Thanksgiving and Black Friday might be over, but the holiday season has only just begun. The plethora of holiday-related activities in the city this weekend ensures that you will find something festive and inexpensive to do.
High Line Holiday Concert
If you are not already tired of hearing holiday music, check out the free concert at the High Line on Dec. 6 from noon until 2 p.m. The concert will feature performances from the New York City Community Choir, jazz musician Eve Zanni, the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps and Puerto Rican band Los Pleneros de la 21.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
While there is certainly no shortage of holiday markets in New York City, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market opened at 59th Street and Central Park West on Dec. 2. Specialties include handmade puzzles, artisan chocolates, locally crafted home decorations, jewelry and clothing, as well as an array of cuisines and holiday favorites like apple cider and hot chocolate. Take a stroll in the park afterward to complete the New York City winter experience.
Pulse Winter Showcase
NYU student dance group, Pulse Dance Project, will perform on Dec. 6 at the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium for its Winter Showcase. Comprised of student choreographers and a wide array of dance genres, Pulse Dance Project will perform works it has practiced all of the fall semester. The performance is $5 with an NYU student ID and begins at 6:30 p.m.
BUST Holiday Craftacular
Presented by women’s pop culture publication BUST Magazine, New York City’s longest-running indie craft fair will be located in the new Brooklyn Expo Center for the first time on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. Situated in Greenpoint, the fair will feature over 200 craft, vintage and food vendors. If you are seeking a unique shopping experience and want to get out of Manhattan, the BUST Holiday Craftacular is a great option.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
For a new twist on an old classic, head to “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” on Dec. 7 to see Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet with hip-hop choreography. The event will be guest emceed by Kurtis Blow and will feature dancers, MCs and DJs as well as the SONOS Chamber Orchestra and Filip Pogády on the electric violin. Tickets start at $10 and the show starts at 6 p.m. in the United Palace, 4140 Broadway, in Washington Heights.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 4 print edition. Email Sam Del Rowe at [email protected]