pencil it in: holiday week planner

December 22: Festival of Light

Celebrate the 3rd night of Chanukah with Matisyahu’s Festival of LIght Tour. Tonight is the the beat-boxing Hasidic reggae artists last night of  Jewish holiday music in Williamsburg before heading up the East coast. For tickets and full event info click here. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 718 486 5400

December 22: Champagne Anyone?

Tonight Maslow 6 will be hosting a free tasting of 14 Grower Champagnes.Their consulting wine director will be on hand to talk vino and answer any questions. RSVP here. Maslow 6 Wine Shop, 211 West Broadway, 6- 8PM

December 23: Chanukah vs Christmas

Burlesque bombshell Miss Astrid hosts a night where the smut knows no religion. On the docket: Prizes, beer, and pictures with dirty Santa. Buy your $8 tickets to the event hosted by Southpaw here. 125 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn, 718 230 0236, doors open at 8PM.

December 24: Matzo Ball

Make your bubbe happy and find that special someone at this Jewish singles event. A holiday in its own right, the 25th Annual Matzo Ball takes place on Saturday, December 24,2011, and promises to deliver a night of high-energy, networking and matchmaking for singles ages 21-49. Capitale, 130 Bowery, 9PM- 2AM, $30 tickets here

December 24: Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

Celebrate Christmas Eve on the water this year with close-up views of the City’s skyline, separated only by glass windows and water, and supplemented by an elegant experience of creative plated dining prepared fresh on board with outstanding service, as can only be experienced aboard the all-glass Bateaux New York. There will also be a wide variety of live music for dancing. Board 7:45PM, cruise from 8:30- 11:30PM. For more information, or to book, click here. Pier 61, Chelsea Piers 23rd Street @ Hudson River, 866 817 3463

December 28: I’ll Have Some Beer with that Trivia

If you’re craving a little R&R in the midst of the holiday craziness, head to Craftbar to unwind with some trivia, wine & food.  On offer will be wine and beer for $7 and eggnog for $9 as well as a sampling from Chef Lauren Hirschberg’s menu. Admission is $32; to reserve a space, e-mail Natalia Ribbe at nribbe@craftbarnyc.com. Craftbar, 900 Broadway, 7- 9:30PM

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