Weekend events

Saturday: Super Sábado: the third Saturday of every month at El Museo del Barrio presents a free afternoon of engaging family programming, including art, films, spoken word and other activities. This edition revolves around the holidays; expect crown-making, storytelling and more, elmuseo.org. Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah, 8:00 p.m. Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza  to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights. Saturday’s lighting starts at 8:30 p.m., when the Sabbath ends. Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue between West 58th and West 59th Streets, Manhattan. Ugly Sweater Run, 11:00 a.m. at Citi Field, The course at Citi Field is about 3.1 miles long, with hot-chocolate stations every mile. After the run, the festival offers two beers for participants over 21 plus unlimited hot apple cider for everyone. Runners also receive a custom knit hat. Come out and run off some of that inevitable holiday stress. All at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. New York, NY, $50–$60, http://theuglysweaterrun.com. Sunset Park Trolley Sidewalk Sales & Trolley. Catch the free old Sunset Park trolley on the B63 bus line at 53rd St. at Fifth Avenue, http://www.sunsetparkbid.org, 1–5 pm, daily, Saturday, Dec. 20 – Wednesday, Dec. 24. http://brooklynpaper.com/sections/go/events/98160/brooklyn/sunset-park/event/sunset-park-trolley-sidewalk-sales-trolley/Free Salsa Lessons, no partner or experience needed. Dance Fever Studios, 159 20th St. between Third and Fourth Avenues, 8 pm, http://www.dancefeverstudios.comHanukkah party hosts a fun-filled day of free activities along with the traditional lighting of the menorah lighting at Kings Bay Y,  3495 Nostrand Ave. between Avenues U and V, 11 am– 2 pm. Chanukah Celebration with treats, children’s books for sale, crafts, and holiday performance of “The Hanukah Miracle” by the Yeladudes Theatre at Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue at Brighton Court, Brighton Beach, http://www.shorefronty.org, 2–5 pm. Santa’s Corner at Bryant Park, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. till 12/24/2014. Join Santa and his helpers for a parade through Winter Village. 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Santa parade with Christmas carolers, 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Free photos at Santa’s Corner, Bryant Park, Manhattan.

Sunday: Make Music Winter Festival at 11:00 a.m. in Washington Square Park, W. 4th St., NY, http://makemusicny.org. The shortest day of the year unfurls tentacles of paraders around the city. It begins with “Winterize,” a participatory version of Franz Schubert’sWinterreise song cycle, in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden at 11, and concludes at the Metropolitan Museum, at 6:30, with “Pilgrimage,” a march of early-music singers. In between, a dozen parades of kalimbas, bagpipes, bells, drums, carolers, cellists, tap dancers, and a makeshift gamelan will gently disrupt various environments. Of special note is percussionists Amy Garapic and Clara Warnaar’s Washington Square Park circumnavigation, constituting New York’s contribution to A Worldwide Day of In C, a global celebration of Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece. The Gaits High Line Sound-walk, 5:00 p.m. at The High Line, Washington St., http://thehighline.org. Get a multi-sensory experience during “The Gaits.” Turn a walk on the elevated railway turned public space into much more than just a stroll in the park. With the help of portable speakers and a smartphone app, visitors will tune their footsteps into metallic sounds, guitar chords, zen gongs, and sounds like water splashes and car horns. The first 100 people can borrow a free wearable speaker; everyone else is encouraged to bring their own. Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park, 1:00 p.m. Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. The Historic New York Programs focus on the history of New York during the pre- and post-Colonial period. All programs are historic walking tours.  Meet at the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Arch at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.


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