Christmas cheer doesn’t have to end on the 25th. Extend the magic of the holidays with these still-festive events that you were most likely too busy shopping to see until now.

If you’re on the other side of the fence and have exhausted your holiday cheer, then check out our Holidaze collection of un-seasonal events that will help ease you out of 2012 to the New Year.

    The Barber of Seville – Holiday Presentation

    Metropolitan Opera


    Tue, Dec 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher’s production of "The Barber of Seville" is a rollicking comedy classic the entire family can enjoy. This holiday entertainment is razor-sharp, stylishly-sung (in English) and only two hours long.

    Private: A Civil War Christmas

    New York Theatre Workshop


    Thu, Nov 15, 2012 - Sun, Dec 30, 2012

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864.

    Private: Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Tue, Nov 20, 2012 - Sun, Jan 06, 2013

    The museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce.

    Private: Circus Oz Holiday Show

    New Victory Theater


    Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Sun, Dec 30, 2012

    Starring jaunty jugglers, astounding acrobats, teasing trapeze artists and sassy ringleaders who manage the whole irreverent mob, this all new, saucy show delivers downright Down Under fun.

    Private: Currier & Ives and Other Winter Tales

    Museum of the City of New York


    Sat, Dec 15, 2012 - Sun, Mar 31, 2013

    New York printmakers Currier & Ives’ iconic winter scenes of skaters in Central Park, along with bucolic scenes of snow-covered small-town life, became the standard imagery for the American holiday season. This exhibition presents highlights from the museum’s exceptional collection.

    Private: Elf

    Al Hirschfeld Theater


    Fri, Nov 09, 2012 - Sun, Jan 06, 2013

    "Elf" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

    Private: Holiday Train Show

    New York Botanical Garden

    Sat, Nov 19, 2011 - Mon, Jan 16, 2012

    From November 19-January 16, the holiday model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

    Private: Ice Skating at Bryant Park

    Bryant Park


    Mon, Oct 22, 2012 - Sun, Mar 03, 2013

    The ice skating season is even longer this season at Bryant Park, where the free rink Citi Pond forms the park's centerpiece. The rink is a generous size—170 x 100 feet—and hosts skating shows and special events.

    It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

    New-York Historical Society


    Fri, Dec 28, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "WWII & NYC," New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.

    Kwanzaa at The Apollo

    Apollo Theater


    Fri, Dec 28, 2012, 7:30 pm

    The Apollo celebrates Kwanzaa with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

    The Nutcracker in New York

    Die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for young audiences; free in the Winter Garden; as an R-rated cabaret; and many more variations.

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center

    New York

    The world-famous Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center has become a quintessential New York City winter experience for generations. New Yorkers and visitors alike skate under the watchful eye of the gilded Prometheus statue and the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center.