Friday, December 27
African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, Duane Street
11 a.m., Free
Week-long African American holiday which focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self improvement
South Street Seaport, Pier 17
1-3 p.m., Free
The Mistletone Carolers are back this December to spread some Holiday cheer throughout the Seaport District.
Saturday, December 28
Twelfth Night Festival: The Play of Daniel
Trinity Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place
3 p.m., $20-$60
Trinity's Twelfth Night Festival returns, celebrating the twelve days of the nativity with a full program of events from December 26 through January 6. Julian Wachner leads the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in performances of seasonal Bach cantatas, and holiday-themed choral works by English composer Benjamin Britten, whose centennial Trinity has been honoring since September.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
11 a.m., $20 adults; $15 children
A one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Pirate School has been entertaining families for 18 years with its mischievous blend of clown theatre, slapstick antics, magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects, and boisterous full-audience participation.
Sunday, December 29
Teddy Bear Tea
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street
1 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12
Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the Hotel proprietor's wife. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. Along the way, try out her son's toys or help her daughter with the daily chores. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended.
Monday, December 30
Wynton Marsalis Septet
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th Street, 5th floor
7-9:30 p.m., $35
Led by nine-time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet features pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.
Tuesday, December 31
New Year's Eve Jaunts
Adventures on a Shoestring, Corner of Canal and Mott streets
4 and 6 p.m., $15 plus food cost
Two successive walking tours of Chinatown that will include stops to sample Chinese dumplings, pastry and ice cream, as well as an opportunity to see the Edward Mooney House (built in 1785) and the former sites of the Five Points slum and the Chatham Club (where songwriter Irving Berlin sand and waited).
Twelfth Night Festival: Rachmaninoff Vespers
5 p.m., $25
Trinity's Twelfth Night Festival returns, celebrating the twelve days of the nativity with a full program of events from December 26 through January 6. Julian Wachner leads the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in performances of seasonal Bach cantatas, and holiday-themed choral works by English composer Benjamin Britten, whose centennial Trinity has been honoring since September with "Celebrating Britten.
W New York - Downtown Presents: Remix and Revel
123 Washington Street
9-1 a.m., $125
Resolve to revel in 2014 at W New York - Downtown's Living Room Bar and Terrace. Sip on an exclusive open bar with champagne toast while taking in the majestic views of Lower Manhattan. You can choose to dance to the beats of local DJ Pay Homage or see what the future of 2014 holds with our very own tarot card reader, who will be available all night.
Wednesday, January 1
Twelfth Night Festival: La descente d'Orphée
St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street
7 p.m., $15-175
For the New York stage premiere of Charpentier's La descente d'OrphÉe aux enfers, Gotham Chamber Opera partners with members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. The cast will be led by Daniel Curran as OrphÉe, Jeff Beruan as Pluton, and Jamilyn Manning-White as Eurydice. Charpentier's 1686 opera retells the story of Orpheus who, upon learning of Eurydice's sudden death, descends to Hades in order to convince Pluto to allow her to return with him to earth. This classic story of selfless love and the power of music to overcome death will be staged by Andrew Eggert and presented in historic St. Paul's Chapel.
Thursday, January 2
96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street
2-4 p.m., Free
Directed by Leo McCarey, 1944, 106 minutes, b and w. Starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart. A young priest comes to a New York slum parish and after initial friction charms the old pastor he is to succeed.
Book Discussion: Jane Eyre
6-7 p.m., Free
Discuss the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.