Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Pop-o-matic Deluxe Guide to a Vintage Christmas in New York

Those who know me know that I am nuts about Christmas. Christmas is my Super Bowl and my Olympics. It's a time of baking, cooking, cocktailing, crafting and whatever else and I love it. I just haven't grown out of the magic that makes this a time worth celebrating. And Christmas in New York City is truly special. But after you've seen the department store windows, there are still so many vintage-inspired, kitschy, fun and naked ways to celebrate the season. Here are my picks.


Rockin' Night Market with Levi Dexter, December 12
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, 8pm-4am, $15 online, $20 at the door
The people that bring you the Rebel Night monthly rockabilly dance party and Enz's are throwing a huge holiday party, with neo-rockabilly's Levi Dexter plus amazing vintage and retro vendors, a fashion show, plenty of burlesque from some of my favorite performers, like Jezebel Express. more info + tickets

Enz's Annual Holiday Party, December 13
Enz's Park Slope, 171 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 5pm-9pm, free
The lovely ladies of repro shop Enz's are throwing a holiday party with music by Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. Best of all, everything in the store will be an additional 25% off!


An Old Fashioned Christmas with Margi and the Dapper Dots, December 14
Jalopy Theater and School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, 5pm, free
From the Facebook description, which I love: Tired of the usual seasonal fare? Come hear some of the more obscure and rare Christmas/winter tunes from The Golden Age of American Popular Song that were originally sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Julie London, Bing Crosby, Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee and other favorite swingin’ and sultry crooners/vocalists. more info

The Brooklyn Jazz Orchestra Performs Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, December 14
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn5pm, $18-20
This amazing ensemble is bringing one of my favorite pieces of Christmas music live. I've seen these guys before and I know they'll do Duke proud. Get your tickets here


Vintage Train Ride, December 14, 11am-8:30pm
2nd Ave. F Train stop, uptown platform
The vintage trains are not to be missed. The MTA brings out train cars from the 1930s through the 1960s that you can ride between Manhattan and Queens at no extra charge. Saturday, December 14, a dedicated group of swing dancers and bands will continue the tradition of taking over the platform and the cars for the best commute you will ever have. Be sure to check the Facebook  event for detailed information about pictures, after parties, and more!

If you miss the December 14 Vintage Train Ride, you can still ride the train cars every Sunday 10am-5pm.

Wasabassco's 70s Christmas Carol, December 18
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, doors 7:30pm, show 8pm, $20
Wasabassco keeps coming up with fun and sexy ways to reimagine classics (their production of King Kong was amazing), so I don't doubt they'll find a way to make Dickens' Christmas tale far out. more info + tickets

Company XIV's Nutcracker Rouge, now through January 3
428 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, $75, $125, 8pm
Little girls who grew up wanting to be Clara will come away with something different after seeing this Rococo-burlesque-ballet-performance art version of The Nutcracker. more info + tickets


Holiday Film Series, Fridays-Sundays through December 28
New York Botanical Garden, all-garden pass required
This is the time for nostalgic movies, and what better way to see them than on the big screen? The NYBG is screening classics like Christmas in Connecticut, Miracle on 34th Street and more in this fun holiday series. Check here for a detailed movie schedule

White Christmas 60th Anniversary Screening, December 14-15
AMC Empire Theater, 42nd Street, Sunday 2pm, 7pm, Monday 7pm
If you don't have your ticket for the showing, get one soon! The holiday classic is celebrating a big anniversary, and I'm so excited to see it on a big screen. more info + tickets 

Dandy Wellington's Sugarplum Swing: A Vintage Ice Skating Social, every Saturday in December
South Street Seaport Ice Rink, 5-8pm, free
Dandy Wellington and His Band play swinging holiday tunes while you skate in your coziest winter sweater. more info

Holiday Train Show, every day through January 15
New York Botanical Garden, $20-28 (depending on day), 10am-6pm weekdays, 10am-7pm weekends
A teeny, tiny version of New York comes to life at the Holiday Train Show, now in its twenty-third year. This is the best reason I can think of for me to leave my house in Brooklyn and venture to the Bronx. Select Friday and Saturday nights are Bar Car Nights, meaning you can sip cocktails while you watch the trains, enjoy ice sculptures, and more! more info

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