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Wednesday, December 17th: Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 18th: A Ceremony of Carols

Friday, December 19th: The New York Pops-Kelli & Matthew- Home For The Holidays
Saturday, December 20th: The Ugly Sweater Run
Sunday, December 21st: Secret City NYC- Visions
Monday, December 22nd: Ice Skating Toy Drive
Tuesday, December 23rd: CoInvent NY Start-up Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 24th: Caroling at Washington Square Park


Wednesday, December 17th

Holiday Happy Hour
6-8PM, Suggested Donation $10
The Manny Cantor Center
Get in the spirit of the season!

The Manny Cantor Center, the Lower East Side’s new hub of wellness and community welfare, has one of the best roofs with panoramic views in all of Manhattan. This glittering backdrop can be enjoyed quite cozily from within their floor-to-ceiling glass penthouse space–no better place to enjoy a libation before the holidays, while surrounded by a diverse group of individuals who value sustainability, health, innovation and creative thought–and the Rocco John Jazz trio. And perhaps you’ll get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions by signing up for some continuing education classes in art or fitness…?

Thursday, December 18th

A Ceremony of Carols
5:30-6:30PM, $40
St. Thomas Church (Fifth Avenue)
Deck the halls! 

While visiting this architectural landmark of French High Gothic style for its elaborate stone-cut façade and plush interiors may seem like reason enough, the St. Thomas Church extends its grandeur to an evening of contemporary Christmas caroling featuring the renowned Boys of The Saint Thomas Choir. In addition to the outrageously popular headlining performances of A Ceremony of Carols and Dancing Day composed by musical maestros Benjamin Britten and John Rutter, Met Opera veteran Anna Reinersman shall further raise the energy by accompanying on the harp.

Friday, December 19th


The New York Pops: Kelli & Matthew – Home For The Holidays
8PM, $44-$278

Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium)
It’s a live holiday version of Glee!

Non-profit storehouse of mega-talent, The New York Pops is New York’s only orchestra that specializes in reproductions of film and theater scores and mass-culture discography. Tonight at Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara and Glee star Matthew Morrison steal the spotlight for a pop-rendition of seasonal classics and contemporary holiday songs.

Saturday, December 20th 

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The Ugly Sweater Run
11AM, $50-$60

Citi Field (Roosevelt Ave)
Put on your Saturday worst!

The phenomenon of ugly sweater christmas parties finds itself outdoors with an all-ages 5k run across the city streets. A marathon with a twist–hop up on beer or hot chocolate before you even make the start line, and instead of your usual warm-up, indulge in some reindeer games set to theme with a snow machine. A variety of prizes will be announced for best beard, best fake mustache, worst sweater, best sweater and other holiday-aide fun.

Sunday, December 21st 

Secret City NYC: Visions
11:30 AM, $25
Dixon Place
Solve the mystery here!

The ceremonial salons with The Secret City continue with Visions this Sunday, back at LES’s avant-garde hub, Dixon Place. As always, this will be an artistic sampler for all the senses, featuring great sights, sounds, tastes, smells and everything is always touching.

Monday, December 22nd 

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Ice Skating Toy Drive
1:00-3:00PM, $20
61 Chelsea Piers (Sky Rink)
Holiday fun for a cause!

A charity event for the whole family–donate old and new toys to give back to The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. All proceeds from ticket sales go into patient care, community service projects and medical research. Take in a stunning panoramic view of the Hudson River while you skate and make the most of the rest of your kids-day-out by paying a visit to one of Chelsea Piers’ other offerings–driving ranges, boating, bowling, and more. 

Tuesday, December 23rd 

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CoInvent NY Start Up Holiday Party
7:00PM-12:00AM, FREE
Iron Bar & Lounge
Mix and mingle to a creative beat!

CoInvent, the under-known go-to guru of entrepreneurial activity hosts its annual holiday party–a large-scale networking mélange of business and pleasure for the start-up innovation community attended by over a 1,000 people. Converse with entrepreneurs involved in projects across different disciplines while you’ sample one (or more?) of Iron Bar’s forty plus beers on tap. 

Wednesday, December 24th 


Caroling at Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park
Recall the true meaning of the holidays!

The Rockefellar Center is not the only Manhattan locale that boasts of an extra-ethereal Christmas tree lighting; for 84 years running  Washington Square Park erects its own tree under the arch and this year it’s 45 feet tall. Grab a song book and revel in good vibrations with classic holiday songs and the expert Jazz-stylings of The Rob Susman Brass Quartet.


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~~~Dipti Anand is an Editorial and Social Media Intern at Ideasmyth. Enrolled in the circus of life, she juggles an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, along with her passion for writing short fiction and poetry. When she’s not thinking, writing, or thinking about writing, Dipti likes to make long-distance phone calls and also eats one truffle a day.

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