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Festive Holiday Entertainment



By Great Performances

Kick off the holiday season and ring in the New Year with live music, family-friendly activities and an exciting food festival at our partner venues.


Apollo Theater


Apollo Theater event
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Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 14 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Under the twinkling lights of their famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances featuring Salem United Methodist Church Choir, Backtrack, and Rivers of Living Water Ministries Choir. This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell. This is a free event open to the public.


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For the Record Presents: Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean

“Night Divine”

Monday, December 16 at 7:30 pm

Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner Cynthia Erivo, and Broadway star and Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean, come together for a one-night-only Holiday Spectacular. After a sold out 2018 Apollo engagement, two of the most gifted singers on earth return to lift their voices for one incredible Night Divine. This musical match made in heaven brings a soulful glamour to the holidays, reimagining the sound and style of the season with 13-piece orchestra and an inspired collection of duet looks by star designers Christopher Palu and Christian Siriano. Learn more here.


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Apollo Presents:

Holiday Joy: a Gospel Celebration

Saturday, December 21 at 4:00 pm

Let the music lift your spirit this Christmas season. Grammy-award winning singer Yolanda Adams returns to the Apollo for a soul-stirring holiday concert with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and comedic host Marcus Wiley. Get your tickets here.


Brooklyn Academy of Music


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A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show

December 12 – 14

Hot on the heels of an acclaimed, sold-out run in London, this holiday show is dazzling with exquisite and original music, glitter for days, and hilarious, biting satire. A crash course on performance mastery, Meow’s show is a high octane meditation on the perils, pleasures, and actual point of the season—the ultimate antidote for the holiday-weary reveler. Learn more here.


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BAM Holiday Party

Thursday, December 12 immediately after A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show

Join BAM for drinks and light bites to ring in the holiday season! Mingle with fellow BAM Patrons, BAM Members and the cast and crew of A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show at this festive celebration immediately following the show. Open to all BAM Members and Patrons. Learn more here.


Brooklyn Museum


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Holiday Pop-Up Market

Sunday, December 8 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Stop by Brooklyn Museum’s market to shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans and vendors. This special indoor holiday market features more than thirty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. Learn more here.


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11th Annual Latke Festival

Monday, December 16 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Just in time for the holiday season, the Latke Festival returns! Enjoy one of the most delicious and fun tasting events on the New York City food calendar. Come to the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate—and enjoy—the scrumptious versatility of the potato pancake.

Net proceeds benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching healthy eating habits to children and their families.

Tickets available at latkefestival.com and Eventbrite.




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Holiday Tea Musicale

December 4 – December 21 at 1:00pm

The magic of the season is tangible throughout the Rosen House! Take part in Caramoor’s holiday tradition of concerts with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, a chance to sing-a-long, and tea service in the majestic Music Room. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones). Learn more here.


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ModernMedieval Voices

A Midwinter Feast

Saturday, December 14 (Showtimes at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm)

This all-female vocal trio brings to Caramoor the wondrous sounds of medieval chant and polyphony. Join us for a holiday program of music from the British Isles, featuring beloved English medieval and Renaissance carols, including There is No Rose, A Virgin Unspotted, and Green Groweth the Holly (attributed to Henry VIII). Also included are new arrangements of some old favorites, including In the Bleak Midwinter, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Holly and the Ivy. Learn more here.


Santa visits Caramoor in the Music Room of the Rosen House at Caramoor in Katonah New York on December 12, 2015.
(photo by Gabe Palacio)

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Santa Visits The Rosen House

Sunday, December 15 at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Jolly Saint Nick comes to fill The Rosen House with holiday cheer. The little ones will be in for an adventure with I Spy a Santa or Two in The Music Room, followed by a 30-minute concert of favorite holiday songs when Santa Claus will appear to delight the whole family. Santa’s favorite snack — milk and cookies — will be served in the cloisters. Learn more here.




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Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas

Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 pm

Trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and recent Guggenheim Fellow Etienne Charles returns to celebrate another holiday at Dizzy’s Club. Using jazz as a foundation to engage 20th century Caribbean folk and pop traditions, his powerful band incorporates musical elements from Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, and Martinique in a fluid blend of jazz tradition, rhythms of the Caribbean, and an emphasis on the Afro-Caribbean history of calypso music. Learn more here.


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Duchess: Harmony for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm

Inspired by vocal groups like the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters, Duchess boasts tight vocal harmonies that are both technically challenging and easy on the ears. Rather than performing straight takes on the classics, however, their arrangements are uniquely tailored for their voices and 21st century tastes. Learn more here.


Riley’s Red Hot Holidays

Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 pm

This swinging holiday show features a collective of New York’s finest rising stars. Tonight’s music director is trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, who has directed a number of outstanding events at Jazz at Lincoln Center, including a Dizzy Gillespie career retrospective, a headlining performance by vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, some swinging Mardi Gras celebrations, Diane Schuur’s November 2018 concerts in The Appel Room, and, of course, the beloved Red Hot Holidays show. Learn more here.


New Year’s Eve with Carlos Henriquez

Tuesday, December 31 at 7:30 pm

Carlos Henriquez rings in the New Year with his all-star nonet at Dizzy’s Club. Hailing from the Bronx, Henriquez is a rare virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and a vital voice in the infectious cultural fusion of Latin jazz. Join him at Dizzy’s Club to kick off the new year with good vibes, great food, an unbeatable view, and some of the world’s best musicians. Learn more here.


Jazz at Lincoln Center


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Big Band Holidays

Wednesday – Sunday, December 18 – 22 at 7:00 pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis continues a beloved New York tradition that plays to sold-out audiences every December. Featuring guest vocalists Alexis Morrast and Denzal Sinclaire and soulful, big band versions of classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World,” Big Band Holidays is an uplifting holiday program sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Learn more here.


Wave Hill


Holiday Workshops


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Poured Beeswax Candles

Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mix and pour your own candles guided by expert beekeeper and candlemaker Pam Golben. Cozy up your home with seasonal scents made with pure natural beeswax infused with aromas such as peppermint, fir, orange, or cinnamon. Learn more here.


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Natural Wreaths

Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill’s gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day and florist Hanako Shimamoto demonstrate simple floral techniques and provide plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. Learn more here.


Miniature Arrangements

Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by the gardens at Wave Hill. In this drop-in workshop, fashion a pair of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers using fresh greens, pinecones and other natural materials. Give your arrangements as gifts, or enjoy them on your own holiday table. Creative guidance offered by Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. Learn more here.