For the Whole Family
Alvin Ailey Classics
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 405 W. 55th St. at Ninth Ave.; 212-405-9056
The famed modern dance company's show features some of Alvin Ailey's classic numbers, and also includes the entirety of Ailey's Revelations. Plus, you can use a ticket stub from the performance to take a free class at the Joan Weill Center for Dance.
•Time: 7:30 p.m.
Washington Square Park Caroling
Washington Square Park, Fifth Ave. at Waverly Pl.
The Washington Square Association's annual Christmas caroling is a holiday favorite. Singers will be accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet as they belt out familiar songs under the park's famous arch.
•Time: 5 p.m.
Double Decker Christmas Tours
All New York Fun Tours, 48th St. and Seventh Ave.; 646-205-8188
A tour of all the lights and sounds of Christmas Eve in the city is easy fun for all ages. Tours last about two and a half hours, and start at Grand Central Station before covering Manhattan and Brooklyn.
•Time: Tours start at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
•Price: $65 for adults and $55 for children.
For Adults Only
A Very Jewish Christmas
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-367-9000
If you're not at a real Christmas dinner, laughing about it with fellow Christmas outcasts is probably the way to go. It seems like you can't go wrong with this Gotham Comedy Club lineup, featuring Chloe Hilliard, Myq Kaplan, Rachel Feinstein, and Sam Morril.
•Time: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The Matzo Ball
Capitale, 130 Bowery, nr. Grand St.; 212-334-5500
The nationwide Jewish singles night has perhaps its strongest presence in New York. Single Jews (and fans) are welcome for a giant dance party at the old Bowery Savings Bank. You won't leave alone: The event draws thousands.
•Time: 9 p.m.
A Christmas Eve Jewbilee by He'Bro
Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.
While the Matzo Ball draws a more heterosexual crowd, gay Jews can still find a nice Jewish boy to bring home to mom and dad at He'Bro's Christmas Eve bash. Now in its seventh year, the Jewbilee drew a crowd of over 1,000 last year.
•Time: 9 p.m.