Christmas is a time of joy, peace and goodwill towards men, yes, but that's great if you've worked hard to be on the "good list" this year.
The rest of us will be out partying.
There are plenty of things to do at Christmastime that give you less 'warm and fuzzies' and more 'Bad Santa' if you are already expecting to get some coal in your stocking.
Let's be real, if you're in NYC, you're probably not a 'nice list' type anyway.
Here are some parties to roast your chestnuts at if you're looking for a little extra festivity this season.
1. Catland (987 Flushing Avenue - Brooklyn)
If you know Santa isn't bringing you any presents, or Christmas just isn't your cup of tea, head on over to Brooklyn for Krampusfest - Bushwick's Anti-Christmas Party, celebrating the dark opposite side of St. Nick. The tarot and pagan-geared space is definitely somewhere to escape the barrage of carols.
There'll be live music by Espejismo, New Myths and Mima Good along with fire performances by Andromeda Artistry Productions and 'hexed' cider and cocktails by Gigi Mead. Get there for the Krampus ritual at 9:30 p.m by the bonfire and stay for the pyrotechnic closing ritual at 1 a.m.
Krampus comes out of hiding on Friday, December 16 at 9 p.m. You can snag your tickets here. Just don't tell Santa.
2. The West End Lounge (955 West End Avenue)
It doesn't get much naughtier than this. Nightlife virtuosos Bobby LaSalle and Justin Luke are inviting the all the boys to jingle their bells on the Upper West Side at their Slutty Underwear Holiday Party on Friday, December 16th, a bona fide holiday treat for the gay nightlife scene.
Enlisting the help of special guest hosts, the #AnythingButPure Brita Filter and the seductive siren Bella Noche, this underwear affair will be a veritable toy store full of naughty elves, frosty drag queens and skivvies stuffed with some serious holiday cheer.
Doors open at 11 p.m. with a mere $5 until 11:30 p.m. ($10 after) and $6 drink specials for all the boys who get in their undies. There's also a free clothes check by the back bar and DJ Nandi spins till 4 a.m.
3. Confetti (3190 Westchester Avenue - The Bronx)
Dig out that ugly Christmas sweater from the back of your closet and hop on the 6 to Confetti for their 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas & Coquito Party, the party to truly enjoy Christmas as an adult. You'll be sampling some stiff coquitos, a Puerto Rican holiday staple, from the Bronx and Manhattan.
Your entry includes a live DJ and comedy show in addition to food with your coquito samplings, not to mention a thank you gift bag, which includes discounts to neighborhood vendors. Wearing your Christmas sweater also enters you into the 'Best Worst Sweater' contest with cash prizes to win.
So swallow your dignity on Sunday, December 18th and nab your tickets here for some ugly, boozy holiday fun!
4. Haven Rooftop (132 West 47th Street)
It's been a party every night on top of the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown, where the usually tropical-themed Haven Rooftop Lounge has transformed into the cozy ski chalet 'Holiday Haven' for the winter months, allowing New Yorkers to continue their beloved rooftop boozing all season.
Filled with twinkling lights, gold-tented ceilings, advent wreaths and Christmas trees, not to mention a pretty posh crowd, it's a great way to party for the holidays any day of the week. Grab your friends and take on their legendary four-person "ski shot," a boozy bonding experience for you and yours.
You can also check out the festive hustle and bustle of Times Square below as you sip on one of their specialty cocktails, like the Shooting Star Sangria or their Hanky Panky Bloody Mary. Who said Midtown couldn't be a good time?
Check out their site for more info.
5. House of Yes (2 Wykoff Avenue - Brooklyn)
The House of Yes invites people from all walks of life, native New Yorkers, tourists and non-Christmas celebrators alike to come take part in Misfit Christmas in Bushwick on December 24th at 10 p.m. for a night of festive shenanigans, cookies and milk, fake snow, spiked hot cocoa and, yes, Chinese food.
In an effort to remind us how weird the holidays can be, the House of Yes encourages you to come as you are, whether you want to dress to the nines or show up in pajamas. Everyone is equal on their dance floor, or in their mistletoe make-out booths.
The party is free with your RSVP, but you can jump the line by showing the spirit of the season and bringing an unwrapped toy to donate to a kid in need.
6. The Flatbush Loft (859 Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn)
If you want to ensure you're getting coal from St. Nick, make sure you get your name on Mad Russian's The Naughty List Christmas Eve Formal Dance Party, an elegant night of disguised desires being held at the chic event space The Flatbush Loft on December 24th at 10 p.m. in Flatbush.
Your experience depends on what you decide to wear. Sport some red if you're feeling Naughty. Don white if you're feeling Nice. And if you want to be a bit more enigmatic, go black for Mystique.
A "no sneakers, construction boots, jeans, sweatpants, hoodies or hats" dress code will be enforced.
There are numerous entry and bottle packages available, depending on how "festive" you want your Christmas Eve to be. Nab yours here.[Feature Image Courtesy TimeOut NY]