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NYC events, concerts and more to hit this week

There's always so much to do in NYC.

But you already knew that.

Of your many, many options, here are our picks.

'Grace-ful Ice: Endangered Animals Live Ice Carvings' (Dec. 10-11)

Watch large ice blocks get carved into a
Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver

Watch large ice blocks get carved into a menagerie of endangered animals by NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio. Sculptures will stay on view through Tuesday at 5 p.m. (Free, 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday and noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday; Grace Building, 1114 Sixth Ave., between 42nd and 43rd streets)

'Wreath Interpretations' (Dec. 10-Jan. 3)

Peruse through unique and unconventional wreaths from nearly
Photo Credit: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Peruse through unique and unconventional wreaths from nearly 40 fine artists and designers who formed their works with piano keys, pasta, plastic bottles, various tools ("Domestic Artifacts" by Liz York, pictured), foam ears, tree tags and art supplies among other unusual objects. The exhibit opens with a reception Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Free, 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 830 Fifth Ave., nycgovparks.org)

Brooklyn Cider House Birthday Bash (Dec. 13)

For its birthday bash on Thursday, the Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Tom Pagut / Brooklyn Cider House

For its birthday bash on Thursday, the Brooklyn Cider House is hosting a pop-up bar and lounge with a dance floor and DJ as well as free tastings of new ciders paired with free tostadas and potato tortillas. RSVP online. (Free, 8 p.m., 1100 Flushing Ave.,  eventbrite.com)

'Christmas in America' (through Dec. 24)

Industry City is celebrating the holidays with visits
Photo Credit: Industry City

Industry City is celebrating the holidays with visits from Santa, a giant mural of the Grinch inside an elevator and a photography exhibit called "Christmas in America" by artist Jesse Rieser. The exhibit, which includes photos across eight years, depicts the different traditions and ways Americans celebrate the holiday season around the country. For those who go, Santa Claus will arrive on a forklift and take photos from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. And don't miss the Grinch elevator. (Free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 241 37th St., Brooklyn, industrycity.com)

DoublePlusGood Comedy show (Dec. 12)

This free monthly comedy show by Ben Asher,
Photo Credit: Ben Asher

This free monthly comedy show by Ben Asher, pictured, brings together comedians from a range of backgrounds for 20-minute sets on an intimate stage. This month's lineup includes Ryan Beck, Chloe Radcliffe, Dan Wilbur, Brian Jian and more. (Free, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)

New York Philharmonic’s holiday concerts (Dec. 11-21)

The holiday season is supremely busy for the
Photo Credit: Chris Lee

The holiday season is supremely busy for the New York Philharmonic, which has a full slate of concerts.

Handel's Messiah (Dec.11-15)

Holiday Brass (Dec. 16): The Philharmonic's Brass and Percussion sections perform holiday favorites starting at 3 p.m. $59-$89.

"Home Alone" in concert (Dec. 20-21): The Philharmonic performs John Williams's score live to the entire film starting at 7 p.m. $45-$135.

New Year's Eve with Renée Fleming (Dec. 31): Ring in the New Year with soprano Renée Fleming, the Philharmonic, and Music Director Jaap van Zweden starting at 7:30 p.m. $105-$275.

Holiday Art Sale (Dec. 10-21)

Own or buy art for $1,000 or less
Photo Credit: Art Students League of New York

Own or buy art for $1,000 or less at the Art Students League of New York's annual Holiday Art Sale starting Dec. 11. Choose from landscapes, portraits, still life and abstract art as well as sculptures, which are capped at $1,500. Some pieces are priced at less than $100, so get there early. (Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend, 215 W. 57th St. between Seventh Avenue and Broadway)

Christmas concerts with Trinity Church (Dec. 13-24)

Trinity Church Wall Street has a lot going
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Trinity Church Wall Street

Trinity Church Wall Street has a lot going on for Christmas this year, including a Christmas carol reading, a ceremony of carols, a Christmas Eve candlelight a midnight mass, and community caroling event.

