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December Events in Harlem and Around the City

Monday, December 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett, Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings looks to prioritize black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037

Tuesday, December 5th @6:30pm

Panomuno Part 1: The Evolution of the Streetpan

Panomundo is a feature-length documentary told in two parts about the history of the steelpan and its global influence. Panomundo Part 1 explores the history of the steelpan from its origins in the ghetto of Trinidad & Tobago until its international recognition.

Teachers College at Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, CowinCenter

Wednesday, December 6th

Holiday Train Show

 Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458

Thursday, December 7th from 7:30pm-9:30pm

Neighborhood Concert: Jazzmeia Horn

 Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn with an assured maturity and vocal confidence far beyond her years, performs with an all-star septet from her debut album A Social Call.

Harlem Stage

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031

Friday, December 8th @10pm

Apollo Music Café: Tameca Jones

 Austin, TX native Tameca Jones is set to become the next break out star, similar to her friend Gary Clark Jr., who featured her honeyed vocals on his latest album “The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim.”

Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Saturday, December 9th from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Holiday on the Hudson

 Join us for our tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last).

West Harlem Waterfront Park

125th Street and Marginal Street, West Harlem Piers

Sunday, December 10th @3pm

Harlem Holiday Live!

 Celebrate the holiday season with a multi-disciplinary performance by the HSA Theatre Alliance, Dorothy Maynor Singers, HSA Dance Ensemble and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble.

Harlem School of the Arts

645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030

Monday, December 11th from 11am-12pm

Central Park Tour

Explore some of the park’s best-known features, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this introductory tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.

Central Park

77th Street and Central Park West, Alexander von Humboldt statue

Tuesday, December 12th from 7pm-9pm

Live Holiday Karaoke: Ugly Sweater Edition

Get dressed up in your goofiest holiday garb and come on down to the Southwest Porch to toast the season and belt out your favorite holiday tune! Sweaters and other unsightly accessories will be available while supplies last.Bryant Park

41 West 40th Street, Southwest Porch

Wednesday, December 13th from 7:30pm-9:30pm

Uptown Nights: Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah returns with two nights of genre blind music that will Stretch jazz music’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his own native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean.

Harlem Stage

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031

Thursday, December 14th from 7:30pm-9:30pm

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography, a dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ, an electric violinist and digital scenery.

United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

Friday, December 15th from 7pm-8:30pm

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

See one of the best meteor showers, producing up to 120 multi-colored meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors are best viewed on cloud-free nights, but this program is rain or shine.

Marine Park

Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Salt Marsh Nature Center

Saturday, December 16th from 3pm-6pm

NYSoM Winter Wonderland in Harlem

This event will be a Harlem Holiday Extravaganza that features a gift giveaway for kids and gift raffles for adults, an appearance by Santa Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman, Holiday Bazaar Market, and more.

Jackie Robinson Educational Complex

1573 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10029 (Enter on 106th Street)

Sunday, December 17th from 3pm-8pm

La Gran Fiesta Navidena

Embrace the warmth of the holiday season in true Puerto Rican and community style. This great community and family oriented celebration is a true gem of East Harlem, and is not to be missed!

Taino Towers

240 East 123rd Street, Crystal Ballroom (4th Floor)

Monday, December 18th from 7:30pm-9pm

Monday Night Blues Jazz & Poetry Jam Session Soirees

We present a casual venue for after-work socializing, and exposure to “Something New” in the collaborative fusion of Jazz & Poetry. Poets are encouraged to perform their poetry with the accompaniment of improvised jazz melodies and original, as well as standard compositions.

El Barrio’s Artspace at PS 109

215 East 99th Street, New York, NY 10029

Tuesday, December 19th from 6pm-7:45pm

Harlem Smooth Movers Beginners Line Dance Class

Instruction for the “Basic” beginners soul line dance class. In-depth instruction in basic steps and associated dances so that you achieve proficiency.

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center

34 West 134th Street, New York, NY 10037

Wednesday, December 20th from 6pm-8pm

Creative Arts

Students will learn how to make Carnaval masks from the three different regions of the Dominican Republic: The North (Santiago); the South (Elias Piña, San Juan de la Maguana, and Las Matas de Farfan); and from the Capital City District (Santo Domingo, Guerra, and Los Negros).

Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center

530 West 166th Street, New York, NY 10033

Thursday, December 21st

Not of This Island Exhibit

 This exhibit features the works of four immigrant artists who are longstanding members of NYC’s cultural community: painter Ismael Checo of the Dominican Republic, photographer Hrvoje Slovenc of Croatia, painter Tafa B. Tafa of Ghana, and mixed-media artist Ezequiel Taveras of the Dominican Republic.

The Interchurch Center

475 Riverside Drive, Treasure Room

Friday, December 22nd from 6pm-8pm

Holidays at Highbridge

Join us for holiday crafts, gingerbread house making, ornament decorating, and more!

Highbridge Park

2301 Amsterdam Avenue, Highbridge Recreation Center

Saturday, December 23rd

Black Power 50: Black Power!

 In the first of two onsite Black Power 50 exhibitions celebrating 50 years of the Black Power movement, Black Power! examines the concept introduced by Stokely Carmichael and fellow Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker Willie Ricks in June 1966.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Main Exhibition Hall

Sunday, December 24th from 5pm-6pm

Washington Square Christmas Eve Caroling

Celebrate the holidays with carols near the Washington Square Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out familiar tunes.

Washington Square Park

59-63 Washington Square South, Washington Square Arch

Monday, December 25th

The Origami Holiday Tree

Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West and 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

Tuesday, December 26th from 12pm-4pm

Holiday Open House

Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark building and enjoy seasonal kids’ crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!

Queens Farm Park

73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens County Farm Museum

Wednesday, December 27th from 7pm-10pm

Harlem Nights – Jazz, Lindy Hop & Harlem Swing Dance!

Join us as Harlem’s famous dance culture of Lindy Hop and Swing Dance returns where it began. Take a mini dance lesson at 7:30pm then enjoy Vintage Dance Clips, Jazz Music and Social Dancing all to honor and celebrate Harlem’s famed Lindy Hop/Swing Dance art form.

MIST Harlem

40 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10026

Thursday, December 28th

Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics

This exhibition traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. It features a diverse range of activists both familiar and lesser known, the battles they fought, and the many issues they championed.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Friday, December 29th

To Quench the Thirst of New Yorkers: The Croton Aqueduct at 175

 Uncover the hidden history of New York’s original water source, buried beneath the city.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Saturday, December 30th @2pm & 7:30pm

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture.

Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Sunday, December 31st from 11pm-12:30am

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance for this annual fireworks celebration! Help us kick off the new year with fireworks, live music and more.

Prospect Park

Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway, Grand Army Plaza