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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