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30 DAYS OF SKINTMAS - A CHEAP (OR FREE!) HOLIDAYS-IN-NYC TREAT FOR EVERY DAY OF THE SEASON

this holiday list is a part of nyc bloggers do the holidays

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start the season off right: enter to win tickets from the skint to see 'hansel and gretel' at the metropolitan opera. details here >>
2
brit chef/butter evangelist nigella lawson celebrates and signs her new cookbook ‘nigella christmas’ at b+n 86th/lex, 7pm, free >>
3
donate lightly worn shoes and get 30% off a new pair at the adidas holiday shoe swap event – plus cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, and 20% off all other purchases. adidas, 136 wooster, rsvp, 7-9pm >>
4
skating performances, live music from jazz @ lincoln center + more at bryant park’s tree-lighting ceremony, 7pm >>
5
50 of etsy’s best-loved nyc vendors pack mulberry street’s openhouse gallery with their well-priced wares for the 2009 holiday handmade cavalcade. 11am-8pm, free admission >>
6
a gaggle of authors ('the magicians' lev grossman, ‘when you reach me’’s rebecca stead, and others) will hang out at word brooklyn, recommending titles, signing their books, even gift wrapping! 1-5pm, free (also 12/5) >>
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erin mckenna, owner of our beloved babycakes vegan and gluten-free bakery, comes to 92yt to talk about how she creates the tasty recipes in her cookbook. a perfect gift even for carnivores. 12pm, $16 >>
8
for less than a tenner, get a fancy foreign beer at bavarian hideaway rolf’s: during the holidays, the room is lit up like elvis on a vegas tour. (all season long) >>
9
pinchbottom burlesque presents naked girls reading charles dickens’ 'a christmas carol' (12/9, $15) and ‘filthy lucre: a burlesque christmas carol’ (12/2-13, $20). walkerspace >>
10
santa claus get stuck in your chimney? get ‘help’ from new york’s bravest and hunkiest when they sign copies of the 2010 new york city firefighters calendar @ the firestore. 6:30-8:30pm, free. >>
11
‘everybody cries @ christmas’: three short plays that celebrate and skewer the less-fun parts of the holiday season. 9:30pm, $7 (12/11-13) >>
12
'no gelt, no glory! get your twirling fingers in shape for the 2009 major league spin the dreidel tournament at the knitting factory. 7pm, $10 >>
13
‘christmas eve on sesame street’ plus excerpts of ‘muppet family christmas’ + other sesame holiday moments screen at bam’s ‘a special sesame street christmas’ program. 4:30pm, $7-11 >>
14
call it ‘miracle on 34th street’ with scientists: lecturers aim to prove the existence of kris kringle at ‘beyond belief: a philosophical proof of santa claus.’ pete's candy store, 7:30pm, free >>
15
see the original, hand-edited manuscript of charles’ dickens ‘a christmas carol’ (written in 6 weeks!) at the mckim rooms of the morgan library + museum, on display thru 1/10. free admission today from 3-5pm. >>
16
try not to drool over the extravagantly high-end gingerbread houses created by bakeries around town to duff ‘ace of cakes’ goldman’s specifications. for $1, vote for your favorite – proceeds go to city harvest. parker meridien atrium, thru the end of january, free >>
17
ny radio hosts annie bergen, elliott forrest and others perform the strand’s 6th annual reading of ‘a christmas carol’ (adapted by clayelle dalferes), 6pm, free >>
18
pig brooch theatre co. presents ‘a charlie brown christmas - live’ accompanied by a jazz trio performing vince guaraldi’s classic score. brooklyn lyceum, 7pm, $10 or $30/four. (runs 12/10-20) >>
19
ice-skating in mid-air! santa on a unicycle! a drunken sugar plum! aerial theater troupe suspended cirque’s ‘12 acts of christmas’ flies high at galapagos. 8pm, $20 (also 12/20) >>
20
the holiday cookie takedown is sure to make the bell house smell amazing – plus, you know there’ll be bacon in there somewhere. bonus: free spiked eggnog! 6:30pm, all-you-can-eat for $10 >>
21
14 feet high, 30 years of tradition, 1000+ multi-colored folded paper animals: be dazzled by the origami holiday tree in the american museum of natural history’s teddy roosevelt hall. 10am-5:45pm, $16 suggested admission (on view thru 1/3) >>
22
uptown dance academy’s 14th annual ‘black nutcracker’ blends tchaikovsky’s original score with duke ellington + billy strayhorn’s ‘harlem nutcracker,’ plus music by the commodores and live african drummers. 10am, 12 and 4pm, $7. >>
23
the tourist crowds have thinned: go worship at the rockefeller center tree, them warm up with the city’s (world’s?) best hot chocolate: the bittersweet caracas at la maison du chocolat. $8 >>
24
nothing quite beats standing beneath the washington square arch and caroling up at the night sky, a long-running greenwich village christmas eve tradition. sheet music provided. 5pm, free >>
25
all-you-can-eat chinese buffet + a mel brooks double feature (‘blazing saddles’ and ‘spaceballs’) @ 92yt. 2pm. $25 adv with booze available at the bar. >>
26
gritty ‘nutcracker: rated r,’ set in 1980’s new york, is back for its 4th season @ theater for the new city. sat 3pm shows are pay-what-you-will ($20 reg) (runs 12/17-31) >>
27
watch as baboons and meerkats tear into ‘presents’ stuffed with junglebait holiday treats at the prospect park zoo. 11am and 3pm, $7 admission (other critters 12/5-27) >>
28
twirl, salchow or just glide at the pond at bryant park, nyc’s only free-admission ice rink, open 8am-10pm daily (midnight on fridays + saturdays) through 1/24. $12 skate rental. >>
29
swayze for you = all-burlesque holiday tribute to the late actor, with tassels twirling from ‘she’s like the wind’ to ‘unchained melody.’ kraine theater, 10:30pm, $15 >>
30
grand central terminal’s main concourse dazzles with a holiday light show projected 125 feet above your head, every half hour -- afterwards, grab some chowder at the oyster bar ($5.75). 11am-9pm, free >>

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