The holidays are here! With Christmas and Hanukkah coming up this week, there are tons of festive activities around the New York City area. Light the menorah at the Grand Army Plaza or spend the evening Christmas caroling at Washington Square Park.
Meet Me in St. Louis
December 23, 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street
Ring in the Christmas spirit with a screening of the classic musical featuring Judy Garland. The film was an instant success in November of 1944 and has become a true holiday classic. Tickets are $15. For more information visit here.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Through December 24
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal
Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? The annual Grand Central Holiday Fair will be open this year until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There will be various artisans selling toys, clothing, home goods, art and accessories. For more information visit here.
Singalong Caroling Under the Arch
December 24, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Washington Square Park
Here comes Santa Claus! Enjoy Christmas Eve under the iconic arch in Washington Square Park. Join New Yorkers and the Rob Susman Brass Quartet for a few joyful hours of caroling. For more information visit here.
The New York String Orchestra
December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Issac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue
Don’t miss the annual Christmas Eve concert! Conducted by Jaime Laredo, the orchestra will be performing Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and the “Jupiter” symphony. Tickets are $15-$66. For more information visit here.
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
December 24 - 31
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Enjoy live music and hot latkes each night of Hanukkah at the Grand Army Plaza. The first lighting will include an annual kick off concert featuring Jewish rock band Moshav. For more information visit here.
Francis Picabia at MoMA
Through March 18
Musuem of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
A new exhibition on French artist Francis Picabia covers his multiple styles from Dadaism, Impressionism, machinism, radical abstraction and photo based realism. The exhibit inclused works on paper, illustrated letters, a film and periodicals. For more information visit here.
Through January 14
Petzel Gallery, 35 East 67th Street
This new exhibition focuses on a selection of works by Wade Guyton from 2015. The featured paintings use images from The New York Times website. For more information visit here.
Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Through January 14
Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker Street
Illustrator, artist, cartoonist and set designer Edward Gorey comes to life in a brand new show by the Life Jack Theatre. The unconventional play is a unique and powerful tribute to Gorey. Tickets are $40. For more information visit here.
God of Vengeance
Through January 22
LaMama, 74A East Fourth Street
The controversial Yiddish drama is often translated from the basis of Paula Vogels “Idecent.” Starring Shane Baker, David Mandelbaum and Carad O’Brien, the production features several former Yiddish underground theatre performers. Tickets are $36. For more information visit here.
Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini
Through June 27
Center for Italian Modern Art, 421 Broome Street
Giorgio and contemporary artist Giulio Paolini combine for this unexplainable exhibition. On one hand De Cirico founded “Metaphysical Painting” combining classicism with surreal images. While Paolini explored layers of meaning and ambiguity in Western art. The duo makes for a truly unique exhibition. For more information visit here.