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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Bronx-Dec 22


There's so many fun and educational activities for kids and the whole family everyday in the Bronx. If you're looking for music, museums, arts & crafts-or even just time spent outdoors-you'll find it here! Browse our daily activities, or if you'd like to plan ahead, check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through December 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 22, 2012 -

All Ages Open Bounce - BounceU Farmingdale
December 22, 2012 - Farmingdale

You don't need a special occasion to get your BOUNCE on. Call or Email us today to Reserve your spot in our next All Ages Open Bounce!!

Asellina’s Christmas Brunch Wonderland - Asellina
December 22, 2012 - New York

Ristorante Asellina has a special guest for brunch December 22nd, join Santa from 12pm – 3pm in decorating Asellina’s Christmas Tree and building festive gingerbread houses. Enjoy a delicious $25 brunch or items off the a la carte menu while your little elves decorate with Santa.

Gotham Classic - Syracuse vs. Temple - Madison Square Garden
December 22, 2012 - Midtown

Syracuse and Temple, two of the country's elite and historic college basketball programs, face off in the inaugural Gotham Classic. Come to The Garden on Saturday, December 22nd at NOON to see these two perennial Top 25 teams battle it out.

The Snow Maiden - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Midwood

Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children's extravaganza. Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Recommended for ages six and up. Tickets: $35-$50. 6pm.

Hallockville Museum Historic Farm Tour - Hallockville Museum Farm
Through December 22, 2012 - Riverhead

Step back in time to life as a North Fork farmer from the 1700's to the 1930's. Explore 28 acres along with 19 historic houses, barns and outbuildings ranging from the mid-18th century Hallock Homestead to the Depression-era Cichanowicz Farmhouse. Tour the museum's buildings, gardens and collections. Experience real farming in the museum's fields and meet cows, sheep and chickens. Through December 22, 2012.

A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
December 22, 2012 -

Today, A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than 4 million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Join host Garrison Keillor -- Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon -- as PHC returns to The Town Hall stage.

DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Long Island City

This musical delight, depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)! Filled with memorable songs, colorful characters and valuable lessons, this show can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Feed the Birds - Westmoreland Sanctuary
December 22, 2012 - Mount Kisco

While some songbirds have left for a warmer climate, the resident winter birds are happily coping with the cold and the snow. Make a birdseed bagel or a pinecone feeder for your backyard birds. String popcorn and cranberries and decorate the Sanctuary's bird feeding station. RSVP by Dec 21.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 22, 2012 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. - Studio Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Lindenhurst

You'll be transported back in time to a provincial French town in this stage version of the popular Disney movie with music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice.

Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
December 22, 2012 - Riverhead

Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off to receive help with homework; No pre-registration required.

Beauty and the Beasts Magical Christmas - Arena Players Repertory Theater at Vanderbilt Carriage House
December 22, 2012 - Centerport

Favorite characters from the story celebrate the holiday.

'The Nutcracker: A Christmas Celebration' - Flushing Town Hall
December 22, 2012 - Flushing

Tchaikovsky's classic music comes to life and introduces children to the story of Clara's Nutcracker. Visit the Enchanted Forest with its magical dancing snowflakes and the wondrously beautiful Sugarplum Fairy in the Kingdom of the Sweets.

Affairs Afloat Holiday Party Cruise - The Queen Of Hearts
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

Celebrate the Holiday season with friends & co-workers! Guests enjoy a warm & enclosed cruise on the Hudson River with a Live DJ, Dancing and spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty. Mix & Mingle with other local professionals aboard this Holiday Party Cruise! The Queen of Hearts - Pier #40 West Houston Street & West Side Highway, NYC Live DJ spinning a mix of Dance Music and Holiday Favorites Cash Bar & Cash Buffet 21 & over only. Proper ID required. $25 per person. Mention code EARLY to get discount! ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGES AVAILABLE. Call for more information

Gingerbread Decorating - The Cupcake Corner
December 22, 2012 - Garden City

It's festive and fun in this gingerbread decorating class. You'll review instructions for assembly and decorating, sip homemade hot cocoa, and get instructions and materials to create Christmas ornaments (to do while you wait for your house pieces to dry/set). Kids will have fun listening to elves read the Nutcracker and complete holiday crafts. Reservations and pre-payment required, sessions begin promptly. Prices are dependent upon items chosen to decorate. Parties of less than 8 will share a table.

