Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this holiday season’s top events include the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Thomas 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.

    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

    David H. Koch Theater

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017 - Sun, Dec 31, 2017

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production: children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets.

    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.

    Night at the Museum: Artist Holiday Party

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Celebrate the holiday season with artists and friends at this year-end Night at the Museum. Explore our acclaimed lineup of exhibitions, including Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting and Cathy Wilkes, after hours while enjoying treats by M. Wells, seasonal cocktails, and the VW Dome re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe. Featuring DJ sets by Kindness, USHKA, and GORGON.

    New York Theatre Ballet: The Nutcracker

    Florence Gould Hall

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 15, 2017 - Sun, Dec 17, 2017

    Keith Michael's The Nutcracker is a timeless, inventive re-imagined classic danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score and set in an Art Nouveau style, circa 1907. The set is designed by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes are designed by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan.

    New York Botanical Garden: Holiday Train Show

    New York Botanical Garden

    Manhattan

    Wed, Nov 22, 2017 - Mon, Jan 15, 2018

    More than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track past re-creations of iconic sites from all five boroughs of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, and other locations in New York State. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, all of the New York landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, and pine cones. American steam engines, streetcars from the ...

    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.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Lincoln Center Plaza

New York N.Y. 10023

2128705500

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production: children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets.

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 ...

Night at the Museum: Artist Holiday Party

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

Celebrate the holiday season with artists and friends at this year-end Night at the Museum. Explore our acclaimed lineup of exhibitions, including Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting and Cathy Wilkes, after hours while enjoying treats by M. Wells, seasonal cocktails, and the VW Dome re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe. ...

New York Botanical Garden: Holiday Train Show

2900 Southern Boulevard

bronx N.Y. 10458

7188178700

More than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track past re-creations of iconic sites from all five boroughs of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, and other locations in New York State. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, all of ...

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 ...