Friday, December 20th
Union Square Theatre, 100 E 17th St #1, East of Park Ave.
Discover the decadent and downright dangerous show that Entertainment Weekly calls "a mesmerizing hybrid of sideshow, vaudeville and burlesque" and Flavorpill says is, "definitely not for kids but oh so much fun for adults." Experience this high glamour and low inhibition entertainment before it pulls out of New York.
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1 Pace Plaza
The Balanescu Quartet, a group that with a worldwide cult following that has routinely pushed the limits of a string quartet's capabilities, is led by Romanian virtuoso violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu.
Saturday, December 21
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street
The Separation is a play written by Giorgi Eristavi in 1849. The first performance of the play was staged at the Hall of Tbilisi Gymnasium on January 2, 1850.
Conrad New York Winter Workshop
102 North End Avenue Conrad Hotel
$25 kids; $30 adults
The North Pole comes to North End Avenue! Be one of Santa's Little Helpers at Conrad's 1st annual "Winter Workshop" and enjoy pictures with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, a Hot Chocolate Bar and light fare for all.
Sunday, December 22
Trinity Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place
Not everyone experiences the holidays as a time of joy and cheer; this service offers respite from the holiday rush. Come to All Saint's Chapel inside Trinity Church for meditative music, healing prayer and a quiet space to reflect on the year.
Monday, December 23
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The holiday market features dozens of individual vendor booths selling handmade jewelry; ties, cuff links and other men's fashion items; brew your own beer kits; truffle salts, olive oils and vinegars; handmade leather belts; bags, scarves, tights and shoes; dog leashes and pet accessories; holiday themed crafts and decorations; and an assortment of food and drink purveyors to keep everyone full and toasty while you shop.
Tuesday, December 24
Capitale, 130 Bowery, at Grand Street
The 27th Annual MatzoBall delivers a night of high-energy networking and matchmaking for singles ages 21-49 all over the country. Manhattan's Capitale invites revelers to join thousands to mix and mingle in true holiday spirit. The DJ will spin a mix of the best '80s and '90s with today's hits. The Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate are set to host.
Choral Prelude and Christmas Eve Festive Eucharist
This traditional late evening service on Christmas Eve begins with a 45-minute prelude of choral music and congregational carols, followed by a procession to the crèche and Choral Eucharist (beginning at 10pm). The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector is celebrant and preacher. This service is also webcast (live and on-demand) at
Wednesday, December 25th
Ice Skating at Brookfield Place
North Cove Marina Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
$15 skating; $5 rental
Located at the foot of the Winter Garden in Battery Park City, this new ice skating rink offers winter fun for all ages. Skate rentals, events, classes and other activities are available.
Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Choir
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place
1 p.m.; 3 p.m.
Previously performing to sold-out crowds, Joshua Nelson returns to the Museum stage with a spectacular new set featuring a fusion of Hebrew tunes and gospel style.
Thursday, December 26th
Ode to Yogorino
Yogorino, 657 Broadway, btwn Bleeker and Bond streets
7:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Yogrino's customer appreciation free holiday event will be giving away free frozen gelato, frozen yogurt and coffee drinks the day after Christmas to celebrate the holiday season, no strings attached.