CHEAP Studio Space in December - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

ARTS RELATED RENTALS ONLY! Looking for a good deal on space AND a convenient location to put together a class, workshop or rehearsals? Flamenco Latino is offering a great deal on large studio rentals for December 2012. The studio is 33' by 25' (825 sq ft.) with marley floor. STUDIO A: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7:30 PM -9:30 PM and Friday 7 PM-9 PM for $38/hr. OR If you book 6 hours or more, price drops to ONLY $32/hr! also... Saturday 3 PM-5 PM for $32/hr. OR If you book 6 hours or more, price drops to ONLY $26/hr! You're not going to get a better deal on this amount of studio space in midtown Manhattan. Sprung marley floors, 7' high quality mirrors, ballet bars, fans, a/c and 10' high ceilings. Windows and natural light. Two dressing rooms with sinks. Public restrooms on same floor. Small waiting area. Thirty folding chairs available and benches. Good for rehearsals or classes for ballet, modern, exercise/aerobics, salsa, and, of course, flamenco and tap. Music rehearsals also permitted. Sound system with iPod hook up, CD and tape. One piano available. DVD/VCR and monitor available for $10.00 extra. Flamenco Latino Studio 244 West 54 Street (bet. Broadway & 8th Ave.) 4th floor New York, NY 10019 Email or call 212-399-8519

Junior Congregation and Tot Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
December 22, 2012 - Orangeburg

Children in grades 3-6 are invited at 10am to learn with the synagogue's Education Director, pray, and have fun with their peers. Tot Shabbat follows at 10:30am.

Simply Barbra - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Mamaroneck

World-renowned Barbra Streisand impersonator, Steven Brinberg, returns to the Sandbox Theatre for one night only. To purchase tickets online, visit

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife - Teatown Lake Reservation
December 22, 2012 - Ossining

Celebrate nature's gift...join in the Teatown holiday tradition of decorating a tree with goodies for the birds, squirrels, and other wildlife.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
December 22, 2012 - Norwalk

These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws. Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
December 22, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at

Parents' Day Out: Kids' Craft Day (ages 6-10) - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
December 22, 2012 - Stamford

Parents needing an extra few hours to get ready for the holidays can drop off their kids for an afternoon making handmade gifts, including jam and soap, which they can give to friends and family. They'll even make their own recycled wrapping paper and gift tags. The program will be led by two SM&NC professional educators. An organic, nut-free snack and drink will be served. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 12 children. Call 203-977-6521 to register.

Rudolph and the Reindeer Games - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Bridgeport

The 73rd annual Reindeer Games features familiar names, characters along with music and dance. Santa's North Pole Team is hoping the odds are in their favor for the Games. Rudy, the young, new contestant who's a "chip off the old buck," looks like he may "sleigh" the competition, but five-time Champion Donner isn't giving up his title without a fight.

Kaleidoscope Workshop - Southeast Museum
December 22, 2012 - Brewster

David Brewster of Scotland invented the kaleidoscope in 1816, while experimenting with prisms. Kaleidoscopes have angled mirrors that reflect pieces of glass when viewed through the eyepiece. Participants will make their very own kaleidoscopes.

Be an Artist Apprentice - Hudson River Museum
December 22, 2012 - Yonkers

Learn how create picture book stories inspired by the work of Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney with Fashion Institute of Technology students who study with Eric Velasquez. Four days over two weekends; attend one or multiple sessions, and bind your story into a book. Today's program: You and Your Family. Work may be selected to be on view at the Museum's Education Center. For ages 9 and older (younger artists are welcome to collage). Art materials supplied.

HOLIDAY JAM - 2nd Nature Skatepark
December 22, 2012 - Peekskill

An evening-long skateboarding and holiday celebration where the price of admission is one donated canned good or new toy. Donations will be delivered the following morning to the Jan Peek House Shelter for the Homeless. The evening is open to families with skaters of all ages - beginners, experts, or spectators. There will be screenings of holiday movies, a hot chocolate bar, egg nog (non-alcoholic), and snacks, along with free skating, a product toss, contests, and prizes. 2nd Nature is a skater-owned and -operated indoor skate park that prides itself on supporting the local community, offering a safe environment for skaters of all ages, as well as special needs students (Autistic/Aspergers). Jan Peek House is a safe haven for the area's homeless men and women. Their 19-bed facility is open 365 days a year, providing shelter, food, and a conduit to comprehensive support services.

Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market - Littlefield
December 22, 2012 - Gowanus

Different vendors for each of this event's two weekends, including items at a range of prices. Foot trucks and warm drinks on hand. A great solution for procrastinators hoping to avoid the big-box stores.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'It's a Wonderful Life' - Jacob Burns Film Center
December 22, 2012 - Pleasantville

How would the world be different if you weren't in it? That's the question posed by this, perhaps the most beloved of all Christmas films. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a good man in desperate straits, and Henry Travers is his guardian angel, Clarence. It's every bit as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. Directed by Frank Capra. 1946. 130 mins. The classic - not rated because it doesn't need to be!

