Things to do in New York City this weekend

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.

Cheese Fest: Flushing Town Hall hosts the second Great Northeast Cheese and Dairy Fest on Dec. 10. Artisanal cheeses will be available for tasting, along with wines and spirits. The day includes a three-round blind tasting challenge where competitors will taste three cheeses in three rounds. The person who identifies the most cheese will win a special gift basket. Tickets are $60, which allows for unlimited cheese sampling and beverage pairings, as well as tastings from chefs. Limited VIP tickets are $100 and includes everything from the general admission ticket, as well as special culinary demos and discussions from cheese experts. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-northeast-cheese-dairy-fest-tickets-27644816390 for tickets.

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.

A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_liberty.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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