To get you into the spirit of the season, here are some great holiday caroling events and concerts around the city to sing along with.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m.
Where: Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village
Children and adults alike are welcome to gather under the arch to watch the multi-colored lights of the tree turn on while singing holiday songs with the Rob Sussman Brass Quartet. If you’re into a more traditional caroling experience or can’t make that time, come to the arch on Christmas Eve to carol with the Sussman quartet. Complimentary songbooks are provided by the Washington Square Association.
When: Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., St. George
Enjoy a two-hour, song-and-dance Christmas extravaganza at the St. George Theatre, featuring popular sing-alongs like “Let It Snow” and spirituals like “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” The show features scenes from vastly different places, from Times Square to the North Pole. Tickets are $15, $25, and $45.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Washington Heights
The Cloisters is a branch of the Met Museum specializing in medieval arts that's tucked away in the northern tip of Manhattan. This winter, as with every past winter since 1980, the 13-member Waverly Consort will perform The Christmas Story with “vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions from the tenth to the fifteenth century arranged as a narrative.” Tickets are $45.
► Jolly Holidays in The Bronx’s Little Italy
When: Dec. 11 to 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Dec. 18 to Dec. 20 and Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Bronx Little Italy, 2396 Arthur Ave., Belmont
The Jolly Holidays, a caroling company based in New York, will be wandering around Little Italy for several days singing traditional holiday tunes and spreading the festive spirit. They will be making stops at local businesses and Ciccarone Park.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Where: Hanson Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 88 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
Listen to the heralded Brooklyn Youth Chorus as they raise their 500 voices to sing “holiday favorites, choral classics and contemporary music gems.” Tickets start at $25.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Concert Hall at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bedford Park
Take part in a Puerto Rican-style Christmas celebration featuring composer and performer José Nogueras and esteemed musical group El Trio Borinquen. Enjoy listening to classic songs like “Dame Las Mano Paloma” and “No Quieren Parar.” Tickets are $25, $45, and $50.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Ave., Parkchester
Listen to the jubilant BCS chorus as they sing classical music featuring Vivaldi’s Magnificent as well as holiday carols. General admission tickets are $20.
When: Dec. 13 (3 p.m. & 6 p.m.), Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 18 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 20 (3 p.m. & 6 p.m.), Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Where: The Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith St., Downtown Brooklyn
Join the nondenominational, multi-cultural congregation at Brooklyn Tabernacle for a holiday musical celebration for the whole family.
When: Monday, Dec. 14, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Front steps of St. Bart’s, 325 Park Ave., Midtown
Join the holiday caroling on the front steps of St. Bart’s during their annual midtown sing-along and enjoy hot chocolate, cider, and cookies in the church afterwards.
When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Cassidy’s Ale House, 7502 31st Ave., Jackson Heights
Residents gather in front of Cassidy’s Ale House and walk through the local Jackson Heights area singing winter and holiday songs from all faiths, cultures, and languages.
When: Sunday, Dec. 20, 3 p.m.
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
The Queens Symphony Orchestra has assembled an “intimate group” to perform favorite holiday tunes for all to enjoy. Suggested $5 donation.
When: Thursday, Dec. 24th, 6 p.m.
Where: Gramercy Park, Gramercy
While rarely publicized, the famously guarded park opens its doors to the public once a year for caroling on Christmas Eve. Take this rare opportunity to set foot in and explore the hidden park.