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...
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
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
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
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!!
Next week...Christmas in The Bronx.