Where to See Holiday Concerts and Sing Christmas Carols in NYC This Season

Sing Christmas carols during the annual winter edition of Make Music New York this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Make Music New York
Sing Christmas carols during the annual winter edition of Make Music New York this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Make Music New York

Crooning Christmas carols on a brisk evening in the company of neighbors, pals, or friendly strangers is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season. Carolers of all levels mingle at these events—even the occasional Broadway star has been spotted from time to time—to serenade the city with a message of peace and joy. We've rounded up more than a dozen gatherings where you can literally sing in the holidays, and don't forget to check out all of the Christmas tree lightings—they often include caroling in their programs, too

If you'd rather just listen, consider booking tickets to a holiday concert to get everyone in the spirit. We've got our top picks for those, plus, we couldn't resist including a collection of NYC's many salutes to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

However you spend the holidays, we wish you all the joy of the season. Don't forget to check our Family Activity Calendar and Guide to Holiday Events for more seasonal picks.

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Places featured in this article:


Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish

Pulitzer Fountain at the Plaza Hotel

St Ignatius of Antioch Church

Various locations midtown west

St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Lights Up on Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square - various times Pick
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides