For some New Yorkers, Christmas Eve in about Christmas caroling and preparing for Santa's visit. For others, Christmas Eve is the biggest Jewish singles party night of the year.
Here are our top Christmas Eve event picks in New York City -- with options for everybody.
Start a new Christmas tradition by taking the kids to the New York Palace for their special Holiday Fantasy Brunch. Kids can hang out and get their pictures taken with life-size toy soldiers and a beautiful Christmas princess bearing cookies.
The menu offers festive fare for kids and grown-ups. Adults will love the Winter Wonderland Porcini Mushroom Soup and the Maine Lobster Rigatoni. Kids will enjoy Mrs. Claus' Macaroni & Cheese, Comet's Cinnamon Crepe Pops, and the Elves Cupcake Shop for dessert. Christmas Eve is your last day of the season to sample the Holiday Fantasy Brunch, so book your reservations while you can.
The Christmas Eve party hosted by Let My People Go is the biggest Jewish singles event of the year. The 2011 Ball will host thousands of Jewish singles at five venues including Marquee, The Dream Downtown, and Hiro. You can purchase a Jewniversal Pass and get access to parties at all locations for $30 per person (with complimentary limo service between venues).
Join in the caroling under the arch in Washington Square Park with the Rob Sussman Brass Quartet. Gather by the Washington Square Park Christmas tree at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve. And don't worry if you don't know all of the words to your favorite Christmas carols. Complimentary songbooks will be distributed.
The Matzoh Ball is another Jewish Singles blowout -- this one hosted by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals at Capitale. Tickets are $30 per person. This year, MatzoBall is partnering with My Charity: Water
to raise money for clean water for people in need.
's annual Heebonism party on December 24 will feature surprise guests, musical entertainment, drink specials, and more. The festivities will take place at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Watch the Giants and the Jets go at it on the jumbo screens at the Stadium Grill at Bowlmor Times Square. The guys at Thrillist have a special deal that includes 90 minutes of endless beer, wings, and fries for $26.
Israeli recording artist David Broza will perform live at Kaufmann Concert Hall (92nd Street and Lexington) on Christmas Eve. Broza's vocal and guitar arrangements are inspired by the sounds of Israel, Spain and England. Tickets are $70 per person.