Looking for a few ideas to pump up your holiday staycation? Here are five ways to escape without a flight.
Ugly Sweater Pop-Up/Toy Drive, Sweetwater Social,, 643 Broadway, Monday, 5 p.m.
Give and receive at this ugly-sweater party: Guests who bring a newly wrapped toy receive their first drink of the evening on the house. To mark the occasion, Tim Cooper and Justin Noel are mixing up a selection of special Christmas punches, and all drinks will be available for $5 from open to close.
Greenhouse Gallery: James Collier,James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Tuesday, 10 a.m.
If you’ve managed to schedule a personal day before Christmas Eve and are a sucker for food history, consider stopping by the James Beard House. The gallery is hosting photographer James Collier’s collection of local, seasonal produce captured in natural light. Collier’s exhibit is the result of a decade spent exploring food culture around Fresno, California, and aims to encourage others to try new foods and celebrate the local community. While the exhibition is complimentary, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the James Beard House.
Rugelach Making Workshop, Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Want to pick up a new skill before the year ends? This one-hour demonstration teaches students how to make a traditional rugelach, including proper dough preparation and fabulous fillings. The event also includes a synagogue tour and will discuss the importance of the rugelach in Jewish culture. You can also take this class on December 30. Tickets are $15.
The Maccabeats Annual Hanukkah Show, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Celebrate Hanukkah with Yeshiva University’s a cappella group the Maccabeats, who will perform a selection of favorite songs. The restaurant’s full dinner menu of American classics like steak, salads, and burgers will be available to enjoy throughout the show. Reservations begin at $35, and there is a $10 per person minimum for food and beverage.
New Brewery Opening, Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 4 p.m.
Looking for a wicked winter ale? Recently opened Threes Brewing in Gowanus has 20 original creations on tap for you to sample. The 8,000-square-foot event space will also house a location of Ninth Street Espresso for early risers. The brewery specializes in strongly flavored brews like saisons and is led by former Greenport Harbor brewmaster Greg Doroski. The brewery offers food from a rotating cast of pop-ups; right now, look for pies from Roberta’s.