Things to Do in New York in December: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
As 2017 draws to a close, New Yorkers can spend its final days enjoying the city’s seasonal offerings, staying warm in its museums—and enjoying some fascinating talks and events. End this year on the right note with these upcoming talks and events that span everything from Chinese cuisine to comedy to consciousness.
Friday, December 1. Transport yourself back to 1830 at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden’s Holiday Candlelight Tours, featuring seasonal music and refreshments, both Friday and Saturday the 2nd.
Sunday, December 3. Educate yourself as the Museum at FIT hosts a full day of One Day University, broken down into four intriguing talks: Four Books that Changed the World, Exporting America: Foreign Policy From George Washington to Donald Trump, The Psychology of Humor, and Four Films that Changed America.
Monday, December 4. Delve into the problems with our current immigration policy at Deportation World: The Challenges of a New Global Phenomenon, a talk with immigration law professor Daniel Kantstroom. The New School.
Wednesday, December 6. Indulge your sweet tooth with some unfamiliar treats at this session on the desserts of Nepal and Lebanon, which will include a demo, tastings and first-hand information about the countries’ culinary and holiday customs. Museum of Food and Drink.
Thursday, December 7. Catch two paleoanthropologists and a paleontologist as they question whether evolution always leads to greater complexity, or if human consciousness is more a product of dumb luck. New York Academy of Sciences.
Friday, December 8. You won’t be saying “Bah, Humbug” at this session on Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas, which is presented in conjunction with the Morgan Library’s current exhibition on the holiday classic. Morgan Library & Museum.
Saturday, December 9. Cram a year of architectural information into a single day at In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, a symposium on the most engaging and relevant architecture of 2017. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Monday, December 11. Learn more about the most powerful female politician in the world at this talk on Angela Merkel and the Transformation of United Germany. Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Wednesday, December 13. “Toon” into this event on the history of the illustrators and cartoonists from the Connecticut School with Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Friday, December, 15. Achieve inner peace at this session based on the Buddhist Wheel of Life, which describes the process of karma, complete with meditation instruction and practice. New York Open Center.
Saturday, December 16. Head uptown for Harlem for the Holidays, an artistic showcase featuring artisans and artists of the African Diaspora within Harlem’s rich cultural landscape.
Monday, December 18. Hear from award-winning journalist and author Masha Gessen as she delivers the annual Robert B. Silvers lecture “The Stories of a Life.” New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Monday, December 25. If you’re not celebrating Christmas, skip the movies and head to the Museum of Jewish Heritage for December 25 at the Museum, featuring free exhibition tours. Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Friday, December 29. Combine the Indian musical technique of “raga” with the rhythms of Cuba at Raga Cubana, a performance featuring Brooklyn Raga Massive and Afro-Cuban “maestro” Román Díaz. Rubin Museum of Art.
Sunday, December 31. End 2017 on a peaceful note at the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace, an annual choral performance that was first founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984. Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
For a printable PDF of the December calendar, click here.
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