Photo Credit: Courtesy Treadwell Park

Reminisce at this New Year's Eve party that will take you back to the good old 1990s. The lodge party will have a holiday-themed photo booth and a beer toast at midnight. There will be two drink packages available in which guests can enjoy the 20 craft beers on tap. ($60-$75, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1125 First Ave., eventbrite.com)

Elsie Rooftop NYE party

Get a live view of the ball drop
Photo Credit: Elsie Rooftop

Get a live view of the ball drop 25 stories up on Elsie Rooftop. Ring in the new year with appetizers, cocktails, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. (Starting at $139, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., 1412 Broadway, nightout.com)

Marriott Marquis NYE with Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke, Aliana Lohan and Niykee Heaton are
Photo Credit: Seze Devres Photography

Robin Thicke, Aliana Lohan and Niykee Heaton are headlining this year's Marriott Marquis New York Eve party with host Rashad Jennings, the New York Giants football player and "Dancing with the Stars" champion. Guests will have a dinner buffet and access to an open bar. (Starting at $500, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., 1535 Broadway, marquisnewyearseve.com)

Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps (through Feb. 9)

Photo Credit: Courtesy Jewish Museum

"Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps," is the Jewish Museum's collection of more than 80 Hanukkah lamps that come from four continents across six centuries. The collection contains almost 1,050 pieces and was amassed over 114 years. Each lamp is unique in its design, decoration and the way it was created. Open Christmas Day. ($18, Saturday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan TheJewishMuseum.org)

A Bach New Year's Eve

Enjoy some of Bach's more spirited music sung
Photo Credit: amorartis.org

Enjoy some of Bach's more spirited music sung by Amor Artis with violinists Chloe Fedor and Jacob Ashworth, inside the Church of the Holy Trinity. ($50, 7:30 p.m., 316 E. 88th St., amorartis.org)

Light & Life Presents: David Guetta (Dec. 31)

Two-time Grammy Award winner David Guetta is taking
Photo Credit: Getty Images for MTV/Ian Gavan

Two-time Grammy Award winner David Guetta is taking the stage for a second year-end performance for Light & Life for a night of EDM that'll have you dancing through to 2019. ($109-$199, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., a Brooklyn warehouse TBD, facebook.com)

Metropolis: The Portal to Tomorrows

It's all about the future at this
Photo Credit: Sony Hall

It's all about the future at this "decadent" party inside Sony Hall (formerly the Diamond Horseshoe). The experience will mesh nightlife and fantasy from dusk till dawn. There is a full, premium open bar and performances by international DJs all night. (Tickets start at $80, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., 235 W. 46th St.,  nightout.com)

Fireworks display at Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza is celebrating with a midnight
Photo Credit: iStock

Grand Army Plaza is celebrating with a midnight fireworks display, live music and more. (Free, 661 Warren St., Brooklyn, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., prospectpark.org)

The National Ballet Theater of Odessa's 'The Nutcracker' (Dec. 14)

National Ballet Theater of Odessa from Ukraine will
Photo Credit: Courtesy Classical Arts Entertainment

National Ballet Theater of Odessa from Ukraine will put on a performance of "The Nutcracker" as part of the company's first-ever U.S. tour. Ballerina Elena Baranovskaya will lead the production at On Stage At Kingsborough. ($34-$39, 7 p.m., 2001 Oriental Blvd.,Manhattan Beach; OnStageAtKingsborough.org)

Brooklyn Music School: 'Home for the Holidays' (Dec. 14)

Enjoy a night of holiday songs of Christmas,
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Music School

Enjoy a night of holiday songs of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and scenes from musicals like "Ragtime," "Into the Woods" and "The Wiz" performed by students in BMS's Musical Theater and Performance Program. The program introduces children to performance and musical theater in an 18-week intensive course that ends in fully produced performances at the BMS Playhouse. ($15, 6:30 p.m., 126 Saint Felix St., Brooklyn, brooklynmusicschool.org)

'What the Dickens?' Reading of 'A Christmas Carol' (Dec. 15)

Performers and writers are gathering at Housing Works
Photo Credit: Housing Works

Performers and writers are gathering at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to do a reading of "A Christmas Carol" as audience members sip on hot cocoa, mulled wine and peruse the bookstore. All books and merch will be 10 percent off. (Free, noon to 4:30 p.m., 126 Crosby St., eventbrite.com)

Winter Onederland (Through Jan. 7)

One World Trade Center transforms into a winter
Photo Credit: Getty Images for One World / Cindy Ord

One World Trade Center transforms into a winter wonderland with a "magical underground winter grotto" decorated with crystals and icicles. When you step inside the One World Observatory, you'll get to ride the SkyPod elevator at 23 mph while seeing the city evolve before your eyes on a screen. Plus, you can create a frosted window with the touch of your finger and marvel at a giant snow globe perfect for selfies, too. Those who stay to dine will be able to choose from a menu of festive fare, including a Thanksgiving-themed turkey dish and holiday cocktails like "the Fifth Avenue," "Winter in Central Park" and "ONEderland Eggnog." ($34-$54, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 285 Fulton St., oneworldobservatory.com)

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Through Jan. 1)

Nothing says
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

Nothing says "Christmas in New York" quite like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Complete with the world-famous Rockettes and plenty of holiday cheer, this event is a family favorite. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of the Americas, Manhattan, showtimes vary, $35 to $269, rockettes.com/christmas)

Enjoy the sparkling Christmas trees around NYC

From Bryant Park's Winter Village (pictured) to the
Photo Credit: Colin Miller

From Bryant Park's Winter Village (pictured) to the epic spruce at Rockefeller Center, there are plenty of twinkling Christmas trees around the city that'll get you in the holiday spirit. Here's our list of must-see Christmas trees to visit to get that festive Instagram photo.

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