The holidays are a week away, and there are still plenty of great ways to get in on the festive spirit. Our favorites this week include two Hanukkah festivals, Christmas caroling, a winter celebration, and a great kid’s concert. Check them out!
Monday, December 19
The Brooklyn Museum
6pm – 9pm
Celebrate the festival of lights with everyone’s favorite Hanukkah food: latkes! Come down to the Brooklyn Museum for latke tastings and find the coolest ways to make a potato pancake in NYC. Net proceeds go to The Sylvia Center, dedicated to helping decrease obesity and increase health by changing how we cook. General admission tickets are $70.
Wednesday, December 21
Throughout New York City
Earliest event begins at 11:30am, latest event ends at 7:30pm
Get in to the winter spirit with this all-day party, where you can help make the music! Featuring 13 different events throughout the day, you can dance in a percussion parade with the Brooklyn-born Antibalas, stroll through Central Park and enjoy classical music, or participate in the music itself with bells given out by artist Tom Peyton. Free
Saturday, December 24
Washington Square Park
5pm – 7pm
Celebrate Christmas Eve with some traditional carols in the famous Washington Square Park. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will accompany all of the singers in this joyful welcoming of Christmas. Songbooks will be handed out, but don’t worry–it will feature all of your favorite classics! Free
Museum of the City of New York
11am – 2pm
Welcome the Festival of Lights with a tour through the museum’s collection of Jewish and Hanukkah-related artifacts. Learn about the holiday and eat a traditional Hanukkah snack while you create a menorah before the holiday begins. Families and children are more than welcome! Free with museum admission
Sunday, December 25
The Jewish Museum
11:30am – 12:30pm
Oran Etkin combines traditional Jewish music such as klezmer with jazz and African rhythms to create a fun and memorable style all his own. Welcome Hanukkah with a song, and don’t be afraid to get up and dance! Tickets are $13 for Jewish Museum members, $16 for general public.