Sure, you could spend Christmas on the couch watching Hallmark movies or New Year’s Eve at the same crowded bar you’ve gone to for the past five years. Or you can willingly sign yourself over to Santa’s naughty list and get a little wild this holiday season.
Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge
“Don your holiday gear and come get blitzed,” encourage the organizers of this event, which is taking over Greenpoint’s hip cocktail lounge the Springs with a candy cane wall, four grand fireplaces, a blinding amount of Christmas lights, and seriously strong holiday-themed drinks. You’ll have to ask for Grandpa’s forgiveness after one Cran’ma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (with Michter’s straight rye, cranberry, and rosemary), and the Nog-Gonna Make It to Work Tomorrow is certainly not HR friendly. For the Festivus fan, here’s your chance to air your grievances with a hot cocktail of the same name, made with mulled wine, cognac, and cider. Through Sunday, December 30; The Springs, 224 Franklin Street, Greenpoint
Dirty Thursday Office Holiday Party
It’s a good thing this festive shindig isn’t happening in your actual office. Bring that 9-to-5 energy to House of Yes, where for one night only you can dance with the guys and gals over in accounting and drink something a little stronger than coffee—and actually want to stay overtime. Just don’t forget to wear business casual—best-dressed employee gets first prize (free drinks, not a paycheck). Thursday, December 20; 10 p.m.; 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick; Free
One trip here will shoot your name straight to the top of the naughty list. The Skinny’s antiholiday take on the typical Christmas party will have everyone on their worst behavior: singing dirty carols, speed dating during a round of Sleigh and Lay, and having a photo op with a miserable Kris Kringle. The absurd affair promises tacky decorations and offerings to help play up the ongoing growth of commercialization, like Santa’s Wheel of Misfortune, where patrons pay more for a better chance at losing than winning. (We’re unsure of the prize; coal, perhaps?) Through Thursday, January 31, 2019; The Skinny, 74 Orchard Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets), East Village
NYE 2019 Burlesque Party at Yotel
Defined as an evening of “glamour, sensuality, dancing, and sultry burlesque,” the Bon Bon Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party promises all things provocative, with burlesque cabaret performances, “sensual surprises,” and soloists who will have you begging for more. And the four-hour open bar isn’t a bad touch. Monday, December 31; 8 p.m.–2 a.m.; Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue (between West 41st and 42nd Streets), Midtown West; $140
The New Year’s Eve Illuminati Ball
No, you won’t be joining a cult, but you might feel like you are. This intense Illuminati-themed immersive experience isn’t for the faint of heart by any means. If you don’t like being taken to secret locations, participating in risqué rituals, or drinking milk served by hoofed maidens (trust me, you have to read for yourself), then this avant-garde masquerade party might not be your cup of tea. But if you want to celebrate the new year with sultry sirens, gravity-defying aerialists, and similar folk who enjoy all-night open bars, you should absolutely splurge on this. Dress to impress and prepare for things that can’t be unseen. Monday, December 31; 9 p.m.–1 a.m.; at an undisclosed location; General: $200, VIP: $400
Dress to impress and prepare for things that can’t be unseen.
Sorry, you won’t find your childhood Sugar Plum Fairy here. What you will discover is an erotic reimagining of a classic unlike any you’ve seen before. Sexy, sensual, and seriously stunning, Nutcracker Rouge might be more performance than a party, but its opulence, glamour, and exceptional showmanship earns it a spot on the list. Part circus, part musical performance, part high fashion flair: Company XIV knows what an audience wants for Christmas. Through Sunday, January 13; 383 Troutman Street, Bushwick; tickets start at $75
New Year’s: Nowadays Nonstop
And finally, the party of all parties. As the name suggests, when they say nonstop, they mean nonstop: The party starts at 10 p.m. and ends, well, “whenever it’s done.” Don’t expect an empty DJ booth at any point throughout the night; this Bushwick backward space has a musical lineup (Beta Librae, Physical Therapy, Theo Parrish, and more) that will keep you on the dance floor until your legs go numb. And don’t worry about being numb from cold. A sauna will be set up and fire pits will be lit, as we predict the rest of your night will be. Monday, December 31; 10 p.m.; 56-06 Cooper Avenue, Bushwick; $45 (entry after 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day: $22.50)