A Few Ideas For the Christmas Holiday on the Lower East Side

Looking for something to do during the holiday? Here are a few suggestions.

Museum at Eldridge Street.

Museum at Eldridge Street.

  • Jackie Hoffman’s “Heeb for the Holidays” is at Joe’s Pub through Christmas Eve (and they’ve just added a show on Jan. 15). The hilarious Second City veteran and Broadway star makes her long-awaited return to Joe’s Pub. Her new show covers topics ranging from what happens to a Jewish, straight woman on a gay cruise during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to how an unwanted aging actress survives in a New York overtaken by billionaire toddlers.
  • The Museum at Eldridge Street is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow.  Tours are available at 10, 11, 12 and 2.  There will also be scavenger hunts during the day and, at 1 p.m., the museum stages its annual family concert ($12/adults), featuring Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest. The concert ends with a “festive audience-enacted shtetl wedding.”
  • The Stanton Street Shul will offer a different spin on Chinese dinner and a movie.  Tonight at 7 p.m., they’ll be showing the award winning Israeli documentary “The Rabbi’s Daughter.”  The filmmaker, Racheli Vasserman, will be on hand for the viewing.  Dinner is provided by Eden Wok.  The event costs $18; tickets should be purchased in advance.
  • If you’d like to take in an independent film on Christmas, there are three options at the Sunshine Cinema: Philomena (Judi Dench’s portrayal of a woman in search of the daughter she was forced to give up as a teenager); 12 Years a Slave and Christian Bale’s Out of the Furnace.
  • Just about everything in Chinatown will be open tomorrow.  Some popular spots, such as Peking Duck House and Oriental Garden, are all booked up.  But Nom Wah Tea Parlor has extended hours Christmas Day. You can get you dim sum fix until 10 p.m.
  • If you’re in the mood for something other then Chinese food tomorrow, Russ & Daughters from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The shop is also open until 6 tonight.