Things to do in NYC This Weekend – Dec. 11-13,2015

Things to do in NYC This Weekend – Dec. 11-13,2015

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! 

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Magic Lantern Christmas Show, Dec. 6 @MuseumofCityNY

 Magic lantern shows were the combination of projected images, live narration, and live music. They were incredibly popular 100 years ago, and today, one American theater company is bringing them back to audiences around the world.





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Rockefeller Centre Tree

Rockefeller Centre Tree

The Rockefeller Center holiday tree has arrived. It’s a gorgeous 85 foot, tall 13 ton (wow!) Norwegian Spruce from Pennsylvania, that must have taken many years to grow to that height and weight. 

Which begs the question, who is letting them cut down their beautiful tree? And why is Rock Center still killing trees for this seasonal display? 

Here’s an idea NBC:  
– commission an artist to make one each year, or
– construct a life-like version and decorate that each year. 
What other suggestions can we pass on to the NBC folks?? Post your ideas on this blog. 
Note: When it’s all over, this tree will return to Pennsylvania and be used to build Habitat for Humanity homes. That’s a nice outcome. 
Christmas Services, 2014

Christmas Services, 2014

Join friends, family, and neighbors
for Christmas services at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine on the Upper West Side.



Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 24, 4 pm

Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist of Christmas
Tuesday, December 24, 10:30 pm

Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
Wednesday, December 25, 10:30 am

Christmas Carol Concerts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

Christmas Carol Concerts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is fortunate to have a few beautiful churches in the neighborhood that present Christmas carol concerts, beyond the traditional Christmas eve service.

If you’re looking to get a dose of holiday cheer, you can start this weekend at St.John the Divine and Riverside Church. Both sell tickets to their usually sold-out events. 
The Cathedral Church
of Saint John the Divine,
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)
Saturday, December
14, 2013, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets in advance.  

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
The Annual Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Festival
Sunday, December 15, 3:30 PM & 6:00 PM, Nave

Celebrate the joy of the sounds of the Christmas Season at Riverside. This annual concert featuring familiar Christmas carols sung by congregation and choirs, as well as Christmas music from around the world – all presented in the beauty and splendor of the candlelit Nave.
Tickets on sale now.
Christmas Eve Services of Worship:  Worship for
Children & Families
Tuesday December 24, 2013,
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nave 
Service of
Lessons and Carols

Tuesday December 24, 2013,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Nave
All are invited to join the Riverside Church community on Christmas Eve in this
centuries-old tradition of Lessons and Carols. Choral anthems, Christmas
carols, and scripture readings all weave together. 
Broadway Presbyterian
601 West 114th Street (at Broadway)
Candlelight and Carols
December 24, 6:45pm
Church of St Paul
& St Andrew United Methodist
263 W 86th St (between Broadway & End Ave) 
Family Christmas Eve
December 24,
Candlelight Service
December 24, 10:45pm
– 12:00am
The Church of the Ascension, Catholic
221 West 107th Street
Midnight Mass on December 24

St. Michaels Church,
225 West 99th Street,
Church of St. Gregory
the Great, Catholic
144 W 90th St (between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam
What to do with your Christmas Tree….

What to do with your Christmas Tree….

  After a merry Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your tree. What should you do? You should Treecycle it at MulchFest!

On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, NYC Parks will host the annual MulchFest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations citywide. Bring your holiday tree to one of 80 designated parks to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city or your own garden! There will be 35 chipping sites and 45 drop-off sites throughout the five boroughs. And this year, you can bring your tree to a drop-off site starting January 9 and running through the 13th.