The First Noel: A Musical: The Apollo Theater hosts a limited engagement of “The First Noel,” a play by the Classical Theatre of Harlem. The holiday musical features music from multiple genres: jazz, gospel and pop, to name a few. The story follows three generations of a Harlem family after the tragic death of one of their loved ones. The show runs through Dec. 18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. Visit www.apollotheater.org to purchase tickets.
Paul Winter’s 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: St. John the Divine, one of Manhattan’s most glorious cathedrals, is home to a beloved holiday tradition. On Dec. 16 and 17, the cathedral presents Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice, a multi-media event which includes singers, musicians and the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. The performances present a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, where people gathered on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun. Friday’s performance is 8 p.m., Saturday’s at 2 and 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets start around $55. Visit paulwinter.com for more details.
Grand Central Holiday Fair: The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair is a popular stop for holiday shopping. It’s the longest running indoor holiday fair in the city. For six weeks, half of Vanderbilt Hall will be taken over by 40 vendors selling clothing, accessories, art, children’s toys and home goods. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 24. Visit www.grandcentralterminal.com to learn more.
The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails: This holiday show imagines what happens the day after Scrooge’s ghostly visitations when he is determined to throw a party, but has no idea how to get started. He summons Marley for help and they take a trip through time and space to mix cocktails of the past, present and future, guided by three Christmas Spirits. The show runs 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 30 at The Producers’ Club (358 W. 44th Street off of 9th Avenue). Tickets are $65, which includes three cocktails. Visit imbible.org to purchase tickets.