The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during last year's ceremony. Credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Rosemary’s Second Annual Rooftop Tree Lighting & Caroling Party
Friday, 7:30 p.m. Rosemary’s 18 Greenwich Ave. Free, 212-647-1818 www.rosemarysnyc.com Santa’s going to be a little confused this year when he gets to Rosemary’s and finds the Christmas tree on the roof, but hey, at least he won’t have to risk getting stuck in the chimney like he sometimes does. Join Rosemary’s for its rooftop tree lighting and caroling party. Sing your heart out while chomping on complimentary homemade cookies, zabaglione and house-pressed apple cider.
Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-Along
Saturday, 9 p.m. BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building 30 Lafayette Ave, Ft. Greene Free, 718-636-4100 www.bam.org Spend your Saturday with principal Skinner, Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns … well, not exactly. But Harry Shearer, the man who voices all of those Simpsons characters, and his wife Judith Owen will be hanging out for their annual holiday sing-along with special guests Teddy Thompson, Alice Ripley, and more. Christmas songs range from “Winter Wonderland” to “F&*k Christmas,” so even a Scrooge can enjoy.
LIC Flea and Food Holiday Market
Saturday-Dec. 8, Dec 14-15, 21-22, Corner of 46th Ave. and Fifth St. 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City Free, 718-866-8089 www.licflea.com When December rolls around with its holiday cheer and freezing temperatures, the idea of traveling to the flea market is easily trumped by staying inside and cyber shopping. But not anymore! For three consecutive weekends the LIC Flea and Food Holiday Market moves indoors so you can peruse your favorite vendors’ tables from the usual outdoor market and more. The best in food, fashion and crafts plus live music, ping pong, autograph signings and photos with Santa await.
The 12th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party
Sunday, 6 p.m. The James Beard House 167 West 12th St. $90, 212-627-2308 www.jamesbeard.org Join the James Beard crew in celebrating this holiday season by trying food from some of NYC’s top chefs. On the roster: A.J. Black of Il Tesoro, Bryce Shuman of Betony and more, plus select wines from the Seeker, cocktails by Junior Merino and Stella Artois Beer. Reserve your tickets in advance.
FOOD + DRINK
The Brooklyn Cookie Takedown
Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. The Bell House 149 Seventh St., Gowanus $15, 718-643-6510 www.thebellhouseny.com You know who’s cool? The Cookie Monster. He loves cookies and eats as many as he wants — he’s a monster. Your ticket allows you to be cool like him, tasting every single cookie submitted into the contest. No matter what kind of cookie, you can eat it, and wash it down with a huge beer at the bar. Cookie chefs compete to be cookie king.
Chocolate and Spice Home Fermentation Fest
Sunday, 1 p.m. Jimmy’s No. 43 43 East Seventh St. $20, 212-982-3006 www.jimmysno43.com Let the fermentation festivities begin! Fuhmentaboudit!, Divine Chocolate and Jimmy’s No. 43 present this fermentation competition where contestants are challenged to make beer, wine, mead, cider, kombucha and more, all using chocolate and/or holiday spices. Your ticket gets you a taste of all entries, a vote and a free glass of Chris Cuzme's "Divine Cocoa for Coconut" Cream Ale from 508 Gastrobrewery.
Selected Shorts: Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach
Dec. 11th, 7:30 p.m. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway $28 (30 and under with ID: $15), 212-864-5400 www.symphonyspace.org Chef David Chang and writer Peter Meehan present shorts from their quarterly journal of food and writing, Lucky Peach. David Cross ("Arrested Development"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Mario Batali (dude in the orange Crocs) and more will be reading, commenting and hanging out. So an actress, a never-nude and a chef walk into a bar…