Ordinarily, our SIXTY holiday roundups are more, well, well-rounded. But with Hanukkah coming and going so early this year, what’s left in the happenings department happens to be mostly Christmas related. That being said, there’s plenty to enjoy, no matter what holiday you celebrate. We’ve got classic ballets, not-so-classic plays, and a Hudson River yacht cruise that’d make Jay Gatsby blush.
NEW YORK CITY: Holidays with the Philharmonic
Imagine all your favorite holiday songs performed by one of the best orchestras in the world. This month, the New York Philharmonic will serve up classics like “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas.” As an added bonus, there will be a reading of The Night Before Christmas—first by Whoopi Goldberg on December 19, then by Mo Rocca on December 20.
NEW YORK CITY: Holiday Brunch Cruise
If you prefer your holidays to have a little Gatsby-like flavor, you’ll love this Holiday Brunch Cruise around Manhattan. After boarding a 1920s-style motor yacht, you’ll settle in for a nearly three-hour tour around the island, during which you’ll get to dig into a four-course brunch buffet and seasonal treats. Get your tickets soon—they’re selling out quickly!
NEW YORK CITY: The Bowery Mission x Make Believe Coat Drive
Make Believe, a lounge concept bar at our own SIXTY LES, is known for its strong drinks and killer music. Spending one’s night here is an admittedly self-indulgent affair. And so, with the holidays upon us and the spirit of giving imperative, Make Believe has teamed up with the Bowery Mission to host a coat drive through December 31. Come for the fun any night of the week but, if you’d like, please bring a gently used coat, sweater, sweatshirt or sweatpants to help Make Believe make its 80-pound goal.
LOS ANGELES: Love, Actually Live
It could be argued thatLove, Actually as earned its place within the contemporary cultural cannon alongside Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Some people love it, some people hate it. Whatever the case, it has undeniably been adopted as a holiday touchstone. And, if you happen to be in Los Angeles this month, you can catch it live in a stage production at Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. It’s a bit of a mashup. Screens hung about the stage will play back scenes from the actual film, while the live cast sings tracks from the film’s (very early-aughts) soundtrack.
LOS ANGELES: The Nutcracker by American Ballet Theater
You might have seen The Nutcracker, but have you ever seen it with Misty Copeland? New York’s prima ballerina will be joining fellow ABT dancers in touring this holiday classic. Taking it to the next level is Tony award-winning costume designer Richard Hudson. Expect especially sugary Sugar Plum Fairies, dewey Dewdrops, and a frighteningly dapper Rat King.
MIAMI: Winter Shorts
Looking for something highly digestible and a little out of the ordinary? City Theater’s Winter Shorts is putting on an 85-minute program of eight different plays. (Don’t worry. Each play clocks in at about 10 minutes.) For those whose holiday sentiments lean towards the offbeat, these comedic shorts will hit the spot. So sit back, relax, and enjoy Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and its fellow well-penned ilk.
MIAMI: Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is one of the most charming properties in all of Florida. Come the holidays, the charm turns up a notch. For a portion of December, the whole property is transformed with holiday decor befitting Vizcaya’s original owner, James Deering. And, on December 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Vizcaya hosts its Holiday Evening program, where guests can sip on hot chocolate while the carolers carole, the bay glittering beyond.
Photo courtesy of George Grantham Bain Collection via Library of Congress