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The Week Ahead: December 22 - December 28

The Week Ahead: December 22 - December 28

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa! These three holiday festivals converge into one joyous week of celebration. December 24 is a big day. It’s the last day of Chanukah and also your last chance to catch Santa at Macy’s, Bloomingdales and other locations before he ventures off on his round-the-world trip. This week is all about family togetherness and celebrating culture. We’ve picked out a few activities that may help add a little variety to your holiday plans.

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Weekend Family Events - December 20 and December 21

Weekend Family Events - December 20 and December 21

This weekend warms the heart and brings musical fun to all. There is the Charlie Brown Christmas film classic with accompanying live music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Taking place in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan are three live caroling events for you to participate in. On Saturday, Father Goose is performing at Symphony Space with his unique, high-energy mix of hip-hop, calypso, and reggae. On Sunday you can watch the classic tale "It's A Wonderful Life" on the big screen with caroling and an audience sing-along to start the fun. Here are this weekend's picks.

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Lacing up for the Holidays: New York City’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Lacing up for the Holidays: New York City’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to ice-skating in New York City. The number of places to skate greatly increases, as temporary ice surfaces pop up in many public parks. There is something special about taking advantage of these outdoor rinks during the holiday season. Luckily, many of them are open until after the holiday tourist traffic thins out, so you and your family can get some time on the ice without having to fight the crowds.

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The Week Ahead: December 15 - December 21

The Week Ahead: December 15 - December 21

Happy Chanukah! This week begins the celebration of Chanukah. It’s also the last full week of shopping before Christmas. That’s right. The holiday rush is on. Just don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy a few shows and holiday workshops around the city. Here are our picks for the week ahead.

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Weekend Family Events - December 13 and December 14

Weekend Family Events - December 13 and December 14

Chanukah, Hanukkah or however you spell it! This holiday is almost here and there are some fun events at the 92nd Street Y, Sutton Place Synagogue, Temple Israel and The Museum of Jewish Heritage to celebrate the holiday with stories, songs and fun for all. Also taking place it the 41st anniversary of TubaChristmas at Rockefeller Center. Come hear the tubas toot out holiday classics. And sadly Brooklyn's fun family spot The Moxie Spot is closing. They are having a goodbye party with plenty of singing, dancing and they are going out with a bang. Cookies, trains, concerts and more round out this weekend's fun. Here are this weekend's picks.

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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Nothing says Christmas like New York City and toy trains. The New York Botanical Gardens is currently hosting their annual Holiday Train Show, where various model trains inhabit a garden-inspired replication of New York City.

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The Week Ahead: December 8 - December 14

The Week Ahead: December 8 - December 14

December is one of the most joyous and hectic months of the year. Families are scrambling around to get their holiday shopping complete, while Scrooges are trying to cram in as much work as possible before the end of the year. Remember to take a moment to step away from the ruckus, breath and enjoy family and friends. We’ve picked out a few activities to help remind you that the holidays, among other things, are about togetherness. This week’s picks are filled with music, dance, laughter and even a made-up word. Here’s the week ahead.

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Weekend Family Events - December 6 and December 7

Weekend Family Events - December 6 and December 7

This weekend is all about decorating and prepping for the holiday season and visits with the big guy himself. He has to prep too, so be sure to tell him what you want at the Christmas Party in Washington Market Park, Christmas in Richmond Town, and St. Nicholas Day at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House. You can also literally help Santa out, help him get rescued at the New York City Fire Museum this Sunday. Shop and swap for gifts at the Little Swappies family swap event and make a beautiful wreath at the Queens County Farm Museum. And after all of this work and fun this weekend grab a hot chocolate and relax before the wrapping storm begins. Here are this weekend's picks.

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