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#MustDo in NYC: December


New York knows how to do December: we go all out for the holiday season no matter how you choose to celebrate. Whether it’s through food, shows or booze – you can find it here.

For this month’s #MustDo in NYC, a roundup of events to celebrate the season.

Eat Lotsa Latkes

PSA: latke season is upon us! With so many options here in NYC for latkes, it’s hard to make a decision, but don’t fret – the 10th Annual Latke Festival is where you can get your fill. Head to the Brooklyn Museum for a night of New York’s best latkes, celebrity judges and dancing to kick it off in the right way. PLUS, the event benefits The Sylvia Center – a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and food-related diseases. Latkes and a good cause? Count us in!

Monday, December 3 – from 6 pm to 8:30 pm


Christmas Through a Diverse Cultural Lens

The Queens Historical Society hosts their annual Holiday Historic Houses Tour, now dubbed #HollyTour2018, to showcase seven landmarks in one fun-filled day full of family-friendly
activities, performances, displays and refreshments. Visitors can walk or opt to take a dedicated shuttle to different participating venues in the area of Flushing and Corona – notable properties include the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Quaker Meeting House and more! All will be decorated as they were during their first holiday seasons.

Sunday, December 9 – from 1 pm to 5 pm


A Harlemettes Holiday

If you love the Rockettes but find the beats slow, you’re gonna want to take the A train to Harlem. The Harlem School of Arts bring rhythms of jazz, blues, and hip-hop together for an unforgettable holiday show that is anything but the tired norm.

December 6 through 16 – times vary


All Aboard For An Adults-Only Holiday Train Show

Think of your childhood model train but times ten – the elaborate set-up includes more than 175 New York landmarks for the trains to chug through under twinkling lights. Grab a cocktail and bites from the Bronx Night Market as you stroll through the festive scenes, it’s a perfect date night!

Select dates, see website for more information


SantaCon – Try It Once?

Picture 100+ drunk millennials all dressed in Santa outfits and you’ve pretty much got SantaCon. The event is not for everyone but unmissable even if you’re not participating because the entire city becomes flooded with Santas of all types. It’s all for charity, non-political and according to their website, “to spread absurdist joy.”

December 8 – from 10 am to late

More information here


How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s just like New York to bring every classic tale to the live stage…and we’re okay with that, everyone loves a musical! Ditch your television and go see this heart-warming holiday classic live at Madison Square Garden this year.

December 13 through 30, times vary




Looking for more inspiration on local digs and events? Be sure to follow us on Instagram @nycurbanadventures.

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