Things To Do In The Tri-State Area This Weekend: December 20-23

Erica Brosnan
December 17, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Lea Michele

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — It’s the final weekend before Christmas – meaning it’s time to check the “Naughty List,” the “Nice List” and the WCBS 880 “To-Do List.”

From a food festival in Little Italy to a holiday film festival in the Botanical Gardens, there’s something for everyone to do this weekend. Here’s our top picks.

Lea Michele: Christmas in the City

See singer-songwriter Lea Michele perform an arrangement of holiday favorites this weekend at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan following her live performance at the Rockefeller Center Christmas  Tree Lighting.

When: Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: Varies

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Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

Enjoy Chinese and Italian staples, from egg custard tarts and dumplings to cannolis and prosciutto, at the Chinatown and Little Italy food festival all weekend long. Spots go quickly so reserve yours now. 

When: Friday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 22

Where: Little Italy/Chinatown (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: $57

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A Christmas Carol Live

Rather than popping in the DVD this weekend, see this classic Christmas tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future retold live in New Jersey.

When: Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Matthews Theatre (Princeton, N.J.)

Price: Varies

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live

It’s not Christmas season without the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock classic “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.” See them perform it live this weekend along with their other hits and holiday favorites.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

Where: Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.)

Price: $45 to $55

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Holiday Favorites Film Festival

Enjoy your favorite holiday movies on the big screen at the New York Botanic Garden. The lineup features a ton of children’s favorite characters, making this event perfect for the whole family.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 29 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: New York Botanical Gardens (Bronx, N.Y.)

Price: $10 to $23; Children under 2 enter for free

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Gilbert Gottfried Live

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried brings his unique brand of comedy to the Tri-State area this weekend. Bring your friends for a night full of fun and laughs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

Where: West Nyack Levity Live (West Nyack, N.Y.)

Price: Varies

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Happy Sad Confused Live with David Harbour and Friends

Ring in the holidays with “Stranger Things” star David Harbour amd “Happy Sad Confused” host Josh Horowitz. The event with feature a number of special guests, including Patrick Wilson and Justin Long, for a celebration filled with fun chats, singing and surprises.

When: Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.

Where: The Bell House (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Price: $45

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The Chanukah Experience

Spin the dreidel, don’t burn the latkes and have some virtual reality fun at the “Chanukah Experience” this weekend in Brooklyn. Admission is free so bring the whole family.  

When: Sunday, Dec. 22 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: DeKalb Market Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Price: Free

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