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NYC Cheap and Free Christmas 2011 Event Guide!

By Cheapchicknyc
November 19, 2011- January 16, 2012
Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
From the museum website, “Lionel trains journey through a miniature New York City from Grand Central to the North Pole! A companion exhibit of holiday covers from more than 80 years of The New Yorker sets the stage.”
November 20, 2011-January 9, 2012
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden features model trains and more than 140 replicas of New York City landmarks, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Cost: $20!
November 21, 2011-January 2, 2012
Origami Tree at the Museum of Natural History
This year’s origami tree is inspired by the blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Exhibit, and other animals and inanimate objects found in the museum.
November 22, 2011-January 6, 2012
Holiday Creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s annual Christmas Creche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall features 18th century holiday decorations as well as a detailed Neapolitan Nativity scene. The special holiday exhibit will also include seasonal music and tree-lighting ceremonies! Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Cost: Suggested donation of $20 (Cheap Chick Cheap Tip: The suggested donation is very loose, simply tell a cashier that you'd like to make a donation and hand over a $1-or less-whatever you want to pay!)
November 25-December 4, 2011
Nutcracker in the Lower
Abrons Art Center along with the Urban Ballet Theater presents this re-imagining of the classic holiday tale for the tenth year in a row. “Abrons Nutcracker in the Lower explodes with daring and delight, twisting the classic story of Clara and her magical adventures to reflect Manhattan's cultural diversity. The party scene, traditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball, becomes a holiday salsa fiesta. The battle scene can easily be imagined in a crumbling subway station as gigantic mice and crisp toy soldiers wage war over the heroine's fate.” Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street). Tkts are $25 and can be bought here:
November 25, 2011-January 8, 2012
Santa Claus at The New York Historical Society Museum & Library
Discover Gotham’s role in the evolution of Santa Claus at the newly renovated New York Historical Society in their new exhibit, "It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus." “The transition from third century St. Nicholas of Myra to holly jolly Santa Claus was jump-started by Clement Clarke Moore in his famous poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas." The Santa segue was also helped by New Yorkers Washington Irving and Thomas Nast.”
Tuesday November 29, 2011
Tree Lighting and Nutcracker Performance at World Financial Center Winter Garden
From Mommy Poppins, “The lovely glass atrium is decorated with 100,000 lights, transforming it into a twinkling snow globe. Afterward, the New York Theatre Ballet performs its kid-friendly one-hour rendition of The Nutcracker. 6 p.m., World financial Center Winter Garden, 22 Vesey Street, free!
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park
The 2011 Citi Pond at Bryant Park tree lighting features Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Joining McLachlan are performances from Broadway musicals, and routines from Olympic skaters! The 50-foot tree has more than 3,000 ornaments and tens of thousands of lights. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bryant Park,
Wednesday November 30, 2011
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
A NYC tradition! Brave the crowds to see the tree being lit with more than 30,000 environmentally-friendly lights! 7 9 p.m., Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, free!
Thursday December 1, 2011-Mid- January 2012
Le Parker Meridien Gingerbread House Display
See artistic gingerbread creations at the famed hotel! Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th Street, Just $1, and all proceeds benefit City Harvest!
December 1, 2011 through January 9, 2012
From Candlelight to Bubble Light: a 1950s Christmas in a 1850s House
The Merchant’s House Museum is sponsoring this exhibit! From the website, “The halls of the 1850s Merchant’s House will be retro-decked with vintage trees, over-the-tinsel-top decorations, and memorabilia from the golden age of Christmas, while strains of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” drift through the House. Indulge in the nostalgia of Christmas past and see how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s — and today. From the Collection of Deb O’Nair. Included with regular admission.” Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street, Cost: $10!
Thursday December 1, 2011
Shape Up NYC: Nutrition Seminar - Healthy Eating During the Holidays
Learn strategies to eat healthier this holiday season! 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens, free!
Friday December 2, 2011
Holiday Candlelight First Friday! + Bronx Seaside Trolley
From the Museum, “Experience the magic of the mansion by candlelight and decorated for the holidays. Christmas trees inspired by children’s holiday stories are featured throughout the house. Do a little holiday shopping, delight in music by the a cappella Metropolitones, and enjoy holiday refreshments. The free Bronx Seaside Trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island.” 5:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m. Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Registration requested, To register call 718.885.1461 or send email. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors & students; members free!
