December in New York is a dream, the city celebrates Christmas with a lot of emotion, so if you want to live one of the best times of the year in the Big Apple, below we share a list with the best events and plans of New York in December.

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Lincoln Center

At Lincoln Center you can spend a wonderful Christmas in New York, this important cultural complex of the Big Apple every year organizes a series of free Christmas shows that are perfect for an unforgettable Christmas season.

Lincoln Center, located on the Upper West Side, is one of the best places to spend Christmas in New York. There, you can attend several free shows, including concerts and theater plays, each of them very famous in the city, so we recommend that if you want to go to any of the Christmas events in New York the best thing is to get tickets in advance.

Lincoln Center

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Below we share two of Lincoln Center’s most popular Christmas events:

Juilliard Pianists: On December 4th an impressive show takes place, Julliard Pianists show off their talent by performing several Christmas songs, showing an incredible musical repertoire. This show is well known in the city, a Christmas concert that will thrill you.

Lincoln Center Main Orchestra: Another great concert organized by Lincoln Center during the holidays is held on December 11, a show that brings together the best artists from Lincoln Center. This event is also free, so many people attend this great concert.

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Ice Skating

One of the main attractions in New York during winter are the ice skating rinks, this is one of the best plans you can do in the Big Apple, living this experience is something you should do if you are touring New York.

Here below we share some of the most famous ice rinks in the city, each has something different to offer and even if you do not know how to skate, we recommend you to visit these places because around the ice rinks you will also find dozens of fun Christmas activities to do in New York.

Rockefeller Plaza

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The Ice Rink en Rockefeller Center: This is perhaps the most famous ice skating rink in New York, is located just in front of the Christmas Tree of the Rockefeller Center, is one of the most incredible rinks in the city. The Ice Rink is an emblem of Christmas in the Big Apple, the lines to enter the rink are quite long, but worth the wait, as skating on this rink will leave you with an incredible souvenir of your visit to the Big Apple.

The Pond en Bryant Park: Another fascinating city ice rink is The Pond rink located in beautiful Bryant Park. This rink is also visited by hundreds of people every day, it is a perfect place to spend a Magical Christmas in the Big Apple. Bryan Park is an incredible place during winter, around the park are located some of the best markets, plus you will always find a variety of Christmas activities to do in the park.

The Woolman Rink in Central Park: Central Park also has its own ice rink, is one of the best known and one of the largest you can find in the Big Apple. This rink is excellent for learning to skate, the rink is wide and comfortable, although it is visited by many people you will always find a place on the rink where you can skate with tranquility.

The Woolman Rink is enchanting because offers incredible views of the city, the track is surrounded by trees and gigantic skyscrapers. We recommend you to visit the track at the end of the day, at sunset, an ideal time to appreciate the beauty of the city.

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Christmas markets

Well another of the traditional plans to do at Christmas in New York is to go to one of the markets in the city to look for a gift or souvenir. Below we share with you some of the most famous markets you can find in the Big Apple.

Winter Village de Bryant Park: This market is great; it has 125 shops where you can find a lot of gifts and things to buy. The market is very organized, is next to the ice rink of Bryant Park and is one of the most visited places in New York in winter.

Winter Village de Bryant Park

Winter Village de Bryant Park – Source

Union Square Holiday Market: The Union Square Holiday Market offers more than 150 food, drink and candy stalls, as well as small art shops. This is a great place to buy gifts for your loved ones.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market: In this market you can live a relaxed atmosphere, is a perfect place for Christmas shopping, the market has more than 100 shops, is located at the entrance of Central Park, in addition to the shops you will also find food stalls.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square

New Year’s Eve is always special, but it’s even more special when you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, an incredible experience you can live in New York. Every December 31st, thousands of people gather in the famous Times Square for the Ball Drop, one of the most popular events in the city. It has been said that up to 1 million people have gathered in Times Square to be part of this event.

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The countdown is the most awaited moment of the night, the Big Ball begins to descend minutes before midnight, when it comes down, explodes and you can see thousands of fireworks welcoming the new year. There is a tradition in the Ball Drop, and it is to kiss someone on the mouth when the ball is totally down.

This is one of the most anticipated events in December, so if you want to be part of the event the best thing you can do is arrive early to Times Square to take a good place, also do not forget to be warm as this day is usually very cold in the city.