Best things to do on Christmas Eve
One of New York City’s best annual holiday markets, the pop-up shops in Union Square shutter at 4pm for the season on December 24. Load up on last-minute gifts for the hardest to shop for on your list, and be sure to buy a few goodies for yourself.
From 1 to 8pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dale Talde’s newest restaurant will be serving a special Jewish-inspired dim sum menu. Dishes will include matzo ball wonton soup, pastrami potstickers with rye sauerkraut, schmaltz roasted ribeye and smoked salmon and dill fried rice.
Skip the big holiday box office hits on Christmas Eve and opt for a classic film. IFC will be screening It's a Wonderful Life at 10:55am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7pm and 9:45pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The seasonal pop-up is sure to be crowded on Christmas Eve, so don’t plan on wearing an ugly holiday sweater unless you’re willing to sweat. Instead, embrace the tiki theme and dress for a crowd as you sip strong rum cocktails out of festive mugs.
Astoria’s go-to comedy space and creative hangout will be hosting an open mic at 5pm (sign up at 4:30 if you want to air some hilarious family grievances) and a Christmas Eve comedy show at 7pm if you need to laugh away any remaining holiday stress.
Hit the seas this Christmas Eve on a special three-hour dinner cruise offering prime views of the New York City skyline along with a festive three-course meal accompanied by live music. (bateauxnewyork.com)
Back for its 31st year, this annual dance party aims to unite Jewish New Yorkers who aren’t celebrating the holiday. Think JSwipe, but IRL.