Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free – 11/28/2009


Model trains travel from New York to the North Pole at Grand Central Station.

Sadly, the bizarre holiday laser light show on the reverse zodiac roof of the main hall doesn’t start until Monday. The holiday market is already going on.

Other holiday markets are at Bryant Park and Union Square Park. There are more trains at the Bronx Botanical Gardens and Rockefeller Center.


After-Thanksgiving hike, Van Cortlandt Park.

City Winery benefit for Food Band for New York City, featuring John Hammond.

Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, and Jerry Pinkney at the holiday kickoff at Books of Wonder.

Walking tour, Flushing.

Papermaking at Wave Hill, w/admission.

First Annual New York Harbor lighted boat parade.


Staten Island CX bike-a-thon.

Roosevelt Avenue taco cart crawl.

All weekend:

Free performances of American Treasure at The Paradise Factory, with cans of food. Benefits the Bowery Mission.

Holiday window displays.

Pixar weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image, with animation workshops for the kids.

The Urban Ballet Theater presents an urban Nutcracker Suite at the Henry Street Settlement.

Big movies for little kids at Cobble Hill.

The three bears celebrate Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa in Central Park. Benefits the City Parks Foundation.

A private Christmas village on Staten Island. Benefits the Nalitt Institute’s Outpatient Children’s Cancer Unit at Staten Island University Hospital.

The city’s best Christmas trees.