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KIDS SHOWS IN BRONX WEEK OF DECEMBER 17

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Kids Shows in Bronx Check out these free and low-cost family and children's shows playing the week of December 17 in Bronx. See if your favorite musician will be in town and get all the details on the concert, find children's movie screenings, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new musical or play that your family can go see together. If the weather is cooperative, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Bronx or will just be visiting during the week of December 17, you'll find plenty of options to keep your kids entertained. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Bronx, go to our complete calendar of events.

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"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.

Frosty the Snowman - Westchester Broadway Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Elmsford

A winter favorite. Note: there is no food service for Children's Theatre productions.

The Harry Potter Yule Ball with Harry and the Potters and More - The Bell House
December 17, 2011 - Gowanus

It's a night for wizards and muggles of all ages to revel in the magic and cheer of the holiday season. Wear your fancy dress robes and be ready to toss back a few wizardly concoctions at the bar (Elixir to Induce Euphoria, anyone?).

An Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy - City Center Studios
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A selection from "The Nutcracker" will be performed in an intimate studio setting. This show is an ideal introduction to ballet and the perfect performance for connoisseurs interested in the magic behind the scenes. Take home holiday sweets, an autographed memory pamphlet, and pose for a photograph with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Barnaby Saves Christmas - Theatre Three
December 17, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends as the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas. They meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season.

Annie Jr. - Studio Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Lindenhurst

One of the most successful musicals of all times, this is the tale of Annie's adventures, her encounters with the wicked Miss Hannigan and her escape from the orphanage to a new life with Daddy Warbucks.

Westchester Ballet Company presents 'The Nutcracker' - Westchester County Center
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

For the past 15 years, the Westchester Ballet Company has been entertaining Westchester audiences with its production of this holiday classic that has become a tradition for families. The production features professionally trained student dancers from communities throughout Westchester and neighboring areas, along with professional guest soloists. Under the direction of Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, the show includes spectacular scenery and beautiful costumes, classic choreography and special stage effects that rival the best productions in the New York metropolitan area. Tickets are available at the County Center box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, at ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets. December 17 and 18.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Family - Symphony Space
December 17, 2011 - Upper West Side

Mitchell's gentle, heartfelt music transfixes audiences of all ages with homespun renditions of great songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, and more.

ebi's Dance Annual Holiday Show - SUNY Rockland Community College
December 17, 2011 - Suffern

Debi's Dance of Suffern presents its annual Holiday Revue with two special and different performances. Check out Holiday Dreams at 1pm and Spotlight on The Nutcracker, featuring highlights from the famous ballet, at 4pm. Both shows include sounds of the season, dazzling costumes, and fancy footwork.

Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Mamaroneck

A one-hour musical for children and families. Come see all the holiday chaos that ensues when Goldilocks tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the hibernating three bears! December 17, 18 and 24. Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

NYC: A Teenage Winter Dream! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 17, 2011 - Irvington

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center's original production is a holiday romp in New York City, following the hijinks and whimsy of young teenagers in love. Set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this holiday music-and-dance spectacle mixes a dash of "Modern Family," "High School Musical," and "Glee," to create an evening of entertainment and laughter for the whole family. Call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets. December 16, 17 and 18.

Holiday Showcase! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 17, 2011 - Irvington

Join Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists' youngest performers as they experience being part of a professional show with professional choreography, singers, and dancers. Please call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets.

The Nutcracker (Frank Ohman's New York Dance Theatre) - Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse
December 17, 2011 - Hempstead

New York Dance Theatre, presents its 30th anniversary season of "The Nutcracker" done in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine. The Ohman troupe is joined by guest artists from Harlem Dance Theatre and other New York City companies, in bringing this holiday classic to life on the stage.

The Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 17, 2011 - Greenvale

The Eglevsky Ballet performs this classic story that has become a holiday favorite.

Works & Process: "Peter and the Wolf" - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 17, 2011 - Upper East Side

Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, as New York City Opera's Music Director George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Jason Hackenwerth will bring the production to life with an installation of newly commissioned balloon sculptures representing each character in the story.

