Must-See/Must-Do NYC Events This Winter

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NYC is the city that never sleeps, not even in the wintertime. NYC events that take place from November to February make everyone’s to-do lists. If you’re in the hunt for some fabulous things to do in town this winter, take a look at the following.

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Do people care about NYC events in the winter? Heck, yes! While people in many cities and towns across the country use winter as an excuse to hunker down and binge-watch American Horror Story and Skype with friends across town while “Let It Snow” plays on their iPods, New Yorkers are different. New Yorkers’ playlists may as well be set to loop “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” because that’s exactly how they rock winter.

If you’re staying in your NYC apartment this winter, there’s plenty of really cool stuff happening around town that will remind you of how awesome it is to live here.

Nutcracker NYC

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Nutcrackers Galore

The holiday season in New York means Nutcracker season. This ballet is one of the most iconic NYC events of winter, and there’s a version out there for every taste/age/mood.

  • If you’re a traditionalist, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, performed by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center is the way to go.Through January 3.
  • Sentimentalists can check out the American Ballet Theatre‘s last Nutcracker performance ever at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.Through December 21.
  • People in the mood for a slightly darker Nutcracker can check out the version by Gelsey Kirkland (who formerly played “Clara” with NYCB for years) at Pace University’s Schimmel Center.Through December 21.
  • And if you’d like to see a Nutcracker unlike any other Nutcracker on the circuit, the burlesque-style vaudevillian Nutcracker Rouge at 428 Lafayette Street will give you a twist on the old classic.Through January 4.

NYC Train Show

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Holiday Train Show

If you’re one of those people who gets verklempt while saying goodbye to a loved one on a train platform, or if you’re the type who loves staring out the first car on the subway train, the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden was made for you. Everyone from diehard railfans to kids in the throes of Thomas the Tank Engine mania get a kick out of gazing at miniature trains weaving their way in and out of an extraordinarily tiny and perfectly rendered New York City. For an adult twist on the train fun, visit the show on Bar Car Nights! You get sip delicious cocktails or spiked hot cocoa as you explore the show, tasty roasted chestnuts in hand and warm jazz playing. Bet you like trains now! Through January 19.

Picasso

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Picasso & Jacqueline

January will be your last chance to catch “Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style,” an exhibit at Pace Gallery featuring nearly 140 works that Pablo Picasso created during the final two decades of his life while living with Jacqueline Roque, the woman who was first his muse then his wife. This show also includes fascinating photographs of the couple by Life photojournalist David Douglas Duncan. Through January 10.

Cabaret in NYC

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Cabaret

Emma Stone. Alan Cumming. Cabaret. Broadway. Did we mention Alan Cumming? “Don’t Tell Mama” if you miss this Roundabout Theatre Company production. Through March 29.

And speaking of Broadway …

Broadway Week

Broadway can be expensive. Thanks to Broadway Week, you can get two-for-one tickets to Broadway shows running January 20February 5. Tickets go on sale January 9 at 10:30 a.m. Not good enough? With Kids’ Night on Broadway, running from January 9–15, kids go free when they go with an adult who’s bought a full-price ticket. All in!

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