Things to Do in New York in December: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

2018 is nearly at an endbut before it goes, New Yorkers can see the year out with a final month of holiday cheer, winter walks and fascinating events. Get out and enjoy the city or learn about everything from theatre to diplomacy to quieting the monkey mind at these upcoming talks and events.

Saturday, December 1. Dress up for the People’s Ball, a night celebrating authentic self-expression, imagination, style and freedom. Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library.

Sunday, December 2. Say goodbye at Washington’s Farewell, an event commemorating George Washington’s emotional taking leave of his officers at Fraunces Tavern as the Revolutionary War ended in 1783.

Monday, December 3. Carry a torch for this conversation on the new Broadway production of Torch Song with playwright Harvey Fierstein and performers Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, December 4. Diversify at this talk on the need for greater diversity in government. NYU School of Law.

Wednesday, December 5. Tabulate Big Data with author Cathy O’Neil, a former Wall Street quant, whose book Weapons of Math Destruction reveals the black box models that are now shaping our destinies. Museum of Mathematics.

Thursday, December 6. You can afford to attend this event exploring bold housing alternatives for New Yorkers to combat the city’s affordability crisis. Museum of the City of New York.

Friday, December 7. Explore your artistic side at this workshop on the soothing art form of suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique. Japan Society.

Saturday, December 8. Walk through history on this walking tour centered on gay and lesbian writers and artists in the East Village.

Sunday, December 9. Find the rainbow connection at this conversation with composer Paul Williams on his numerous collaborations with Jim Henson and the Muppets, followed by a CD signing. Museum of the Moving Image.

Monday, December 10. Track down this event centered on Dr. Patrick Hunt’s 10-year expedition to find the trail used by Hannibal Barca on his legendary march to launch the Second Punic War in the age of Ancient Rome. The Explorers Club.

Tuesday, December 11. Go behind the page at this event with author Jennifer Egan. Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

Wednesday, December 12. Have good taste by attending this talk with Paul Freedman on the process behind deciding the 10 Restaurants that Changed America—followed by a tasting of dishes from some of the top 10 spots. Museum of Food and Drink.

Thursday, December 13. Link our cultural and physical environments at this talk on how films and books have shaped the national discussion on climate change. The New York Society Library.

Friday, December, 14. Celebrate the holidays at MoMA PS1’s Artist Holiday Party, complete with seasonal treats, drinks and after-hours exhibition viewing. MoMA PS1.

Saturday, December 15. Deliver yourself to this reading from Maria Popova and A Velocity of Being, a new anthology of letters to young readers by 121 of the most interesting culture-makers alive today. New York Public Library–Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Sunday, December 16. Question the rights of rivers as philosopher Vishwa Adluri joins Riverkeeper’s John Lipscomb and environmental lawyer Ben Price for a Karma: Ancient Wisdom Meets the Future conversation. Rubin Museum of Art.

Monday, December 17. Network at this conversation with director Ivo van Hove and actor Bryan Cranston on the new Broadway production of Network. The TimesCenter.

Tuesday, December 18. Express yourself at this Civility in America debate with Cornel West on freedom of speech on college campuses and in broader society. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Wednesday, December 19. Design a way to attend this talk with black interior designers on their careers and how they’ve overcome adversity. New York School of Interior Design.

Thursday, December 20. Leave “The Office” and head to this conversation with actor Steve Carell. 92nd Street Y.

Friday, December 21. Chow down at this event on the link between Judaism and Chinese food, complete with talks, tastings and a Kosher Chinese night market. Museum of Food and Drink.

Saturday, December 22. Head underground for this exploration of the oldest subway stations in New York and the transit system’s history.

Sunday, December 23. You won’t need a miracle to attend Miracles on 34th Street, a walking tour of the 34th Street corridor under the holiday lights. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Monday, December 24. Wander through Central Park on this “Heart of the Park” walking tour exploring some of the park’s most iconic landmarks.

Image: gigi_nyc/Flickr

Tuesday, December 25. Spend Christmas morning with the most famous Christmas tree in the world on this tour of Rockefeller Center. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Wednesday, December 26. Escape the city on this walking tour exploring the Ramble’s winding paths in Central Park.

Thursday, December 27. Delve into architecture and history with the tour Building on the Lower East Side, one of a full slate of options offered by the Tenement Museum.

Friday, December 28. Seek out some stillness at the meditation and book signing Medicine for the Monkey Mind with author, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa. Rubin Museum of Art.

Saturday, December 29. Magically appear at this after-hours tour and demonstration at Fantasma Magic, which holds one of the world’s largest collections of Harry Houdini artifacts. New York Adventure Club.

Sunday, December 30. Blast off on this tour of spacesuit design company Final Frontier DesignBrooklyn Navy Yard.

Monday, December 31. End the year on a peaceful note with the annual New Years Eve Concert for Peace, a free concert 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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