Handel's 'Messiah' - Avery Fisher Hall
December 17, 2011 - Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic presents this classic oratorio, featuring the stirring "Hallelujah Chorus," performed by four singers accompanied by the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

New York Theatre Ballet Presents 'Keith Michael's The Nutcracker' - Florence Gould Hall
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

This perennial holiday favorite features new choreography, costumes, and scenery, with a charming turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau flair. The performance includes an exciting mouse battle at midnight, a journey through the Land of Snow, and of course, a sweet romance between a young woman named Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. From Clockwork Imps, to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, this Nutcracker bursts with energy and excitement.

Tinsel Tunes by the Tinsel Tones - Merchant's House Museum
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A concert of holiday favorites, from 1850 to 1950, performed in an 1850s parlor filled with 1950s decorations and vintage Christmas memorabilia.

Making Books Sing Presents 'If You Really Love Polar Bears' - Bronx Zoo - Dancing Crane Cafe
December 17, 2011 - Bronx

Meet Patchy, a little boy who loves polar bears and learns about the important role he can play in saving the earth. Told through music, puppetry, and physical comedy, this 30-minute performance educates children about climate change and the impact it's having on animals' habitats.

"The Flying Latke" by Arthur Yorinks - The Flea Theater
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

A show for Jewish families of all shapes and sizes, but perfect for children grades K-6, "The Flying Latke" was adapted by Caldecott Award-winner Arthur Yorinks from his own classic children's book. Danny Silverstein and his "meshugge" family are celebrating the first night of Chanukah when a food fight erupts and sends a latke sailing out the window and down the Turnpike. The resulting UFO frenzy traps the Silversteins in their home for eight days. Will the fighting family make peace? And where will the flying latke land? Directed by Tom Costello, Benjamin Kamine, Kristan Seemel, and Danya Taymor. Featuring Yoni Ben-Yehuda, Arturo Castro, Morgan Everitt, Eric Folks, Kana Hatakeyama, Tedra Millan, Sade Namei, Rob Rodems, and Joann Sacco. Lights by Brandon Stock. Costumes by Madeleine Allen. Get tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/890575.

"The Nutcracker" - Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Choreographer Igal Perry has created a very contemporary "Nutcracker," weaving together hip-hop, modern, and ballet for his intriguing new perspective on the classic. Perry uses excerpts from Tchaikovsky's beloved score and adds a few surprise pieces of new music. More than 60 dancers will participate, including young students from The School at Peridance, pre-professional students, and professional guest dancers.

Ebenezer - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Mamaroneck

The classic Dickens' story brought to life by the YPT Kids & Tweens! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Mamaroneck

Back for the second year and strictly for mature audiences, this is the story of "A Christmas Carol" told through the eyes of the alcoholic, miserable Mrs. Cratchit. Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally met his match! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

The Reluctant Dragon - Puppetworks
Through December 18, 2011 - Park Slope

Playing through December 18 is this very unique performance of Kenneth Grahame's 1898 tale in which a boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon. Like most modern tales involving dragons, the townsfolk don't like the relationship too much.

An Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy - City Center Studios
December 18, 2011 - Manhattan

A selection from "The Nutcracker" will be performed in an intimate studio setting. This show is an ideal introduction to ballet and the perfect performance for connoisseurs interested in the magic behind the scenes. Take home holiday sweets, an autographed memory pamphlet, and pose for a photograph with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Mama Doni's Chanukah Fever Show - 92nd Street Y, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
December 18, 2011 - Upper East Side

Doni Zasloff Thomas (AKA Mama Doni) and The Mama Doni Band celebrate Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in this interactive family rock concert filled with quirky, offbeat tunes that blend reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and "Jewgrass." There will be giveaways, Mama Doni CDs, and free downloads for all in attendance, and the band will debut several new songs.

"The Sweet Revenge of Hansel and Gretel" - The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays
Through December 18, 2011 - Upper West Side

The Drilling Company, known for "Bird Brain" and "The Frog Singer," among other family-friendly hits, returns with a witty new adaptation of the classic fairytale, with puppets and live actors. Ideal for kids ages 4 to 9.

Holiday Exhibit - Trains: Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 18, 2011 - Scarsdale

A display of model trains, presented by the Westchester Model Railroad Club. See the model-sized scenic wonders of New England, upstate New York, and even the Greenburgh Nature Center. December 10-18.

