amNY Weekender | 7 things to do in NYC, Dec. 9-11

The home of Lucy Spata on 84th Street in Dyker Heights carries on the tradition of impressive holiday displays in the southern Brooklyn neighborhood.
Photo by Paul Frangipane/Brooklyn Paper

Friday, Dec. 9

Ceramics Holiday Market- Come support local ceramic artists for the art lovers on your gift list and as a little treat after a long week! BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center is hosting its 13th annual Craft Show this weekend, featuring over 30 uniquely stylized vendors. Vendors will be working their own tables, allowing for customer interaction and finding out stories behind pieces. The market opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and extends until 9 p.m., entry is free and open to the public. 10-34 44th Drive, Queens

Ice Skating at the Governors Island Winter Village- It’s Christmastime in the city! Rather than battling the crowds at the Rockefeller Center ice rink, come to Governors Island Winter Village. The ice rink is 7,500 square feet and has lawn games, festive lights, seasonal food and drink options, sled and bike rentals, fire pits and more for when one is not skating. Tickets are $14.54 and count for an hour and a half of skating time. They can be purchased here. Skate rentals are an additional $9. Governors Island, Manhattan

Saturday, Dec. 10 

Queer Art Winterfest- Come support queer artists at a holiday marketplace! 3 Dollar Bill is hosting Queer Art Winterfest for the second year, waiving vendor fees to make selling art more equitable for marginalized communities. Wares include photography, jewelry, fashion, baked goods, zines, and more. Live performances from drag queens and DJs will be occurring throughout the day. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will also have a pop-up offering free HIV screenings and vital resources. The marketplace is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn 

Oddities Flea Market New York City- The Oddities Flea Market is at the Metropolitan Pavilion! Come view an eclectic collection of taxidermy, medical history objects, jewelry, anatomical curiosities, art and more. Over 50 vendors will be offering oddities at the market. Sweets and photo opportunities will also be offered. General admission tickets begin at $22.85 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. VIP is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. but requires an extra fee. General admission goes from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Sunday, Dec. 11 

Street Connect Experience- Meaningful Conversations- NYC is a fascinating place full of people with interesting stories. Learn how to have difficult conversations and expand perspectives during the holidays with the Street Connect Experience at the Conversation Room. Led by Janille Hill, the session will offer a safe space to practice conversation and connection through interactive activities in a variety of group settings. The session will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $23.05 and can be purchased here. 653 Malcolm X Blvd, Manhattan

Please Give A F$%k! (A Comedy Show With A Cause)- Come watch comedy for a good cause this weekend! Tickets range from $5 to $10 and funds go towards the Food Bank for New York City. The lineup includes Erik Bergstrom from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central, Brendan Sagalow from MTV’s Joking Off, Christopher Reiter from “Ope!”, James Mac from Whiskey and Chem Lights Alum, Tommy Smart from Really Smart Comedy and Marco Rivera. Donation tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.com.  647 Grand Street, Brooklyn

THE ULTIMATE DYKER HEIGHTS HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR!- Come see the festive lights in Dyker Heights! For 30 years Dyker Heights has had a tradition of big and bright holiday lights spanning 3 avenues and many streets. Hosted by a resident of the heights, the tour will contain community mingling and rotations to see all of the lights. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. 7824 13th Avenue, Brooklyn