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santacon returns to benefit toys for tots and local foodbanks... oh, who are we kidding! although there is that, grab your santa hat and have a holly jolly day of drinking with a thousand other red elves. >>

10am-5pm: momath - the first museum of mathematics in the country - opens to the public. 11 e. 26th st, $20 for opening weekend, $15 thereafter. >>

11am-5:35pm: free cookies! the momofuku milk bar truck hands out thousands of cookies at four stops in manhattan + two in brooklyn. >>

12-6pm: the first 200 peeps get a free tote bag filled with swag at the sixth annual 100-vendor strong 3rd ward holiday craft fair. free admission. >>

1pm: dozens of writers and performers read at the what the dickens? third annual a christmas carol marathon at housing works: scott adsit, lev grossman, john hodgman, emma straub, justin taylor, baratunde thurston, more. free. >>

5pm doors: the weird sisters won’t be there, but a number of other harry potter-themed bands (harry + the potters, potter puppet pals, the whomping willows, and the home alones) will, so don your best dress robes and head to the harry potter yule ball. the bell house, $18 adv, $20 dos. >>

5:30pm: mancrush alan cumming appears in person for a q+a following a screening of his new film any day now at (2012) fslc, $13 >>

6pm-midnight (fridays + saturdays thru 12/22): the brooklyn night bazaar holiday market continues the season in a 40,000 sq ft williamsburg warehouse full of independent merchants, food and drink vendors, plus music performances from black dice, eternal summers, men, more. 45 n 5th st, free >>

7pm: grab your boombox + join hundreds of others on a 45-minute walking sonic soundscape at the 21st annual ‘unsilent night'. meet at the washington square park arch, free. >>

7:30pm: comedian/drag king murray hill does the holiday ‘mr. showbiz’ style - with cabaret performer bridget everett, performance artist erin markey, caarmine covelli (as sebastian the elf), the nyc burlesque choir, more - at the 11th annual 'a murray little christmas'. lpr, $20+. >>

8pm: haim and ms mr play mhow, $12 >>

8pm (ends today): three nights of innovative choreography at danspace project's artist-as-curator series, 'food for thought', curated by aunts and jenn joy + noémie solomon. $5 with two cans of food for the st. mark's church food program, $10 without. >>

8pm (ends today): honky-tonk harmonies reign at the sweetback sisters christmas sing-along at jalopy. $14 adv, $16 door. >>

8pm-midnight: things are going to get hot at the skint’s winterland romp holiday party with sweaty old jazz from the hot sardines, seasonal serenades from maya solovey, burlesque from the ivory fox and miss coney island 2011 lefty lucy, a visit from the chanukah elf, a free photo booth with props, and $5 ‘rosy cheeks’ punch all night. littlefield, $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

10pm: the monthly ‘overload the machine’ comedy show at the pit features comedians performing as characters. tonight: 10+ comics do it up as christmas characters. $5. >>

11:30pm: lemonade, rush midnight, star eyes, and junilee play glasslands, $10 >>

midnight (+ 12/17-20 @ 4:45pm): ridley scott’s sci-fi/horror classic alien (1979) screens in 35mm at ifc, $13.50 >>

the winterland romp holiday party 12/15: $10 advance, $12 day of show. tickets will be available at the door. see you saturday!


10am-7pm: chocoholics can do holiday shopping for themselves at the chocolate world expo: 60 vendors offer tastes and sell chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, wines, craft beers, more. lexington ave armory (bet 25th + 26th sts), $20 admission. >>

11am-3pm: free chicken + waffle brunch!? ok, thanks! mangoseed restaurant (757 flatbush, brooklyn). >>

2pm: the 'muppet vault' series presents classic, rare and unreleased muppet, sesame street and jim henson works. today: christmas!, plus booze, trivia, and prizes. union hall, $8. >>

2:30pm doors: 30 competitors vie for the best homemade sweetness at the cookie takedown. bonus: free bulleit bourbon egg nog. $15. >>