Westchester Ballet Company presents 'The Nutcracker' - Westchester County Center
December 18, 2011 - White Plains

For the past 15 years, the Westchester Ballet Company has been entertaining Westchester audiences with its production of this holiday classic that has become a tradition for families. The production features professionally trained student dancers from communities throughout Westchester and neighboring areas, along with professional guest soloists. Under the direction of Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, the show includes spectacular scenery and beautiful costumes, classic choreography and special stage effects that rival the best productions in the New York metropolitan area. Tickets are available at the County Center box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, at ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets. December 17 and 18.

Chip Taylor and the Grandkids - 92Y Tribeca
December 18, 2011 - Tribeca

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, who penned classics performed by the likes of Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix, celebrates the release of his new CD, "Golden Kids Rules." Taylor, along with his three granddaughters, celebrates the joy and wonder of family over the course of 13 original songs on his first children's album, which melds husky, time-worn vocals and the musical instincts of a seasoned performer with the charming artistry of his three young grandchildren.

'Latkes & Applesauce': A Family Hanukkah Musical Revue - Merkin Concert Hall
December 18, 2011 - Upper West Side

Explore and celebrate Jewish heritage at this rollicking annual Hanukkah revue featuring songs and scenes by some of New York's funniest writers, including a Hanukkah version of "A Christmas Carol," a parody of "American Idol" and the rousing klezmer-inspired title tune. The Poppy Seed Players are joined by the Kaufman Kids, a troupe of young performers from Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School.

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' - The Play Group Theatre
December 18, 2011 - White Plains

A fun-filled day in the life of your favorite Peanuts characters as they sing, dance, and step out of the funny pages onto the PGT stage in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." From the memorable lively songs to the laugh-out-loud jokes both familiar and new, it's fun for the whole family.(December 10, 11 and 18). Tickets by phone through the Play Group Theatre Box Office: (914) 946-4433 and online at www.playgroup.org.

Christmas Sing-Along With Patrick - Staten Island Children's Museum
December 18, 2011 - Staten Island

Enjoy sounds of the season, learn new songs and join in making music as Patrick gets us all in the mood for the holidays.

Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 18, 2011 - Mamaroneck

A one-hour musical for children and families. Come see all the holiday chaos that ensues when Goldilocks tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the hibernating three bears! December 17, 18 and 24. Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

NYC: A Teenage Winter Dream! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 18, 2011 - Irvington

Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center's original production is a holiday romp in New York City, following the hijinks and whimsy of young teenagers in love. Set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this holiday music-and-dance spectacle mixes a dash of "Modern Family," "High School Musical," and "Glee," to create an evening of entertainment and laughter for the whole family. Call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets. December 16, 17 and 18.

A Christmas Carol - Bergen PAC
December 18, 2011 - Englewood

TheatreworksUSA presents this classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens.

"Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" - Christ Church Tarrytown
December 18, 2011 - Tarrytown

Y Theatre Presents "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" featuring the Y Theatre Adult Troupe and local youth actors. Donations support scholarships for the Y Summer Shakespeare Camp. (Suggested donation $20 adults.)

The Beauty & Urgency of Justice! A Holiday Event of Music & Vivid Comment - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
December 18, 2011 - New York

The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company will perform choruses from Judas Maccabaeus and Handel's Messiah, including the "Hallelujah" chorus, as well as "The Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night," "O Chanukah," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and more, all with commentary on the meaning of these songs.

The Broadway Boys - Westport Country Playhouse
Through December 18, 2011 - Westport

Broadway singers pool their talent together to perform holiday tunes as well as popular show tunes.

The Magic Land of Allakazam - Museum of the Moving Image
December 18, 2011 - Astoria

Looking for a unique form of good, clean, family-oriented fun? Check out an old fashioned magic show. Master magician Mark Wilson created The Magic Land of Allakazam, the first ever network television magic series. The shows were taped with a live studio audience of children and included sleight of hand sequences, audience participation, magical commercials, and major illusions. Greg Wilson (Mark Wilson's son) has selected rare archival copies of some of the most important episodes.

