Hester Holiday Market
Dec. 1-21, 11 a.m.
One Penn Plaza, 1 Pennsylvania Plaza
Bundle up, the outdoor market is coming up to 34th Street. It’s a miracle! Alongside their incredible collection of handmade gifts and eclectic roster of artisanal food vendors will be a month-long schedule of fun including caroling, origami classes, a book club and more.
Lincoln Square’s Winter Eve
Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Square, 1841 Broadway
NYC’s largest holiday festival is back with live music, street performers, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more to start the season right. It all kicks off with the Upper West Side’s celebrity-studded tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park. Then tons of Lincoln Square’s finest eateries will be offering tastings for the low price of $1-$4 at various outdoor spots in the area starting at 6 p.m.
Chinese Takeout Class
Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Christmas is coming, and we all know Chinese food for the holidays is a time-honored tradition for many. Why not make your own this year? Join Diana Kuan , author of “The Chinese Takeout Cookbook,” and learn to make scallion pancakes, Chinese barbecue ribs and cashew chicken while sipping on Brooklyn Brewery beer. Also receive tips on stir-frying and a 10 percent discount on any equipment for the day.
South Street Seaport Tree Lighting
Dec. 2, 5:45 p.m.
South Street Seaport, 199 Water St.
Kick off the holiday season where it all began — on the ports of southern Manhattan! Join in the fun with live music, skating performances and outdoor food vendors galore.
Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets
Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Poets House, 10 River Terrace
Head to the opening of this exhibit, which is drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, to get into the real spirit of Christmas — “good tidings of comfort and joy,” remember? — by browsing the poetic holiday cards of writers of yore.
The Degenerate Craft Fair
Dec. 6, noon; Dec. 7, 11 a.m.
DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette St.
This is a great event to do some Christmas shopping, since most of the artwork, clothing and handcrafted soaps and lotions are less than $50. Even if you are all set in the gift department, this craft fair sets itself apart with affordability, unconventional style and “anti-art fair” quality.
Santa’s Winter Workshop
Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Atrio Restaurant at the Conrad Hotel, 102 North End Ave.
$30 children; $15 adults, conradnewyork.com/atrio
Reservation required: 646-796-4250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every kid will visit with Santa Claus, but they can feel like one of his elves while printing their own wrapping paper and making ornaments at this workshop. Pint-size foodies can create customized hot chocolate with candy canes and gingerbread crumbs at the Mr. Snowman Hot Chocolate Bar, with tasty tea sandwiches for all.