Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free
Model trains travel from New York to the North Pole at Grand Central Station. Sadly, the bizarre holiday laser light show on the reverse zodiac roof of the main hall doesn't start until Monday. The holiday market is already going on.
After-Thanksgiving hike, Van Cortlandt Park
City Winery benefit for Food Band for New York City, featuring John Hammond.
Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, and Jerry Pinkney at the holiday kickoff at Books of Wonder
Walking tour, Flushing
Papermaking at Wave Hill, w/admission
Free performances of American Treasure at The Paradise Factory, with cans of food. Benefits the Bowery Mission.
Pixar weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image, with animation workshops for the kids
The Urban Ballet Theater presents an urban NutcrackerSuite at the Henry Street Settlement
Big movies for little kids at Cobble Hill
The three bears celebrate Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa in Centrial Park. Benefits the City Parks Foundation.
A private christmas village on Staten Island. Benefits the Nalitt Institute's Outpatient Children's Cancer Unit at Staten Island University Hospital.
The city's best Christmas trees