The Nutcracker (Frank Ohman's New York Dance Theatre) - Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playhouse
December 18, 2011 - Hempstead

New York Dance Theatre, presents its 30th anniversary season of "The Nutcracker" done in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine. The Ohman troupe is joined by guest artists from Harlem Dance Theatre and other New York City companies, in bringing this holiday classic to life on the stage.

A Hanukkah Celebration with Louie Miranda - Flushing Town Hall
December 18, 2011 - Flushing

With so many Christmas-oriented performances, it might be more difficult finding a show geared toward families that celebrate Hanukkah. If so, look no further than Flushing Town Hall. Join singer, songwriter, and storyteller Louie Miranda along with his band for a highly interactive performance celebrating the story of Hanukkah. Come early and craft your very own Star of David.

Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
December 18, 2011 - Prospect Heights

Did you know that the LIbrary has its own chamber ensemble? This five-piece unit will perform works by Dvorak, Reger, and Britten.

Holiday Concert at Coe Hall - Calmus Vocal Ensemble - Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
December 18, 2011 - Oyster Bay

Enjoy great singing. An active concert schedule worldwide has already taken Calmus across Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and North and South America. For tickets contact Lilly McGurk at 516-922-8676 or emcgurk@plantingfields.org.

The Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 18, 2011 - Greenvale

The Eglevsky Ballet performs this classic story that has become a holiday favorite.

Works and Process: Free Holiday Concert - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 18, 2011 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright?designed rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition. The museum will close at 5:45pm and reopen at 6:30pm for the concert.

Works & Process: "Peter and the Wolf" - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 18, 2011 - Upper East Side

Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, as New York City Opera's Music Director George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Jason Hackenwerth will bring the production to life with an installation of newly commissioned balloon sculptures representing each character in the story.

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene Presents 'My Yiddishe Chanukah: A Holiday Feast for New York' - World Financial Center Winter Garden
December 18, 2011 - Battery Park City

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the fresh and distinctly New York sounds of Yiddish music and theater presented by The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene, including Zalmen Mlotek, Annette Ezekiel, and Alicia Jo Rabins of the Klezmer group Golem, Daniella Rabbani, Dmitri "Zisl-Yeysef" Slepovitch, and other special guests.

New York Theatre Ballet Presents 'Keith Michael's The Nutcracker' - Florence Gould Hall
December 18, 2011 - Manhattan

This perennial holiday favorite features new choreography, costumes, and scenery, with a charming turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau flair. The performance includes an exciting mouse battle at midnight, a journey through the Land of Snow, and of course, a sweet romance between a young woman named Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. From Clockwork Imps, to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, this Nutcracker bursts with energy and excitement.

'Seven In One Blow,' or 'The Brave Little Kid' - Axis Theatre
Through December 18, 2011 - West Village

Axis Theatre Company presents the 10th anniversary production of its beloved family holiday show, adapted from the classic fairytale by The Brothers Grimm. This is the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "Seven in One Blow" to commemorate the event. The Kid travels through the snow and meets numerous colorful characters along the way, including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre, and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Over the course of the take, invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone, you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid discovers that a parent's love and care has no limits.

Making Books Sing Presents 'If You Really Love Polar Bears' - American Museum of Natural History
December 18, 2011 - Upper West Side

Meet Patchy, a little boy who loves polar bears and learns about the important role he can play in saving the earth. Told through music, puppetry, and physical comedy, this 30-minute performance educates children about climate change and the impact it's having on animals' habitats.

Winter Benefit: 'The Need for Chocolate' - Celebrating Susan Cheever - Hudson Valley Writer's Center (HVWC)
December 18, 2011 - Sleepy Hollow

Celebrate the work of poet, writer, artist, and teacher Mary Cheever at the Slapering Hol Press Winter Benefit, "The Need for Chocolate." This event will benefit the SHP and will include readings from Cheever's "The Need for Chocolate." Reservations are $50 (fully tax deductible) and will include champagne, hors d'oeuves, and of course, chocolate. RSVP by December 12.

