Mommy Poppins Picks for the December 21st Weekend (NYC)

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It’s the last weekend before Christmas and NYC is overflowing with holiday cheer. It’s a great weekend to hit all the seasonal sights before the tourists take over. So in between last-minute gift shopping, make sure you carve out time to see Santa, gawk at awesome holiday windows and light displays.

ALL WEEKEND:

Grand Opening: Ice-Skating Rinks in Prospect Park – Prospect Park
After years of construction and $74 million dollars, Prospect Park‘s brand-new ice-skating spot is set to open to the public. Dubbed the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, the complex features two rinks, a cafe and awesome views. Plus it’s one of the cheaper outdoor rinks in town, and will offer hockey and learn-to-skate programs. $6 on weekdays, $8 on weekends, $5 for skate rental

An Animated World: Celebrating Five Years of GKids Classics – Greenwich Village
Catch cool animated family flicks from around the world at the IFC Center. Curated by the folks behind the beloved New York International Children’s Film Festival, this two-week fest kicks off this weekend with five flicks from Japan including Summer Wars, Grave of the Fireflies and the new classic My Neighbor Totoro by the inimitable Hayao Miyazaki. $13.50 for adults, $9.50 for children

SATURDAY:

East Meets West Christmas Parade – Little Italy to Chinatown
One of Mommy Poppins December Go List picks: Adjacent communities Chinatown and Little Italy come together to celebrate the holidays in this multi-culti mash up. Watch marching bands, Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance troupes, half a dozen floats, a gondola on wheels, and other entertainers and attractions parade throughout the nabes’ main streets. FREE

Make Music Winter – Manhattan & Brooklyn
Make some noise at a dozen interactive music-filled parades in honor of winter solstice. While a handful of the processions require preregistration and rehearsals, most don’t. Families should enjoy Tom Peyton’s Bell by Bell in Midtown West and Peregrine, a boombox parade in Fort Greene led by Unsilent Night‘s Phil Kline. See the event listing for the complete schedule of parades. FREE

SUNDAY

Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Washington Heights
Get into the holiday spirit old-school-style at the Church of the Intercession’s 103rd (!) annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s ode to Christmas. Afterward, enjoy caroling, a lantern-lit procession to the poet’s grave at nearby Trinity Cemetery, a commemorative wreath laying and complimentary hot cocoa. FREE

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