The To-Do List: Things To Do In NYC This Weekend, Nov. 22-24 (Some Are Free!)

November 21, 2019
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The cold weather got you down? Here's your chance to take those weekend plans from not to hot! Whether you're looking to party it up or relax, we've got you covered with the best food, drinks, shows, and music the area has to offer:

Pier 17 Winterland Ice Skating

Ice skating in New York City never gets old. Now you can practice you triple axel atop The Rooftop at Pier 17. The Winterland Rink is back and larger in size, with unmatched views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline.

Where: The Rooftop at Pier 17 - 89 South Street, Manhattan

When: Friday, Nov. 22, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.– 11 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Cost: Weekend Rink Admission and Skate Rental: $26 

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Happy Pawlidays

Head to Union Square with your furry friends for some Fa-La-La’s, Do-Op’s, and harmonies at the Happy Pawlidays celebration. The day will include plenty of puppy playtime, special giveaways, holiday portraits, and more.

Where: Union Square West Plaza, Manhattan

When: Sunday, Nov 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

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NYC Winter Lantern Festival 2019

The NYC Winter Lantern Festival transforms Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden into a whimsical world of light. Guests will enjoy a unique display of more than 1,000 lanterns sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art. Bring the entire family to revel in eight acres of lights, live cultural shows, interactive exhibits, and more. 

Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 5 p.m. - 10: 30 p.m.

Cost: $25

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Thirteenth Annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

Bring the kids to meet some of their favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators at the annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair! The event features author readings, on going free draw and coloring as well as illustrator presentations. The best part? It's totally free.

Where: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn 

When: Saturday, Nov, 23, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators at our annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair this Saturday from 11:30 am to 4 pm. The FREE event features author readings, illustrator presentations, and art-making opportunities with 40+ creators. Link in bio for the full program!⁠ -- Rachel Papo

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Gingerbread Lane

GingerBread Lane is the record-holder of the Guinness World Records for largest gingerbread village where every element of the gingerbread display must be edible. Visitors can make their own gingerbread houses or trains in this popular workshop. Each participant receives a kit with all of the materials to create the GingerBread Lane exhibition: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $15 per project, plus museum admission. (Members: $10 per project)

Where: New York Hall of Science, Queens

When: Saturday, Nov. 23, Sunday, Nov. 24, Workshops start at 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $15 per project, plus museum admission (Members: $10 per project)

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LuminoCity Festival

Visit this dynamic holiday light festival and immersive art experience taking place on Randall’s Island. LuminoCity Festival offers visitors an extraordinary 16-acre immersive experience with three theme parks: Winter Fantasy, Wild Adventure, and Sweet Dream, highlighted with over 23 sets of larger-than-life light art displays, a curated holiday night market with a selection of NYC’s leading food and beverage and four special theme nights featuring live performances and interactive programming.

Where: Randall's Island 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23, Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Cost: $38

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2019 Fall Oyster Festival 

Fall Oyster fest brings back the all-Canadian oyster festival. Swing by and sample unlimited Canadian oysters, as well as shrimp, beer, wine & vodka. Join (or watch) the oyster shucking competition that boasts a $1000 Grand Prize. 

Where: Docks Oyster Bar, Manhattan 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $65

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Union Square Holiday Market

The internationally renowned Holiday Market located in the heart of NYC. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience

Where: Union Square Park (southern side), Manhattan 

When: Friday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 23, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Pet Photos with Santa at Bideawee

Santa Claus is coming to Westhampton this weekend where you and your pet can snap a photo with the big guy at Bideawee!  For a $15 donation, you'll receive a digital copy of your photo and a free holiday gift. Adoptable pets will also be available for families hoping to add extra love to their homes this season. If you open your heart to a senior dog or cat, Bideawee will waive the adoption fee.

Where: 118 Old Country Rd, Westhampton, Long Island 

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM,

Cost: $15

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Gladys Knight at Kings Theatre

Gladys Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", heads to Brooklyn to sing all of her classic songs with Wil Downing. This is your change to see one of the most influential, beloved, and important living singers on the planet.  Get your tickets and sing along to her Motown-style R&B songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia".

Where: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn 

When:  8 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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