No holiday season is complete without seeing The Nutcracker and there is no better place to enjoy George Balanchine’s famed version of The Nutcracker than the New York City Ballet (David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center.) This classic holiday masterpiece has been performed annually by the New York City ballet since 1954 and kicks off November 28 until January 3. There are other performances of The Nutcracker taking place throughout the city as well. If you want to see The Nutcracker in Brooklyn, The American Ballet Theater is also performing The Nutcracker at BAM from December 12 until December 21. Families should head to Greenwich Village to enjoy the Joffrey Ballet School’s rendition on Friday December 13, Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15. Tickets range from $25-50. At the Joffrey’s performance of the Nutcracker students from this prestigious dance school will present their version of The Nutcracker.
After you see The Nutcracker performance end on a sweet note and head out for hot chocolate. The City Bakery (3 Wes 18th Street) hosts an annual Hot Chocolate Festival every February that’s a fun event for all fans of hot cocoa. Each day the bakery offers an exclusive hot cocoa flavor with everything from Ginger Hot Chocolate to Rum Raisin flavored hot cocoa. Can’t make it to NYC in February? Don’t worry that’s not the only time of year you can enjoy hot cocoa. Rich flavors, and house made marshmallows (plus an array of delicious baked goods) make The City Bakery a must visit stop on any hot chocolate tour of NYC no matter the date. In SOHO we love the Francois Payard Bakery’s aka FPD (116 West Houston Street) version of hot chocolate. The hot cocoa at FBD is thick like a milkshake and decadent — we recommend pairing it with one of their delightful bakery treats like macaroons or their divine gateau voyage. No round-up of hot chocolate in NYC is complete without including Serendepity 3’s (225 East 60th St.) frozen hot chocolate. MarieBelle (484 Brome St) is known for her hand-painted ganache, but the bakery also makes a stellar hot chocolate as well. Their drinking chocolate includes 60-80 percent cocoa content so you know you’re in for a chocolatey treat.