This weekend, December 14-16, 2012, has tons of events, concerts, and shows for New Yorkers who want to get into the holiday spirit or just get out and have fun. Read on for holiday concerts and celebrations, classic film screenings, parties, and more.
Friday, December 14
Get into the holiday spirit at the IFC Center's annual screening of the American classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." Beginning on Friday and running through December 20, the 1946 black and white movie will be shown at 11:15 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. daily. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $9.50 for children and seniors. The IFC Center is at 323 Sixth Ave. at West Third Street.
Back in action and on his "Guess Who's Back" tour, comedian and actor Chris Tucker will be onstage at the Apollo for his second and last night on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50-69.50 and can be bought through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) or in person at the Apollo Theater box office at 253 W. 125th St.
Saturday, December 15
Always a favorite, ice skating rinks in New York City are now in full swing. Some options include Bryant Park (Fifth Avenue between West 40th and 42nd Street), Rockefeller Center (50th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan), the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (Pier 61 at 21st Street and Hudson River Park), Central Park's Wollman Rink (enter near Central Park South at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue) and Lasker Rink (enter near 110th Street at Lenox Avenue), and the Standard Plaza and Ice Rink (848 Washington St. at West 13th Street). Check websites for hours, skate rental prices, and entrance fees. Some rinks are free, so if you bring your own skates, it will cost nothing.
Free Museum and Garden Entry
There are a few museums and special gardens that are free on Saturdays only, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (10 a.m.-noon, 150 Eastern Parkway and 455 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn), the New York Botanical Garden (free grounds pass from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx), the Guggenheim (pay what you want from 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m., 1071 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan), The Jewish Museum (exhibition galleries only from 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m., 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd Street), and Wave Hill public garden and cultural center (9 a.m.-noon, W. 249th St. and Independence Avenue in the Bronx, $8 parking, shuttles from train station).
Jewish reggae music star Matisyahu will be performing his Festival of Light show with the Danny Zamir Band at Terminal 5 at 610 W. 56th St. in Manhattan on Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35.
Sunday, December 16
An empty retail space in Manhattan has been transformed into a showcase of props from "The Lion King", and Sunday is the last day to see the exhibit. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the most successful musical in history, the original Disney "Lion King" props, models, and artwork are on exhibit to the public for the first time. The exhibit, at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and is free.
SportsWrestling fans can party this weekend at the WWE Presents TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs show at the Barclays Center at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. The show is on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and ticket prices range from $31 to over $400 for ringside seats.
DJ and Music Parties
Nouveau York is the Sunday night DJ party at Le Bain on the 18th floor of The Standard at 444 W. 13th St. in Manhattan from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. This week, Dr Dunks, Adrian Fillary, and Tim Sweeney will be performing.
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