Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Pkwy., at Fordham Rd.; 718-220-0300
Locomotive buffs and fans of tiny things in general will enjoy this annual display of model trains zipping around New York landmarks in miniature. This year, for the first time, visitors can also get an insider's look into the artist's studio, to see where the magic begins.
• Dates: Nov. 19–Jan. 16
• Price: Adults $20, children $10
A New Holiday Revue: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 W. 60th St., at Columbus Circle; 212-258-9829
Renowned composer and trumpeter Marsalis joins singer Kim Burrell in a lineup of holiday jazz arrangements and spirituals, with a pre-concert discussion on Friday and Saturday evening.
• Dates: Dec. 15–Dec. 17
• Price: $30-$120
Lunch With Santa Cruise
Spirit of New York, West Side Hwy., at W. 23rd St., Chelsea Piers; 866-483-3866
Santa’s got other ways to travel besides reindeer. Meet him on a boat during this lunch cruise, where kid-friendly fare will be offered, as well as a chance to meet the big man himself.
• Dates: Dec. 10, noon–2 p.m.
• Price: Adults $44.90, children $26.95
Café Carlyle, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, 981 Madison Ave., at 76th St.; 212-744-1600
In his seventh consecutive holiday engagement, the Grammy-winning pop vocalist (who you may remember from Father of the Bride ) endeavors to make your season that much smoother.
• Dates: Nov. 29–Dec. 30
• Price: $80-$185
Greenwich Village Caroling Walk
Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 55 Washington Sq. South, nr. Thompson St.; 212-477-0351
Have the music in you? The West Village Chorale is organizing a caroling stroll through the Village, where song books are provided and the conviviality is free. Stellar pipes aren't required, but maybe you want to practice your blending. You are trying to spread cheer.
• Dates: Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
• Price: Free
Michael Feinstein Holiday Show
Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Ave., at 61st St.; 212-339-4095
It'll be a classy affair when the Grammy-winning smooth crooner adds some holiday flair to his Great American Songbook repertoire.
• Dates: Dec. 1–3 and Dec. 26
• Price: $71.86 - $278.72
The Little Orchestra Society Presents: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, nr. 65th St.; 212-875-5030
The Little Orchestra Society celebrates the 60th year of the Latin American–tinged holiday opera and the 100th anniversary of the birth of its composer, Gian Carlo Menotti with this event, tailored for kids between the ages of 6 and 12.
• Dates: Dec. 17, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
• Price: $15–$45
Broadway Sings for Toys
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway., at 95th St.; 212-864-5400
Favorites of the Great White Way band together for a two-part cause: 1) Uplift you with holiday hits, and 2) Collect toys for children in need. The lineup has yet to be announced, but you can be sure it'll be a good one.
• Dates: Dec 19, 7 p.m.
• Price: $40; $25 with new, unwrapped toy; $100 VIP