Theater for Young Audiences - 'A Christmas Wizard of Oz' - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Celebrate the season with a family musical. In "A Christmas Wizard of Oz," all the friends you know from Dorothy's famous trip return in a holiday tale about the joy of giving and the happiness of home. Through Dec. 24. To purchase tickets, visit

Colonial Games - Fort Greene Park
December 22, 2012 - Fort Greene

Play some games that didn't rely on the grid.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Lantern Light Tours - Mystic Seaport
December 22, 2012 - Mystic

Step back in time to Christmas Eve, 1876. The village of Greenmanville is alive with the bustle of last-minute Christmas activity, preparations for the holiday festivities, and the merry jingle of sleigh bells. Stroll with a townsperson as you take in a one-hour moving performance on a tour that meanders through the Museum's 19th-century maritime village. Reservations strongly encouraged.

The Snow Maiden - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Midwood

In this Christmas tale, a young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Performed in Russian with English subtitles, it incorporates traditional Russian songs, dances, and elaborate costumes.

Howliday Fest! - Wolf Conservation Center
December 22, 2012 - South Salem

Celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Guests will help decorate the ambassador wolf HOWLIDAY tree, then observe how the Center's wolves react as they discover the ornaments! Pre-registration required.

PlayLab Workshop: Very Merry Holiday Traditions - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers discover special holiday traditions from around the world, and learn about Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa before creating their own holiday ornament to take home.

Drop-in Moving Image Studio - The Museum of The Moving Image
December 22, 2012 - Astoria

Children ages seven and up will engage in hands-on creative work, making projects ranging from flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys), to stop-motion and computer animations, and video games. Studio visitors also have the opportunity to see, handle, and explore the inner workings of moving-image technology, such as projectors, film strips and video tape, video game consoles, and more.

Merry Christmas! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Learn fun facts about Christmas and work like one of Santa's elves to make a holiday-inspired craft!

Meet the Holiday: Merry Christmas - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Prepare for Christmas by learning its cultural importance and how some people celebrate this holiday around the world. Create a beautiful ornament to take home.

Kwanzaa: A celebration of Family, Community, and Culture - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Join the millions of people around the world who now enjoy this holiday, and take home your own Kwanzaa-inspired craft. Learn about Kwanzaa traditions from the Harris family, who have been celebrating this African-inspired holiday for over 20 years.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Staten Island

Make a special gift sculpted from clay.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas - Brooklyn Irondale Center
December 22, 2012 - Fort Greene

The wonderful actor Austin Pendleton stars as Scrooge in this New York-centric interpretation of the Dickens classic. By the way, Pendleton looks remarkably like Alistair Sim, who starred in the English film production of the 1950s.

A Fairy Tale Winter - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
December 22, 2012 - Bellmore

Everyone will enjoy this holiday children's musical. Children are encouraged to meet and greet the actors after the show.

Junior Engineer: How Things Go - New York Transit Museum
December 22, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

New York City is bursting with things that go: vehicles on the streets and down underground, east and west and all around town. Kids experiment with balloon-powered cars and much more.

December 22, 2012 - Stamford

The Connecticut Ballet's production features principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre and international stars along with falling snow, a gigantic Christmas tree and a cast of forty professional dancers.

21st Annual Toy Drive - John Thiessen Children's Foundation Center
December 22, 2012 - Wantagh

Many low-income families who have sick children experience financial hardships throughout the year, but during the holidays the strain is even greater. Parents are burdened with medical bills, the cost of medication and other treatments, household bills and other expenses. You can help by donating new toys for young children or gift cards,bath and body products, make-up sets, or small electronic items for teens. Financial donations are also accepted. Give so that children can experience the warmth and happiness of the holiday season. Call or visit the website for more information.

Christmas Crafts - Wilton Library
December 22, 2012 - Wilton

Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library and make a Christmas craft to take home. No registration necessary.

Bumbug the Musical - The Clurman Theatre
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

BUMBUG The Musical is an electrifying new Rock Opera, reinventing A Christmas Carol through the lense of NYC immigrants and hyphenated Americans.

Circus Renaldo - Long Island Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Garden City

Witness the juggling, pranks, magic and humor of the Remarkable Renaldo, the ringmaster clown of Circus Renaldo. Renaldo has performed with leading circuses around the world. Come celebrate the holidays with humor. Renaldo's alter ego, Al Calienes will be present too, signing copies of his children's story book, "Renaldo Joins the Circus."

Beary Merry Holiday - Trailside Museums and Zoo
December 22, 2012 - Bear Mountain

Have a Beary Merry Holiday with the bears of Bear Mountain. Arrive early to make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. At 11am, keepers will kick off the holiday celebration when they present the bears with their gifts and visitors can watch the animals unwrap their boxes full of delicious holiday treats. Visitors can also discover how the rest of our native animals prepare for winter.