"The Flying Latke" by Arthur Yorinks - The Flea Theater
December 18, 2011 - Manhattan

A show for Jewish families of all shapes and sizes, but perfect for children grades K-6, "The Flying Latke" was adapted by Caldecott Award-winner Arthur Yorinks from his own classic children's book. Danny Silverstein and his "meshugge" family are celebrating the first night of Chanukah when a food fight erupts and sends a latke sailing out the window and down the Turnpike. The resulting UFO frenzy traps the Silversteins in their home for eight days. Will the fighting family make peace? And where will the flying latke land? Directed by Tom Costello, Benjamin Kamine, Kristan Seemel, and Danya Taymor. Featuring Yoni Ben-Yehuda, Arturo Castro, Morgan Everitt, Eric Folks, Kana Hatakeyama, Tedra Millan, Sade Namei, Rob Rodems, and Joann Sacco. Lights by Brandon Stock. Costumes by Madeleine Allen. Get tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/890575.

'The Nutcracker' - Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
December 18, 2011 - Manhattan

Choreographer Igal Perry has created a very contemporary "Nutcracker," weaving together hip-hop, modern, and ballet for his intriguing new perspective on the classic. Perry uses excerpts from Tchaikovsky's beloved score and adds a few surprise pieces of new music. More than 60 dancers will participate, including young students from The School at Peridance, pre-professional students, and professional guest dancers.

Dance for Joy Nutcracker - Paramount Center For the Arts in Peekskill
December 18, 2011 - Peekskill

Dance for Joy will celebrate the holiday season with performances of "The Nutcracker for Kids!" This is the fourth year that Dance for Joy will be performing this production and the second year the performance will be at the Paramount. "The Nutcracker for Kids!" is a shorter version of "The Nutcracker," designed for children ages 3 and older. For more information visit www.danceforjoy.net or call the studio at 914-526-4486.

Ebenezer - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 18, 2011 - Mamaroneck

The classic Dickens' story brought to life by the YPT Kids & Tweens! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 18, 2011 - Mamaroneck

Back for the second year and strictly for mature audiences, this is the story of "A Christmas Carol" told through the eyes of the alcoholic, miserable Mrs. Cratchit. Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally met his match! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

'Hair' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
Through December 19, 2011 - Tarrytown

The story of a group of friends who choose to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair." The production is made up of 45 young people who are divided into two casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film and television experience. To reserve tickets, go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org or call TicketForce at 877-840-0457. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit www.randomfarms.com.

Works and Process: Free Holiday Concert - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 19, 2011 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition. The museum will close at 5:45pm and reopen at 6:30pm for the concert.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
December 21, 2011 - Manhattan

A special holiday presentation of the classic fairytale told through music (sung in English) and humor. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread. The Grand Tier Restaurant will introduce prix-fixe menus to run concurrently with the show and pair with its theme. There will be prix-fixe adult and children menus, comprised of authentic dishes that reflect the German fairytale opera. Guests can enjoy delicacies including roasted weisswurst, chicken wiener schnitzel, German almond torte, and gingerbread cupcakes.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 22, 2011 - Larchmont

Jingle all the way to Groove for a festive Jingle Jam in celebration of the coming of Winter, the first snowfall, and everyone's favorite holidays! Jams at Groove are interactive musical experiences for the whole family. The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Each Jam is led by talented musician/educators who really know how to play. Most appropriate for ages 6 months-5 years. 9:30am and 10:30am Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20; Wednesdays December 7, 14, 21; Thursdays December 8, 15, 22; Fridays December 9, 16; Saturdays December 3, 10, 17. Registration required at findgroove.com.

'Berman Does Merman' - Temple Sinai of Roslyn
December 22, 2011 - Roslyn Heights

Lisa Bermman plays Tony- and Grammy-award winner Ethel Merman. Enjoy renditions of signature show tunes that Merman originated on Broadway, among them: Girl Crazy, Anything Goes, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun and more. Hear stories, anecdotes, and information about Ethel Merman showing just how unique she really was.

Home for the Holidays - A Christmas Musical - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through December 23, 2011 - Elmsford

With their soldier son hoping to get be home from Afghanistan for Christmas, daughter who is in college on the West Coast finishing final exams also preparing to come home for Christmas, and younger children preparing for their Christmas pageant, the show follows the journey of a "typical" American family from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, as they surmount the challenges of modern life and, ultimately, rediscover the true meaning of the season. Enjoy favorites like "White Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Carol of the Bells," "Jingle Bells," "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Home for the Holidays," plus old standards such as "Count Your Blessings" and "We Need a Little Christmas."

