3 NYC Food & Drink Events Not to Miss this December

The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to feast at home, among friends and family. But you can also take part in one of the many festive special events featuring food and drink in New York City this December. Here are 3 of our top picks:

Holiday Cupcakes and Vino

Dec. 12, noon-2 p.m.
85 MacDougal St.
$65, www.camaje.com

Be the star of your holiday party with a lesson in cupcake decorating from the experts at Camaje. Enroll in this two-hour Holiday Cupcakes and Vino class for $65, which entails learning how to work with buttercream on premade cupcake bases. All of your ingredients and tools are included in the class–plus let’s not forget the “vino” part. You’ll be sipping wine while having fun with sugar, and you get to take home six cupcakes that you decorated. Regardless of your talent or future in cupcake decorating, it’s a unique activity for a win-win night.

Winter Ball

Dec. 12, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Academy Mansion
2 E. 63rd St.
$200, www.dreamlandorchestra.com

Remember those 1920s-inspired parties we were talking about, above? Here’s another one. The Winter Ball is now in its seventh year, inviting guests to come in either themed or black tie attire. Michael Arenella Sextet perform jazz and holiday standards while revelers enjoy an open bar. There will also be guest performances and a surprise visit from Santa! Even with unlimited drinks, a $200 ticket might sound a little intimidating. But how about this: Those who purchase tickets to the Winter Ball also receive free entry to the next day’s Jazz Age Tea Dance (see below). When you think about getting two parties for the price of one, it suddenly seems like a bargain.

Jazz Age Tea Dance

Dec. 13, 3-7 p.m.
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St.
$50-$150, www.dreamlandorchestra.com

Everyone who attends the Winter Ball is welcome to join the Jazz Age Tea Dance on the following Sunday afternoon–but you can also buy tickets on their own for $50. That’s before you factor in VIP perks like the Metropolitan Seafood bar and premium cocktails, however, which’ll run you $150. Whether it’s fringe and feathers or a black tie, your Sunday best or your most on-point flapper wear is welcome. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra provide the jaunty music for this inaugural affair, which offers standard tea foods and signature cocktails–plus, of course, delicious hot teas. There will be a free dance lesson starting at 3 p.m. so you can hop right onto the dance floor–no skills required, just pizzaz.

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