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Things to do on the Upper West Side in December

December 01 2019



It’s December! If you're planning a visit just as winter begins, check out these five December events held on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

Dec. 2


Lincoln Square knows how to put on a party, complete with world-class musical acts. Every year it hosts the annual Winter’s Eve holiday festival, which features free entertainment, outdoor food tastings and other family fun. Start with Lincoln Square's Upper West Side tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park on Dec. 2 from 5:30pm to 9pm, rain or shine. See as the surrounding venues of Lincoln Square come to life with live performance! Keep up to date on what’s in store this season.

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Tavern on the Green

Dec. 3, 5-7pm


Central Park’s Tavern on the Green will have its Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3 from 5-7pm. Live carolers from LaGuardia High School choir, hot chocolate and cider will help set the mood as a 20-foot tree is lit up in front of the historic restaurant.

Shop the Columbus Holiday Market

Dec. 4-24


The annual Columbus Holiday Market is in full-swing at Columbus Circle starting Dec. 4! Open daily through Christmas Eve, the shops feature homemade jewelry, foodstuffs, clothing and more in an open-air venue. Grab a hot chocolate and browse the stalls. Open Monday-Saturday from 10-8 pm; Sundays 10-7pm. Read more.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink & Lasker Rink in Central Park

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‘Tis the season to lace-up your skates and enjoy time on the ice. The iconic Wollman Rink in Central Park is open for the winter season; further north, Lasker Rink is also in full-swing. See prices and hours on outdoor skating rinks in Manhattan using our local guide.

Chanukah on Ice

Dec. 22, 5-8 pm


Skate under the stars during this annual event that celebrates the first light of Chanukah. Kosher food, Jewish music, DJ and an ice menorah are some highlights to the evening. Purchase your ticket online for a discounted price.


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