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Blog Archives - December 2015

The Week Ahead: December 28 through January 3  
Happy 2016! We hope everyone had a great 2015 and enjoyed the festivities of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. We’d like to give a big thank to all of our readers who have joined us throughout the year both on and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This may be the last week of 2015, but there are still plenty of things to do, including celebrating the New Year! This week, we’re enjoying Pedal Punk at the New Victory Theater, celebrating the holidays with a few cheerful pirates, enjoying the First Noel at the Apollo Theater, seeing the Barber of Seville one last time at the Metropolitan Opera, learning to reuse everyday material to make art and much more. Here are our picks for the week ahead.

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Weekend Family Events - December 26 and December 27  
Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and merry Christmas! Continue the holiday fun and enjoy the weekend with shows galore. Some of these shows will be ending their holiday run so catch them before they go. The Nutcracker ballet is taking place at Symphony Space on Sunday. The high energy show Pedal Punk is happening at the New Victory Theater on Saturday and Sunday and Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas is also happening on Saturday and Sunday on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Brooklyn Children's Museum on Saturday and the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday. Puppets, opera, trains and clay creatures round out fun events this weekend! Here are this weekend's picks

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The Week Ahead: December 21 through December 27  
Merry Christmas! With temperatures heading back to the high 60s, it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is already here. It may not feel like winter, but you can still take your kids to see Santa as he enjoys the warm weather before heading back to the North Pole. This week, we’ve picked out a few post-holiday-art workshops to participate in as well as holiday movie screenings. There are also a few more opportunities to see Santa in the city. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 19 and December 20  
Get ready the big guy is coming! No not Darth Vader, Santa! He's making stops all around NYC this weekend. You can eat breakfast with Santa at Lehman College on Saturday in the Bronx, then you can catch him in the East Meets West Christmas Parade in Chinatown and Little Italy, then head uptown to the Apollo Theater to hear caroling and take pictures with the man himself. You can also watch him on screen at the classic movie screening of Miracle on 34th Street this Sunday at the United Palace Theater. Good thing he's got a sleigh to travel all over town this weekend. He's making a lot of stops! For those of you braving the theaters to see Star Wars - May the force be with you! Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: December 14 through December 20  
The force is strong in this holiday season. But Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only reason to venture outdoors this week. We’ve picked out several dance, musical, theater and puppet shows to enjoy around the city. And, why not go outside? Next week is the official start of winter and the weather still feels like fall in October. This week, we’re enjoying lollipops in the morning, listening to an orchestra celebrate Charlie Brown, celebrating Christmakwanzukah and heading out to the opera. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 12 and December 13  
To get you ready for the approaching Star Wars movie premiere, the Central Library in Brooklyn has two free separate Stars Wars events on Saturday. And Star Wars Power of Costume The Exhibition is happening all weekend long at Discovery Times Square. If you're looking for another classic bunch of famous characters you can hang with, you have the Peanuts gang! There will be performances of a Charlie Brown Christmas Live at Redwood Studios in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. There are also plenty of holiday events all weekend long including gift making at Wave Hill, and the Annual Taste of Christmas Cookie Walk in the East Village. Unsilent Night happens on Saturday in Washington Square Park and a Merry Tuba Christmas happens on Sunday in Rockefeller Center.  Here are this weekend's picks.

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Holiday Window Displays 2015  
Viewing the department store holiday window displays is a fun way of getting into the holiday spirit in the city. For many, many years these vendors have set up displays that are more than just celebrations of the season. Many of them are theatrical art installations that tell stories in ornately crafted settings that are both fascinating and magical. As long as you are not tempted to go in and buy something, they are also free for all on-lookers.
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The Week Ahead: December 7 through December 13  
The holiday celebration continues this week with Sesame Street, dance shows and light festivals going on throughout the city. This week, Elmo and Abby of Sesame Street stop by the NYPL to celebrate Everyday Heroes. We’ll also enjoy a new rendition of A Christmas Carol and the return of Elf the Musical. We hope everyone is enjoying Chanukah celebrations around the city. Each night, you can also stop by Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn or Manhattan to enjoy holiday menorah lightings. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 5 and December 6  
It's official! Holiday season is in full swing. Get in the spirit with shows, festivals, tree lightings and kick off the first night of Hanukkah this Sunday as well. The New York Theatre Ballet is performing a free Nutcracker Ballet performance at Brookfield Place this Saturday. The 92nd Street Y and The Jewish Museum have Hanukkah festivals both taking place on Sunday. And also taking place on Sunday is St Nicholas Day at the VanderEnde-Onderdonk House in Queens and the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn. Don't forget to watch a Santa rescue at the New York Fire Museum on Sunday as well. Ho! Ho! Ho! and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. Here are this weekend's picks.

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2015 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies  
For a city made of so much concrete and steel, there is no shortage of trees decorated for the holiday season. The trees and their lighting ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes this year and all across the city.
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