Saturday, December 8th

We interrupt this party season to bring you something not involving the horrors of free booze and white people dancing: The Nutcracker family benefit, featuring a performance of Balanchine’s Nutcracker followed by gingerbread houses and “a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy!” (Hey, we had one of those last night!) Christy Turlington Burns (oh, go ahead, rub it in) serves as co-chair, joined by arty philanthropists Ann Tenenbaum and Pamela Schein Murphy. And when the fairies start to annoy, stop by Little Italy’s live nativity scene, complete with two baby lambs, a goat, and a donkey. (Someone keep them away from Batali!) Baaaaa …

[The Nutcracker Family Benefit, New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, 2 p.m., 212-870-5585; On Stage Italian Artists’ live nativity, Mulberry Street Outdoor Parking Lot, between Canal and Hester, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.]