The end of the year inevitably means a host of markets, art exhibits, holiday-themed pop-ups, Broadway shows and more will shut down soon. Don’t drop the ball before the ball drops! Here's what you should squeeze in this month.
1. See the spellbinding holiday windows at department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue. Through Mon 4.
2. View “Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits,” a collection of Rossi’s Chicago-style Pop Art, which is marked by Surrealist imagery and a hint of gore. New Museum, 235 Bowery (newmuseum.org). Through Thu 31.
3. Delve into dance through Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 45th season at City Center. 131 W 55th St (alvinailey.org). $25–$150. Through Sun 3.
4. Get buzzed on pine-needle gimlets ($14) and other holiday cocktails at pop-up bar Miracle on Ninth Street. 649 E 9th St. Through Thu 24.
5. Pop into Brookfield Place for Luminaries, an installation of color-shifting lanterns hanging above the plaza’s winter garden. 230 Vesey St (brookfieldplaceny.com). Through Jan 10.
6. Feast your eyes on Teresita Fernández’s concrete, bronze and ceramic landscape portraits. Lehmann Maupin, 536 W 22nd St (lehmannmaupin.com). Through Thu 31.
7. Take in over-the-top holiday decor at Rolf’s. (Sensory overload is a given, but it’s so worth it.) 281 Third Ave (rolfsnyc.com)
8. See beautifully wrought family drama The Humans while you can still snag Off Broadway ticket prices. Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W 46th St (roundabouttheatre.org) $99. Through Sun 3.
9. Venerable home goods, clothing and knickknack shop Pearl River Mart is closing at the end of the year (sniffle). Get there before it’s gone. 477 Broadway (pearlriver.com). Through Thu 31.
10. Treat yourself to a seasonal eggnog-nougat chocolate bar at Dominique Ansel Bakery. 189 Spring St (dominiqueansel.com)
11. Head to Broadway to see the riotous dark comedy Hand to God, which features a good Christian boy and his outrageously inappropriate puppet. Booth Theatre, 222 W 45th (handtogodbroadway.com). $79–$175. Through Sun 3.
12. Party one last time at Pacha; the pulsating megaclub is shuttering in early 2016. 618 W 46th St (pachanyc.com)
13. Peruse a nontraditional holiday market, like Young & Able, where a melange of woman-owned businesses offer everything from ceramics to jewelry. 2 Rivington St (shopyoungandable.com). Through Sun 3.
14. Catch the world premiere of the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s The First Noel—a story of loss, love and Christmas joy playing at the Apollo Theater. 253 W 125th St (cthnyc.org). $35–$50. Through Thu 31.
15. Watch trains meander through a flower-and-foliage replica of the NYC cityscape at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show. 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx (nybg.org). Wed–Sun, Tue 10am–6pm; $10–$30. Through Jan 18.