Friday, Dec. 25
11:30am-4pm // Upper East Side
The Jewish Museum hosts A Family Celebration, a day-long event featuring a Klezmer concert, tours and kid-friendly activities.
1pm, 4pm, 7pm // Rockefeller Center
The Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular continues high-kicking up a storm at Radio City Music Hall. There's no better day to set aside any anti-tourist cynicism and get in on the seasonal fun.
2pm // Tribeca
Chinese and a Movie at the 92YTribeca brings out the big guns with a double header of Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Chinese buffet-style food and Mel Brooks make for an excellent New York take on Christmas.
Saturday, Dec. 26
2:30pm // Bronx
At the Bronx Library Center, the Brass Menagerie Holiday Brass band celebrates the holiday with festive tunes and costumes.
9pm // Brooklyn
Charanga Soleil plays a special holiday show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Brooklyn-based dance band combines Cuban, Congolese and Haitian music for an upbeat holiday fiesta.
2pm, 8pm // Lincoln Center
The New York City Ballet celebrates the season with George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is what Christmas in New York is all about.
Sunday, Dec. 27
12pm-5pm // Upper West Side
The Natural Museum of History throws a Kwanazaa party as part of its Global Weekends program. Kwanzaa Spirit 2009 is a full day that includes a traditional African libation ceremony, a steel drum orchestra, a teen gospel choir and dance theater.
2pm // Mid-town
The Mid-Manhattan Library screens the Alfred Hitchcock classic Spellbound. Shot in timeless black and white, Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman are the perfect come-down from all the Christmas glitz and celebrations.
7pm // East Village
Gogol Bordello performs the first of three shows at Webster Hall. The high-energy klezmer-influenced band may be one of the few groups that make braving the wilds of "Wet T-Shirt Hall" worthwhile.