The December Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Troy Segal
Complement your calendar with this cornucopia of things to do in New York City—a guide to the top talks, tastings, tours and screenings in December.
Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – Flickr
December 1. Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with reliable info about the Ebola epidemic, at this discussion hosted by the CUNY School of Public Health.
December 5 (& 6). Party like it’s 1839 at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, whose holiday candlelight tours feature period music, baked treats and costumes to don (and snap a 21st-century selfie in).
December 6. Take a figurative walk through the great Syrah and Riesling grape-growing regions of the world, tasting as you go, led by the wine director of the Blue Ribbon restaurants.
December 7. Embark on an Annual Holiday Historic House Tour offered by the Queens Historical Society, hitting such sites as Flushing Town Hall, Kingsland Homestead and the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
December 8. Mingle with some ladies (and gents) making their debuts—literary debuts, that is—at the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Fête, which includes cocktails and readings by the talented newcomers.
December 9. Cheer the heroes and hiss the villains in this lecture on the melodramas that flourished in New York theatre around the turn of the 20th century.
December 10. Lick your lips over kreplach, kasha, knishes and other heartwarming (and occasionally heartburning) examples of Jewish cuisine, at this book discussion and signing at the Tenement Museum.
December 11. Feel yourself growing more erudite by the minute while attending a literary lecture about the importance of fiction with Anita Diamant (The Boston Girl and The Red Tent) at The Jewish Museum.
December 15. Eavesdrop as Jamaican author Marlon James—whose latest, A Brief History of Seven Killings, has been burning up the bookshelves—chats with one of his idols, novelist Salman Rushdie, at this Live from the New York Public Library series conversation.
December 18. Lend an ear as pianist Daniel Gortler performs an evening of works by mid-19th century German composers, featuring two obscure pieces by Clara Schumann that hint at her tumultuous love life, at The Jewish Museum.
December 19. Be the first to hear some world premieres by contemporary composer Robert Sirota—including one based on his family’s audio Christmas cards—at a Songs of the Season concert, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
December 20. Indulge in a little sex on Fifth Avenue—no, it’s not what you’re thinking, it’s a 90s-club themed party, complete with disco-meets-deep-house music, pulsating lights, and exhibits from the Museum of Sex, your host.
December 21. Explore the relationship between Music, Comedy, & the Urgency of Justice, as a philosophically minded theatre troupe performs, and comments on, popular carols and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.
December 23. Practice that triple lutz or Salchow on the free ice rink that forms the centerpiece of the Winter Village at Bryant Park.
December 24. Pick up some last-minute stockings stuffers amid the candy cane-colored booths filled with crafts at the Union Square Holiday Market.
December 25. See if you can spot Santa’s sleigh from the observatory of the Empire State Building, which is open 365 days a year.
December 26. Cheer on a miniature choo-choo as it zips around foliage replicas of NYC sites, attractions and monuments, while staying comfy and warm within conservatory confines at the New York Botanical Garden.
December 27. Enrich your understanding of the New-York Historical Society exhibit of Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion via a docent-led tour.
December 28. Delve into some Art Deco history during a tour of Rockefeller Center, aka Holiday Central (for natives and visitors alike), with an architectural historian under the auspices of the Municipal Art Society.
December 31. Ring in the New Year with a dose of serenity at a candlit Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown are among this year’s musical guests.