If these chilly days are making you and the kids stir crazy, start planning for a weekend of fun! From caroling through Greenwich Village to shopping in LIC, holiday events are happening. Tired of the ho, ho, ho’ing? We found a Christmas-free puppet show and kids concert, too. Read on for all the details. Plus, Park Slope’s new Lakeside ice skating rink is opening on Friday Dec. 20. Stay tuned for our review next week.



Rawther Fancy Tea with Eloise & Santa
Bring on the tea, crumpets and Santa with the lovable Eloise at the Plaza. Storytime, treats and time with jolly Ol’ Saint Nick are all included. Kids will go home with a gift bag of Eloise-themed goodies. Make a reservation in advance – call 212-546-5460 or email eloise@theplazany.com. Fri., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Midtown. $150/child & adult pair, $90 for each additional sibling. All ages. Event details.


La Mama Kids Puppet Show
Follow the wind across the continent, from sea to sea, to meet distinctive characters from America’s treasure trove of multicultural folk traditions in this special puppet show. Besides puppets, this humorous and beautiful show features live actors, and music weaving stories together to make exciting theatre for young audiences. Sat., 11 a.m. East Village. $10 per family. Ages 3+. Event details.

Greenwich Village Caroling Walk
Take an afternoon stroll through the historic, Dickensian neighborhood with West Village Chorale. They’ll lead you and your family through festive carols and songs and convene at Judson Memorial Church with light refreshments. Sat., 3 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All agesEvent details.


Music & Stories with Amelia Robinson of Mils Trills
Amelia Robinson of the band Mils Trills will be singing her original, quirky songs and playing the ukelele at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. This concert, perfect for the baby and toddler set, also includes a few stories. Sat., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with Museum admission. Ages 0-4Event details.

See Animals Open Presents at the Zoo
Santa visits the animals at the Prospect Park Zoo too and you can watch them open their gifts. See golden lion tamarins, dingoes, meerkats, North American river otters and more rip open treat-filled bags and boxes. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Prospect Park. Zoo admission of $8 adults, $5 kids ages 3-12. All agesEvent details.


Free Santa Pics & More at LIC Flea Holiday Market
Shop for unique holiday gifts at the LIC Flea’s Holiday Market. Besides shopping, listen to live jazz from the Dandy Wellington Band, see a hologram art exhibit, buy a fresh tree or wreath, get a free photo with Santa between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and nosh on tasty treats from food vendors. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Long Island City. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  LIC Flea