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The Nutcracker

Dance Conservatory Performance Project's Nutcracker

The Knickerbocker Suite (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues)

Fridays, December 13 and 20 at 7pm; Saturdays, December 14 and 21 at 3 and 7pm; Sundays, December 15 and 22 at 3pm

$25 for adults, $20 for students

Kwanzaa 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History

(Central Park West at 79th Street)

Saturday, December 28 noon-5pm

Free with suggested admission: $22 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 2-12

The seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa are celebrated at this vibrant annual festival. Buy traditional gifts and special food at the international marketplace, and enjoy amazing music, dance and storytelling under the museum's big blue whale.

Silver Dragonfly by Setsuko Sale at NYCreates

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NYCreates Holiday Market

West-Park Church (Amsterdam Ave at West 86th Street). Come shopping for fine, handmade gifts, all made by talented New York craft artisans. Dec. 16-Dec. 18, 11:00am-5:00pm.

Cathedral Christmas Concert

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue) Saturday, December 14, 2013 7 ? 9 pm, at the Cathedral. Ottotino Respighi'sLaud to the Nativity will be the centerpiece of this festive concert, together with Renaissance motets, and carols with which the audience is invited to join.

Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower Holiday Concert

Dec 14 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway$13-20 A special holiday treat for the whole family featuring a Grammy nominated artist and her family band. The all-ages concert celebrates the release of "The Sounding Joy," and it will feature special musical guests. The songs celebrate the spirit of community and homespun traditions.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium:

Holiday Songbook, Monday, December 16, 2013, 6 p.m. A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul, and directed by John Znidarsic.

Deck the Halls: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2:30pm. Harwood Management Vocal Artists perform traditional holiday music.

Holiday Culinary Tour

Learn about Union Square's rich history while cutting the lines for sweet treats at the Union Square Hliday Market's special holiday Sugartooth tour, Fridays-Sundays through the Union Square Holiday Market. Includes 6 tastings, lasts between 60-90 minutes, and presale tickets are available for 20% off at $40/person.

Dine with St. Nick at Sea

Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Zephyr Yacht, Pier 16 at South Street Seaport, Saturday, December 14 boards at 9:30am, returns by noon, $45 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12, $130 for a family of four. Take a cruise around the Statue of Liberty with Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, Santa himself, and Ralphie from Broadway's A Christmas Story aboard the plush vessel. Includes a breakfast buffet, DJ, dancing and reindeer games. Requested donation: an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.

Unsilent Night

The Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North

Saturday, December 14 at 7pm


A fun alternative to Christmas caroling, a parade will galavant from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park carrying boomboxes in what they call a live "sound sculpture." Arrive by 6:45 to participate.

East Meets West Christmas Parade

Starts at Canal and Mulberry Streets

Saturday, December 21 at 2pm


Marching bands, Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancers, and floats will parade from Canal and Mulberry Streets, north to Houston Street and down toward Kimlau Square.