To Do This Week: Vera Wang Sample Sale and Matthew Morrison At Carnegie Hall

Kelli O'Hara (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

Kelli O’Hara (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

WEDNESDAY December 17 

Finally, a chance to find a holiday sweater that isn’t awful. Brooks Brothers is transforming their flagship store into a winter wonderland with cocktails and canapés for adults, candy and balloon art for children, and performances by the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder. Ten percent of sales made throughout the day will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and everything will be 20 percent off. Brooks Brother, 346 Madison Avenue, 5-8 p.m.,, free

THURSDAY December 18

Sick of the Nutcracker? Who isn’t? Instead, head straight for the Metropolitan Opera for the first night of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Spoiler alert: Visions of sugarplums dance in those kids’ heads right before the witch devours them. It stars tenor Robert Brubaker, is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and is good for those of us who have exhausted our holiday spirit. Lincoln Center, 65th and Broadway, 7:30 p.m.,, ticket prices vary

FRIDAY December 19

Tonight Essential Voices USA, the acclaimed  choral group led by Grammy-nominated conductor Judith Clurman, will join The New York Pops to sing festive classics at Carnegie Hall. The program will feature Kelli O’Hara (Mrs. Darling from Peter Pan Live) and Glee’s Matthew Morrison. They’ll be crooning holiday numbers like “Winter Wonderland” and “It’s the most Wonderful Time of The Year.” Good for those of you who still have not exhausted your holiday spirit. Carnegie Hall, 8 p.m., $17-$120

SATURDAY December 20

Is Love Actually a terrible movie? No, Virginia, it’s not. Admittedly, half of the portrayals of women in it are offensive. They just are. Colin Firth finds true love with a maid who cannot speak English. But you know what? It has Bill Nighy in it, and Alan Rickman, and it’s pretty impossible that a movie with those two remarkable actors can really be terrible. And January Jones seems not cold and distant in her role! It features January Jones smiling! I also just like that side plot with the—are they porn stars, or at they just nudity stand-ins for famous actors? Were they supposed to be porn stars and that was too racy so they had to make them nudity stand-ins? Whatever they are, I like the side plot. Let’s talk about all of this. Let’s really debate it. There’s a Special Holiday Love Actually screening at Nitehawk, so you can go and then afterwards we can talk. They’ll have cocktails there, so that might help you come to the conclusion that it’s great. Patrons are encouraged to break out their ugly holiday sweaters. Nitehawk Theater, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, 11:30 p.m.,, $11, sold out

Spring 2015 Bridal Collection - Vera Wang - Show

Vera Wang

SUNDAY December 21

You’re engaged? That’s terrific! You need a bridal gown! A great one! You need to stop by the Vera Wang Sample Sale where Vera’s dresses will be up to 75 percent off. It beats the hell out of David’s Bridal. You’re married? Renew your vows! With a new gown! You’re not engaged? You’re completely and utterly single? That makes no difference. You can still use a giant white ball gown. You have garden parties and stuff this summer. You’re going to be the best-dressed person at a garden party. Or a debutante ball? These would work for the Texas dip. Or just a regular party, a regular party where you can wear a really cool white dress with a lot of lace, like Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham rocked that look. I don’t know, if the dresses are 75 percent off you should probably just get one, right? Have you seen them? They’re exquisite works of art, like a Rodin sculpture made out of tulle. If not for yourself then maybe someone you know can use one. Or you can. Seriously. There’s no rule that says you can only wear a bridal gown once in your life. Insane spinster chic never goes out of style. Vera Wang, 15 East 26th Street, Fourth Floor, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

MONDAY December 22

If you love puzzles and New York (and who doesn’t?) you will enjoy the Lower Manhattan Puzzling Adventure. Get a team of your friends together to participate in a guided scavenger hunt that will help you learn about the history of Lower Manhattan. Bowling Green Stop, Whitehall Street, 7-9 p.m., $39.99–49.99,

 (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

TUESDAY December 23

Go see the tree at Rockefeller Center. Seriously. You don’t have to ice skate, and it will be hell to get up there, but no matter how many years you’ve lived in New York it still takes your breath away. It’s magical. And you’re spending the holidays in the best city in the world to spend the holidays. Anytime, free

WEDNESDAY December 24

Trade the bouche de noel in for Tiger Shrimp dumplings at Chinese Christmas Eve at Sons of Essex. The Lower East Side restaurant’s Christmas Eve menu will also feature General Tso’s Crispy Chicken, lo mein noodles, veggie rolls and sticky rice. Because, really, to hell with fruitcake. Sons of Essex, 133 Essex Street, starts at 6 p.m., (212) 674-7100

To Do This Week: Vera Wang Sample Sale and Matthew Morrison At Carnegie Hall