Just like that, it's December, and dozens of versions of The Nutcracker are dancing into town, including this weekend's free Nutcracker in Battery Park City. Meanwhile, Peter and the Wolf (narrated by Isaac Mizrahi) returns to the Guggenheim, and, of course, Santa is already on the scene. While you might think he'd know better by now, he needs to be rescued from a roof in Soho again, in time to trot into Brooklyn on a horse, among other sightings. We've got the full 411 on Santa's whereabouts, from brunches and teas to photo ops.
The gray weekend forecast should be brightened by holiday tree lighting events all over town, from Fort Greene Park to Astoria Park. The Queens Botanical Garden hosts a tree lighting with crafts and caroling, while in Manhattan, the Park Avenue Mall and Carl Shurz Park light up those dark, early-winter skies.
Plus, Hanukkah comes early this year! First lights get lit on Sunday on the High Line and the Lower East Side, while the Grand Army Plazas in Brooklyn and Manhattan continue to vie for "world's biggest Menorah" bragging rights (spoiler alert—they're both huge). Sutton Place's Bright Lights, Big Menorah might win the title for "most fun," though, since it includes a carousel ride, face painting, and a chocolate gelt drop.
We've got more holiday guides, too—see our rundown of the best holiday events in NYC for preschoolers, and our look at the best holiday shows for NYC kids. The December GoList is jam-packed, and don't forget to check out our foolproof Holiday Fun Guide and our bursting-with-holiday-havoc Event Calendar.