Plus: Over the River and Through the Woods
Events for those able to travel outside the five boroughs.
Miracle on 34th Street
Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, New York; 914-592-2222
This musical rendition of the film favorite is less than an hour by train from Grand Central. Plus, it's dinner (or in the case of matinees, lunch) theater. Expect a traditional American menu befitting the play's forties setting, plus appetizers, dessert, and a full bar. Performance-only tickets are available but can only be reserved on the day of the show.
•Dates: Nov. 29 to Dec. 31
•Price: Dinner and show: $52$80; all weeknights, Sunday matinee and evening: regular $80, senior $72, child $57; Saturday evening: regular $80, child $57; weekday matinee: regular $62, senior $55, child $52.
A Storyteller’s Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Old Dutch Church, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York; 914-366-6900
Ebenezer himself tells his adaptation of Dickens’s classic, along with musical accompaniment, to full pews at the Old Dutch Church. Stick around for cider, hot chocolate, sweets, and shopping. Well worth 40 minutes on the Metro North Express.
•Dates: Nov. 23 to 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 at 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 p.m.
•Price: Adults, $16; children under 18, $12
Seneca Falls’ 66th Anniversary Celebration of It’s a Wonderful Life
The Auditorium at the Old Mynderse Academy,12 North Park Street, Seneca Falls, New York; therealbedfordfalls.com; 315-568-1510
Seneca Falls is five hours away from Manhattan and not accessible by public transportation. But for a weekend-long winter escape, immerse yourself in what town residents passionately believe to be the "Real Bedford Falls." Highlights include numerous screenings of the film, reflections from the actual Bailey Sisters (well, the actresses who played them), a gingerbread contest, caroling, tree-lighting, and bell-ringing.
•Dates: Festival is Dec. 7 to 9, screenings Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m.