curated by Sara Maher

The following is a Public Service Announcement: SantaCon is today. Yes, TODAY. Bake some cookies, make some cocoa, and queue up Netflix, because you ain’t going nowhere. After the Santas have sobered up, get back into the spirit of the season with some festive fun.

Big Screens Are Best

Let’s me honest, between the museums, restaurants, and malls, indoor entertainment can get a little pricey. Thankfully, the city throws us a bone every now and then. As its “holiday gift to you”, the SVA Theatre is showing 12 hours of Free Anniversary Screenings… on the big screen! As a bonus, the theatre allows you to bring your own snacks, so fill a tote with gingerbread men and gelt and go crazy.

F downtown to 23 St and walk west to the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St). Sat Dec 17; “Hook” 2pm, “Rocky” 6pm, “Little Shop of Horrors” 9:30pm, “Scream” 11:59pm. All films rated PG or older; see SVA website for film-specific ratings and restrictions. Free. svatheatre.com

Shred to Forget

“Good grief!” sighs Charlie Brown in all of his beloved holiday specials. If 2016 has got you feeling down like Brown, take your frown to Times Square – hold on, stay with me – for Good Riddance Day. Inspired by a Latin American tradition of stuffing dolls with objects representing bad memories and setting them on fire, Good Riddance Day allows you to send your moans and groans to the shredder. Yes, a shredder. A giant paper shredder.

F downtown to 42 St-Bryant Park and walk west on 42nd St to the intersection of Seventh Ave and Broadway. Wed Dec 28, 12pm. Free. shredit.com/en-us/goodriddanceday/home

Free Hamilton!

It’s not a lie! Face it, you’ll never get to see Hamilton on Broadway, so why not see him at the library instead? Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel explores the transformation of Hamilton from an orphaned immigrant to George Washington’s top aide. The exhibit features some of the New York Public Library’s Hamilton-related artifacts, including Hamilton’s draft of President Washington’s farewell address.

F downtown to 42 St-Bryant Park and enter the library on Fifth Ave. Open daily through Dec 31; library hours vary. Free. on.nypl.org/2hbHfdX

Ice Bucket What Now?

“Cold enough for ya?” That’s the cheeky quote on the website of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, “the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States.” They swim in the ocean every Saturday from November through April (!!!), but if you aren’t quite ready to take that plunge, try the New Year’s Day Swim instead. If you survive, you can enjoy a free pass to the NY Aquarium or ride Deno’s Wonder Wheel, slated to be open on New Year’s Day for the first time ever (weather permitting).

F downtown to Coney Island-Stillwell Av and walk south on Stillwell Ave to the Boardwalk. Sun Jan 1, 1pm. $40 suggested donation to Camp Sunshine; registration required to swim. Info and registration: polarbearclub.org

It Takes Two

Way before Game of Thrones, winter came to the world beyond the wardrobe. This retelling of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe features only two actors (and a whole lotta masks) and was nominated for “Best Family Show” in the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. Kids can even meet the actors and get a free Narnia sticker after every show.

F downtown to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Center and walk southwest to St. Luke’s Theatre (308 W 46th St). Every Sat, 11am with some additional dates; tickets on sale through Mar 2017. $35 each. Appropriate for ages 6+; children under age 4 not permitted. narniaoffbroadway.com

. 11:30am-10:30pm. $75 adults/$50 children under 10. frenchlouienyc.com/thanksgiving.html

• If you want to keep it simple: Prime Meats will give you turkey, potatoes, and lots of gravy, plus pumpkin or apple pie.

F downtown to Smith-9 Sts and walk northwest to 465 Court St. 12pm-11pm. $57.

Brooklyn Bounty

Looking for something a little funkier than the fare from Union Square or Bryant Park? Get yourself down to Gowanus for the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, curated by e-commerce website Brooklyn Makers. Find unique, handmade art prints, stationery, jewelry, housewares, shoes, bags, toys, and more. Then leave your kids at the free craft station while you wait to get your purchases professionally gift-wrapped for, again, free. If you’re going with your adult friends, there will be complimentary cocktails, too!

• F downtown to Carroll St and walk northwest to 501 Union St. Sat Nov 26-Sun Nov 27, 11am-6pm. Free admission. brooklynholidaybazaar.com

For Your Information

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is happening on November 30. This is a reminder to stay away from Rockefeller Center that night, not a reminder to actually go.

• F downtown to 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center and go above ground to 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Wed Nov 30, 7-9pm. TV broadcast on NBC. Tree remains on display 5:30am-midnight through Sat Jan 7 at 9pm. Free. rockefellercenter.com/holidays/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting

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