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 23, 2011 - Mamaroneck

Back for the second year and strictly for mature audiences, this is the story of "A Christmas Carol" told through the eyes of the alcoholic, miserable Mrs. Cratchit. Ebenezer Scrooge may have finally met his match! Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Barnaby Saves Christmas - Theatre Three
December 24, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends as the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas. They meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season.

Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 24, 2011 - Mamaroneck

A one-hour musical for children and families. Come see all the holiday chaos that ensues when Goldilocks tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the hibernating three bears! December 17, 18 and 24. Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

New York String Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

This is not your average holiday concert, but kids and adults alike are sure to delight in this classy take on the sounds of the season. For over 40 years, this group of young musicians has been lighting up the holidays with its annual Christmas Eve concert. This year, Jaime Laredo and the New York String Orchestra return with showpieces by Saint-Saens and Dvorak, and perform favorites by Bach and Mozart.

Christmas Pageant - St. Luke in the Fields
December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

St. Luke's annual Christmas Pageant features carol singing by both the congregation and the talented children's choir. Gender-nonconforming children and LGBTQ-parented families are always welcome at St. Luke in the Fields.

'A Christmas Carol' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
Through December 24, 2011 - Lower Manhattan

Modern movement with both traditional and original music brings this well-known holiday tale to life. As the heartless miser Scrooge faces his past, present, and future through the surprise visits of four uninvited spirits, he awakens on Christmas morning with a new heart. This family holiday tradition reminds us all to look within ourselves and renew our spirits of compassion and generosity.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

A special holiday presentation of the classic fairytale told through music (sung in English) and humor. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread. The Grand Tier Restaurant will introduce prix-fixe menus to run concurrently with the show and pair with its theme. There will be prix-fixe adult and children menus, comprised of authentic dishes that reflect the German fairytale opera. Guests can enjoy delicacies including roasted weisswurst, chicken wiener schnitzel, German almond torte, and gingerbread cupcakes.

"A Christmas Carol" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through December 24, 2011 - Tribeca

Meet the ghost of Charles Dickens. He's not what you expect. In fact, he's a bit of a clown. Mr. Dickens is spending the festive season at Canal Park Playhouse, bringing the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from dour skinflint to a compassionate embodiment of the holiday spirit to life in the intimate landmark theater. Based on the Dickens' own material from his historic reading tours throughout the U.S., this heart-warming classic tale is given new life with Victorian pratfalls and classic physical comedy, imbued with a little bit of holiday magic. Recommended for ages 7 and older. A pre fixe, pre- or post-show brunch at the theater's Waffle Iron Cafe is available on Saturdays for an additional $6.95 in advance or $8.95 at the door.

"A Christmas Carol" - The Players Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

A lively, one-hour musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn't change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process?

Reid Farrington's 'A Christmas Carol' - Abrons Arts Center
Through December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This imaginative new show integrates media and live theater, featuring haunting images from 35 different film versions of "A Christmas Carol." Through complex technology and choreography, the show mashes together more than 100 years of film history. Performers slip in and out of characters from the Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Bill Murray versions of "A Christmas Carol," as well as The Muppets and Thomas Edison variations (and many more), to create an imaginative and new interpretation of the beloved Dickens story.

'CATS' - A WPPAC Professional Mainstage Production - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through December 30, 2011 - White Plains

Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, the musical takes place in a junkyard where the local cats are auditioning to be chosen by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to journey to the Heavyside Lair to be reborn. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber & lyrics by TS Eliot; this professional mainstage production of CATS is directed by Jeremy Quinn, choreographed by Greg Baccarini, and musical directed by Kurt Kelley. CATS ran on the London stage for 21 years, and on Broadway for over 18 years. Performances are: December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm; December 10, 11, 17, 18, 28, 29 & 30 at 2pm; December 28, 29, 30 at 7pm.

