Holiday Cabaret Benefit, Menorah Lightings, Concert for Peace

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In the hustle and bustle of the season, snarling traffic, and cold weather, take the time to enjoy our magical city this time of the year. Here are a few more holiday events to add your calendar this month.

Dec. 18. Cabaret Benefit for St. Jude’s

beth cabaretManhattan Cabaret is presenting a great afternoon of music to benefit St. Jude’s. One of the featured singers, is our very own Beth Goehring (Tomatoes Got Talent finalists and 3T Book reviewer.) Special guest is Stacy Sullivan, 2016 MAC Award Winner. This show will get you in the holiday spirit.  53 Above, 318 West 53rd, NYC. Tickets $20. Reservations: 917-751-1848.

Dec. 24-31. World’s Largest Menorah Lightings

Worlds Largest Menorah_Picture Color_480We have the two huge Menorah lightings (competing for World’s Largest Menorah) both kicking off the Jewish Festival of Lights on Dec. 24 celebrating the start of Chanukah. In Manhattan, across from the Plaza Hotel, gather round the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel Menorah at 3:30.  Or head to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, which will light its 32 foot tall Menorah at 3:30 on Friday and catch the concert before the lighting, and enjoy latkes too.

Dec. 24. Christmas Caroling in Washington Square Park

washington square parkHead to the Washington Square Arch for this annual tradition.  Caroling starts at 5PM with the The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, revelers from all over the city singing favorite Christmas tunes.  The words are in the songbooks which will be distributed, but many of the songs you will know by heart, like “Peace on Earth Good Will To Men”, reminding us all of the true meaning of the holidays.

 Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve Peace Concert

concert for peaceHeading to St. John the Divine for this annual Concert for Peace, founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, is a great way to end the year. The concert will begin with the optimism of Haydn’s “Morning” Symphony. A special new work, “Light Shall Lift Us”, will also be presented. It’s a musical response to the tragic Orlando shooting.  The concert will conclude with three spirituals by African-American composers. It will be a powerful concert. 5 to 7 PM. Get the details.

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