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Christmas Round-Up

This year, there are a host of events in and around Hunts Point to help celebrate the holidays.. From free gift-making workshops, concerts, and free family portraits, there are many family-friendly ways to have fun and feel some Christmas cheer.

THE 20TH ANNUAL BLACK NUTCRACKER

Friday, Dec. 18, 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 7:00 p.m.

Hostos Community College Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Uptown Dance Company creates a magical-modern day African-American version of this Russian classic “The Nutcracker” featuring an eclectic mix of hip-hop, classical ballet, cha-cha slide and African Dance on pointe. Includes Tchaikovsky’s score, as well as music from Duke Ellington, the Commodores and live African drumming. Perfect for all ages. Tickets are $7 general admission for the short program. For more information, call 212-987-5030 or go to http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts/events/Year2015/December/black-nutcracker2015/Black-NutCRackers2015.shtml.

SALSA CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Hostos Community College Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Moncho Rivera, Nino Segarra, Pupy Cantor, Ray Sepulveda, Ray de la Paz, Cita Rodriquez, Reno Padilla, Frankie Vasquez and Herman Olivera join together to form a powerhouse of Puerto Rican musical talent. They will be singing salsa classics in a performance that should not be missed. Tickets start at $65. A sneak peak can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv6MSX2_7Rc and ticket information here: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22328&schedule=list

FAMILY ART PROJECT: Snow-Globe Gift Giving Boxes

Dec. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 1p.m.

Wave Hill Garden, West 249th Street

Walk among Wave Hill’s majestic conifers with their wonderful scents and textures. Then, using live pine boughs the garden provides, create a winter wonderland resembling a snow globe. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snow-like shapes and natural objects like cones, dried herbs and spices. Workshop is free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. For more information visit  https://www.wavehill.org/events/family-art-project-snow-globe-gift-boxes-3/.

FREE HOLIDAY FAMILY PORTRAITS

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.

Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave.

Free professional photographic portraits for Bronx residents and families. Call for (718) 993-3512 or check https://www.facebook.com/bronxdocumentary for more information.

GARABEDIAN HOUSE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

Now to Jan. 6

1605 Pelham Pkwy North

Although this private home is in Pelham Bay, it is well worth the drive. Hailed as the best Crhistmas display in New York City, the Garabedian family make their own mannequins from fiberglass and dress them up as rockettes, celebrities, and of course the traditional figures of the nativity scene. The best time to visit is from 5 to 11 p.m., where all the decorations are up.

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