Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


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 NutcrackerSuite 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 Centrial 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


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