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  • The Harry Potter Yule Ball

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    No Office Holiday Party

Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin


For boozehounds, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year: Thousands of thirsty New Yorkers wear their finest (or most outrageous) holiday-themed getups—St. Nick is the most popular, but raunchy versions of elves, gingerbread men and reindeer are welcome additions—and take to the streets for a daylong pub crawl. Meet-up details won't come out until the night before on the SantaCon website, and revelers can also follow @santacon on Twitter for real-time updates on where to find the roving Kringles & Co. Visit santacon.info/new_york-ny for more info. Sat 10 time TBA; free.

The Harry Potter Yule Ball at The Bell House
J.K. Rowling's series and the Warner Bros. film juggernaut have come to an end, but Harry Potter nerds can stoke the fires of their obsession at this annual winter tribute to Hogwarts and Harry's gang. Don your fancy dress robes in preparation for an evening of magical concoctions and wizard rock, featuring Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. The Bell House will also donate $3 for every ticket sold to the Harry Potter Alliance (thehpalliance.org), a nonprofit that draws on the messages of love and tolerance Rowling wove into the series to fight against real-world social issues. Alohomora your wallets! 149 7th Street between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Dec 17 at 5pm; $18.

No Office Holiday Party at Littlefield
If you work from home or are currently unemployed but find yourself hankering for the yearly humiliation that comes with a drunken office party, you're in luck: local blogs the Skint, Brooklyn Based, Brokelyn and Fucked in Park Slope will combine forces to host an alternative holiday work party for people who don't work together but want to pretend that they do for one night. Pose in a photo booth, heckle your compatriots during the live-band karaoke and keep the holiday punch flowing to increase the possibility of an awkward "work" hookup. Don't forget to bring along an inexpensive gift for an impromptu secret-Santa exchange; there's no need to sign up in advance. 622 DeGraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (littlefieldnyc.com). Dec 15 at 7:30pm; $5.

Martinis and Mistletoe at Le Poisson Rouge
Angie Pontani takes the stage for this bedazzled holiday burlesque and live jazz extravaganza. The burlesque queen will be accompanied by her shimmying sisters Tara and Helen, as well as the Maine Attraction and Dirty Martini. The Brian Newman Quintet, Michael and Mardie, Diamond Redd and the operatic Shelly "The Singing Siren" Watson join the fun. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. 158 Bleecker Street between Thompson and Sullivan Sts (212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com). Dec 22 at 8pm; $20, VIP $30.

Pretty Good Friends Holiday Show at The Bell House
Eugene Mirman emcees a special holiday edition of his weekly Union Hall stand-up show, featuring Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney. Details are TBA, but you can expect the Flight of the Conchords alum and SNL writer to hang with Mirman for an unpredictable evening of comedy featuring quirky skits, short films and musical interludes. 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Sun 11 at 8pm; $15.

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