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Christmas in NYC: What to do if you don't celebrate

Dec. 25 may be a national holiday, but if you're not celebrating, the closed businesses and empty streets can be a bit of a bummer.

With Christmas 2015's temperatures predicted to be in the 60s (yes, in New York City!), get out and celebrate the day off.

From Bollywood dance parties to adorable animals, here's how to spend your non-Christmas in NYC.

1. Visit a museum

While many museums are closed on Christmas Day,
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While many museums are closed on Christmas Day, MoMath, The Jewish Museum and the 9/11 Museum will all be open.

2. Dance it out at a Jewish party

MatzoMingle at the 29th Annual Matzoball (responsible for
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MatzoMingle at the 29th Annual Matzoball (responsible for 1000+ marriages!) on Christmas Eve at Capitale. Tickets start at $40, matzoball.org

He-bro will also be hosting its 9th annual JewFest for gay Jews and "the goytoys who love us!" featuring live performances and more at Stage 48. Tickets start at $20, myhebro.com

3. FEAST

You don't need a big family meal to
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You don't need a big family meal to stuff your face on Christmas. Follow Jewish tradition and go out for Chinese! We have your best picks here.

4. Treat yoself

Yes, Spa Castle will be open on Christmas
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Yes, Spa Castle will be open on Christmas Day! Get pampered, relax and don't forget a bite to eat from the Korean Good Health food court. 131-10 11th Ave College Point, Queens, 718-939-6300

5. See a movie

Yet another Christmas tradition among non-celebrators is seeing
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Yet another Christmas tradition among non-celebrators is seeing a movie. Of course, the holiday season has some of the best releases of the year, perfect for a Christmas double feature. Check out our guide to decide where to catch a flick.

6. Get your Bollywood groove on

Is there any better way to celebrate Christmas
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Is there any better way to celebrate Christmas night than with a Bollywood Disco dance party? Probably not. Head to Le Poisson Rouge for an Indian-style discotheque on Dec. 25. 21+, 10 p.m., 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com

7. Volunteer

Check out nycservice.org, newyorkcares.org, foodbanknyc.org or volunteermatch.org to
Photo Credit: foodbanknyc via Facebook

Check out nycservice.org, newyorkcares.org, foodbanknyc.org or volunteermatch.org to find the perfect volunteering opportunity. If you're too late to schedule an organized volunteer experience, consider sharing a hot meal or a MetroCard with someone who needs it, and remember that volunteers are always needed in January!

8. Go to the zoo

As it turns out, animals in NYC tend
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As it turns out, animals in NYC tend to not celebrate Christmas either! Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo are all open on Dec. 25.

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