You set calendar alerts for the arrival of peppermint mocha season at Starbucks. Mariah Carey’s best album has been on repeat since Halloween. You’ve seen the Radio City Rockettes kick over their heads dozens of times. It’s official: You’re obsessed with the winter holidays.
Second only to the North Pole, New York is the merriest place to be during the holidays. Here’s where to deck the halls, sing some carols, light Hanukkah candles, and feel the Christmas spirit until the last of the Yule log burns.
2. Reminisce (and feel a bunch of secondhand embarrassment) over horrors of holidays’ past at Otto’s Shrunken Head‘s holiday-themed comedy storytelling night on December 2.
3. Attend some charming Christmas tree lightings—aside from the main show at Rockefeller Center. The Seaport kicks things off on December 2; Harlem will be holiday hopping on December 4; and Madison Square Park and Dumbo get lit on December 5.
4. Roller-skate with Santa at Dreamland Roller Rink’s pop-up location at City Point.
5. All drag queens BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon want for Christmas is your attention—so give it to them at Town Hall on December 11.
6. Join a holiday sing-along with a few of NYC’s top performers: self-proclaimed country queens of Christmastime the Sweetback Sisters in Brooklyn; funky vocalist Brianna Thomas in Harlem; and Broadway’s Norm Lewis in midtown.
8. Eat a different kind of Navidad dinner with stew-y tamales, brioche speckled with ham, and rich flan, courtesy of Venezuelan chef Mercedes Golip. Greenpoint cookbook shop Archestratus hosts this special feast on December 7.
9. Who could possibly “bah humbug” at seeing A Christmas Carol? Tony Award–winning playwright Jack Thorne’s take on the Charles Dickens classic is earning raves at the Lyceum Theatre and plays through January 5.
10. A little more under the radar but just as worthy of your time is the Merchant’s House Museum’s version. Sending you straight back 150 years to the Victorian era, this immersive reading is derived from Dickens’s original 1867 script.
12. Wow, A Charlie Brown Christmas looks good for 52! Listen to the Christmas special’s timeless score, courtesy of the Cyrus Chestnut Quartet, at Columbia University.
13. Celebrate the holidays like you would in Santa’s hometown—yep, he didn’t always live in the North Pole; was born and raised in Rovaniemi, Finland—with glogg at Bed-Stuy’s Skal, Julbord at Aquavit, and a ball at the American Scandinavian Society.
14. Live out your Big dreams and splurge on a FAO Schwarz–themed staycation at the Conrad New York Midtown.
15. Cozy up with your fave holiday flicks: A Nightmare Before Christmas and Carol at Metrograph; Elf and The Grinch at Alamo Drafthouse; and It’s a Wonderful Life and Eyes Wide Shut at the IFC Center.
16. Set your #ApartmentGoals for 2020 at the Holiday House NYC, a designer show house on the Upper East Side where each room is inspired by the holidays.
18. Get aboard illustrator Richard Scarry’s “Holiday Express” at the New-York Historical Society.
20. And stock up for your holiday meals at our favorite new grocery store, Wegmans.
24. …or just pick some up; here are a few of our fave sweets.
27. Torch and blow your own glass ornaments at UrbanGlass on December 14 and 15.
28. Drive or walk through Dyker Heights, the South Brooklyn neighborhood that single-handedly keeps the holiday lights industry in business by blanketing its homes, lawns, and streets in blinding Christmas decor.
29. If you don’t have the time or energy to travel through the depths of Kings County, the kitschy Pete’s Tavern is fully decked out for the holidays—and has plenty of hot toddies, to boot.
30. If your kids are just as obsessed with Christmas lights as you are, Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival and LuminoCity at Randall’s Island are family-friendly excursions (literally) making the season bright.