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)

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    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 plot focuses on how a community heals, one family at a time. 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’s confused in particular by the drinks. He summons Marley for help and they take a trip through time and space – accompanied by acapella music – 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.

    Rudolph: the Musical: The TV movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been a classic since it first aired. Now all of the beloved characters come to life on stage at Madison Square Garden in a musical based on the original film. All of the classic characters from Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and Bumbles the Abominable Snow Monster will sing and dance their way into hearts. Before each show, enjoy “The Reindeer Games,” carnival-style reindeer-themed games for the whole family. Arrive an hour before each performance to allow time to get through security. The show runs through Dec. 18. Tickets start at $39. Visit www.theateratmsg.com to learn more.

    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-1.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)