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Santa Hanukklaus is among the special guests at second annual Santastical at Northern Territory in Brooklyn

Northern Territory
12 Franklin St. at Meserole St., Brooklyn
Thursday - Sunday, December 1-23, free admission ($15 Santa photos, $5 rooftop access), 6:00 - 10:00 pm

“There is no price tag on being able to say, ‘Hey I did something really strange today,’” immersive-theater impresario Timothy Haskell says, and he knows something about strange. Haskell is the mastermind behind such seasonal productions as Nightmare Haunted House and Full Bunny Contact, and now his Northern Pole Territory: A Santastical Bit of Holiday Nonsense is back for its second year. The demented adventure is presented by Psycho Clan, which consists of Haskell, production designer Paul Smithyman, props designer Faye Armon, Charles Dunham, and Nathaniel Nowak. From Thursday to Sunday evening December 1-23, Australian-American restaurant and rooftop bar Northern Territory, which is located in an old Greenpoint factory building, will host three floors of holiday mischief. On the ground floor, for fifteen dollars you can get your photo taken with the kind of Santas not usually found in department stores — Hunky Santa, Sexy Mrs. Claus, the Jewish Santa Hanukklaus, and Elvis Santa. Five bucks gains you entry to the rooftop bar, where you can engage in snowball fights, share a kiss in the mistletoe grotto, pretend ice-skate, hang out amid tacky lawn decorations and colored lights, and try to avoid the evil Krampus in the Christmas tree forest. A fifteen-dollar advance ticket gets you a photo with Santa and rooftop access. The nights are for adults only, but there will be a family brunch on Sundays from 12 noon to 3:00, when Santa photos are only ten bucks but the roof will be closed. Sunday, December 11, is Gay Afternoon/Night from 4:00 to 8:00, with a SCRUFF DJ spinning tunes. Of course, you can also have dinner at the restaurant, which serves such dishes as fish in foil, Aussie beef burger, grilled halloumi, lamb lollies, Aussie meat pie, mushy peas, and fish and chips in addition to half a dozen craft beers on tap and unique cocktails.

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