Holiday Culinary Tour
Learn about Union Square’s rich history while cutting the lines for sweet treats at the Union Square Hliday Market’s special holiday Sugartooth tour, Fridays-Sundays through the Union Square Holiday Market. Includes 6 tastings, lasts between 60-90 minutes, and presale tickets are available for 20% off at $40/person.
Dine with St. Nick at Sea
Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Zephyr Yacht, Pier 16 at South Street Seaport, Saturday, December 14 boards at 9:30am, returns by noon, $45 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12, $130 for a family of four. Take a cruise around the Statue of Liberty with Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, Santa himself, and Ralphie from Broadway’s A Christmas Story aboard the plush vessel. Includes a breakfast buffet, DJ, dancing and reindeer games. Requested donation: an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.
The Joffrey Ballet School will put on its production of The Nutcracker (NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South) Friday, December 13 at 7pm; Saturday December 14 at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, December 15 at 1pm and 5pm, $25-$50, as will the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance (126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues) Saturday, December 14 at 4:30 and 7:30pm; Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 and 5:30pm. $40 on Saturday evening; $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 and up for other performances.
The Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North
Saturday, December 14 at 7pm
A fun alternative to Christmas caroling, a parade will galavant from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park carrying boomboxes in what they call a live “sound sculpture.” Arrive by 6:45 to participate.
East Meets West Christmas Parade
Starts at Canal and Mulberry Streets
Saturday, December 21 at 2pm
Marching bands, Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancers, and floats will parade from Canal and Mulberry Streets, north to Houston Street and down toward Kimlau Square.
Kiez for Kids
The Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets)
Wednesday, December 25 at 1pm
$12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-17
Scavenger hunts and Yiddish workshops will take place from 10am-3pm, and Clarinetist Greg Wall & band Klezmerfest will lead a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture, which will include a festive interactive shtetl wedding.
Monday Night Magic’s special holiday show, December 23rd at 5pm and 8pm.
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
The West Village Chorale’s Greenwich Village Caroling Walk
(Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street) Saturday, December 21 at 3pm, a caroling walk that concludes with snacks back at the church.
Washington Square Tree Lighting and Christmas Eve Caroling (The Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North)
Wednesday, December 11 at 6pm; Tuesday, December 24 at 5pm
Candlelight Caroling: Christmas Eve (West Stuyvesant Square Park, Second Avenue at 16th Street near the statue of Peter Stuyvesant), Tuesday, December 24 at 6pm. Snacks from the Gramcery Café will be served.
Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park (Lexington Avenue at 21st Street) Monday, December 24 at 6pm.
The Standard Ice Rink
848 Washington Street at 13th Street
$12 for adults, $6 for children; $3 for skate rental
The Rink at Brookfield Place
220 Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue
$15, $5 for skate rental
Manhattan Youth and Asphalt Green Battery Park City will offer skating lessons and ice hockey.
South Street Seaport Rink
Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-9pm
$10, free for children under 6; $6 for skate rentals
Residents living in zip codes 10038 and 10005 get 50% off (proof of residence required).
The Knickerbocker Suite (Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues)
Fridays, December 13 and 20 at 7pm; Saturdays, December 14 and 21 at 3 and 7pm; Sundays, December 15 and 22 at 3pm
$25 for adults, $20 for students
Kwanzaa 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History
(Central Park West at 79th Street)
Saturday, December 28 noon-5pm
Free with suggested admission: $22 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 2-12
The seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa are celebrated at this vibrant annual festival. Buy traditional gifts and special food at the international marketplace, and enjoy amazing music, dance and storytelling under the museum’s big blue whale.
NYCreates Holiday Market
West-Park Church (Amsterdam Ave at West 86th Street). Come shopping for fine, handmade gifts, all made by talented New York craft artisans. Dec. 16-Dec. 18, 11:00am-5:00pm.
Cathedral Christmas Concert
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue) Saturday, December 14, 2013 7 – 9 pm, at the Cathedral. Ottotino Respighi’sLaud to the Nativity will be the centerpiece of this festive concert, together with Renaissance motets, and carols with which the audience is invited to join.
Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower Holiday Concert
Dec 14 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway$13-20 A special holiday treat for the whole family featuring a Grammy nominated artist and her family band. The all-ages concert celebrates the release of “The Sounding Joy,” and it will feature special musical guests. The songs celebrate the spirit of community and homespun traditions.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium:
Holiday Songbook, Monday, December 16, 2013, 6 p.m. A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul, and directed by John Znidarsic.
Deck the Halls: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2:30pm. Harwood Management Vocal Artists perform traditional holiday music
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