The Yorkville Nutcracker: There are so many versions of “The Nutcracker” to enjoy this season. The Kaye Playhouse (695 Park Ave; East 68th St. between Park and Lexington avenues) hosts the Yorkville Nutcracker through Dec. 11. On Dec 9, see the show at 7 p.m.; on Dec. 10, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 11 at noon and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $45. What makes the Yorkville Nutcracker unique? The action takes place in 1895 New York City, in Yorkville, an Upper East Side neighborhood. The story is familiar, but it’s told in a different location and context. Historical figures fill out the cast as well. Visit www.dancespatrelle.org for tickets.
Jingle Ball: Z100’s annual Jingle Ball is a holiday institution in Manhattan. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Ticket prices run from $52-$352. This year performers include The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, Ellie Goulding, DNCE and Justin Bieber among others. Visit www.thegarden.com for tickets.
SantaCon: Love it or hate it, the annual Santa themed revelries take place beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. SantaCon is described by the creators as a “charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical Santa Claus Convention.” Attendees must dress in full Santa gear and donate $10 to Santa’s Charity Drive. Bring comfy shoes and an unlimited metrocard to get to all of the locations of this pub crawl. The starting location will be revealed on Twitter the night before. Follow @santacon for updates.
Mariah Carey: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a holiday staple. This season, she returns to the Beacon Theater for several holiday themed performances. Upcoming shows take place on December 10, 11, 16 and 17. Tickets run from $60.50-$256. Visit www.beacontheatre.com to purchase tickets.