Handel's "Messiah" (Dec. 13, 14, 16, 17): The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with conductor Julian Wachner, will perform the classic at 7:30 p.m. on these dates, except for on Dec. 16, when it will be at 3 p.m. $25-$100.

"Compline by Candlelight: Ceremony of Carols" (Dec. 16): The Trinity Youth Chorus performs "Ceremony of Carols," Britten's set of ancient Christmas texts, at 8 p.m. Free.

"Comfort at Christmas" (Dec. 16): A service for those in grief or who have experienced loss can come to this service for meditative music, prayer, and a quiet space for comfort and support. It will be Led by the Rev. Alfred Loua and the Rev. Kristin Miles. Music is provided by Anne Damassa. Refreshments will be served as well. Free.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' reading (Dec. 16): Assem. Al Taylor of Upper Manhattan reads the classic poem at the Church of the Intercession at W. 155th St. Free.

Community Carol Sing (Dec. 22-23): Head to St. Paul's Chapel to sing Christmas favorites with Downtown Voices, the Trinity Youth Chorus, and Trinity's new music orchestra, NOVUS NY, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. $10-$25.

Christmas Eve events (Dec. 24): The candlelight Christmas mass will take place at midnight in St. Paul's Chapel with carol singing, music by the choir and a eucharist by the Rev. Elizabeth Blunt and the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones. At 3 p.m., the church will host its family eucharist with giant puppets, a children's sermon and the Trinity Youth Chorus. Then from 9 to 10:45 p.m., the traditional service will start with a 40-minute prelude of choral music and carols, followed by a choral eucharist. Free.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Dec. 6-15)

Watch the gentle Dr. Jekyll transform into the
Photo Credit: Cooper Bates Photography

Watch the gentle Dr. Jekyll transform into the unnerving Mr. Hyde in this Off-Broadway performance with Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg (who also directs) as part of the Fringe Encore Series. This original, comedic adaptation will transport you to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella set in the dismal streets of London in the 1860s, where societal pressures silence a good doctor's questions about the nature of morality. ($39 and $64, The SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., blanketfortentertainment.com)

Brooklyn Music School: 'Home for the Holidays' (Dec. 14)

Enjoy a night of holiday songs of Christmas,
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Music School

Enjoy a night of holiday songs of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and scenes from musicals like "Ragtime," "Into the Woods" and "The Wiz" performed by students in BMS's Musical Theater and Performance Program. The program introduces children to performance and musical theater in an 18-week intensive course that ends in fully produced performances at the BMS Playhouse. ($15, 6:30 p.m., 126 Saint Felix St., Brooklyn, brooklynmusicschool.org)

Flatiron Cheer Dec. 1-23

Join in on a whole month of free
Photo Credit: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership BID

Join in on a whole month of free activities and holiday-themed walking tours from the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership each Sunday in December. Catch free live performances and activities, including Winter Wellness Wednesdays and chances to win giveaways. flatirondistrict.nyc)

Saint Thomas Christmas concerts (Dec. 4-22)

Saint Thomas' Choir of Men and Boys perform
Photo Credit: Ian Douglas

Saint Thomas' Choir of Men and Boys perform their annual "Messiah" concert with the New York Baroque Incorporated on Dec. 4 and 6 and then on Dec. 13, the Boys Choir and harpist Sara Cutler perform Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." Finally, on Dec. 22, organist Daniel Hyde performs Olivier Messiaen's holiday organ masterpiece, "La Nativité du Seigneur." ($20-$95, 7:30 p.m., 1 W. 53rd St., saintthomaschurch.org)

Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps (through Feb. 9)

Photo Credit: Courtesy Jewish Museum

"Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps," is the Jewish Museum's collection of more than 80 Hanukkah lamps that come from four continents across six centuries. The collection contains almost 1,050 pieces and was amassed over 114 years. Each lamp is unique in its design, decoration and the way it was created. ($18, Saturday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan TheJewishMuseum.org)

