PAWS IN THE CITY | Wearing that intentionally horrendous sweater to the holiday party is fine for humans — but why subject a pet to such humiliation? Scope out the latest catwalk-worthy, pooch-centric couture, at the weekend-long Paws in the City event. Four-legged fashion shows, raffles, adoptions, a pet costume contest, pet-centric vendors, tasty treats, and a photo op with Santa Paws are among the activities (which vary daily). Free admission, $20 entrance fee for the contest. Raffle proceeds benefit Yorkie911 Rescue and Zani’s Furry Friends.
Fri., Dec. 4, 5–7 p.m. (location TBA). Sat., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Spot Canine Club (145 W. 20th St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.) and Sun., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Silver Towers Spot location (620 W. 42nd St., btw. 11th & 12th Aves.). For details, visit celebritycatwalk.com.
CHELSEA SYMPHONY HOLIDAY CONCERT | A cabaret and Broadway sensation joins the ranks of Charles Busch, Andrea Martin, Rachel Dratch and B.D. Wong — when Seth Rudetsky serves as this year’s narrator, for Chelsea Symphony resident composer Aaron Dai’s adaptation of “The Night Before Christmas.” The group’s annual holiday concert will also feature seasonal classics, including “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”
Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church (315 W. 22nd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Free admission (suggested donation of $20). For info on this concert and the 2016 schedule, visit chelseasymphony.org.
ST. PETER’S TREE LIGHTING & ADVENT FAIR | Steeped in history and always brewing up a worthwhile cultural activity, St. Peter’s Chelsea — the Estate Church of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” author Clement Clarke Moore — will be selling a special limited edition of that iconic holiday poem, at their Advent Fair. Other items (from craft vendors and your Chelsea neighbors) include jewelry, handmade keepsakes, and items priced for children to give to parents. The Fair concludes outside, when the 2,000-light-strong tree is lit for the first time this season.
Free. Sat., Dec. 5. Advent Fair, indoors, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and outdoor tree lighting at 5 p.m. At St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 W. 20th St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). For info, visit stpeterschelsea.com.
THE CHOIR OF ST. LUKE IN THE FIELDS | “A French Baroque Christmas” is the theme, for a program representing noël melodies and Christmas celebration “that became a preoccupation of French composers.” Selections include Charpentier’s 1694 “Messe de Minuit” and his dramatic oratorio “In Nativitatem Domini, H.416.” David Shuler directs this professional ensemble, whose most recent recording is “O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas in Iberia.”
Thurs., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. lecture by Dr. David Schulenberg), at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields (487 Hudson St., two blocks south of Christopher St.). Tickets ($35, $25 for students/seniors) at the door, or visit stlukeinthefields.org/store (where you can also purchase the group’s recorded work).
–BY SCOTT STIFFLER