Jolly Jump - Pump It Up of Great Neck
December 22, 2012 - Great Neck

Santa and Frosty are coming to Pump It Up of Great Neck for a very special holiday visit. Join in for a jumping, climbing, and sliding extravaganza with Santa Claus himself. Space is limited, register today to be sure you're able to join in all the fun. Santa will be available for pictures in while the children enjoy a delicious bagel breakfast.

The Eglevsky Ballet Nutcracker - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Greenvale

This year, the Eglevsky Ballet brings excitement to Long Island in the form of the production of The Nutcracker choreographed by distinguished choreographer Laszlo Berdo. The Nutcracker by The Eglevsky Ballet is an annual treat for the families of Long Island, danced to the traditional lush score by Tchaikovsky, while bringing Clara?s magical holiday journey to life. Returning guest artists, Lia Cirio and James Whiteside, principal dancers of The Boston Ballet Company and American Ballet Theatre will be joining the professional company of 24 dancers. They will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. New this year, Aran Bell, star of the extremely popular documentary First Position will star as the Nutcracker.

Theatre Three's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
December 22, 2012 - Port Jefferson

Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future.

Barnaby - Theatre Three
December 22, 2012 - Port Jefferson

S.B. Dombelbury has set out to ruin Christmas for everyone. Barnaby, with the help of his reindeer friend, Franklynne, show everyone that they are not too small to help Santa. As they set off on their journey, they make some very special friends and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the holiday season.

An All Youth Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Smithtown

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Juilliard Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

George Stelluto, conductor CORIGLIANO Gazebo Dances BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 FREE; no tickets required

Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Music - Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

FREE; no tickets required

Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

Shih-Hung Young, conductor THEODORE WIPRUD Speravi for String Orchestra MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 136 DVORÁK Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22 FREE; no tickets required

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 22, 2012 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 & up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. Advance purchase is required via Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 22, 2012 - New

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Met Museum! Fans of murder mysteries and "The Da Vinci Code" will enjoy this scavenger hunt throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out who dunnit. Advance purchase is required. Prices include museum admission. Questions? 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.

Watson Adventures' Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 22, 2012 - Midtown

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you'll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a "ghost" train, and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. Advance purchase is required.

New York Theatre Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER - Florence Gould Hall
December 22, 2012 - Manhattan

Also 1pm. Final show.

Everett Bradley's Holidelic - Le Poisson Rouge
December 22, 2012 - New York

Are you looking for something different for your holiday programming? Look no further! Holidelic will shake you free of the Andy Williams and Nutcracker rut. Written, produced and directed by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley, Holidelic debuted in 2002 at New York’s prestigious Joe’s Pub—part of New York’s Public Theater and Shakespeare Festival—and has sold out night after night since the beginning. Bradley is now taking the show on the road, bringing the magic, the mirth, the mayhem and the memories to theatres and performance venues throughout the Northeast. Now entering it’s 9th season, this holiday funk-tacular blends the influences of P-Funk, Sly Stone and other 1970’s and ‘80’s funk and soul bands into original songs that celebrate diversity, mild familial seasonal dysfunction, individuality, and holiday booty shaking. This is a show for all races, creeds and lifestyles… even for all ages with a little parental guidance! Tickets:

Santa at the Hatchery - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
December 22, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Santa will meet and greet visitors.

Magic Toy Shop - CM Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Oakdale

In this musical, handmade dolls come to life when The Master Toymaker sprinkles a touch of Magic Doll Dust on them. They can walk, talk and breathe prompting The Master Toymaker to want to keep them for himself rather than sell them to children who might break them.

Bob's Your Elf - BayWay Arts Center
December 22, 2012 - East Islip

An elf named Bob with a bad attitude gets sent by Santa to a small town to help out with their Christmas Pageant where he is faced with a group of bumbling actors who are trying to put on the best Christmas show their town has ever seen.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 22, 2012 - Northport

Come see a staged version of the classic holiday story of a reindeer who turns an obstacle into an opportunity to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas eve.

'Snow White' - Galli Theater
December 22, 2012 - Midtown West

Galli's "Snow White" encourages kids to beware of strangers. In this twist on the familiar story, a man named Mr. 7-Dwarf rescues Snow White not once, but three times. Meanwhile, a king places an ad in the newspaper looking for a beautiful wife. This fairy tale classic reminds audiences about the power of friendship and the danger of envy. Find out why a hunter makes a deal with a boar, why Snow White's stepmother will do anything to be the fairest, and why beauty is not always bliss. In the after-show workshop which takes place at 3pm, children are encouraged to dress up in costumes and act out their favorite fairy tale characters. The workshop is followed by a mini performance for the adults.

