From the fresh smell of pine trees taking over and lights shining bright, Christmas time is vast approaching. Getting into the holiday spirit, make this year a fun filled holiday season you won’t forget with your loved one. Check out a few of our holiday do’s for the Christmas season.
Apollo Holiday Specials
Christmas in NYC with your loved one? The legendary Apollo is hosting a series of programs for the Holiday season with special guest, 106 and park co-host, Bow Wow. They will be celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington which features Savion Glover, actor Keither David as narrator and Jazz vocalist, Lizz Wright; Amateur Night Finals, in which the winner will walk away with $10,000.
An evening for your enjoyment, the Apollo will also have their 7th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night ; Coca- Cola Winter Wonderland, a free event offering a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances under the iconic Apollo marquee and Ballet Hispanico presenting the world premiere of Dia de los Muertos on the Apollo stage. Events take place from Dec 7- 27th. Head to apollotheater.org for more info!
Christmas Shows and Cabarets
With tons of Xmas spectaculars, and musicals kick starting, you’re never too old to experience the grandiose performances from the Nutcracker, The Radio City Music Spectacular, A Christmas Carol, and an extravaganza musical from The Rockettes along with some dazzling small production cabaret shows.
Winter Experience at Rockefeller Center
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is the quintessential New York City winter experience. It’s the perfect place for you and a loved one to engage an evening on the rink, holding hands, and spending quality time.
Like anything else around this time, ice skating at Rockefeller Center tends to be the most expensive and busiest during peak holiday periods, so plan on getting there early morning and weekdays before 4 p.m. You’ll have a better chance at getting a more private and quieter experience.
If you and your partner are looking for a mini vacate nearby, the Poconos is the ideal getaway trip, even if it’s for a day or two. Enjoy hitting the slopes learning to ski, snowboarding and choosing over a wide variety of other resort activities. There are packages for beginners and quick training sessions to better prepare you.
For overnight stay, you will swoon over their oversized suites with a champagne glass whirlpool bath-for-2, In Suite pools, saunas and more. Enjoy nightly entertainment featuring headliner musicians and comedians at the popular Poconos Mountains Night Clubs.
Classic Holiday Screenings
Bring in some holiday cheer by attending a special screening of holiday classics. If you’re in the NYC area, stop by MoMa on December 23rd for the bicentenary celebration of Charles Dickens, “Dickens on Film.” It is dedicated to the author’s greatest Christmas creation, Ebenezer Scrooge. They will also be screening the classic film, A Christmas Carol.
The Nighthawk Cinema, is hosting a midnight series throughout the month of popular holiday screenings. What’s better than hot bourbon cider, while enjoying an evening of great films and conversation? The in-theater alcohol service invites tantalizing and extremely reckless drinking-game fun.
The mall is in a state of anarchy by now, but if you’re in the D.C. area, the ninth annual Downtown Holiday Market has your last-minute gift needs covered, with more than 180 crafters, boutique shops and artisans along F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Shop daily until Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m.
Spending the holidays in New York? Take a walk down through Bryant Park for a unique holiday shopping experience. There are a million things to do whether you want to venture off to the ice skating rink or partake karaoke sessions in a 7 foot freezer while testing out a Columbia Omni- Heat jacket. The point is – while you shop you’re experience a high dose of fun and cutesy activities to get involved with.
And to top it all off, there is always hot chocolate to be found to keep you and your sweetie warm.
The Ailey Agency Returns! Take a night out on the town, and make your first stop watching the Ailey dancers resurge live performances in theater. Joining current favorites from recent seasons and Ailey classics like Pas De Duke, The River and Revelations, they will premiere an exhilarating dance of Wayne McGregor’s sensory feast Chroma, Bill T. Jones D-Man in The Waters (Part 1), Ronald K. Brown’s powerful Four Corners and Aszure Barton’s, LIFT.
This season will also include Ohad Naharin’s audience-grabbing Minus 16, a jazzy number from Kyle Abraham and the spirit-lifting joy of Revelations.
If you’re enrolled as a super fan you can save 20% on two or more performances, plus save for large groups and students. Head to alvinailey.org for tickets!
Enjoy an intimate holiday dinner
Want to eat, drink and be merry? Take advantage of all of the holiday specials at your favorite restaurants. Groupon and restaurant.com are updating amazing deals for local eateries just for the two of you. Italian for the night? Zagat has the review for top food-centric destinations in your area.
Christmas Crafting Workshops
Get artsy and enroll for fun ornament making classes. Grab a bottle of wine and find a local pottery store to paint and glaze your ornaments. Make designing your Christmas tree an extra special occasion, while showing him your creative side!