For the next couple of weeks, New York will be one of the most festive cities to be in. Here is a list of entertaining places to be this holiday season with family and friends.
If you want to see a traditional holiday show, then check out the American Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker”, the classical tale dating back to the 18th century about a young girl named Clara who witnesses her toys come to life at midnight on Christmas morning– music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and choreography by Alexi Ratmanksy.
The performance is a part of “Holidays at BAM” from December 19 through 21, at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue, downtown Brooklyn). Watch life-size toy soldiers wave their swords, kick their legs up high, and be amazed by the larger than-life scenery, sparkling snowflakes and a magical Christmas tree. Show time: Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, December 21 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission: Tickets range from $29 to $195. Directions: subway: # 2,3,4,5 to Atlantic Terminal or the C train to Lafayette; street parking and parking lots. Information: 718/636.4100.
People of all ages can have a “Charlie Brown Christmas” during the 50th Anniversary Celebration with live music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, Manhattan). The timeless film will be commemorated with performances by the Rob Schwimmer Trio, joined by the Church of the Heavenly Rest Children’s Choir, and after the movie there will be a festive singalong led by Mark Stewart and Schwimmer. Show time: There will be four performances, Saturday, December 20 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission: Tickets start at $40, and include Museum admission on the day of the show. Children under age 4 will not be permitted. Directions: subway: # 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street. Information: 212/535.7710.
If you would like to attend a holiday concert, then the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will certainly be music to your ears when its 41st season is celebrated. The orchestra will perform holiday classic compositions at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway near Washington Avenue). Show time: Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m. Admission: Adults $18, Seniors $10. Directions: subway: 2 or 3 trains to Easter Parkway; street parking and Museum parking lot. Information: 718/638.5000. Exhibits: The spectacle of Christmas can be enchanting, from the tiniest mechanical Santa Claus to the largest and brightest multi-colored lights on trees, lampposts and houses. Check out the Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour. Ride inside of a coach bus with your friends and gawk at holiday lights from Manhattan to Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights. There will be dozens of decorated Christmas trees, garden gnomes dressed as carolers and more. Show time: The tour runs nightly from Friday, December 19 through Tuesday, December 31, and lasts about three hours. Admission: Adults $55, Children under 12, $45. All passengers receive an Italian cannoli and cup of hot chocolate. Directions: Meet at 4th Avenue between 13th and 14th Street in Manhattan; subway: L, 4, 5 or 6 trains to Union Square. Information: 212/913.9917 or 888/224.7031.
Take a trip to the New York’s Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx) for the Holiday Train Show that runs Friday, December 19 through January, 19. This 23-year-old annual exhibit has on display a miniature city that features over 150 iconic buildings and other attractions. Watch a small model train zip through a quarter mile of this small city, which showcases a miniature Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center. The exhibit also shows how artist Paul Busse and his team crafted the amazing miniature wonders. Show time: The train shows take place during regular garden hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Adults $20, Students & seniors $18, Children (2—12) $10. Directions: subway: B, D or #4 trains. Information: 718/817.8700.
Start the New Year with a bang during the annual Prospect Park Fireworks show. The celebration will begin at the Grand Army Plaza, where revelers can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and live entertainment. Presented by the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, families can check out the free fireworks display at the Grand Army Plaza, inside of the Park on the West Drive and on Prospect Park West between the Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. Show time: Wednesday, December 31 at 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission: free