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While many Americans celebrated the return of traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 reminds us that the globe is deep in a pandemic. While it is too early to tell how the new variant will play out, it is understood that is more transmissible than Delta and past variants.

However, the CDC tells us there is no need to panic, as there is no evidence Omicron produces more severe disease than any of the other variants and it is surmised that the vaccines we use will be able to contain its spread. Nevertheless, while no cases have been detected in New York (though it is likely here already) as a precaution, Governor Hochul declared a state of emergency ahead of an expected surge in cases during the coming wintry weeks.

Vaccines, masks, and social distancing continue to be the greatest weapons in fighting COVID-19. Nearly 90% of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine and to schedule an appointment or find walk-in locations in the city visit NYC COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Finder.

As we all attentively wait on fore information on the newly-discovered variant, the show still goes on, especially for those who are vaccinated. For those looking to judiciously partake in all the cultural richness, the city has to offer, find below our picks of seasonal happenings that may take your mind off the worry and uncertainty.

The Nutcracker NYC Ballet Image via New York City Ballet
For some New Yorkers, the holiday season isn't complete without a live performance of The Nutcracker. The pandemic paused last year's production, but the holiday classic returns to the stage this year...with over 90 dancers, 42 musicians, exquisite costumes, and dramatic sets including a Christmas tree growing onstage.

Buy from a Black Woman Image via Buy from a Black Woman
In the midst of the recession, American Express dubbed the Saturday after Thanksgiving "Small Business Saturday" to encourage holiday shoppers to visit small businesses. It has since become an event in communities across the country, and H&M's Times Square location offers the chance to take that one step further by hosting the Buy from a Black Woman Holiday Market for the next four Saturdays. The first week will feature artisanal candy floss maker LUVSPUN, nail polish line Taupe Coat, personal care brand Dirt Don't Hurt, VigorWicks Candle Co., small-batch skincare company Kate Lynn & Adwoa, herbal blend company Gärden, and stationery brand Hustle & Hope.

Luminaries Brookfield Place Image via Brookfield Place
As Brookfield Place mainstay Luminaries shows, holiday lights are not limited to stringlights around surfaces. This canopy of lights was conceived and created by LAB at Rockwell Group to feature glowing lanterns and a special light show to music at the top of every hour. Visitors can make motion-activated wishes into the lanterns, and this year introduces Maestro, the chance to use a gesture-controlled instrument to conduct your own symphony to holiday music. For every wish and Maestro interaction, Brookfield Place will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to City Harvest.

Showstoppers costumes Image via Showstoppers
If you couldn't get a ticket to Hamilton, Moulin Rouge!, or SIX, the next best thing may be found at the entrance to the Theater District: The former Modell's store has been transformed into an immersive maze offering an up-close look at the costumes from these and other buzzy shows. Costume designers and experts will be performing demonstrations and interacting with guests, and multimedia exhibits take a behind-the-scenes look at the designs.

This exhibition must close December 5, so avoid the last-minute crowds and get your tickets for this weekend. All proceeds will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which supports a hard-hit yet little-noticed sector of the entertainment industry.

The Grinch Image via Museum of the Moving Image
After Thanksgiving, watching holiday specials becomes fair game. You could watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas from your couch...or visit the Museum of the Moving Image, which takes the holiday classic to a whole new level. Sketches, animated cels, and backgrounds on exhibit go behind the scenes of the adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book into the Chuck Jones-animated short.

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