The holiday season is among us! Our favorite New York City holiday traditions are back. Ring in the season with some of the classics! Get some early holiday shopping done at the famous Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, enjoy an evening at The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center or Messiah...Refreshed! at Carnegie Hall. We've got the perfect holiday activities for everyone this weekend!
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
November 26 - 27, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
501 Union Street, Brooklyn
For the fourth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is back! This years event features unique handmade goods, food, drinks, music and craft activities. Over 40 craft vendors will fill the space making Christmas shopping easier this year. For more information and a full list of vendors visit here.
November 27, 2 p.m.
’Tis the season! Experience the sixth annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. This performance features an international choir that includes singers from five different countries. Conducted by Jonathan Griffin, some featured performers include Penelope Shumate, Claudia Chapa and Christopher Job. For more information and tickets visit here.
A Christmas Carol
November 27 - December 30
The Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street
Another holiday tradition presented by BeBold! Productions will take place at The Players Theater for their 8th year. The famous Charles Dickens’ story follows main character Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the past, present and future ghosts of Christmas. For tickets and more information visit here.
John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
Through December 1
Cafe Carlyle, 35 East 75th Street
Join the husband and wife duo at Cafe Carlyle for a night of jazz. John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey are known for being a dynamic jazzy duo with his guitar and her voice. Featured tracks from their “Silly Love Songs” album and his “Midnight McCartney” album will surely be performed. For tickets and more information visit here.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Through December 31
David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Ring in the holidays! The world famous holiday classic is back. Choreographed by George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet’s production is a must-see. The elaborate costumes, talented ballerinas and magical set make this production an American Christmas tradition. For tickets and more information visit here.
The Illusionists: Turn of the Century
November 25 - January 1
Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway
The magic show is back! For their third holiday season, The Illusionists return to Broadway. The year the show features the Clairvoyants from “America’s Got Talent.” For tickets and more information visit here.
Through January 7
Dominque Lévy, 909 Madison Avenue
Witness the first survey of early wood reliefs by American sculptuor Joel Shapiro this weekend. The exhibition features work from the late 1970s that demonstrate Shapiro’s career and his ideas of color and mass. For more information visit here.
Pierre Gouthière: Vistuoso Gilder at the French Court
Through February 19
Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street
A total of 21 works fill this unique Pierre Gouthière exhibition. From vases and mounts to clocks and firedogs, the display highlights the great French bronze chaser and gilder who once worked for both Louis XV and Louis XVI. For more information visit here.
Through August 13
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
Take a trip to Cuba! This new exhibition partners with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History to explore Cuba’s culture, history, environments and people. Experience the re-created caves, forests and wetlands of Cuba in this eye-opening exhibition. For more information visit here.
Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Leave from Union Square
Truly a dream come true; a chocolate tour! Spend half a day tasting some of the greatest chocolate in Brooklyn. The tour consists of chocolate history, the chocolate making process and of course, multiple tastings. Some highlights of the tour include Jacques Torres, Raaka Chocolate and The Chocolate Room. For more information visit here.