Urban Zen/International Folk Art Market (Dec. 6-29)

This international marketplace will have more than 40
Photo Credit: Urban Zen

This international marketplace will have more than 40 artisans from places like Colombia, India, Thailand, Madagascar and South Africa in one space (Donna Karan's Urban Zen), selling things like baskets, carpets, silk and woven clothing, dyed tapestries, Bandhani textiles, Zulu pottery and more. (Monday through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; Urban Zen, 705 Greenwich St.; eventbrite.com)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (Nov. 23-Dec. 31)

The Brooklyn Museum's grounds will transform into a
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum's grounds will transform into a winter wonderland for six weeks with fun activities, holiday shopping, cultural programs and more. Check out a Vinopolis wine tasting experience, sit in a beer garden, get lost in an enchanted tree maze, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride the Snowzilla and stand inside a giant snowglobe. There will be live music nightly, a chocolate dome with free tastings and a menorah lighting, too. (Free, Monday through Wednesdays, one to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, 1 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 200 Eastern Parkway, winterfestbrooklynmuseum.com)

'The Masters Series: Roz Chast' (through Dec. 15)

Celebrated Cartoonist Roz Chast has been given the
Photo Credit: Roz Chast, courtesy SVA Chelsea Gallery

Celebrated Cartoonist Roz Chast has been given the School of Visual Arts' Masters Series Award and an exhibition to match -- "The Masters Series: Roz Chast" is a retrospective of her career and includes never-before-seen cartooning work, selections from her books, a new hand-drawn mural, notebooks, embroideries, hooked rugs and hand-dyed pysanky (Ukrainian-style Easter eggs). (Free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, 601 W. 26th St., sva.edu)

See the Origami Holiday Tree at AMNH (through Jan. 13)

The annual Origami Holiday Tree returns to the
Photo Credit: Craig Chesek

The annual Origami Holiday Tree returns to the American Museum of Natural History's Grand Gallery Nov. 19, when kids from the Goddard Riverside Head Start Program switch on its lights for the season. This year's tree is themed after AMNH's newest exhibition "Unseen Oceans," an interactive display about new and little-known marine species, and contains origami -- modeled after some of the 34 million specimens in the museum's collection and a few extras like a Yellow Submarine and some scuba divers -- swimming, propelling, circling and jetting across the green branches. If you want to make your own model, there will be stations nearby with volunteers who can help. ($23 suggested admission to museum, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily, Central Park West at 79th Street, amnh.org)

Holiday Train Show (Nov. 15-Feb.3)

The New York Transit Museum is hosting its
Photo Credit: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

The New York Transit Museum is hosting its Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal, which will feature model Lionel trains departing through a miniature Grand Central Terminal as they go to the North Pole. The display is two levels and 34 feet long -- all designed by Ebony Bolt. (Free, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 89 E. 42nd St., grandcentralterminal.com)

Circo Thursdays (Every Thursday)

This weekly dinner party series by Rocco Ancarola,
Photo Credit: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com

This weekly dinner party series by Rocco Ancarola, Alex Smith, Merv Matheson and Kamela Forbes features music by DJ Scarlet with over-the-top performers. Menu items include shareable plates like the Fiesta Tower, tacos, Don Huevo and more. Reserve at 212-229-2336. (9 p.m., 355 W. 16th St., bodeganegranyc.com)

Game Night at Boulton & Watt (Tuesdays)

Each Tuesday night, groups can play games like
Photo Credit: Boulton & Watt

Each Tuesday night, groups can play games like Jenga, Checkers, Monopoly and more and take advantage of Boulton & Watt's "Game Night Package," which includes a bucket of six beers, six buttermilk chicken sliders and a side of fries for $65. Feel free to bring your own games, too. (Starts at noon, 5 Avenue A, East Village, boultonandwattnyc.com)

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