December is 2018’s closing act and like any great performance, the finale must be epic. New York City outdoes itself for the holidays and our Manhattan event recommendations might leave you needing a little time off to recuperate. In the words of the great Paul McCartney “The party’s on, the feelin’s here, that only comes, this time of year!”
Kick off the month with the Beats! LAB party at brand new event space, Chelsea Music Hall, directly below Chelsea Market (Saturday, 12/1) and after catching a few Zzzz’s, work off any party excesses at the Fit Festival Holiday Pop Up at Brick Grand Central (Sunday, 12/2).
The Festival of Lights comes early this year and with it a Crazy Science Chanukah Party for kids, Hanukkah Family Day at The Jewish Museum, plus the lighting of the world’s largest menorah on E. 59th St (plus a second at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn).
The first week of the month kicks off with exciting outdoor events (let’s hope the only raindrops in the sky are reindeer). Broadway Under the Stars at the Shops at Columbus Circle features performances from the wonderful new musical comedy, “The Prom,” and Tony Award-winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” (Monday, 12/3). On Tuesday, the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular in Bryant Park hosted by Alan Cumming presents a Christmas tale performed on ice by Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Katelyn Osmond and more (Tuesday, 12/4).
Midweek you’ll want to catch an advance screening of the film Mary Queen of Scots at The Paris Theatre, which stars Academy Award-nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I (Wednesday, 12/5). Then see the critically acclaimed Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master & Margarita at The Russian Arts Theatre & Studio (Thursday, 12/6). The cross cultural offerings continue with Babel, an evening of multidisciplinary works from artists exploring the central theme of America as “an ex lover to people of color…through movement, language and literature” at the Kathryn Martin Theatre on the UES (Friday, 12/7).
Enjoy the second weekend of the month by adding a dose of laughter with American Candy: The Worst Christmas Ever!, a sketch comedy show at The Greene Space NYC (Saturday, 12/8). On Sunday, a chance to reset from the first round of holiday parties at the MIND BODY + Temple Holiday Edition, where you’ll find donation based yoga and meditation classes hosted by Coco-Mat in Soho (Sunday, 12/9).
The new week starts with the return of global sensation and New York City favorite Chris Botti to the The Blue Note for his residency (through January 7) and the first of two nights with Mumford and Sons touring their new, breathtaking album DELTA at Madison Square Garden (Monday, 12/10). Then join the funny women who rock at Stand Up for Her hosted by Women’s March Alliance at West Side Comedy Club (Tuesday, 12/11).
If you like getting your fitness on outdoors in all weather, ASICS Run Club will take you for a run from its flagship store on 5th Avenue (Wednesday, 12/12). Of course if your idea of holiday time fitness is a little less strenuous, get a group of friends together for a holiday market crawl — start at Union Square, head uptown to Grand Central Terminal, and finish at Bryant Park’s Winter Village (Thursday, 12/13).
Head into the weekend with Denver born, EDM sensation Illenium at Terminal 5 (Friday, 12/14) and on Saturday, wake up bright and early for a day of holiday shopping while supporting female entrepreneurs We Are Women Owned pop-up at Artists & Fleas in Soho (Saturday, 12/15). Once the shopping is done, ignite your sense of wonder with a night of ice skating and spellbinding Luminaries light show at Brookfield Place (Sunday, 12/16).
The last few weeks of the year can feel like one continuous party, and we’re not mad. Start the week at City Winery’s Blind Tasting Class – Sparkling Edition lead by Wine Director Ganna Fedorova (Monday, 12/17) followed by a night of dinner and dance at Women of Culture’s Holiday Celebration of Dance featuring Alvin Ailey (Tuesday, 12/18).
As the NYC arts scene comes even more alive, so does the spirit of giving. At the Cherry Lane Theatre, check out “Notes to Wherever,” a solo show benefitting The Actors Fund written and performed by Judy Frank (Wednesday, 12/19).
Then on that beautiful transition day we leave autumn behind, take in the Winter Solstice Celebration at Cathedral of St John The Divine, a multimedia event that will feature the 10-member Paul Winter Consort, gospel singer Theresa Thomason, and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (Thursday, 12/20).
Jump into the weekend by taking advantage of a free museum night at MOMA sponsored by UNIQLO (Friday, 12/21) and no, we have not forgotten about you, dear sports fans! College basketball lovers will revel in the 2018 MSG Classic, when defending National Champions, the Villanova Wildcats, face their old BIG EAST rivals UCONN (Saturday, 12/22).
Slow things down for a dose of history brought to you by the New York Public Library with Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York, about the life and dances of this legendary choreographer and the city that inspired his greatness (Sunday, 12/23).
Christmas season theatrical must-sees include The Christmas Spectacular Radio City Rockettes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays and of course, New York City Ballet’s classic production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. At this point if you haven’t seen them, you have about a week left in the year to score tickets!
A moment of pause as the entire team at the Manhattan Mini Storage blog wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
How will you spend the day?
If you plan to venture out, we say go all in. Bundle up, brave the crowds, grab a hot chocolate at the new Max Brenner chocolate lab Blue Stripes in Union Square, and make the journey uptown to check out these world-famous holiday window displays (Tuesday 12/25).
If Christmas dinner means Chinese food, make it the most authentic experience possible at one of these Chinatown restaurant favorites.
The Christmas spirit is one of giving and there really is no better feeling than making someone else’s miracle happen. Check out these toy drives, clothing drives and plenty of opportunities to get charitable all month.
And if you’ve been carrying around any extra emotional baggage (in other words, if you’re human!) go to Good Riddance Day in Times Square and let it all go (Friday, 12/28).
The holiday season in New York would be incomplete without a Kwanzaa Celebration, one of which is happening at the legendary Apollo Theater and features Abdel R. Salam’s Forces of Nature Dance troupe (Saturday, 12/29). If you feel like flowing your way into 2019, visit Bowery Yoga for their New Year’s Eve yoga event with Vanessa Spina. It includes a deep, 2-hour practice of movement, meditation, chanting and breath practice to clear the way for 2019.
We close with a moment of Manhattan history. Over a century ago in 1907, the first ball dropped on New Year’s Eve at One Times Square. Made of iron and wood, the inaugural sphere was adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs and weighed 700 pounds. Cut to 2018, and the NYE ball is over 11,000 pounds with close to 3,000 Waterford Crystals and over 32,000 LEDs. This year you can watch it all happen from a Super Nova party or purchase a balldrop pass. Ryan Seacrest will be hosting the evening with musical guests The Chainsmokers and Dua Lipa, among many others (Monday, 12/31).
Enjoy the most wonderful time of year…and we’ll see you in 2019!