There’s lots to celebrate in the next few weeks, especially this last weekend before Christmas. On deck, we have Hanukkah events, ugly holiday sweater fun runs, and even a Mexican-American Posada (a singing Christmas procession). So get involved, get cheerful, and get out there–weekend fun awaits.


Photo credit: Mano a Mano


Make Gilded Ornaments at the City Museum
Take a look at the jewelry and clothing worn by New York’s rich and famous in the late 19th century and then craft your own ornament inspired by the exhibit. Sat. 11 a.m. Upper East Side. Free with admission. Ages 6-10. Event details.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter: Hanukkah Tunes and More at The Jewish Museum
Shake and sizzle to a musical mix of Puerto Rican folk music, American blues, and contagious rhythms by Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Don’t miss the band’s unique twists on Hanukkah faves, too. Sun. 11:30 a.m. Upper East Side. $18/Adults; $13/Children. Ages 3-8. Event details.


Create Upcycled Holiday Cards at the Rubin Museum
Drop into the Rubin Museum’s art studio and use recycled and natural materials to make your own holiday cards. Sun. 1 p.m. Chelsea. Free with admission. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


Meet Illustrator Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall (known for her illustrations in NYC’s subway cars and for books such as Ivy + Bean and Missed Connections) will be signing books and crafting ornaments inspired by her newest book The Baby Tree. Sun. 2 p.m. Soho. Free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


The Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah
Celebrate Hanukkah at the lighting of the world’s largest menorah. The evening will also include live music, hot latkes and gifts for kids. Fri.-Sun. Times vary by night. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details

Learn about Mexican-American Traditions
Join in the twelfth annual Posadas y Pastorelas, a holiday celebration promoting the popular traditions of the Mexican community of New York. Includes music, crafts, a holiday procession, and more. Sun. 12:30 p.m. Industry City. Free. All ages. Event details.


Ugly Sweater 5k
Join thousands of very merry runners and walkers for a 5K with a holiday twist. Also look for: hot chocolate stations, music, and more. Sat. 11 a.m. Citi Field. $35/person; Free/kids 5 and under. All ages. Event details


Toy Story 2 Screening at the Museum of the Moving Image
Head to the Museum of the Moving Image to catch a screening of the Pixar classic Toy Story 2. Sun. 1 p.m. Astoria. Free with admission. Ages 4 and up. Event details

What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below. 

— Abigail Matsumoto