New York Theatre Ballet's 'Nutcracker' - Florence Gould Hall
December 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) returns for a second season of Keith Michael's "Nutcracker," an enchanting holiday ballet. This one-hour ballet is perfect for children ages 3-10, with clever choreography sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent. This classic retelling of the Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve with toymaker Drosselmeyer's arrival carrying an endearing nutcracker doll, and includes a lively mouse queen with a 18-foot-tail, a journey through the Land of Snow and, of course, a sweet romance between a young woman and her nutcracker prince. From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. The Nutcracker is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 featuring innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael, set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.

'The Adventures of Maya the Bee' - Culture Project
December 22, 2012 - Greenwich Village

The new revamped production, back after its first successful run at 45 Bleecker, will feature the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. The production will feature a sparkling new set and props by Joe Silovsky and the original dazzling array of puppets from Poland, as well as new staging by Will Pomerantz to the glorious jazz-themed score by Nancy Harrow.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 22, 2012 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults! Discover little-known passageways, the latest exhibit at the Transit Museum Gallery, the gourmet foods of the Grand Central Market, the stunning Art Deco lobby of the Chrysler Building, the fate of the famed Biltmore Hotel clock, a hidden waiting room, the eclectic food court, mysterious marks on the main hall’s constellation ceiling, the secret symbol of the Vanderbilts, the uncanny Whispering Gallery and more. The hunt is all indoors, so no need to worry about the weather. Price per person: $24.50. Advance purchase is required via Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Daddy Pop - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 22, 2012 - Yonkers


JAKE JOHANNSEN - Gotham Comedy Club
Through December 22, 2012 - New York

A native of Iowa, Jake Johannsen spent three years at Iowa State University dabbling in veterinarian science and chemical engineering before moving to San Francisco and trying his hand at comedy. Jake sought to make his comedic mark on the city at a time when San Francisco was fostering the likes of young talents such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Carvey. Jake made his own comedy debut during an open mike night at San Francisco's Cobbs Comedy Club. Four years later, in 1986, he won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedian Competition. A self-confessed raconteur of weird stories, it's no wonder that Jake is one of David Letterman's favorite comics.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in "Reverse" - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
December 22, 2012 - New York

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square's 'Reverse Santa' returns for the famed 'Santa sits on YOUR lap' holiday portraits. Bringing some extra help from the North Pole, Ripley's own 'Reverse Santa Claus' will be joined by Mrs. Claus to sit on visitor's laps Saturdays in December, creating out-of-the ordinary family photos. And this year, guests who deliver toys to "Reverse Santa" will earn $10 off admission to the Times Square one-of-a-kind attraction. In partnership with the TODAY Show's Annual Holiday Gift Drive, Guests who bring two or more toys suitable for children ages infant to 18 years old to the museum will receive $10 off admission. For every toy donated at the New York City Odditorium, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square will match it. Accepted items include new and unwrapped toys, books, clothing, electronic games, school supplies, sports equipment, videos and computer games. Reverse Santa pictures will be available each Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

GARETH EMERY | Saturday December 22 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
December 22, 2012 - New York City

Saturday December 22 Pacha NYC presents... GARETH EMERY GET TICKETS Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Breakfast with Frosty & Friends - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
December 22, 2012 - Bridgeport

Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut's only zoo. Reservations are required. Call Amanda Bolanos at (203) 394-6574. Price includes zoo admission and breakfast.

Newsday's Annual Holiday Lights Festival - Newsday Headquarters
December 22, 2012 - Melville

Visitors will enjoy more than 1,200 feet of illuminated holiday light displays including 58 brand new exhibits, as well as carnival games, crafts, photos with Santa, and a full size ice skating rink. Presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Lord & Taylor, the festival is open to the public every weekend in December. For every ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to Newsday's Help-A-Family campaign, which helps Long Island families in need. Visit the website for tickets.

Aida - Metropolitan Opera
December 22, 2012 -

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska and Hui He. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radam�s, played by Marco Berti and Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Dolora Zajick and Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts this revival, which features recent choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.

Breakfast with Santa - Applebee's
December 22, 2012 - Bayside

Join The Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council and kick-off the Holiday Season while showing support for the community. Enjoy Breakfast with the man in the Jolly Man in Red at a local Applebee’s and help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Guests can get a Polaroid photo with him and enjoy a full buffet. Proceeds from this event will go to QEDC/QTC, which will then distribute the largesse to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, one of the first nonprofits to respond to Hurricane Sandy. Breakfast will also take place at Applebees in Rego Park, 95-25 Queens Blvd., and Astoria, 38-01 35th Ave.

Family Art Project: Glittery Gift Baskets - Wave Hill
December 22, 2012 - Bronx

Make a basket from unusual materials for a lovely, seasonal container or work of art. Learn how to transform and recycle an ordinary carton into something fantastic using sparkles, gems, and more.

