Nearly overnight, pine groves have sprouted on the sidewalks, pop-up markets have settled into plazas, and chestnuts are roasting on your neighborhood halal cart.
The holidays have arrived in New York.
And soon your mom, sister or cousin from Kalamazoo may arrive, too. But before you break out the blowup mattress, you’ll want to have a few things in mind to do with your houseguests.
For suggestions, we asked Times critics and writers where they would take family members this holiday season.
Theater. Ben Brantley, a Times theater critic, recommends “The Play That Goes Wrong,” at the Lyceum Theater. “It’s a nonstop exercise in ineptitude, as an amateur troupe tries (and fails) to stage a country-house murder mystery,” he told us. “Though its anarchic hilarity may try the patience of urbane adults, kids revel in its calculated chaos.” Performances run through Jan. 14. [Tickets start at $50]
Comedy. Jason Zinoman, who writes about comedy, said that those looking for a holiday tradition with more glamour than the usual fare should check out Sandra Bernhard’s annual cabaret show, called this year “Sandemonium.” “In her inimitable comic style, she mixes jokes, songs and gossip in a baggy, digression-filled performance, a one-woman variety show.” Dec. 26 to 31. [$65]
For kids. Laurel Graeber, who writes about children’s events, told us that “as a die-hard Dickens fan,” she recommends the Morgan Library & Museum’s Winter Family Fair. It centers on the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of “A Christmas Carol” and the exhibition “Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas.” School-age visitors can meet actors portraying some of the story’s main characters and attend dramatized readings of excerpts from the book, she said, while little ones can dress up in period-style costumes and watch a screening of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” “It’s fun and it’s literary.” Dec. 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. [$20 adults, free for children 12 and under]
Fine art. Holland Cotter, a Times art critic, suggests “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Met. The exhibition, he said, “is the once-in-a-lifetime show of the season. With more than 130 drawings by the beyond-famous artist, on loan from dozens of front-rank museums, it’s a monument to a monument, and absolutely gorgeous.” The exhibition runs through Feb. 21. [$25 suggested donation]