Christmas might be this weekend, but that doesn't mean movie theaters will be the only places where you can find signs of life in the city. Before you belly up to the holiday table—whether it's at Grandma's or one of NYC's best restaurants—check out these seven festive events.
If the hourlong lines are any indication, things are going well at Alvin Cailan's weeklong ode to the cult-favorite TV show. Get there early on Saturday for the We're Here, We're Gruyère, Get Used to It Burger (sweet pickles, caramelized onions and Gruyère). Sunday, the final day, will feature the Bet It All on Black Garlic Burger with mozzarella, spinach and black garlic spread.
After you've made peace with the fact your house will never look as stunning as these famous decked-out abodes, pay the Brooklyn neighborhood a visit before the display turns off for the year.
Saturday, December 23
Boston's "T-shirt bakery" is coming to NYC—specifically, at 10Below Ice Cream in the Lower East Side. While you're shopping for last-minute gifts, order 10Below's custom flavor for the occasion, a Thai-style rolled ice cream with crushed peppermint.
Will it transport you to the streets of Florence? Probably not. But nothing beats roaming Mulberry Street's red-checkered tablecloths under the glow of Christmas lights. Join the New York Social Network for this scavenger hunt, where you'll just happen to be wandering among some of the city's best cannoli.
Sunday, December 24
Trivia Ad, an NYC company that brings challenging rounds of pop culture questions to bars across the city, is honoring the best Christmas movie of all at Stone Creek Bar on Christmas Eve.
Warm up your voice one last time for the Rob Susman Brass Quartet, who's providing background music to the Christmas classics sung below the park's iconic arch.
Monday, December 25
On the one day a year NYC becomes a ghost town, the Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting an afternoon party filled with scavenger hunts, tours of the historic building and a free concert of traditional Jewish hymns.
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