Holiday Sportacular - Give It Your All Sports
December 22, 2012 - Ronkonkoma

There are 39 inflatable obstacle course, arts and crafts, winter sport games and much more. Drop off available.

The National September 11 Memorial Extended Holiday Hours - The National September 11 Memorial
December 22, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

The National September 11 Memorial has extended holiday hours for ten days at the end of the year. The special holiday operating hours are from 10am-8pm with last entry at 7pm. Visitor passes are required and must be reserved for a specific date and time. Visitor passes are free and available through the memorial's online reservation system. The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Once Upon a Holiday - Take One Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Ronkonkoma

Take One Performing Arts presents an original musical, "Once Upon a Holiday", a celebration of all the holidays of the season. Performances are on December 15th, 22nd, 27th, 29th at 1:00pm. Call for reservations 631-569-2148.

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur Tasting at Best Buy Wine and Liquor - Best Buy Wine and Liquor
December 22, 2012 - Franklin Square

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur, a flavorful collection of sparkling liqueurs that infuses premium vodka with white wine and a burst of carbonation to give hip sippers a toast-worthy alternative to champagne. Served straight up or mixed into a cocktail, the four distinctive fruit flavors – Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry and Grape are sure to please any palate…what’s your flavor? Find out! LeSUTRA invites you to a free tasting of the delicious liqueur at Syosset Wine Cellar on December 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. For more information visit or

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC - December 22nd - Winter Fun Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
December 22, 2012 - New York

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC - December 22nd - Winter Fun Day! WHO: Children's Art Project: Deepening our Connections to the Winter Solstice, Adventure Workshop with Randy Kiersnowski: Chinese Jump Rope, Bilingual Birdies Hoppin' to Hebrew Shabbat Concert & Instrument Workshop, Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News with Shawn Shafner, Adult Crafts: Winter Scene Snow Globes, A Cappella Concert: Stonybrook High C's and much, much, more! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 23rd) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: or join our Facebook page for updated information

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur Tastings - Old Library/Fine Wines & Liquor
December 22, 2012 - Great Neck

LeSUTRA Sparkling Liqueur, a flavorful collection of sparkling liqueurs that infuses premium vodka with white wine and a burst of carbonation to give hip sippers a toast-worthy alternative to champagne. Served straight up or mixed into a cocktail, the four distinctive fruit flavors – Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry and Grape are sure to please any palate…what’s your flavor? Find out! LeSUTRA invites you to a tasting of the delicious liqueur at Huntington Wines & Liquor on December 21st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. For more information visit or

The 1st Annual SECRET SATURDAY XMAS BASH Saturday December 22nd *****EVERYBODY FREE ALL NIGHT***** Downtown New York City - BONFIRE|HIGH LIFE LOUNGE
December 22, 2012 - New York

Dec 17 & Present The 1st Annual SECRET SATURDAY XMAS BASH Saturday December 22nd *****EVERYBODY FREE ALL NIGHT***** Downtown New York City @ BONFIRE|HIGH LIFE LOUNGE 404 6TH AVE (Corner of 6th Ave & 8th St. 2nd floor) Doors Open @ 11pm Looking for a Lounge with a nice bar, affordable drinks, Hookah and a Dance Floor? Top 40 - Pop - R&b - Hip Hop Come Party with TASTE MAKERS this Saturday. No Hassle! No BS! No Cashier! *****EVERYBODY FREE ALL NIGHT***** HAPPY HOUR 11PM-1AM $5 Beer + Wine + $5 Well + $3 Shots ALL NIGHT SPECIALS $5 SHOTS $8 BLUE LONG ISLANDS & RUM PUNCH EMAIL US TO BOOK A BIRTHDAY PARTY OR SPECIAL EVENT TASTEMAKEREVENTS@GMAIL.COM

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Co.
Through December 23, 2012 - White Plains

Various sizes and types of trees available. Proceeds benefit the North White Plains Fire Company. For more information, email

'Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid' - Axis Theatre
Through December 23, 2012 - West Village

For the 11th consecutive season, Axis Company will present its winter show for children. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music encourages the audience to participate in many of the kid's challenges with singing and organized "shout outs."

Through December 23, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, 54 Below is honored to welcome multiple Grammy nominee Maureen McGovern to our stage when she presents an evening featuring songs of the season, some unexpected, and some traditional chestnuts. Broadway audiences know her from her acclaimed, Drama Desk-nominated performance in Little Woman, 3 Penny Opera, Nine and The Pirates of Penzance as well as off-Broadway's Brownstone, but the world over knows Maureen as "The Disaster Theme Queen." On Dec. 22, second show at 10pm.

Holiday Show & Boutique - Loft Artist Association
Through December 23, 2012 - Stamford

All kinds of items from artwork, to cards, bookmarks, ceramics, photography, silkscreened items, clothing and jewelry, will be available to the public over the holiday season.A portion of the proceeds will go to Laurel House, a non-profit organization that provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness, bridging the gap between isolation and community. Fridays-Sundays, December 6-December 23.

Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza - Bohemian Hall
Through December 23, 2012 - Astoria

Still need gifts for family and friends? It's not to late. See 40 plus vendors in the beautiful decorated garden and Main Hall, featuring their unique handcrafted wares,event along with eggnog, chestnuts, hot apple cider, and other holiday favorites. Find amazing holiday gifts such as art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationary, scarves and hats, pottery, and more.

Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza - Bohemian Hall
Through December 23, 2012 - Astoria

Astoria Market is organizing a Back-to-Back Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on December 22nd and 23rd from 12-6pm out of the Main Hall at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. And Bohemian Hall's garden will be once again decorated with tons of lights. They are also offering eggnog, chestnuts, hot apple cider, and other holiday favorites on their menu. Do come by to check out the 40 plus vendors that will be featuring their unique handcrafted and vintage wares out of the spacious 3000 square foot hall. You’re sure to find amazing holiday gifts such as art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationary, scarves and hats, pottery, and more!

Breakfast with Frosty & Friends - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through December 23, 2012 - Bridgeport

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut's only zoo. Reservations are required. Call Amanda Bolanos at (203) 394-6574. $10 per person for Zoo members, $20 per person for non-members. Price includes zoo admission and breakfast.

Holiday Crafts & Fun Photo Opps - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through December 23, 2012 - Bridgeport

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 Enjoy making holiday crafts in our Research Station, and then take some fun photos in our festively decorated, tropical greenhouse. Don't forget to visit your favorite animals and wish them happy holidays!

Union Square Holiday Dessert Tour - Sugartooth Tours
Through December 23, 2012 - New York

Learn about Union Square's remarkable history while exploring the holiday market and eating tasty treats. Visit website for schedule (Thurs.-Sun. afternoons).

Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical - Take One Performing Arts
Through December 23, 2012 - Ronkonkoma

You loved the movie, now see the musical. Take One Performing Arts presents, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical" from December 14th through the 23rd, Fridays and Saturdays. Call for reservations 631-569-2148.

Astoria Market - Bohemian Hall
Through December 23, 2012 - Astoria

Astoria Market invites you to join us for our Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza this coming Saturday and Sunday, December 22nd & 23rd from 12 to 6pm in the main hall of the world famous Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. Just follow the red balloons and signs up the front steps! With just a few days before the holidays, and with a full house of fantastic vendors, you’re sure to find that special gift you’re looking for such as art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, scarves and hats, pottery, and more! Also, don’t forget that you can always go downstairs and get a bite to eat along with your favorite beer. Or, go get a beer and sip on it while you shop – it’s allowed! By the way, there will also be eggnog, chestnuts, hot apple cider, and other holiday favorites on the menu.

Grand Central Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2012 - Manhattan

Entering its 13th year, The Grand Central Holiday Fair is a unique New York City holiday shopping experience, and it's the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors! 76 Unique Vendors with endless gift options.

4th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Greenwich

Families can visit Santa's live reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his workshop. Hours for the Photos with Santa are: Monday-Friday 12-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-5:30 pm; Sunday 9am-4pm. Reindeer feedings will take place daily, 9am-4pm. Reindeer facts and educational information about reindeer will also be available.

18th annual Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Rowayton

Unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople will be featured in this fundraiser that supports year-round education and other community programs at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Yonkers

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland House and receive a free gift. Santa's hours: Mondays-Saturdays 11am-8pm; Sundays 12-6pm. Friday Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 9am-6pm; Sunday Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23 11am-7pm; Christmas Eve 9am-6pm.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales at the Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2012 - Floral Park

Enjoy shopping at this holiday sale Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2012 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm.

Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square Park
Through December 24, 2012 - New York

In it's nineteenth year, the Union Square Holiday Market is a New York institution, and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe. Famous for its distinctive red and white tents and ebullient atmosphere, visitors flock to Union Square every holiday season in search of superior local products and unparalleled local cuisine. What's new this year? -There are more food vendors than ever, including Momofuku Milk Bar, Sigmund's Pretzels, Mayhem & Stout, Wafels & Dinges, Mighty Balls, Hong Kong Street Cart, La Sonrisa Empanadas and many more -The food vendors will offer delivery to local businesses and residences via SeamlessWeb -There will be a "Little Brooklyn" section of the market, highlighting local, handmade goods from Brooklyn, NY -There is a larger diversity of retail goods than ever before -UrbanSpace will be hosting a group of carolers each week to add seasonal flair -Visitors can download a free iPhone app called "Here" which includes an interactive map of the market, vendor descriptions and even discounts and deals -To aid our fellow New Yorkers (and neighbors) devastated by Hurricane Sandy, UrbanSpace will have a donation basket in the information booth; all proceeds with benefit the American Red Cross. Many vendors will be donating percentages of their proceeds as well.

