Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free – 12/19/2009


East Meets West Holiday Parade

Little Italy and Chinatown Merchants Associations are sponsoring a parade from Mulberry to Mott Street, featuring marching bands, martial artists and acrobats, Italian American singers and Lion and Dragon Dance troupes.

Shopping: markets at Columbus Circle, Bryant Park and Union Square Park; green gifts on Great Jones Street; discounted upscale gift shop swag at Wave Hill; indie crafts at the Brooklyn Lyceum; New Amsterdam Wintermarket on South Street (benefits City Harvest); Christmas trees and poinsettias at the Queens Farm Museum; and the Brooklyn Indie Market (with caroling).


Super Sabado free Saturday at El Museo del Barrio.

Seal watching on the beach in the Bronx.

Free yoga in Williamsburg.

Ball of Fire at the Film Forum — Mantrap Barbara Stanwyck and yummy earnest nerd Gary Cooper. Double feature with The Mad Miss Manton, likewise with Henry Fonda ($12, $6 for seniors and kids under 12).

Make holiday decorations out of piney stuff on Staten Island and in Van Cortlandt Park.

Make stollen at Wave Hill (w/admission).

Candlelight tours at Wyckoff Mansion and Van Cortlandt House.

Stargazing on Staten Island.

Stargazing in Inwood Park.


Posadas y Pastorelas, Museum of the City of New York.

Brunch with Santa, Greenbelt, Staten Island.

Hepburn and Tracy at the Film Forum — Woman of the Year and Adam’s Rib double feature ($12, $6 for seniors and kids under 12).

Japanese drumming at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Brighton Beach food walk.

Muppet Chanukah at the Sony Wonder Lab.

Sunday Solstice stargazing at Belvedere Castle.

All Weekend:

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, Central Park ($8 adults, $5 children, benefits City Parks Foundation).

Santa at Belvedere Castle.

Cellphone audio tour of Central Park.


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