Welcome to There or Square, the New School Free Press’ weekly post that delivers the low-down on the most time-worthy and can’t-miss events of the upcoming week.


Diocese of Brooklyn Christmas Tree Lighting

Monday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Come and see the lighting of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s first ever Christmas tree! The tree will stand more than 35 feet tall and feature thousand of lights — a great photo opportunity. The festivities begin on Monday and will continue to January 2018.

20 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn



Petra Collins: Coming of Age

Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

Head over to the Strand’s Rare Book Room on the third floor to attend the release of photographer Petra Collins’ latest collection, Coming of Age. Collins, 24 years old, has already photographed celebrities like Tyler the Creator, Zendaya, and Kim Kardashian. Her latest release is a personal work, intimately focusing on the experiences of young girls in her life. Purchase of a Petra Collins book or a $15 gift card is required for entry.

828 Broadway



Chanukah on Ice NYC 2017

Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of skating, live music, and food at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Sponsors include Tabatchnik Fine Foods, as well as Fischer Bros & Leslie, a Kosher grocery store. Admission without a skate rental is $18, but admission with skate rental is $25. 

830 5th Ave.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Bring your friends and enjoy the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the East Village Cinema. This film stars Audrey Hepburn and follows a young woman and her desire to marry a rich man in New York City. Things heat up when a young man moves into her apartment building and pursues writing. Tickets are $15.

189 2nd Ave.



Cuomo Walk The Talk: Move Off Fossil Fuels

Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Want to join the fight against fossil fuels? Attend this rally for free energy outside of Governor Cuomo’s fundraiser. The purpose of this event will be call on him to stop the fossil fuel infrastructure and transition New York state to rely on 100% renewable energy. Sponsors include New York Communities for Change, Food & Water Watch and the NYC Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. Bon Jovi and Bill Clinton will be in attendance as special guests.

Cipriani, 55 Wall St.



Holiday Lights Party Tour

Friday, Dec. 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a dance party tour of the city while dressed in your holiday attire! You’ll check in at Tir Na Nog, an Irish pub and grill, before wandering all over the city. This event is for those who wish to learn about all NYC has to offer while admiring festive decorations! Tickets are $25-50, depending on when you purchase. 21+

254 W 31st St.



Santa’s Corner: Free Photos with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 16 starting 1 to 3 p.m.

Head down to Bryant Park to get your picture taken with Santa for free! The Bryant Park jugglers will also be performing on the upper terrace, waiting for people of all skill levels to join the fun!

Along Fifth and Sixth Avenues between 40th and 42nd Streets



Social Justice Holiday Market

Saturday, Dec. 16 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Skip the shopping mall and finish your holiday shopping while supporting local artists and community spaces. The holiday market is held at Mayday, a community space that hosts events like Arabic language courses, self-defense classes and vegan potlucks. 50 small vendors will be selling wares, including calendars, jewelry, stickers and cosmetics. There will be snacks available for purchase, as well as a photobooth and DJ.

176 St. Nicholas Ave., Brooklyn



Sunday, Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m.

The Stone is hosting a three-night music festival curated by John Zorn. There will be four performances each night and 33 musicians in total. Performances will incorporate jazz, classical, and rock. Single-night tickets are $25 on Eventbrite and $30 at the door, credit card only.

Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St.

Illustration by Ashlie Juarbe

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