Then this is the time of year to do so.
Orion, probably one of the most recognisable constellations in the sky is starting to rise in the late evennig - this will get earlier as we go into December/January
The most spectacular nebula in the Northern skies is situated just below his 'belt' of 3 stars.
To see it with the naked eye it is important to let your eyes become 'dark adapted' and that means at least 20 minutes of darkness without looking at streetlights
Then Find Orion in the South/ South East and look about 2 fingerbredths at arms lenth just below the belt - you will see a feint 'smudge' of light - sometmes it is best to look at this just out of the corner of your eye.
With binoculars you will be able to see a bit more detail and you may even see the 4 stars at the heart of the nebula that are heating and lighting this enormous cloud - these are called the trapezium and are easily seen in my 10x50 cheapo bins.
You should be able to see what I'm talking about on this pic...
Its the bluish smudge
Good luck, if you find it this is your first 'deep sky' object :D