Christmas Eve isn't just the holiest night. For some New Yorkers who don't celebrate it, it's also the dullest (speaking from Jewish experience). Despite shuttered storefronts and empty streets, there's still a decent amount of things to do besides sitting on your couch with Chinese takeout.
-Also at Lincoln Center is Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera. Traditionalists, beware: this is the Met's "abridged holiday version for families," which means it's shorter and sung in English.
-Across the park at the 92nd Street Y, the wildly successful Israeli guitarist David Broza will be joined by special guest Steve Earle. Tickets start at $55.
-Downtown at Joe's Pub, cult singers Baby Dee and Little Annie are putting on "an evening of depressive snowmen, disgruntled reindeer, incontinent Santas, washed up hermaphrodites and yuletide sobstresses." Sounds perfect. Tickets are $15.
-And then there's the option of actually going to hear some church music--you don't have to be Christian to enjoy Benjamin Britten. The Trinity Choir and Trinity Orchestra of Trinity Church will perform 45 minutes of choral music and congregational carols before things get religious.
There's certainly more than that, if you wander around. After 40 years in the desert, what's a few extra blocks?