A Staten Island Christmas

The 3rd Borough on our Christmas Tour this year is Staten Island.  I have fond memories of spending Christmas Eve on Staten Island, my grandmother lived here, and Christmas Eve was a must, and there were many fun times had...

This year...

The Nutcracker

The Staten Island Ballet's big, lavish take on the traditional Christmas Eve phantasmagoria. It has professional dancers, including special guest Charles Askegard, and settings, sumptuous costumes, a "magic" tree, and a contingent of irrepressible pint-sized dance students. Center For The Arts, College of Staten Island, Bldg. 1P, 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook; SIBallet.org. December 15-16, 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $47 and $37 and can be reserved at 718-980-0500.

Beastly Breakfast With Santa

The peacocks, porcupines and pythons have been on their best behavior at this animal house, hence they've earned a visit from St. Nick. Feast on a breakfast buffet with the guest of honor before meeting some animals up close during a docent-led tour of the zoo, who will explain how they deal with winter weather. Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, West Brighton, 718-442-3100; StatenIslandZoo.org. Pre-registration required at 718-442-3101 ext. 33, December 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Members: $20. Non-members: $24 (Santa picture included). A paying adult must accompany a paying child. Kids under 3 get in free.

A Majical Musical Winter Solstice Celebration

 Loria Ra and Karlus Trapp Productions present The Sistas of Soul Singers with special guest performers telling the story of the transformation and renewal of "Mother Earth, preceded by a crisis, which parallels the main character's transformation and renewal, also preceded by a crisis, through music, song, dance and the spoken word." Proceeds benefit The A.M.E. Food Pantry. Veterans Memorial Hall Theater, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace in Livingston, Staten Island. Call 917-971-5136 or visit Snug-Harbor.org. Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at ShowTix4U.com or call toll free 866-967-8167 (for more info call 917-971-5136). Note: Please bring a canned good(s) to the performance for the food drive.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre presents Charles Dickens' classic cautionary tale of redemption as seen through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge's long-deceased partner, the chain-rattling Jacob Marley. Playwright Tom Mula's interpretation of Scrooge's transformation is full of humor, horror and humanity and has become something of a holiday tradition for Island families during the past four years. Directed by Joseph Daly. Starring Jack Dabdoub, Charlie McLaughlin, Joseph Smith and Rina Sklar. Conference House, 7455 Hylan Blvd., 718-984-6046. December 6-7, 14-15 at 8 p.m. and December 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12, students/seniors) at SISTNY.org.

The Christmas Show

The third-annual culinary and musical journey to the Old Country. Concert vocalist Jenna Esposito and her five-piece band supply the live soundtrack to the four-course dinner and wine pairing. Expect everything from classic carols to nostalgic Italian classics from this young talent, who's headlined everywhere from Feinstein's to Danny's Skylight Room. Lorenzo's Cabaret, Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Bloomfield, 718-477-2400 ext. 5; LorenzosDining.com. December 14 the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and showtime at 9:30 p.m. The price is $79.99 per person. Overnight packages start at $175.

Lots of things to do this holiday season on Staten Island!!

found here.

Next week...Christmas in The Bronx.

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