Christmas Holidays at the Hatchery - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Make your own Holiday ornaments to hang on the Hatchery's Christmas Tree. Also, during Dec, the Hatchery is a Toys for Tots drop off, the U.S. Marine Program accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy children.

Toys For Tots Toy Drive - Toys 'R' Us-The Hub
Through December 24, 2012 - Hempstead

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's premier community action program, collecting new toys to give to kids in need across the country each holiday season. Toys'R'Us, Inc. and Toys for Tots are united in their commitment to bring toys to children who might otherwise go without on Christmas morning. You may give a monetary donation online or you may choose to donate a new toy to the drop locations of Toys "R" Us nationwide, including this location. The toy drive runs through December 24.

FREE Shopping Shuttle from Times Square - Westfield Garden State Plaza
Through December 25, 2012 - Paramus

This holiday season, hop on the FREE Shopping Shuttle from Times Square, New York City to tax-FREE shopping at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ. Located just approximately 20 minutes from Manhattan in Paramus, New Jersey, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a superb fashion shopping destination offering the ultimate selection of brands in every retail category and is renowned for introducing cutting edge, first-to-market retailers. HOW TO RIDE – Pick up your FREE TICKET at CitySights NY Visitor Center in Times Square 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue inside Madame Tussauds) SHUTTLE SCHEDULE: Monday – Saturday November 12 – December 24 DEPARTING TIMES: From Times Square 9:30am, 11:00am, 2:30pm (Shuttle Departures board across the street from Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue.) RETURNING TIMES: From Westfield Garden State Plaza 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm (Shuttle Returns board at Bus Depot in parking lot by California Pizza Kitchen near Entrance 10 of shopping mall.) ***MUST PRESENT VALID TICKET to shuttle driver on both departures and returns to board bus*** Exclusive Offers Visit Westfield Concierge located near Macy’s & Ruby Tuesdays to pick up a copy of exclusive VIP holiday offers at participating stores. For more information on the Free Shopping Shuttle to Westfield Garden State Plaza, contact Westfield Concierge at 201.843.0687. More info here:

Weekly Cooking Class - Taste Buds Kitchen
Through December 26, 2012 - Chelsea

Cook up a new and delicious culinary adventure each week in this signature weekly class. Recipes vary from savory to sweet and the class focuses on ingredients, tastes, techniques, and making new friends. This class is a great way to introduce new ingredients and flavors to your child. You'll be amazed at what your budding chef makes and eats. Class size is limited to 10 students. Starting with our youngest chefs at age 2 on up to our advanced teens classes, we have a weekly class for everyone.

Mommy/Daddy and Me - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 27, 2012 - Valley Cottage

Parents or grandparents with kids ages 2 through 6 can have fun in the Bounce! Jr. Zone, in the Bounce! castle, as well as on the main trampoline court. Head trainer Victor Byrne works with parents and children on a series of trampoline-based exercises and fun activities. Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Dance and Drum Classes for Teens and Children - Layla's Dance & Drum
Through December 29, 2012 - Valley Stream

Join Layla's Dance and Drum studio for a full day of teen and kids dance, drum and double dutch (jump rope) classes including hip-hop, creative movement, Salsa, African dance and more. Adult classes include Salsa/Mambo, Afro-Cuban and West African dance.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 29, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying as well as a weekly story and other activities. Each Saturday through December.

Parent's Night Out - Tumbling Tunes
Through December 29, 2012 - East Northport

Parent's can leave their children for up to 3 hours on these nights. Tumbling Tunes will provide entertainment for the kids in the form of games, crafts, music, gymnastics and free play. Reservations are required at least 1 day in advance.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 30, 2012 -

Discover the joy of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 30, 2012 -

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through December 30, 2012 -

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies. This season, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey's extraordinary artists in new ways. This season includes a new work commissioned by New York City Center, along with encore performances from Battle's acclaimed first season: modern dance master Paul Taylor's Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris' soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers on select programs. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of thehuman spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the Americanmodern dance tradition.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2012 -

You and your loved ones will be immersed in the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver as scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the interior of the Music Hall into a magical canvas. Expect to be awed vis a vis digital projections coupled with the world's largest flown indoor LED screen. Fan-favorites including "New York at Christmas," where the Rockettes board a real double-decker bus and the high-energy tap number, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course, beloved classics like "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" will also be back. Bonus: This 2012 edition is celebrating 85 magical years of the Rockettes with an experiential archive exhibit at Radio City Music Hall commemorating the past, present and future of the legendary precision dancers. Visit website for playing schedule and to reserve tickets.

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through December 30, 2012 - U