Don’t miss out! Every weekend, NewYork.com picks the best things to do in New York City. Read on for the best events from November 19 to November 20, from Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show to Whiskey Feast.
1. SEASONAL: Union Square Holiday Kickoff on Sunday November 20
The festive holiday season in Union Square is launching on Sunday with this family-friendly event that will include carolers, crafts and free holiday photos. The Union Square Holiday Market will also be open for shopping.
DETAILS: 10am to 1pm; free; outdoors in Union Square; nycgovparks.org
2. OUTDOORS: Go Ice Skating in Central Park on Saturday November 19 or Sunday November 20
New York’s classic ice skating rinks, including Wollman Rink, are now open for business. Head to Central Park this weekend for a spin on the ice with the skyscrapers of Manhattan as a backdrop (only cash is accepted).
DETAILS: Friday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 9pm; $19 for adults and $6 for kids; Wollman Rink, Central Park at 63rd Street; nycgovparks.org
3. SEASONAL: Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show on Saturday November 19
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden is a favorite seasonal event, and for a few evenings each year, the show is set aside for adults 21 and over to enjoy the festive atmosphere along with a cocktail.
DETAILS: 7pm to 9pm; tickets $35; New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx; tickets.nybg.org
4. COMEDY: Josie Long – Something Better Stand-up Comedy Show at the Barrow Street Theatre
British comedian Josie Long returns to New York this weekend with a stand-up show called “Something Better.” The comic (who has appeared on tour supporting comedian Aziz Ansari) will address topics including hope and optimism.
DETAILS: Saturday at 5:30pm and Sunday at 8pm; tickets $29.50; Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street; barrowstreettheatre.com
5. TOUR: Disney on Broadway Tour on Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20
Theater buffs will be drawn to this tour that goes behind the scenes at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway. (This stage has held productions of Disney classics from Beauty and the Beast to The Lion King). The 2½-hour tour will also include backstage access to the props studio.
DETAILS: 9:30am; tickets $63; meets at George M. Cohan statue, 1564 Broadway; get tickets
6. MUSIC: Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift Concert at City Winery on Saturday November 19
English singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock will take the stage at City Winery on Saturday evening for two shows, an early show and a late show. Hitchcock has recorded more than 20 albums since founding the band The Soft Boys in 1976.
DETAILS: early show at 7pm and late show at 10pm; tickets from $32; City Winery, 155 Varick Street; citywinery.com
7. FOOD and DRINK: Whiskey Feast on Saturday November 19
At this all-you-can-drink festival, imbibers will have the chance to drink a variety of whiskey neat or in creative cocktails. Food from Mighty Quinn’s, Brooklyn Oyster Party and more will be for sale, and the event includes a live DJ, brass band and entertainment like giant Jenga.
DETAILS: two sessions from 2pm to 4:30pm and 7pm to 9:30pm; tickets from $69; Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn; whiskeyfeast.com
8. DANCE: Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo Theater on Saturday November 19
The Latino dance company Ballet Hispanico will be taking the stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Saturday. The three-part theatrical performance will include live Spanish guitar.
DETAILS: 8pm; tickets from $35; Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street; apollotheater.org
9. CRAFTS: American Fine Craft Show on Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20
Work from more than 90 American craft artists will be on display in the two-story Beaux-Arts court in the Brooklyn Museum this weekend. A wide selection of jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more will be available for purchase.
DETAILS: 11am to 6pm; tickets $16; Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway; americanfinecraftshowbrooklyn.com
10. NATURE: Salt Marsh Exploration Hike on Sunday November 20
Urban Park Rangers will lead this 90-minute moderate hike through the Salt Marsh in Nature Park. This part of Brooklyn is known for excellent bird watching opportunities and for great views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance.
DETAILS: 11am to 12:30pm; free; meets at Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Brooklyn; nycgovparks.org