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Somehow, we’ve arrived close to the end of 2014. In the week before Christmas, here are our top event picks to ring in the holiday cheer from a Bar Car Night at the Botanical Garden to a 5K fueled by hot chocolate and beer to a tour of the American Academy.

Monday, December 15

New York Adventure Club is headed uptown to the American Academy of Arts and Letters at Audubon Terrace. The free tour through the members’ rooms, portrait gallery, library, and current exhibition gallery. After, they’ll visit a local eatery for a quick bite to eat! See photos inside the Academy here.

Tuesday, December 16

Nitehawk Cinema is playing Black and Blue, a hard-to-see concert film, never before released on DVD, focuses on the seminal nationwide tour (the name of which gives the movie its title, Black and Blue) that Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult co-headlined in 1980. Tickets are $15.

Wednesday, December 17

Polo Ralph Lauren opens his first restaurant, The Polo Bar on East 55th Street. The joint is a nod towards classic NYC establishments with a polo and equestrian influence in the design.

If you love culture and iPhoneography, check out New York Stories, featuring handpicked cultural adventures paired with photo hunts in New York City with photographer Roberta Fineberg. For Wednesday, explore a Chelsea gallery and the High Line.

Thursday, December 18

Take a tour of the over the top Christmas lighting on the houses on Dyker Avenue with A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours. This is the only day this week and next the tour isn’t sold out.

Friday, December 19

Did you know the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden has a “Bar Car Night?” Sip a complimentary cocktail as you journey through a series of station stops, including ice sculpture carving demonstrations. Tickets are $35 for non-members, $25 for members .

Celebrating 120 years as New York City’s oldest community music school, Third Street Music School Settlement in the East Village will present their free Artist Performance Series by the school’s acclaimed teaching faculty. Julietta Curenton will be performing on the flute.

Saturday, December 20

There’s a 5K run fueled by hot chocolate called the Ugly Sweater Run at Citi Field. If you don’t want hot chocolate, you can also booze it up with Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. All for when you finish the race of course.

Take in contemporary Brazilian cinema at the Museum of the Moving Image. Featuring works by established directors and emerging filmmakers, this showcase will present a bird’s eye view of the thriving Brazilian film scene. The first installment will include three films.

Sunday, December 21

Last day of the film festival at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy Jean Grémillon. It’s a great opportunity to check out the 5th Avenue mansion that serves as the headquarters for the cultural services (formerly a Whitney Payne mansion) and see the new Albertine bookstore. 

Check out our upcoming Untapped Cities events including a Holiday Happy Hour at Finback Brewery and tours of the Woolworth Building!

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