Whether it's the classical sounds of the Metropolitan Opera, the jazz stylings of Birdland or the Caribbean lilt of Martinique's Madinina band, the whole city is a musical holiday celebration this weekend.
1. WINTER SOLSTICE
WHAT Saxophonist Paul Winter performs his annual series of winter solstice concerts with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Forces of Nature Dance Theater Ensemble and other guests.
WHEN|WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (at 112th Street).
INFO $35-$80, 866-811-4111, stjohndivine.org
WHAT Raise a glass of shrubb - a special Christmas liqueur - at this holiday celebration, Martinique-style. Dance to the Madinina band, sing traditional carols and sample island specialties such as boudin creole and blanc mangé coco.
WHEN|WHERE Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m., French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St.
INFO $20, 212-307-4100, ticketmaster.com
3. HANSEL AND GRETEL
WHAT The Met Opera's specially priced holiday production of the 1893 Engelbert Humperdinck opera about a boy, a girl, a witch and one very delectable gingerbread house.
WHEN|WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 64th Street
INFO $20-$175, 212-362-6000, metopera.org
4. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
WHEN|WHERE Sunday at 3 p.m. Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Ave. (at 85th Street)
INFO $35 and $80, 212-868-4444, smarttix.com
5. A JAZZ NATIVITY
WHAT An all-star lineup of jazz musicians and singers help celebrate the holiday in "Bending Toward the Light," Birdland's annual jazz retelling of the Christmas story. On the lineup: Hank Jones, Warren Vaché, Frank Wess, Hilary Kole and the Newark Boys Chorus School
WHEN|WHERE Sunday at 6 p.m. (and nightly through next Friday), Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.
INFO $40-$45, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com