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This week’s issue of Time Out New York features your ultimate holiday survival guide

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Dana Varinsky

‘Tis the season! In our special holiday double issue (that’s right—two weeks' worth of material is headed your direction today), we’ve got the perfect ways to get festive for Christmas and Hanukkah, plus a head start on your New Year’s Eve planning. This issue features the best ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights, including a basketball menorah at the Nets game, plus Christmas festivities for all types of New Yorkers. Whether you dig the classic traditions (like The Nutcracker and It’s a Wonderful Life), or you’re looking for the hippest holiday happenings (Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noel Nights, for example), we’ve got you more than covered.

And since the holiday season is mostly an excuse to eat decadent, delicious meals, we’ve also rounded up our forty favorite new dishes and drinks from the past year. The list includes Banh Mi Poutine at The Gorbals, Halva Donuts at Underwest Donuts and Octopus Pastrami at Batard—and yes, we can hear your stomach growling from here.

Plus: the city’s most creative cups of hot cocoa, Manhattan’s new Spa Castle, the best holiday comedy shows and a reviews of Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man. It’ll be enough to keep your bells jingling all December long.

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