The holidays are here in the Ridge! • Brooklyn Paper

The holidays are here in the Ridge!

It is only the first weekend of December, but Bay Ridge is already filled with the Christmas spirit!

Begin your festive weekend with a toe-tapping version of a holiday classic! Stroll to the Fort Hamilton Post Army Theater (enter at 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway) for the opening night of “A Wonderful Life,” from Narrows Community Theater. The heartwarming musical is based on the 1945 Frank Capra film about a suicidal man who receives a visit from his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. And when you see the show, you can also help bring Christmas magic to a child by bringing a new, unwrapped toy as a lobby donation to Operation Sandy Claus and Toys for Tots. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, $15 for kids 12 and younger). The Friday show starts at 8 pm, but if you miss it, you can catch more performances on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Visit www.nctheaterny.com for tickets.

On Saturday, avoid a mood swing by heading to the Fort Hamilton Senior Center (9941 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. at 100th Street) to celebrate the center’s 50th anniversary with a live swing jazz concert by saxophonist and singer Danny Walsh and his band. The musician — who has played with Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen, among many others — will play hits from his latest CD, “Entering In.” The free show starts at 2 pm.

And on Sunday, you can celebrate Christmas early at the Danish Club of Brooklyn (741 65th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues), which is throwing a Scandinavian Christmas Ball. Enjoy a full-course dinner and dessert, raffles and prizes, and music and entertainment from everyone’s favorite accordion band SmörgåsBandet, playing Scandinavian and American tunes. Tickets are $60 per person ($20 for teens, free for kids 12 and younger). The party starts at 2 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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