8 Amazing Things Going Down in NYC This Weekend (Whether You Celebrate Christmas or Not)

Staying in town this Christmas with no plans (um, can you give us tips on how you managed that?)?

New York City is an amazing place to spend the holidays, whether you're into the festivities or not.

Another great thing about NYC? You're bound to run into plenty of other people spending the weekend by themselves too.

Here are a few parties, hangouts, and events that you won't want to miss. 

It's gonna be tempting to stay inside and hibernate until everyone takes down all their twinkly lights, but fight through it!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22nd

1. Silence and Q&A With Martin Scorsese

Head to the AMC in Lincoln Square to see Silence, starring that actor who used to be Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). 


Oh, and the screening will also be followed by a Q&A with director Martin Scorsese, where you'll have the opportunity to ask him about Silence, which has been decades in the making.

Grab your tickets here!

Friday, December 23rd

2. Festivus Happy Hour


Unite with fellow Seinfeld fans (or everyone else looking for a dope party) at Hudson Terrace for the 1st Annual Festivus Party. There's free admission all night long with a complimentary happy hour from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Their other drink specials include $5 beers and two for one drink specials until 8 p.m. Then, dance away all your holiday dubs while DJ Dubbz spins Top 40 and pop music all night long.

Get your tickets here!

3. In Bruges with Booze from Bruges 


"Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in f*cking Bruges."

Traditional Christmas movies not your thing? We got you. Your ticket to this screening, which will be at Videology Bar & Cinema, includes a bottle of Straffe Hendrik Tripel Beer. Buy your ticket here.

Saturday, December 24th

4. House of Yes Misfit Christmas (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 at House of Yes in Bushwick 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.

5. Mad Russian's The Naughty List Christmas Eve Formal Dance Party

If you want to ensure you're getting coal from St. Nick, head to The Flatbush Loft for 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.

6. Got No Tree Poetry Jam

Don't celebrate Christmas? Head out to Nuyorican Poets Cafe's 7th annual Got No Tree Poetry Jam and Open Mic.

The host will be Joanna Hoffman, and the featured poets are James Bane, Sephen Mills, Chris Stanley, and Margaret Uhalde. All art forms are welcome for the open mic. GA is just $8, get your tix here.

Sunday, December 25th 

7. Hanukkah Ugly Sweater Party


Grab your ugliest sweater, join Repair the World NYC in Brooklyn at 7:30, and make like a menorah– get LITT (we stole this joke from their event page, full disclosure). Enjoy some Chinese food and spin the dreidel.


They'll also be hosting a local book drive in the spirit of giving back to fellow Brooklynites.

Best part? The party's FREE, register here.

8. Feed/Clothe the Homeless in the Eve of Christmas Day

Spending this Christmas single? Get together with Date Walking to join other single New Yorkers in giving coats, food, and other goods to the homeless on Christmas day.

They'll be meeting at the bottom of the escalators at the Penn Station entrance at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street at 7 p.m. Only bring what you can carry or financially manage. Check out the full details on their event page.

[Feature Image Courtesy Brokelyn] 

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