Things To Do This Weekend In The Tri-State Area: December 6-8

Erica Brosnan
December 05, 2019 - 5:00 am
Hello Panda Festival

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — It’s the weekend in New York City yet again, meaning there’s plenty of things to do to get you out of the house.

As December continues, there’s especially more and more opportunities to make the most of the holiday season – but if you’re not into that, there’s still events to make the weekend memorable.

Here’s our top picks.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Step into one of the longest-running indoor holiday fairs in New York City this weekend and shop dozens of unique vendors to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 through Dec. 24

Where: Grand Central Terminal (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: Free to attend

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Hello Panda Festival

Grab your friends and family this weekend and stop by Citi Field to check out the elaborate Hello Panda lights festival – the largest lantern festival in North America.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 through Jan. 26, 2020

Where: Citi Field (Flushing, N.Y.)

Price: Varies

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New York Botanical Garden's "Holiday Train Show"

This New York City holiday tradition draws thousands of train enthusiasts every year. Stop by this holiday season and see elaborate displays with over 175 famous New York landmarks.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, N.Y.)

Price: $8 to $25

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New York Motorcycle Show

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show is back at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Bring the whole family and check out the latest models of street bikes to dirt bikes, ATV’s and exciting gear and accessories.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8

Where: Jacob Javits Center (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: $20; Children under 12 get in for free

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Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg set up shop indoors in Williamsburg with dozens of local craft and food vendors. Stop by this weekend to see what they hypes all about.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Where: Kent Avenue (Williamsburg, N.Y.)

Price: Free to attend

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2019 Hoboken SantaCon Pub Crawl

The group behind the biggest pub crawl known to man,, have decided to throw their next massive event in Hoboken – with a holiday twist. Get your tickets and best Santa outfit ready for a day of drinking and holiday cheer.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: Hoboken, New Jersey

Price: $17 to $22

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World's Big Sleep Out

Times Square will host the “World’s Big Sleep Out” this weekend as part of a global effort to spotlight homelessness and internationally displaced people. Register now for a night of activism and also enjoy a bedtime story read by actor Will Smith. 

When: Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Times Square (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: $20

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Sinterklaas Festival

The Sinterklaas Festival in Rhinebeck is back with a day-long, colorful celebration that features children's workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7

Where: Village of Rhinebeck (Rhinebeck, N.Y.)

Price: Free

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Catacombs by Candlelight Tour

Beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral are the only catacombs in Manhattan, and one of only a handful that exists in the entire United States. Just recently, the Basilica decided that it was time to open the underground crypts for public touring. Get tickets and don't miss your chance.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.

Where: Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: $35

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Frank Sinatra's Birthday Celebration

Head to New Jersey this Sunday for a night of music, comedy and memories in celebration of what would be Frank Sinatra’s 104th birthday. Michael Martocci, hailed as one of the best tributes of Sinatra, will perform live alongside comedian Mike Marino and special guest Mark Rivera, Billy Joel’s saxophonist.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre (Red Bank, N.J.)

Price: $39 to $99

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The Nutcracker Live

If you're looking to see The Nutcracker with kids this holiday season, good news: there’s plenty of opportunities to see it performed live on Long Island. Get your tickets now to see this classic holiday ballet come to life on stage.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Where: Patchogue Theatre (Patchogue, N.Y.)

Price: $80

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Fruit and Grain: A Beer & Cider Festival

Kick off the ultimate celebration of this year's holiday season with a beer and cider festival unlike any other. The beverage team of Laurent Tourondel Hospitality hosts the tasting festival featuring 60 producers from all over New York State.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Where: Second Floor (Manhattan, N.Y.)

Price: $55

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