Friday December 2-December 18, 2011
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater takes on the classic holiday redemption tale from the point of view of Scrooge’s deceased partner, Jacob Marley. Written by playwright, Tom Mula and directed by Joseph Daly, this play “has become a "don't miss" holiday classic for the whole family!”Starring Jack Dabdoub, Charlie McLaughlin, Joseph Smith and Rina Sklar. Tickets available from SI Shakespearean Theatre. Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park) 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island. All advance sales are on-line at Tickets are $18 for regular admission and $15 for students and seniors. Conference House Association members call (718) 984-0415 or (718) 984-6046 for your ticket coupon discount code to this event. Additional December Performance Dates: Friday, Dec. 2nd at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec, 4th at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15th at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16th at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17th at 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18th at 3 p.m.
Friday December 3, 2011
Celebrate St. Nicholas Day at the Wyckoff Farmhouse
Celebrate St. Nick down on the farm! 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., St. Nicholas will arrive on horseback, and there will be a colonial music concert, holiday goodies like mulled cider and ginger cookies, as well as holiday craft making! St. Nicholas arrives around 2 p.m., Wyckoff Farmhouse, (ca. 1652) stands in M. Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, Brooklyn, cost: Adults: $5, Children: $3!
Gowanus Winter Festival-A Night of Food and Live Music
Concert and dinner to benefit Gowanus Canal Conservancy, specifically assisting with its Clean & Green Volunteer Program, Compost Program and Rain Garden projects! 9 p.m. to Midnight, Build It Green, 69 9th Street (bet. 2nd Avenue and the Canal, Concert is $15 (if you find some extra pennies in those couch cushions you can splurge on a farm-to-table meal from Restaurant Lot 2.) Tkts can be purchased here:
Watch zoo Animals Open their Christmas Presents at the Prospect Park Zoo!!
From the zoo, “The presents come early and often for the animals at the Prospect Park Zoo. Each weekend in December, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., watch as baboons, meerkats, otters, and other critters tear into treat-filled bags and boxes.”
December 3–4: Red pandas & Geoffreys tamarins
December 10–11: Hamadryas baboons & Pallas's cats.
December 17–18: Golden lion tamarins & Dwarf mongoose
December 24–25: Meerkats & North American river otters
Free with zoo admission ($8 for adults)
Wreath-making Workshops
Create an evergreen wreath at this seasonal workshop! Supplies provided; participants must bring garden shears. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy Floral Park, NY, cost: $20, Advance tickets required. Please call (718) 347.3276 for more info.

Swedish Children’s Christmas Workshop
Children ages five to ten are invited to Experience how Swedes prepare for Christmas julpysseldag (Christmas craft day)! Kids will learn the secrets of making traditional holiday crafts like woven hearts, yarn tomtar, and paper angels. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, $10 (space is limited, pre-registration is required.) For reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email [email protected].
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
Central Park Zoo Winterfest
From the website, “Relish the beauty of the Zoo at the best time of the year—the winter holidays! On the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, we're open until 6:30 p.m. so you can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy crafts and Wildlife Theater, see two wintry 4-D features, and watch the animals enjoy fish-cicles, fruits, and other favorite treats during holiday enrichment sessions. For a break from the chilly air, warm up with birds, lemurs, and tortoises in the Tropic Zone, a steamy 80 degrees all year long. Also do some holiday shopping at the Zootique and enjoy to holiday treats and hot cocoa in the Dancing Crane Cafe. For more info on specific activities go here: and to purchase tkts (adult tkts are $16.) go here:
Saturday December 4, 2011
Irish ensemble Danú delivers a Celtic Christmas to the Winter Garden with traditional holiday songs from their homeland, 2 p.m. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 22 Vesey Street, free!
Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting
10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.M. Bennett Café Opens 9:30 a.m.Bell choir—historical museum, 1:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. Horse and wagon rides: $2.00 Traditional tree lighting: 5:00 p.m. From Historic Richmond Town, “It's Christmas season in the Village! Watch as glittering ornaments are made by the Tinsmith, take your won photos with Santa, hear young carolers present holiday songs, or listen to lively storytelling session; tour the village, decorated in its holiday finery. Visit the Courthouse for greenery, home-baked goodies, and holiday gift items for sale. Admission to courtroom: $2! Sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Twilight Tours of Christmas in the Colonies
From Van Cortlandt House, “Van Cortlandt House will be decked out the finest 18th century holiday decorations and bathed in the warm glow of candlelight. Warning to fans of Santa Claus as envisioned by Clement Clark Moore - you won't find a Christmas tree or red-suited jolly old elf anywhere near Van Cortlandt House. What you will find is a glittering display of sugary sweets, the legend of Saint Nicholas explaining how stockings hung by a chimney became associated with Christmas, and a cheery glass of warm cider at the conclusion of your tour. Van Cortlandt House, Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx This tour is included with regular Museum admission. First tour begins at 3:00 p.m. followed by another at 4:00 p.m. Reservations will be taken after November 15, space is limited; call (718) 543-3344. (Also held Thursdays, December 8 and 15 and Tuesday, December 13 at the same times.) Cost: $5
Madison Square Park Tree Lighting
Join in a tree lighting ceremony with food provided by Hill Country Chicken & Hill Country Barbecue Market. The New York Life Singers and Audra Rox will also be performing! Madison Square Park, 23rd-26th Streets bet. Fifth and Madison Avenues, free!

December 7, 2011
Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting
Sing holiday songs with the Rob Susman Brass Quartet (complimentary songbooks will be provided.) Santa Claus has promised to drop by to help illuminate the beautiful 45-foot-tall Christmas tree under the Washington Square Arch. 6 p.m., The Arch, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North, free!
Thursday December 8, 2011
Womb of Advent
Enjoy a multimedia evening performance based on Mark Bozzuti-Jones’ book of meditations, The Womb of Advent. The evening will feature theatrical readings, dance, visual effects, and vocal and instrumental music, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Trinity Wall Street, Broadway at Wall Street, free! A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. Free! A reception will follow at 8:30pm.
British Memorial Garden Trust, Inc. To Hold Free “Victorian Celebration”This annual event will feature caroling and a tree lighting In Hanover Square as well as a free outdoor concert at 6:00 p.m. with carols by the Choir of Trinity Church The event will be followed by a ticketed reception with more carols, readings and a silent auction. Hanover Square, TK info, tree lighting etc., free!
Friday December 9, 2011
Kevin Geeks out Holiday Grab Bag
From 92ndYTribeca, “This month, Kevin gives the audience a Holiday Grab Bag; an evening filled with surprise entertainment. Seven special guests give the gift of weird, wonderful multi-media segments, with topics including Britney Spears’ punk clown, the secret life of Wonder Woman’s creator, confessions of a Macy’s Santa, How He-Man spends the Holidays, an epic poem about horror movie villians and a look at Doom Cakes—the cinematic tradition in which any beautifully decorated cake serves as a harbinger of imminent catastrophe (often including the destruction of said cake).” 8 p.m., 92ndYTribeca Screening Room, 200 Hudson Street, tkts are $10 and can be bought here:
History of Christmas
Learn about the local origins of Christmas to the modern-day holiday! 12:30 p.m., Mount Vernon House Museum, 12:30 p.m., 421 East 61st Street between First and York Avenues, $8 for adults!
Charles Dickens and Christmas Carolers at the Morgan Museum
See Charles Dickens’ original Christmas Carol manuscript that’s on display as part of the museum’s “Charles Dickens at 200 exhibit.” Festive holiday music will be performed by carolers from Mannes College, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, free with museum admission, $15 (adult) Event repeats itself on December 16, 2011.
Saturday December 10, 2011
Have you been naughty or nice this holiday season? Better check your list twice, cuz Santa Claus is coming to town-literally! According to the website, “Santacon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason.”
Saturday December 10, 2011 and Sunday December 11, 2011
Holiday Story Time with the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library invites kids of all ages to gather around for a mix of classic holiday tales and new favorites in a special holiday story time! 1 pm. To 2 p.m., World Financial Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, free!
Sunday December 11, 2011
From the TubaChristmas website, “TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.” See TUBACHRISTMAS in-person today Christian Wilhjelm, former conductor of the Goldman Memorial Band! 3:30 p.m., The rink at Rockefeller Center, Don’t have pricing info yet!
