When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree… You likely recall those words as part of the lyrics of Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are lots of options for things to do on the day of Saint Nicholas. Here are some great Upper West Side Christmas activities for Jews!
A family dinner from 5 to 8pm, hosted by Ohab Zedek at 118 West 95th Street.
The Last Resort at the JCC
This documentary explores the trend of Jewish retirees moving from NYC to Miami Beach during the 1970s. The film was created over a ten year period and will be screened at the JCC on Christmas day from 12pm to 1:30pm. Additional showtimes are scheduled through December 27th.
A Very Jewish Christmas Eve at West Side Comedy Club
A great alternative is to go listen to group of comedians at A Very Jewish Christmas Eve at West Side Comedy Club, on 75th between Broadway and Amsterdam. This is small comedy club across the street from the legendary Beacon Theater. For only $10 plus a two drink minimum, you will see Sharon Simon, Dan Naturman, Leny Marus, Stacey Prussman & Erik Bransteen present.
Steve Eisenberg at Jewish International Connections
If you are a young Jewish professional, you may be interested in hearing Jewish International Connections in NY Director Steve Eisenberg speak, meet new friends and enjoy pastries and Starbucks coffee. This event will be held on Christmas Day from 10:00 AM until 12:15 PM.
Winter activity fans can also venture into Central Park to go ice skating at Wollman Rink, which will be open all day on Christmas from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Cost of admission is $19 for adults and $6.00 for youth. Skate rentals are another $10.00.
So, do not fret if you do not have a Christmas tree at home; instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights. Whether you would like to devour Chinese food, laugh the night away, do some Jewish learning or go ice skating, there is something for you as your Catholic and Christian friends are schmoozing around the tree, eating ham and drinking eggnog.