Things to do on Christmas Day
Not everything is closed; there's still plenty to do.
Fri Nov 5 2010
RECOMMENDED: Christmas in New York guide 2012
A Swinging Birdland Christmas
This six-performance show finishes its run on Xmas day. Birdland regulars Hilary Kole, Jim Caruso, pianist Billy Stritch and violinist Aaron Weinstein plus guests perform jazzed-up, swinging arrangements of seasonal songs—thankfully minus the kitsch. Birdland, 315 W 44th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com). 6pm, $30 with $10 food/drink minimum.
Big Onion's 20th Annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side walking tour
This Tribe-focused tour started as a joke, but two decades later it draws hundreds of people to one of the few neighborhoods in the city that's not deserted today. After being divided into smaller groups you'll stroll down Hester Street, the heart of the old pushcart district, with a possible stop at the Pickle Guys for a nosh. Meet at the corner of Delancey and Essex Sts (212-439-1090, bigonion.com). 1pm; $15, seniors and students $12. No reservations.
Unwrap that new steed, don a Santa hat and whoop it up for a two-hour bike ride through the parks and streets of a seemingly car-free Manhattan, and wish it were like this every day. Meet at Columbus Circle, SW corner of Central Park (times-up.org). 10pm, free.
Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour
A Harlem native will lead this stroll that brings the artistic, nightlife-heavy Harlem of the '20s to life. Visit speakeasies, jazz clubs, the original location of the Cotton Club and more. Meet at 515 Malcolm X blvd at 135th St (212-280-7888, harlemheritage.com). 1--3pm, $25.
James Brown Christmas Tribute
The Godfather of Soul passed four years ago today. Celebrate his memory at James-mas with DJ Nickodemus (from Turntables on the Hudson) who will rework the classics against the backdrop of timeless J.B. videos, and Pimps of Joytime who will be performing live. Nublu, 62 Ave C between 4th and 5th Sts (nublu.net). 10pm, $10.