Santa Rescue at the New York Fire Museum
Watch FDNY firefighters rescue Santa from the top of the New York City Fire Museum. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos until 2:30 p.m. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available for purchase in the Museum’s third floor Christmas Café and Christmas carols will be performed live by John Clacher’s firehouse band. 11:30 a.m. New York Fire Museum, Spring bet. Hudson and Varick Streets, tkts are $8 for adults, and $1 for children and can be bought here:
Tuesday December 13, 2011
New York Philharmonic rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah
See a dress rehearsal f or Handel’s Messiah! Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 9:45 a.m., $18 (+$2 online and phone ticketing orders)!
Brooklyn Christmas Spectacular and Holiday Treat Bake-off!
From the Bell House, “A night of music, skits, readings, merriment and good holiday cheer! Music by Zach Williams the Bellow with Brian Elmquist, Tricia Ivy and more! Stories by Caleb Clardy, Kristen Ball, Harlan Alford, Kevin Doyle, Justin Street and many others! A holiday dessert bake off! Bring your best baked good to share (categories and prizes for best gluten free treats, best traditional dessert, most original offering and best in show.)” 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday December 14, 2011
History of Christmas Traditions!
Learn all this holiday has to offer with the Brooklyn Brainery tonight! 6:30-8pm, Brooklyn Brainery, 515 Court Street, $10!

Lit mag Awkward Holiday Party
From Housing Works, “There’s a grand tradition of celebrating the holiday season at an awkward office party. Wait, what’s that? You’re a lit mag and you don’t have an office? Or you do, but you’d like to double up on this year’s festivities with more than those same five people you see every day? Either way, Slice magazine and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe cordially invite you to the 2011 Awkward Office Lit Mag Party. There will be a gift exchange! There will be Sixpoint beer!” 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, pricing info to come!
Morningside Heights Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting
Join us to celebrate holiday traditions and help us light the Morningside Park holiday tree. Free refreshments will be served. 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., North Lawn (in Morningside Park), Manhattan, Inside the lower level of the park at 121st Street, near Morningside Ave, free!
Friday December 16, 2011
Peace Tree Dedication, St. John the Divine
From the St. John the Divine website, “The students from The Cathedral School will be put up their annual Mitten Tree and join in the holiday celebrations…” 11 a.m., St. John the Divine, 112th and Broadway, free!
15th Annual Holiday on the Hudson
From Chelsea Piers, “FREE but ticketed skating show featuring special guests The Skyliners (#1 junior synchro team in the world), the Central Park Synchro Team, and the Gotham City Synchro. Group performers include the Tiny Tot Stars and Junior Prep Competitors.” 7 p.m. Chelsea Piers, Sky Rink East Rink Free, but tkts are limited to two per person and are available at the Sky Rink Front Desk beginning November 26, 2011.
Saturday December 17, 2011
Prospect Park Christmas Bird Count
From Prospect Park, “Join a tradition over 100 years in the making! The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. Groups will meet at the Audubon Center at the Boathouse at noon and at 3 p.m. to take part in the count. You do not need to register in advance to join us on the Christmas Bird Count, so come along!” Free!
In the Spirit of the Season: A Holiday Church Tour
Join Urban Oyster for a seasonal tour of Brooklyn’s oldest German-Catholic Church. You’ll also learn about the German roots of the Santa Claus story and other holiday traditions. Afterward, you can unwind with dessert and coffee. 1 p.m. Urban Oyster Walking Tours (347-618-8687, Meet at Most Holy Trinity–St. Mary, 138 Montrose Ave between Graham and Manhattan Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also Jan 7, 2011, $20, reservations required.
Harry Potter Yule Ball
Grab on to that Portkey, because as Professor McGonagall would say it’s time for some “well-mannered frivolity” at the Harry Potter Yule Ball! There will be performances by Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, the Potter Puppet Pals, Big Digits and MC Kreacher, and the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! Doors open at 5p.m., Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, tkts are $18 and can be bought here:
December 17-28, 2011
Lettuce Rejoice Holiday Show
Catch NY drag queen Hedda Lettuce as she lampoons the holidays with classics such as, “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” “Sleigh Ride,” which turns into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder, and “Do You Hear What I Hear” is now, ‘Do You Think That He’s Queer,’ about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to the recently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic Miss Lettuce.” The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves,). Dec 17, 18, 21, 23, 28 at 7p.m. $22 plus two-drink minimum.
