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  NYC Events: December 2011
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New Year’s Eve Celebration at Times Square

31 Dec. / Times Square
Every December 31st, more than a million people get together here to watch a crystal ball drop. Be sure to bundle up, because it is going to be freezing. Moreover, arrive early – designated viewing areas are filled up on a first-come, first-served basis.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Nov.-Dec. / David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center
For over 50 years, the New York City Ballets has been showcasing the Sugarplum Fairy along with marching toy soldiers and the Mouse King. Witness traditional costumes and magical set designs and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music at a production of The Nutcracker.
New York Road Runners Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

31 Dec. / Central Park
Sponsored by Emerald Nuts, the NYRR is an annual race through Central Park. In addition to the race, there is a costume contest, a four-mile fun run and plenty of nuts.
Holiday Shopping

Dec. / Main shopping areas of N.Y.C.
NYC is THE place to go shopping. From SoHo to Fifth Avenue, pick up your Christmas gifts at one of the many holiday shops that pop up in winter all around Manhattan.
Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah

Dec. 1-8 / Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
Each year, the world’s largest menorah is lit here – 32-foot-high, gold-colored and 4,000 pounds of steel. Every evening, a candle will be lit.
New York Jets vs. New York Giants (Football)

24 Dec. / MetLife Stadium, NJ
Come witness the big Christmas showdown of New York’s biggest teams, the Jets vs. the Giants. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is quickly becoming a star, and the defense with Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott is as good as there is in the NFL.
Rockettes Magical Journey: Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Nov. 11- Jan. 2 / Radio City Music Hall
 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular features the Rockettes and is sure to amaze and entertain the whole family. Be sure to book tickets early!
Holiday Train Show

Nov. 19-Jan.16 / New York Botanical Garden
With over 140 replicas of New York City landmarks and numerous model trains, the Holiday Train Show enthralls both adults and children alike. It’s an annual holiday tradition.
Crafts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

2,3,4 Dec. / Cathedral of St. John the Divine
More than 60 artisans will be exhibiting their crafts here at this annual juried craft show. It’s a unique opportunity to find one of a kind gifts.
Annual Christmas Tuba Concert

11 Dec. / Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink
Come listen to some beautiful tuba music as you ice-skate at the rink at Rockefeller Center. Well over a few hundred tuba players come to perform all our favorite Christmas tunes and other seasonal music.
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