Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free – 12/05/2009


Gus, Central Park’s neurotic polar bear, and a few of his friends at the Central Park Zoo are celebrating Christmas this weekend

Otherwise, it’s all about the shopping. Holiday markets are up at Union Square, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park and Grand Central (with holiday laser show).

Also: the Riverside Community Center, Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Heart of Brooklyn (w/free food and trolley), Harlem (with Gospel Choir), the Cathedral of St John the Divine, and Henry Street (w/pie)

Craft fairs on Mulberry Street, Astoria, Ridgewood, the American Can Factory, Martha Stewart’s place, the Brooklyn Flea and 3rd Ward


Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

St Nicholas Day at Van Cortlandt House

Santa‘s at Forest Park in Queens

Make your own holiday decorations out of piney stuff on Staten Island

Wild owl watching in Pelham Bay Park

A LES Nutcracker

Morningside Park tree lighting

Candlelight tour of Belvedere Castle

Stargazing in Inwood Park, astronomers and telescopes provided


Hannukah festival at the 92d St Y

Hannukah klezmer concert at Flushing Town Hall

Ride a vintage subway train

Morgan Library family day

The complete Beatles catalogue on ukelele
in Brooklyn ($10, or free with ukelele)

African drumming and drum-making at the Y

The Bust craft market in Chelsea benfits Animal Care and Control NYC, City Harvest and the LES Girls Club.

Discovery Center lighting in Central Park, with ornament-making, cookie-decorating and -eating, and Santa

All Weekend

Designer Holiday House Tabletop show
benefits Susan G Komen for the Cure ($20)

The Art of Archie Comics at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art ($5)


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