3pm: the brooklyn symphony orchestra performs selections by glazunov, chopin, and tchaikovsky at st. ann's church (brooklyn heights). a reception with refreshments follows. free ($15 sugg. don.). >>

3-6pm: don your finest duds for levy's unique new york's annual vintage subway train party, followed by a parade to an after party with drink specials at idle hands. meet at the 2nd ave uptown platform, free to participate, $2.25 subway fare. >>

4-6pm (thru 1/27): opening reception + live performance of aki sasamoto’s ice sculpture installation talking in circles in talking, soloway gallery, free >>

5pm: sing-along with jack skellington and co. at the way station’s nightmare before christmas sing-along, free >>

6pm-12am: the bushwick daily blog hosts a holiday party featuring photography from 15 local artists, live music, more. brooklyn fireproof, free. >>

7:30pm: attend a free screening of on the road, based on jack kerouc's novel, at the knitting factory >>

8pm (+12/17): the guggenheim's rotunda fills with the sound of holiday music during the vox vocal ensemble's annual holiday concert. $10. >>

8:30pm: heloise + the savoir faire, sophia knapp, and cookies play glasslands, $10  adv, $12 dos >>

10pm: i am lightyear plays at the ace hotel, free >>

all weekend

10am-6pm: pastry chefs donate cakes, chocolates and more for sale at a pop-up fundraiser to support the rebuilding of almondine bakery, which was flooded during hurricane sandy. 85 water street (dumbo). >>

11am-5pm (+ 12/16, 22-23): brooklyn craft central's 5th annual holiday market offers last minute gifts from vendors alchemy, pepper press, buttercup jewelry, more. plus, hot cider + gift wrapping. littlefield, free admission. >>

11am-7pm: the brooklyn lyceum’s 5th annual holiday marketplace has 50 vendors and santa photo ops >>

11am-8pm sat, 11am-7pm sun: save 70-90% on brands like band of outsiders, gaultier, proenza schouler, and more at the opening ceremony sample sale. 76 mercer st. >>

12-6pm (ends sun): grab a free blackened fish taco from the tommy bahama truck at five different locations >>

sat 12, 3pm, sun 3pm: explore prospect park for the christmas bird count a yearly nationwide bird census to better understand their populations. meet at the audubon center, free. >>

sat 12-9pm, sun 11am-6pm: 50+ local designers sell affordable (most items are under $50) wares at the 4th annual degenerate craft fair. the first 50 guests get a free tote bag of goodies. the dumbo loft, free admission. >>

sat 5:30pm, sun 3pm): choral group cantinori new york performs traditional holiday favorites and classical pieces at their annual holiday concert. church of st. luke of the fields (sat) and church of the holy trinity (sun), $15. >>

8:30pm (ends sun): mad men musical parody 'the mad world of miss hathaway' presents 'i'll be horny for christmas', a theme we’re sure all of the cast would agree with. wild project, $20. >>

ends sun: buy one holiday drink at starbucks, get one free >>

thru 12/20: bamcin√©matek’s 'home for the holidays' series screens not-your-typical holiday movies including gremlins, meet me in st.louis, silent night bloody night, more. $12. >>

thru 12/20: zuzu's petals! frank capra’s holiday classic it's a wonderful life (1946) screens at ifc center, with mary owen (donna reed's daughter) in person 12/18-20 @ 7pm. $13.50. >>

thru 3/3: the museum of the moving image’s exhibition, 'spacewar! video games blast off' explores the first 50 years of video games using the first digital video game created in 1961 as a starting point. museum admission ($12, free fridays 4-8pm) includes 4 free tokens to play 20 commercial, independent, and experimental playable video games from space invaders to halo 4. >>

after 14 years in business, alphabet city’s amaran is closing its doors in january. artisanal, handmade indian and indonesian home decor, clothing, and jewelry is 30-60% off. 109 ave b @ 7th st. >>

save up to 80% at bowery boutique eva's closing sale >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events >>

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