‘George Balanchine’s Nutcracker’
The city’s classic — and the grandest for miles around. The production features a cast of more than 200, ranging from little kids to New York City Ballet’s star dancers — and a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score.
Nov. 26 through Jan. 2
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
$20-$225, 212-870-5570 www.nycballet.com
‘The Yorkville Nutcracker’
The 15th anniversary of Francis Patrelle’s version, set in 1895 New York and featuring NYCB principals joining other pro dancers and many students.
E. 68th St.
‘Nutcracker: Rated R’
One for the grown-ups, or at least post-adolescents: The fifth year of Angela Harriell’s cabaret version has been called “hilariously kinky” and “naughty and nice” by trustworthy critics.
314 W. 54th St.
David Parker and The Bang Group bring their “comic, subversive neo-vaudeville” version to audiences with tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and a “waltz of the flowers” for dancers allergic to flowers.
Dance Theater Workshop
219 W. 19th St.
Former prima ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, now a master teacher, brings a version featuring students from The Joffrey Ballet School and her own academy, co-choreographed by her husband, Misha Chernov.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
899 10th Ave.
‘Kiss Me, I Crochet’
Brooklyn-based artist Olek — known for her crocheted bike, which was parked on the Lower East Side last spring — is at it again. This time, she created an installation of 13,000 crocheted latex balloons as a way “to bring color and life, energy and surprise to the living space.”
Through Dec. 9
Humanities Gallery of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, 718-488-1198, free
Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective
The Whitney Museum is celebrating the art of Paul Thek (1933-1988). This is the first time an American museum is recapturing this work of this sculptor/painter/installation artist.
Through January 9
945 Madison Ave.
A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire
Architect and artist Daniel Libeskind created an installation displaying 40 Hanukkah lamps from the Jewish Museum’s renowned collection. The selection of lamps includes one made from a helmet shield of a Hessian soldier who fought in the American Revolution and Karim Rashid’s 2004 Menoramorph, made from neon green silicon.
Through Jan. 30
The Jewish Museum
$12, 1109 Fifth Ave.
For this exhibition, Rae McGrath, Brooklynite’s curator/ owner, uses reclaimed laundry detergent bottles. The BK native, who has been dumpster-diving at local Laundromats, loves the concept of recycling for art (just check out the gallery’s rear facade, which he created with recycled refrigerator doors).
Saturday through Dec. 18
334 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn
The West at Sunset
Explore spirituality in this multidisciplinary group exhibition by The Abrons Arts Center, which is in response to Rene Daumal’s 1952 classic mystical novel “Mount Analogue.”
Dec. 9 through Feb. 20
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St.
The MET’s branch in northern Manhattan will be celebrating Christmas in medieval style. Borrowed from ancient customs, the museum will be decorated with ivy leaves, hazelnuts, rose hip clusters, lady apples and more.
Dec. 14 through Jan. 2
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park
Recommended admission $20, 212-923-3700
The Paul Winter Consort
The Paul Winter Consort’s annual Winter Solstic Celebration, now in its 31st year, features the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, gospel singer Theresa Thomason and others.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Metropolitan Opera tenor Adam Klein performs Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise” (“Winter’s Journey”) with operamission’s founding director, Jennifer Peterson, at the piano for three nights.
Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 4,
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., $20
Festival of Strikes: A JDUB Benefit Concert
Celebrate Hanukkah with a concert by The Sway Machinery and comedy show featuring Eugene Mirman.
Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
$15 or $18 at the door
Manhattan New Music Project 20th Anniversary
Why not combine live music with a good deed? Joe’s Pub will host Dancy James Argue and his 18-piece big band and more. All profits will be given to MNMP, which serves New York Public School students.
425 Lafayette St.
‘Strangers and Other Angels’
Morningside Heights will become the backdrop for a 21st-century update of the classic medieval mystery play, “Second Shepherd’s Play.” The song-and-dance extravaganza will take place in indoor and outdoor venues throughout the neighborhood, from Sakura Park near Riverside Church to the Union Theological Seminary. For the grand finale, audience members are invited to dance with the entire cast. Plus, food and drink for all!
Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Meet at Sakura Park and 122nd Street; free, including hot drinks and refreshments.
‘Looking at Christmas’
Steven Banks, Emmy-nominated head writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” wrote this slightly twisted romantic comedy about an unemployed NYC writer and a struggling actress who meet while looking at the holiday windows along Fifth Avenue.
Saturday through Dec. 30
41 White St.
‘Brian Dykstra’s Ho!’
This play offers two unconventional Christmas tales. The first half is dedicated to the insane, money-spending aspect of Christmas, as Santa and his lawyers fight anyone attempting to take over his brand. In the second act, learn about Sammy, a splendid Christmas tree carried from Vermont to NYC, waiting on the sidewalk to be picked up and ornamented.
Nov. 27 through Dec. 19
The Drilling Company Theatre
236 W. 78th St.
Jackie Beat’s All-You-Can-Eat Christmas!
Drag super star Jackie Beat is back in NYC for her 13th annual holiday show. This year, the self-professed bastard child of “Weird Al” Yankovic and Bette Midler spoofs her way through holiday classics.
Dec. 16–19, 7:30 p.m.
The Laurie Beechman Theater
407 W.42nd St.
$20-$22 plus a $15 food/drink minimum, 212-352-3101
Kwanzaa Celebration Regeneration Night
Celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa with Apollo Theater’s fifth annual bash, featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with DJA-RARA performing music of Haiti, Urban World NYC Poets and special guest percussionist, Kimati Dinizulu.
Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.
253 W. 125th St.
$16, 212-531-5305 $16
Winter wonderland in New York City
Arts and culture events to get you in the spirit of the season.