Sunday December 18, 2011
Riverside Church Christmas Concert and Choral Festival
The two concerts will feature performances byThe Riverside Choir, Soloists, and Instrumentalists, The Riverside Chamber Singers, The Riverside Ringers, The Riverside Inspirational Choir, and The Children’s Choir! There are two performances, one at 3:30 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive and 120th Street. Tkts are $10-$25, and can be purchased here:
‘"Twas the Night Before Christmas" Reading
Ron Carter, jazz bassist and Grammy-winner, will be leading the 101st reading of TwasThe Night Before Christmas! After the reading, there will be a lantern procession to Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), the son of Dr. Benjamin Moore, the sixth rector of Trinity Parish. In 1882, who wrote the story as a Christmas present for his six children. Church of the Intercession, 155th and Broadway, free and open to the public!
Lights in the Heights Bicycle Ride
Get your holiday lights on Brooklyn-style with Time’s Up Lights in the Heights Bike Ride in the crazy Christmas neighborhood, Dyker Heights! Manhattan: Meet across from the bicycle entrance to the Manhattan Bridge (northeast corner of Canal and Forsyth Sts), 4:30pm. Brooklyn: Meet at 3rd St and Prospect Park West, 5:15pm. Enjoy hot cocoa at Nathan’s when it’s all done! Free!
What the Dickens? Second Annual Marathon Reading of A Christmas Carol
Join writers and performers for a marathon reading of Charles Dickens's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. 1 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, free!
Scrooge & Marley
All are welcome for the annual 21st anniversary participatory reading of Israel Horovitz's adaption of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is directed by Deloss Brown 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, free!
Cookie Takedown
From the Bell House, “Judge for yourself the 30 cookiezoidical inventions from local cooks at the Best Ever Cookie Takedown! $15 for all you can ravage! Wash the crumbs down with an hour of free eggnog from Bulleit Bourbon! 3 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, $15!
Sunday December 18 and Monday December 19, 2011
Holiday concert at the Guggenheim
George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble. The Museum will close at 5:45 pm and re-open at 6:30 pm for the free holiday concert, Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, free!
December 21-27, 2011
It’s a Wonderful Life screening at IFC Center
Are those rose petals in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Find out at IFC’s screening of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Mary Owen, Donna Reed’s daughter, will be in- person at select shows. Check IFC website for showtimes:
Friday December 23, 2011
A Motown Christmas featuring Dr. K’s Motown Revue!
Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is at 8 p.m., BB King’s, tkts are $20 in advance, $25 the day of show! Tkts can be bought here:
Saturday December 24, 2011-Happy Christmas Eve!
Grand Central Holiday Walking Tour
Join the Municipal Arts Society for their holiday tour of Grand Central Terminal. From MAS, “Come December, the terminal is especially attractive, with special exhibits, a holiday fair and festive lighting. Learn some of Grand Central’s secrets as we take you on an in-depth look at its art, architecture, engineering and $200 million restoration. Highlights include the “whispering” gallery and the site of a private apartment.” Led by Joe Svehlak, architectural historian. 11:00 a.m. Meet near the information booth in the middle of the main concourse. Cost: $15, $10 MAS members. Pay at tour.
And The Museum of the City of New York is open today!
Sunday December 25, 2011- Merry Christmas!
Christmas in New York City

Open Attractions:
Empire State Building (365 days)
Top of the Rock and most of Rockefeller Center (365 days)
Ground Zero Memorial - 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (365 days)
CitySights New York City Bus Tours
Times Square - Hershey's Store, M&M Store, Hard Rock Cafe and more.
Central Park - Zoo, Carousel, Wollman Ice Skating Rink
CSI: The Experience! at Discovery Center
December 26-28, 2011-Happy Boxing Day!
Holiday Open House at the Queens County Farm Museum
Check out the farm museum’s Victorian-stle holiday decorations as you sip mulled cider. There will also be opportunities for winter -themed craft-making as well! Spend an afternoon drinking mulled cider and touring the grounds of the city’s oldest working historical farm. The house will be decked out in period decorations from its Victorian Era roots, and you can join the young’uns to in making winter-themed crafts. Noon-4 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, Queens. free!
Plus NY Mag’s Guide to the best Christmas Cookies in the City

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