Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the Queens Historical Society, Christmas in El Barrio, Ran Hwang’s Sacred Space, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Queens Historical Society: Holiday Historic House Tour

    Flushing Town Hall

    Queens

    Sun, Dec 10, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Celebrate the holiday season with seven Queens historic sites and learn about their unique histories! Set your own pace and visit as many sites as you choose. One ticket is good for all seven sites. Each historic house offers tours, sponsors activities, and provides refreshments and snacks. Many of the houses will have musical performances throughout the day, holiday crafts to make and take, and historically- themed seasonal displays and decorations.

    Abrons Arts Center: Jack & The Beanstalk

    Abrons Arts Center

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017 - Sat, Dec 23, 2017

    "Jack & the Beanstalk" brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!

    Sacred Space: Ran Hwang

    Leila Heller Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Nov 09, 2017 - Sun, Dec 24, 2017

    In Ran Hwang's works, buttons and pins become more than mundane, mass-produced items; they are transformed into metaphors for human freedom. Re-contextualized when affixed to Plexiglas panels, they take the form of iconic symbols such as temples, plum blossoms, and Buddhas. In her third solo show, "Sacred Space," Hwang finds solace, peace, and calm in meditative principles.

    Christmas Concerts at Saint Thomas

    Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

    Manhattan

    Tue, Dec 05, 2017 - Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    Saint Thomas is celebrating the Christmas season with Handel’s timeless Messiah performed by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and New York Baroque Incorporated. The concert will begin at 7:30 each night, and the holiday tradition will continue on December 14 with A Ceremony of Carols, providing a meditative respite from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season.

Abrons Arts Center: Jack & The Beanstalk

466 Grand Street

New York N.Y. 10002

2125980400

"Jack & the Beanstalk" brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!

Queens Historical Society: Holiday Historic House Tour

137-35 Northern Boulevard

queens N.Y. 11354

7184637700

Celebrate the holiday season with seven Queens historic sites and learn about their unique histories! Set your own pace and visit as many sites as you choose. One ticket is good for all seven sites. Each historic house offers tours, sponsors activities, and provides refreshments and snacks. Many of the ...

Christmas Concerts at Saint Thomas

1 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

212-664-9360

Saint Thomas is celebrating the Christmas season with Handel’s timeless Messiah performed by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and New York Baroque Incorporated. The concert will begin at 7:30 each night, and the holiday tradition will continue on December 14 with A Ceremony of Carols, providing a ...