Holiday Cheer: 9 Best Ways to Spend the Weekend Before Christmas in NYC

Guys. Christmas is Next. Week. 


Some of you are probably traveling out of town for the holidays, so make the most of this weekend in the city before you get shipped out to the middle of nowhere (classified, officially, as anywhere above Wakefield).

We bet your wallet's probably a little after having to buy candles for everyone in your office too, so there are even more than a few free options over here.

It's time to get LIT like, well, like you're about to go sit at home with your parents for a weekend, pretty much.

Have fun!

Thursday, December 15th

1. Soho Block Party

... Take a second to figure out who you forgot on your holiday list. Then head down to Howard Street on Soho tonight from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for some last minute shopping and festivities. Tom Dixon Shop is hosting a neighborhood-wide block party.

Over a dozen stores will be open late and providing free drinks, snacks, and giveaways. Wear your ugliest sweater– you could win $500 from Michelle Varian Lifestyles Shop. 


Tom Dixon will be serving wine, beer, and Prosecco, there will be a holiday booth at Reformation, and enjoy a spiked hot chocolate at 11 Howard Hotel. DJ Desi Santiago is also hosting a dance party at Opening Ceremony, who will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Kids in Need of Defense legal non-profit.

2. Art After Trump

Still feeling the post-election blues/crippling anxiety and dread? Join Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a marathon-style reading hosted by and featuring artists and arts administrators. Each performer will be performing for 2- minutes of any form and content.

There is a meet-up and mingle at 6 p.m. and the performances will run from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. The event will directly benefit Housing Works, a non-profit dedicated to fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness.

Friday, December 16th

3. The Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party


See? What did we tell you about the Ugly Sweater parties?

Grab your squad and head to Stage48 for some seasonal mischief and mayhem. There will be complimentary vodka drinks from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m., DJ sets, 4 floors of dancing, and cash prizes for the ugliest sweaters.

Grab your tix here.

4. Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Party 

The Morbid Anatomy Museum never disappoints to deliver weird and they're working double time for the holidays. Head to The Bell House in Brooklyn for their Annual Krampus Party.

They will be hosting a costume party, a sing-along, a Krampus Pinata, and a photobooth because a party isn't a party without a photobooth these days. The Bell House will also be selling a variety of thematic drinks.

Don't forget your tickets.

5. Night at the Museum: Artists Holiday Party


Celebrate the holidays with artists and friends at MoMA PS1 at this unique, after hours experience. Enjoy spiked hot chocolate and some other tasty treats while you visit their exhibitions– the VW Dome will also be re-imagined as giant snow globe.

The night begins at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. Get your tickets here!

Saturday, December 17th

6. Spiked Mug Fest


This tasting event, hosted at The Factory in LIC, is actually– well, it's kind of unfair to classify it as just a tasting event, TBH.

Your $39 ticket (grab that HERE) will get you 3 hours of unlimited drink tastings– that's warm cocktails, winter beer, and mulled wine– but you'll also get full access to both days of the Holiday Bazaar, which runs from 11:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

We know you can do some serious damage in 3 hours. We believe in you.

The Bazaar will be serving up some global street food and will feature vintage and local crafters' merchandise. Nothing makes holiday shopping easier than drunkenly holiday shopping, amirite? There will also be a DJ and a photo booth.

Check out their website for more deets and to purchase tickets.

7. Last Stop Laughs


If you find yourself in Queens this Saturday night, there's no reason you shouldn't stop by this FREE stand-up show at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Yep, no cover. Doors open at 10:30.

This week will feature Daniel Tirado, Brandon Scott Wolf, FreddyG, Dylan Palladino, James Camacho, J Fox Jones, Josh Tolentino, and will be hosted by Katherine Henson.

Sunday, December 18th

8. Unsilent Night


This one is so cool. Very GRAMMABLE, people. Artist Phil Kline describes Unsilent Night as an "idea for a public artwork in the form of a holiday caroling party."

The idea grew from there: on December 18th, Kline is asking participants to bring a portable instrument (boombox, wireless speaker, megaphone, etc.) and to download one of 4 tracks provided here


Participants are asked to meet in Washington Square Park at 5:45pm and to turn up the volume! Unsilent Night meets at 5:45pm in Washington Square Park.

9. Love Actually Trivia

"Wait, I don't know anything about this movie?" You might be lying to yourself right now.

Please. Love Actually is the movie equivalent of any All- American Rejects (swap in Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, or Brand New, depending on how much eyeliner you wore in middle school) song that you haven't listened to in 5 years– but could still scream all the lyrics.

So grab your team and head to Essex Restaurant at 8 p.m.– reserving tickets is best explained in their own words: 

"The best way to reserve tickets is by selecting a team captain and having them be in charge of tickets for ALL team members.

For example, if Billy Mack, Joe, Jamie and Daniel are a team and Billy Mack gets put in charge, he will then reserve tickets for himself, Joe, Jamie and Daniel = (4) in total."

[Feature Image Courtesy Brooklyn Paper] 

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