The Ridge is capping off the Christmas season with caroling for a cause and a rockin’ X-mas party, while it also says “Shalom!” to Hanukkah at a Shabbat family dinner with plenty of song, dance, and stories.
On Friday stroll over to the Owl’s Head (479 74th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues) for the wine bar’s fifth anniversary charity event, where it will bust out some unique holiday beverages, including a gravity cask of “Christmas Cru,” an Italian beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and grapes. And once you have a few drinks in you, dare to serenade the bar with “introverted caroling” — singing that stays in the bar, instead of imposing itself on unsuspecting homeowners. Admission is free, but the event will pass the hat to raise cash for the It Gets Better Project, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. The charity shindig kicks off at 5 pm.
Meanwhile, members of the Chosen People will also be singing at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st St. at Fourth Avenue), at a Hanukkah family Shabbat dinner and service. At 5:30 pm, tots will learn the basics of Shabbat with holiday stories, traditional music, and challah bread, but the main celebration ushering in the Festival of Lights kicks off at 6:30 pm with songs, dancing, dreidels, and a meal that includes latkes and jelly donuts. The feast costs $25 per person and $45 for families.
Then you can get in one last holiday party before Santa launches his sleigh at the Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) on Friday at 10 pm, where you can jam out with the rock ’n’ roll trio Full Disclosure. Break out the elf ears, Santa hats, and candy cane cardigans — this will be your last chance to embrace the Christmas kitsch!