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Weekend Family Events - December 19 and December 20

Friday, December 18, 2015 by Julie G
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Get ready the big guy is coming! No not Darth Vader, Santa! He's making stops all around NYC this weekend. You can eat breakfast with Santa at Lehman College on Saturday in the Bronx, then you can catch him in the East Meets West Christmas Parade in Chinatown and Little Italy, then head uptown to the Apollo Theater to hear caroling and take pictures with the man himself. You can also watch him on screen at the classic movie screening of Miracle on 34th Street this Sunday at the United Palace Theater. Good thing he's got a sleigh to travel all over town this weekend. He's making a lot of stops! For those of you braving the theaters to see Star Wars - May the force be with you! Here are this weekend's picks.
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Lehman Stages presents Breakfast With Santa
Lehman Stages presents Breakfast With Santa! Come and celebrate the holidays with a breakfast buffet, activities, live music, theatre, magic, take-home arts and crafts, and of course Santa's arrival! The holiday fun takes place on Saturday at 9:00AM at Lehman Stages at Lehman College in the Bronx. Adults tickets cost $12, kids tickets for ages 3 and up cost $8 and kids under 3 are free.
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La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland Presentation
La MaMa Family will weave their magic and excitement for La MaMa’s End of Year celebration event – a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Site-specific performances interweave throughout the Annex building, each piece inspired by the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’. Embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre, this is a unique holiday event for the whole family, all ages encouraged! Taking place at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club on Saturday at 11:00AM. Tickets cost $8.
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Lollipops for Breakfast
You can't have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she's going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. Created & performed by Bonnie Duncan. Bonnie Duncan has been entertaining audiences as a dancer, acrobat, and puppeteer, as a solo artist and in a touring company. Bonnie is also a Teaching Artist, dedicated to using creative drama & movement techniques to strengthen Language Arts & Social Studies curricula, grades K-12. The show takes place at Symphony Space on Saturday at 11:00AM and 2:00PM. Tickets cost $15, members tickets cost $13.
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Family Day at Wyckoff House Museum
Join the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum for a family day! They’ve planned engaging, kid-friendly tours, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more for this Saturday. If the weather’s nice, bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds before or after your visit to the house. If you plan to visit with children under 10, they recommend visiting before 2:00PM to take advantage of specially planned activities for younger children. Taking place at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum Saturday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. This event is free to enjoy.
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East Meets West Christmas Parade
Since 2008, the business leaders in the Lower Manhattan communities of Chinatown and Little Italy have joined forces during the Christmas season in the spirit of peace and good will to celebrate the holidays by co-producing and presenting a colorful parade, aptly called The East Meets West Christmas Parade, that proceeds through the main streets of both communities on the Saturday afternoon before Christmas Day. This year, The 8th Annual East Meets West Parade will take place followed by a holiday Chinese musical performance on Mott Street in Chinatown. The Parade will form at the corner of Canal and Mulberry Street at noon. There will be two Parade floats - one with Santa Claus and children, and a second float with musical performers, including dancers and singers. At 1:00PM, the parade will step off from the intersection of Canal and Mulberry Streets and head north on Mulberry, through Little Italy, to Houston, where it will turn right for one block, then right again on Mott and head South into Chinatown until it ends at The Bowery and Worth St about 2:45PM. There will be Chinese musical performers on a stage to be erected in front of the Transfiguration Church school at 29 Mott Street Between Pell and Mosco Streets. The event will begin with a brief ceremony followed by the musical entertainment that will begin at 3:00PM and end at 4:00PM. This free event is taking place on Saturday from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
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Winter Wonderland
Come celebrate Christmas, Eid e-Milad-un Nabi, Kwanza, Three Kings Day, Hanukkah, and the holiday season. Join in for winter arts and crafts, carnival games, a healthy snack program, and a visit from some special guests, including Santa! Come learn about different winter holidays. The recreation center will be turned into a winter wonderland that the whole family can be a part of. Be sure to bring your phone or camera to get a picture with Santa and other guests. Taking place at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center in the Bronx on Saturday from 12:00PM to 2:00PM. This event is free to enjoy.
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Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
Before the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities. The festivities include free picture taking with Santa Claus and free performances by the Don’t Give Up Choir, The New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus and the Salvation & Deliverance Church Choir. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy and book drive for the constituents of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI). Taking place on Saturday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM at the Apollo Theater. This event is free to enjoy.
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Holiday Spectacular
Join in for an afternoon of fun activities, including a bounce house, games, photos with Santa, crafts, movies, music, and more! All ages are welcome. The holiday spectacular is happening at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens on Saturday from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. This event is free to enjoy.
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ELF The Musical
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Taking place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 2:00PM and 7:00PM and on Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:00PM. Tickets from $39 - $160.
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Jingle Bell with Richard Lanham
Bring the family and your holiday spirit to this concert of favorite melodies and Christmas carol classics, from “Winter Wonderland” to “Silent Night” and so much more. This free event is taking place on Saturday at 3:00PM at the Queens Library at Queens Village at 3:00PM.
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Christmas Lighting of the Tree 2015
Join in for a tree lighting with a special guest, Santa! PS 29 Chorus and Port Richmond High School Band will be performing. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, and much more for the kids to enjoy. Sing a few carols and have some hot chocolate with us. This free event is taking place at Westerleigh Park in Staten Island on Saturday from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.
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Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights Concert
Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights brings families to their feet with her interactive, high energy performances. From pop-rock to gospel to country stylings enjoy Leeds’ unique and playful sound with hits from her latest releases Good Egg and Meshugana. Taking place on Sunday at The Jewish Museum from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. The cost is $18 for adults and $13 for children. Museum family members cost $15 for adults and $11 for children.
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Third Street Music School Settlement Holiday Concert
Third Street Music School Settlement returns to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the third year in a row to present its annual holiday concert, featuring some of New York City’s best and brightest young musicians. The longest-running community music school in the nation, Third Street Music School Settlement was founded in 1894 as part of the settlement house movement. Once providing social services and music instruction to the Lower East Side’s immigrant population, Third Street’s East Village location and partner programs in 25 schools around New York City provide music and dance instruction to a diverse group of more than 5,000 students of all ages. Third Street is excited to present its annual holiday concert. The performance will include: piano, guitar & flute ensembles, choirs, orchestras, jazz, big band, dance and rock band. The concert is taking place on Sunday at 3:00PM. The cost is $12.
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Reading and Music
In 1822, as a Christmas present for his six children, Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem 'Twas the Night before Christmas, which became a classic for all to cherish. Come to The Church of the Intercession for a reading of this poem with William Rhoden, sports columnist for The New York Times, with musical accompaniment by jazz bassist and composer Ron Carter. A musical prelude begins at 3:30PM. After the reading, join the lantern procession to Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of Clement Clarke Moore. Taking place on Sunday from 3:30PM to 5:00PM. This event is free to attend.
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Screening of Miracle on 34th Street
Come see a screening of "Miracle on 34th Street" at the United Palace Theater. In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Features 8-year-old Natalie Wood’s breakthrough performance. Taking place on Sunday, doors open at 4:00PM. There will be pre-show caroling at 5:00PM and the screening starts at 5:30PM. Online tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and seniors. At the door tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12 and seniors. Where a tuxedo or gown and get in for free!
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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