CHESTNUTS, ROASTED: We’re not usually in the habit of calling out dating events, but for this, we’ll make an exception: the Rescue Me Fireman Singles Party will cram the Bowery’s 3Ten Lounge with more than 150 NYFD firefighters looking for love. Enough said—you’ll have to come up with your own double-entendres about heat, sliding down poles, firehoses and so on. 7PM.
PAST, PRESENT: Dovetailing with its annual exhibition of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, The Morgan Library presents a special preview of A Chamber Christmas Carol, a new concert version of Dickens's beloved classic. Five actors (including The Sopranos’ Dominic Chianese) and five musicians will bring the Dickens tale to life through an original score by award-winning composer Ray Leslee. (Before the show, don’t miss the chance to swing by the newly restored McKim Rooms at the museum for a look at the book’s original manuscript, complete with Dickens’ own mark-ups in quill). 7:30PM.
SCROOGED: Few experiences give you the old-school yuletide warm-n-fuzzies like the Christmas by Candlelight event at the Merchant's House Museum. All ingredients provided to plunge you into full Dickens mode at this 19th-century manse, from Victorian Christmas tree ornaments to halls lit by candle and gaselier (that's a gas chandelier, of course). For extra fun, may we remind you that the museum has also been called New York’s most haunted house? Tours 6 to 9PM Friday, 4 to 8PM Saturday and Sunday.