1.Handel’s Messiah December 15 – 19, 2015
New York Philharmonic performs Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center.
2.Charles Dickens’ Christmas December 16 – 24, 2015
Hear an actor dressed as Charles Dickens’ read in an elegant, festive parlor at A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, with optional preceding reception.
3.Champagne & caviar tasting December 17, 2015 (7 to 9 p.m.)
A V.I.P. Champagne & Caviar Celebration is at Some Good Wine Shop near Washington Square Park.
4. Winter solstice concert December 17 – 19, 2015
Celebrate the darkest night of the year with the vibrant music of Puerto Rico plus Paul Winter Consort at the secular Winter Solstice Celebration at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
5. Street music festival December 21, 2015 NYC locations
Make Music Winter is a dozen musical parades on the streets and sidewalks on the first day of winter. Come watch, or join in as described in the schedule. Free.
6. Handel’s Messiah December 22, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)
The Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah with a 30-member chorus and 20-player orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
7. Caroling December 24, 2015 (5 to 6 p.m.)
Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch in Washington Square Park. Free.
8. Kwanzaa Celebration December 27, 2015 (2 and 7:30 p.m.)
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night kicks off the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa with joyful dance and music at the Apollo Theater.
9. Shred bad memories December 28, 2015 (12 to 1 p.m.)
Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2015 so you can start fresh in 2016 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square.