5 Fun Things to Do in December

Here are five ways to get yourself through the last month of 2023!

Columbus Circle Holiday Market 2019

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Photo by Flickr user Charley Lhasa.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market

The annual attraction is back and open daily through the end of the year. Hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located right by the southwest entrance of Central Park, the market offers a vast array of food and holiday gifts from over one-hundred vendors.


Crafts at the Cathedral

For the 25th year, Crafts at the Cathedral will return to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street) from December 1-3. More than eighty-five makers will be offering their handcrafted items in ceramic, glass, wood, fabric and jewelry. Admission is from $12-18, with proceeds going to charitable causes. Learn more here.

Grand Bazaar’s ‘Grand Holiday Bazaar’

This holiday market will be open on Sunday, December 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., presenting shoppers with 350 merchants to choose potential gifts from. Vendors will be set up both inside and outside at the playground at 100 West 77th Street (on Columbus Ave), where they’ll be selling everything from vintage jewelry to skincare products and food. Learn more here.

A Rock Concert and Presentation

AARP is sponsoring AARP is sponsoring ‘Rock101: The Music and Stories of Ten Classic Songs,’ which will include an exhibition of videos, images, a live band, and a brief history lesson by Rutgers professor Lou Masur. The event is taking place on Saturday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gerald W Lynch Theater (524 West 59th Street); tickets are free but registration is required. Learn more here.



The second annual WinteRamble will take place on December 21 at 5:00 p.m., and it’s basically a community march with giant puppets. This will be taking place at the conclusion of Magical Lights, a sensory light exhibition which will be on display at Dante Park starting December 5. We explain both Magical Lights and WinteRamble in a bit more detail here.


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