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Start Celebrating the Holidays!

Dec 6, 2017
Start Celebrating the Holidays!
It's the holiday season! With many trees lit up and decorated, holiday lights aglow, and window displays festively dressed, it's time to get into the holiday spirit. Here in Lincoln Square, there are a ton of events this December, including a meet and greet with Santa and a Hanukkah musical. 
At 2 Lincoln Square, on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets, join the American Folk Art Museum Shop on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 for Fab Folk Fest, the museum's annual holiday event celebrating the beauty and craftsmanship of self-taught art. During the event, eight artisans will be at the museum selling very special gifts and patrons can enjoy delicious cookies, a glass of wine, and the last two days of Members' Double Discount on shop purchases. For more information, click here.
To celebrate the spirit of Hanukkah, visit Kaufman Music Center at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. On Sunday, December 10 there will be two shows at Merkin Concert Hall: Judy & The Maccabees: A Hanukkah Family Musical and Miracles! Hanukkah and More. At 11:00am, Judy & The Maccabees: A Hanukkah Family Musical, featuring the Kaufman Kids, will delight audiences with a re-imagined telling of the traditional Hanukkah story. This show is perfect for a family activity to celebrate the holiday. Later that day, at 7:30pm, Miracles! Hanukkah and More will also take place at Merkin Concert Hall offering a celebration of the ancient miracle of Hanukkah and of the diversity of Jewish choral music. You can purchase tickets here or by contacting the Box Office at (212) 501-3330.
Also on Sunday, December 10, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, you can snap a photograph with the one and only Santa Claus at Ascent Lounge in Time Warner Center! Get your family portrait done with noted photographer, Steven Menendez, and enjoy a magical experience with delicious food and beverages, including a kids-favorite menu and Zibetto Hot Chocolate. Click here for more details about pricing and tickets. 
At the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a well-known, much loved holiday tradition in NYC--The Nutcracker Ballet--can be seen in a new, historical light. The exhibition Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® charts the early years of the ballet's life from its premiere in February 1954 to the success of the remounted production in 1964. Through treasures from the archives of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the story of the work emerges with Balanchine's unique themes of nostalgia, faith, love, childhood innocence, and wonder. The exhibit is free and will be on display until Saturday, January 27, 2018. You can also enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater. Click here for a performance schedule and tickets.
This year, the first night of Hanukkah is on Tuesday, December 12 and lasts through Wednesday, December 20. Don't miss Chabad of the West 60s' Menorah, which stands in Richard Tucker Park during the eight days of Hanukkah. The holiday season has just begun and Lincoln Square can help you celebrate in so many ways! Don't miss these fun activities for the whole family. 
Photo credit: Ascent Lounge & Michele Westmorland/Getty Images