"Three Bears Holiday Bash" - Swedsih Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Upper West Side

A variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears' annual holiday show. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the "Three Bears Holiday Bash" is a great way to get into the holiday season spirit. Reservations required; visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. Tschaikovsky's incomparable score is joined by hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 31, 2011 - Larchmont

Jingle all the way to Groove for a festive Jingle Jam in celebration of the coming of Winter, the first snowfall, and everyone's favorite holidays! Jams at Groove are interactive musical experiences for the whole family. The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Each Jam is led by talented musician/educators who really know how to play. Most appropriate for ages 6 months-5 years. 9:30am and 10:30am Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20; Wednesdays December 7, 14, 21; Thursdays December 8, 15, 22; Fridays December 9, 16; Saturdays December 3, 10, 17. Registration required at findgroove.com.

Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts Celebration - The Intercontinental New York Barclay
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

New Yorkers and visitors can celebrate the sounds of the season with live holiday music in the hotel's festive lobby. Vocal groups like The Big Apple Chorus, The Renaissance Street Singers, and the Stonewall Chorale will fill the Barclay lobby with two 45-minute sets of joyful melodies. Now in its second year, the Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts Celebration has evolved into the city's most comprehensive hotel vocal arts series with its broad array of accomplished choral metropolitan area ensembles. The Barclay Bar & Grill's Executive Chef Serge Devesa offers holiday foragers and revelers deliciously-festive dining options including holiday feasts prepared with natural, organic, and local ingredients. An eclectic array of organic hot and cold fresh-pressed apple drinks and cocktails and an extensive Calvados collection are available at The Barclay Bar. Call 212-906-1400 or 212-906-3144 for reservations or visit www.intercontinentalnybarclay.com/dining.

Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi - New Victory Theater
Through January 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Climb a three-story tower of teetering chairs? Piece of cake. Ricochet like pinballs from 25-foot poles? Easy peasy. Balance en pointe on a man's head? No prob. At least not for Cirque Shanghai, the world's premier company of Chinese acrobats. Throughout the holiday season, this supremely gifted cadre of contortionists, aerialists, and gymnasts will perform daredevil feats with mind-blowing perfection, thrilling you and your family with their strength, beauty, and uncanny ability to make the impossible look effortless. Bursting with vivid color, grandeur and traditional Far East pageantry, Bai Xi -- which means "one hundred amazing acts" -- is a circus spectacular that lives up to the Chinese proverb: "It is a great man who can bend and stretch!"

Galli Theater Presents 'Snow White' - National Comedy Theatre
Through January 01, 2012 - Manhattan

A king places an ad in the newspaper looking for a beautiful wife; Mr. 7-Dwarf, the all-in-one Dwarf, rescues Snow White not once, not twice, but three times; and that's just the beginning of all the fun. Saturday shows are followed by a workshop where kids can play acting games, dress up, and perform a show for their parents.

"Farm Boy" - 59e59 Theaters
Through January 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Award-winning children's book writer Michael Morpurgo's compelling sequel to his acclaimed novel "War Horse" is a magical tale of the bonds between grandfather and grandson. This delightful show combines drama, storytelling, and original music. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Please note the following holiday schedule from December 20 through January 1: Tueday-Thursday at 7:15pm, Friday at 8:15pm, Saturday at 2:15pm and 7:15pm, and Sunday at 3:15pm. There is an additional performance on December 29 at 2:15pm.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

This year's show features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure that uses cutting-edge technology to immerse the audience in the scenery, which extends beyond the stage to the ceiling and walls, transforming Radio City Music Hall into a massive, magical canvas. The world-famous Rockettes will perform new numbers along with beloved favorites like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity."

'Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical' - Vital Theatre Company
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

Angelina Mouseling returns to the stage in this holiday musical based on the characters created by author Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig.

Big Apple Circus Presents "Dream Big" - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

For its 34th season, the Big Apple Circus presents an all-new show under the big top showcasing stunning acts including a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, comical conjurors, a singing ringmistress who will be accompanied by the Big Apple Circus Band, and of course, Grandma, in her last season with the circus.

"The Canterbury Tales Remixed" - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - SoHO

The show brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless "Canterbury Tales" to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through March 10, 2012 - Manhattan

Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: www.theamazingmax.com.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Nassau Coliseum
Through April 07, 2012 - Uniondale

Tickets are now available for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Jackson fans can expect a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music, and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down in this Cirque du Soleil production. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as newcomers, the show captures the essence, soul, and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. The show debuts April 7, 2012 at 8pm.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.

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