Time to get your holiday vibe on New York City. Here are lots of seasonally festive events happening this weekend, for grown-ups, kids and families. Enjoy!
Friday December 11, 2015
- Where: Harlem School of the Arts at 647 Saint Nicholas Ave., Harlem
- When: Show starts at 7 p.m.
This holiday show applies a modern interpretation to the classic Nativity story. The score features Gospel, rock, R&B, and rap while the performance features dance and comedy. Tickets are $25 at the door and there are discounts for seniors and students.
Saturday, December 12
A Season of Lights: A Winter Workshop
- Where: St.John the Divine, 112th St @ Amsterdam Ave.
- When: 10 AM – 12 PM
In this special workshop, children and their families brighten up their winter with a reading of Nancy Luenn’s Celebrations of Light, learning about winter festivities from around the world. After exploring the many sources of light in the Cathedral, including stained glass windows, families are then off to the workshop. Activities include rolling beeswax candles; cutting Chinese and Taiwanese paper lanterns; and sculpting clay candelabras inspired by Hindu floating lamps, Jewish menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinaras. Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old. Space is limited so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. $10 per child, with accompanying adult. Check in at Visitor Center upon arrival.
People’s Improv Theater
- Where: Madison Square Park, Flatiron
- When: 4 p.m.
Catch a holiday-themed performance by the People’s Improv Theater, part of Madison Square Park’s “23 Days of Holiday Cheer” month.
Holiday workshops at FIAF
- Where: FIAF Language Center, 22 E. 60th St., Upper East Side
- When: 1:30 and 3 p.m.
The French Institute Alliance Francaise is hosting an afternoon of workshops celebrating the holidays in French style with music, dance and winter-themed arts and science activities, like learning how to make snow and a snowman. For ages 2 and 3.
Cathedral Christmas Concert
- Where: St.John the Divine Cathedral, 112th St/Amsterdam Ave.
- When: 7 PM – 9 PM
The annual Christmas Concert at St. John the Divine features J.S. Bach’s beloved Magnificat. Exuberant trumpets and timpani introduce this setting of the song of Mary, which was intended for use at major feast days, including Christmas. The triumphant brass, festive choruses, and dancing rhythms herald the arrival of the Christmas season. The angelic voices of the Cathedral Choristers will adorn the program with seasonal selections and the audience joins to sing in favorite Christmas Carols!
- Where: Christopher Street from Greenwich Avenue to Weehawken Street, Greenwich Village and West Village
- When: All day
The eclectic boutiques of Christopher Street are offering discounts, exhibits, cider tastings, giveaways and more surprises all day as part of their holiday walk this weekend. Explore the street that holds many of the Village’s (last remaining) small businesses, and be serenaded by the phenomenal vocal ensemble from the Door, the SoHo-based organization that offers services to low-income and homeless LGBT youth, singing holiday carols along the street from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The walk’s northernmost store is fancy perfumerie Aedes de Venustas, at the corner of Greenwich Avenue, and it extends south all the way to Heermance Farm, a brick-and-mortar farmers market connected to a real New York State farm in the town of Tivoli with a great story. The walk also includes the Finnish Festival at St. John’s Church, with its own bazaar and more caroling.
Bank Street School for Children Book Sale and Holiday Bazaar
- Where: 610 West 112th St., Harlem
- When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The bazaar features gently used books for kids and adults for $2 and handmade gifts, with all profits benefiting the school.
Higher Ground Winter Rise Benefit
- Where: Cornerstone Church, 178 Bennett Ave., between 189th and 190th St., Washington Heights
- When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Come celebrate and meet other musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers and theater folks from Washington Heights and Inwood. The proceeds raised will go to the 2016 Higher Ground Premieres, which is an annual performance produced in partnership with the NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll in June.
Sunday, December 13
The Riverside Church School Christmas Pageant
- Where: Riverside Church, Nave, 490 Riverside Drive
- When 10:45AM – 12:30PM
The Riverside Church once again offers an impressive production for its annual Christmas Pageant, presented by Riverside’s Rising Voices and Cherub Choir during worship on the third Sunday of Advent. Each year, the children, parents, and directors spend many months rehearsing the music, dancing, and acting for the pageant. Our talented youth will delight you with their artistic retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus.
Sing Christmas Carols with the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
- Where: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
- When: 4 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit by singing carols with the church’s choir, the New York City Children’s Chorus, with backing by strings and harp. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Free, but donations are accepted.
Dress Up, Dreidel Down Hanukkah Disco Party
- Where: The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Upper East Side
- When: 3 to 5 p.m.
This family Hanukkah fundraiser features holiday activities for everyone, including a set by 9-year-old DJ Alden, paparazzi photos, a glitter tattoo parlor, balloon art, a photo booth and tons of goodies to eat. A candle lighting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $48 for individuals and $218 for a family. Other packages are available.
Hands On — free art program
- Where: Studio Museum in Harlem at 144 W. 125th St., Harlem
- When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring your dreams to live by using mystic symbols to recreated your favorite dreams. The family-friendly is free but you must RSVP through the museum.