Lots of holiday concerts, shows, and Santa sightings are on tap this weekend in the Big Apple. Laurie Berkner and Dan Zanes play in Manhattan, separately, while rap legend Kurtis Blow guest stars in The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Another GoList pick: Circus Der Sinne’s extravaganza set in Cape Town, Mother Africa: My Home opens this weekend at the New Victory Theater. Plus, on Saturday, December 10, we're partnering with the New Vic to bring you MommyPoppins Night at Mother Africa: My Home—our readers enjoy discounted tickets, a pre-show workshop, and more. Get your tickets now!
Breakfasts and brunches with Santa have also launched in NYC, and there’s a real funny one at the Broadway Comedy Club this weekend. Ready to get those Santa photographs taken care of? Check out our post on the best places to pose with the Big Guy. Loads of free tree lightings bloom this weekend, too, from the annual Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting to the Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees and the Carl Schurz Park lighting and caroling on the Upper East Side. See our full roundup of tree lightings in December for more options. Looking for your own special tree? Peruse our list of tree farms close to home.
For non-holiday fun, bring your mini coders to the Video Game Expo at the Children's Museum of the Arts, the FREE City of Science on Staten Island, or maybe the Wintercon: New York Comic and Sci-Fi Expo in Queens.
Our best weekend picks for December 3-4 are below. Don't forget to skim our Events Calendar, Holiday Fun Guide, and just released December GoList for more seasonal happenings around town.