Holiday markets are everywhere, but if you can only take so much yuletide cheer — or strangers awkwardly bumping into you — there are other ways to spend your free time. Here are five events that offer something for everyone this weekend.
Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, Saturday through January 11, 10 a.m.
Need a bribe to get the kids out to a museum? How about visiting the world’s largest gingerbread village? Chef Jon Lovitch’s edible architecture is created over the course of an entire year and made from only ingredients you can eat. Access to Gingerbread Lane is free with a museum ticket. Special events include a gingerbread house-building workshop on December 27 and a giveaway on January 11. Tickets — $11 for adults — can be purchased upon arrival at the museum.
South Bronx Farmer & Holiday Market, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, Saturday, 11 a.m.
Still searching for a cute stocking stuffer? Local farmers and artisans will offer a selection of goods for the food-obsessed, like chutneys, herbal teas, and salsas. The market will also offer additional food and drink options for those in need of a quick shopping break bite, along with produce, should you be hosting a holiday dinner party.
Gingerbread Ship Workshop, BLDG 92 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Build your very own ship out of gingerbread. Christopher Sanchez of The Lambs Club will bring his baking expertise to the Navy Yard in a class designed for children and adults young at heart. Attendees will decorate a gingerbread model of the Yard-built USS Levant; the day’s events also including an interactive exhibit tour. Tickets are $8 for children and free for accompanying adults.
Handmade Soba Workshop, Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, Queens, Sunday, 10 a.m.
Learn about the health benefits associated with buckwheat noodles and cure a winter cold at the same time. Instructor Asako Nonaka will teach students about the history of the ingredient and guide students through making soba from scratch. Students will get a chance to make and taste their own soba, and Nonaka will also provide her own homemade buckwheat flower snacks for students to enjoy. Reservations are $40.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. Brewery Tour, Dirck the Norseman, 7 North 15th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Brooklyn’s brewing revolution continues with the opening of the Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. The new brewery on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint is now offering guided tours, which discuss in depth the suds-making process and explain the varieties of beer available. Guests also receive four .2 liter glasses of beer to enjoy during the tour, and are invited to grab food and larger portions at Dirck the Norseman afterwards. Tickets are $15.