Best things to do this week in NYC

Find the biggest and best events, activities and things to do in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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Hanukkah in New York

From New York's best potato latkas and kosher restaurants to Hanukkah events and activities, find everything you need to know to celebrate this Jewish holiday

  1. Various locations
  2. Tue Dec 16 - Wed Dec 24

Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Having trouble deciding which one of your friends’ apartments to use to host this year’s solstice bonfire and ritual sacrifice? Avoid all that messy virgin blood, and try a more modern tradition: Paul Winter’s annual concert, returning for its 35th year. You can see a slew of dance and

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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Ugly Sweater Run

  • Critics choice

Don the most hideous ball of yarn you call clothes and wear it to this charitable 5K run in support of nonprofit organization Save the Children, dedicated to helping underprivileged kids everywhere. Registration gets you a complimentary vintage-style knit hat, your choice of Angry Orchard hard

  1. Citi Field Roosevelt Ave, at 126th St, 11368
  2. Sat Dec 20
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Frank Stella, "Sculpture"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

Recently, the Whitney announced that it’s planning a Frank Stella retrospective for next year, news that adds a bit of interest to this show of works recent and past—Stella’s first since joining the gallery. The offerings are indeed sculpture, a medium he’s been busying himself with for a

  1. Marianne Boesky Gallery 509 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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Harry and the Potters Present Yule Ball

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It's an event perfectly suited for Potterheads: a performance featuring a Hogwarts-inspired musical group, Harry and the Potters. These robe-wearing headliners will be joined by the Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and the Potter Puppet Pals, known for their bizarre YouTube videos. A

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Sun Dec 21
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Lypsinka! The Trilogy

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The demented alter ego of John Epperson, Lypsinka raises lip service to a dance form in rigorous collages of songs and words, mouthing along to clips drawn from collective camp memory. Her first show in nine years is a triptych, in rep, of The Boxed Set (a greatest-hits collection), The Passion of

  1. Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St, between Aves A and B
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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Holiday windows in New York City

These iconic department-store window displays add some eye candy to your holiday shopping spree. Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out

  1. Various locations

The Matzo Ball NYC

If you're tired of using JDate, then this is the party for you. It's the 28th year of this holiday bash, and no, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it.

  1. Capitale 130 Bowery, at Grand St, 10013
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Thu Dec 25
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Christmas in New York

Our guide to the best Christmas movies and gift ideas, plus festive activities like Bryant Park ice skating and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  1. Thu Dec 25

Big Eyes

Walter Keane's (Christoph Waltz) portraits of saucer-eyed waifs make him a popular artist in the 1950s, but no one knows that it's his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), who's the real genius behind the paintbrush.

  1. Various locations
  2. Opens Fri Dec 25
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Beatrice B
Beatrice B

Have to see Queen. Lambert is no impersonator! I saw them in Chicago and again in Vegas, now MSG. This show deserves a 4 star !!! That if you like great music and a front man with an amazing voice and commands the stage. Its like hearing Queen for the first time . Go see this show, if you can get seats !

Joyce W
Joyce W

Try this tasty experience in Chinatown tomorrow.  What a great way to do lunch!


We're going crazy for 4th of July and getting started early. Join our NEW Chinatown highlights tour and get tickets for only $25. That's a full meal and 2 hrs. of interesting history tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Just buy tickets on our site and use code CFTFB2014. Hurry up. You can also call 917-979-4833

Blair Y
Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...

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