New York Holiday Celebrations on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

You already know that the Upper West Side is one of New York’s culture capitals — and no one celebrates the holidays quite like a culture capital. Read on for some of the festive surprises you can expect throughout this vibrant, creative neighborhood come December 2019. 

Macy’s Parade

The Macy’s Parade is the most famous Thanksgiving event in America and a great way to kick off the holiday season. Head to Central Park West and you’ll see gigantic balloons of characters such as Charlie Brown, Spiderman, Pikachu, and Virginia (as in, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus”).

Winter’s Eve

Winter’s Eve ushers in the start of December with enthralling performing-arts programs — in this year’s case, a concert by the famed Ronettes, alongside dance-, theater-, and even puppetry-inspired events. You’ll be invited to sample delicious cuisine from more than thirty top-rated restaurants throughout the area.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market brings talented artisan vendors to the corner of Central Park at Columbus and Central Park West. You’ll encounter booths selling felted snowmen, Balinese-style carved puppets, charm bracelets, and other beautiful crafts, along with delicious hot chocolate imported from France.

Winter Solstice 

Winter Solstice is when the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest cathedral in America, hosts a spiritual, peaceful, immersive theatrical production. A giant gong rising to the vault and an “Earth-globe” circling around the nave are just a few of the inspiring experiences that make this a legendary event among New Yorkers.

The Nutcracker

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THE NUTCRACKER // George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® returns to the stage this holiday season on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, and runs through January 5. Celebrate the season with one of the most lavish ballets in our repertory, which features virtually every dancer in the Company and 125 students (who make up two alternating casts) from the School of American Ballet.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Don’t miss out on the magic. Click the #linkinbio for tickets and more information.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photo credit: Erin Baiano⁠ @erinbaiano⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® is generously sponsored by the Travelers Companies, Inc.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #nutcracker #thenutcracker #holidayseason #georgebalanchinesthenutcracker #ballerinas #ballet #dance #balanchine #nycb #nycballet #newyorkcityballet

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It’s not the holiday season without a production of “The Nutcracker,” and New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker is known as the best in America — and arguably the world. Expect historical set design, exquisite choreography by ballet icon George Balanchine, colorful costumes, and tour-de-force performances by dancers like Sara Mearns and Lauren Lovette.

Seasonal Meals

If you’re in the neighborhood for Christmas, sample one of the Christmas dinners typically served at select local restaurants, like Tavern on the Green. The Upper West Side is known for having some of the best Jewish delis in America — so celebrate Hanukkah, too, with delicious latkes from Barney Greengrass, Fine & Schapiro, or Zabar’s.

Start Planning Your Stay

If you’re thinking of spending the holidays in New York City, consider staying at our refined Upper West Side retreat. Check out the exclusive offers on our website to ensure the best rate.

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