Two ways to holiday

A sampler of the season's essential events---and six quirky alternatives.

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  • A Swingin' Vintage Tea Party on the Vintage NYC Subway Trains

  • Photograph: Dean Carr

    Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata's Third Annual Holiday Show

  • Photograph: Laura Sterling

    Nutcracker: Rated R

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market: A Holiday Pop-Up

  • Photograph: Elizabeth Minkel

    What the Dickens? Second Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon

  • Heebonism

A Swingin' Vintage Tea Party on the Vintage NYC Subway Trains

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A Swingin' Vintage Tea Party on the Vintage NYC Subway Trains
Join the folks from tour company Levys' Unique New York and the New York Balboa Club (a swing-dancing group) as they boogie down in an old-timey subway car. Afterward, enjoy a tea party that will travel from Manhattan to Queens and back. Meet on the uptown track at the Lower East Side--Second Ave subway station, E Houston St between First and Second Aves (levysuniqueny.com). Sat 17 noon--4pm; free.

Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata's Third Annual Holiday Show
Led by East Village Opera Company cofounder Peter Kiesewalter, this four-piece will play tunes from its debut album, The Hills Are Alive (as the title implies, it includes songs from The Sound of Music). The quartet will also put its funky spin on Handel's Messiah. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555, joespub.com). Wed 21 at 7pm; $25.

Nutcracker: Rated R
The holiday chestnut gets a dark twist in this show, in which Godfather Drosselmeyer drops Clara into '80s New York. The production, which is directed and choreographed by Angie Harriell, blends ballet, burlesque and break dancing, set to a score that mixes Tchaikovsky with clubby beats. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com). Thu 22 at 11:30pm; Fri 23, Dec 29, 30 at 8pm; $20--$30.

Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market: A Holiday Pop-Up
The Williamsburg indie fair hops across the river with a seasonal bazaar in Chelsea Market. Check out goods from more than 30 Kings County designers—including Pigeon Be Pigeon T-shirts and Sparklefarm's affordable jewelry—and check the remaining names off your gift list. 88 Tenth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (917-301-5765, artistsandfleas.com). Daily 10:30am--7:30pm. Through Dec 31.

What the Dickens? Second Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon
Hunker down with a glass of mulled wine ($7) or spiced cider ($2.50--$3.50) and listen as a slew of authors and performers—including Lev Grossman, Ira Glass, Emma Straub and Scott Adsit—read excerpts from Charles Dickens's classic tale throughout the day. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St between E Houston and Prince Sts (housingworksbookstore.org). Sun 18 at 1pm; free.

Heebonism
Heeb
magazine joins forces with indie label Shemspeed, which stages the annual Sephardic Music Festival, for its holiday blowout. Shemspeed founder and hip-hopper Diwon deejays, and given the antics at past events (such as strip dreidel), you can expect the bash to be a raunchy good time. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com). Sat 24 at 10:30pm; $15--$20.

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