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    Friday's pick of the day: Holiday on the Hudson

    Fri Dec 18

    Start off your last pre-Christmas weekend with a free ice-skating show. Students and instructors from Chelsea Piers Sky Rink will glide through a special holiday routine tonight at the sports complex's annual Holiday on the Hudson extravaganza. Before the event, treat your tots to some ultra-rich hot cocoa at Jacques Torres' chocolate shop , just a few blocks south of the Piers at Chelsea Market.

    Free trial classes at Kids at Work

    Fri Dec 18

    One of the peskiest problems about living in a tiny NYC apartment is the lack of inexpensive indoor events once the weather turns cold...like today. Brrrr ! Well here's an option: Chelsea's Kids at Work is offering free trial classes for kids ages four and under. The play spot is devoted to imaginative learn-while-you-play activities such as crafts and music sessions, which means your babe won't just be banging on blocks all afternoon. If you decide you want to sign up for a series of classes, discounts are available. See ya, winter blues!

    What to do this weekend: Dec 19-20 event picks

    Fri Dec 18

    It's your last weekend to check out all of the holiday displays , trees and spectacles before Christmas arrives! Got more shopping to do? Don't stress: Seasonal markets have you covered. Still need a picture with Santa? He's slated to make appearances around the city straight through Christmas Eve. If it's inexpensive holiday events you're seeking, we have plenty of suggestions. First, check out an evening of caroling tonight, then on Saturday, celebrate NYC's diversity at the East Meets West Christmas Parade , which winds through Little Italy and Chinatown. On Sunday, the holiday gets a Mexican twist at the Museum of the City of New York's Posadas y Pastorelas fest, where a pinata party kicks off the fun. Want more yuletide recommendations? Check out our roundup of holiday events , or see all no-cost happenings through Sunday . If you're looking for more Saturday activities, head to a gingerbread workshop. There's one in...

    Shop at the Harlem Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday

    Fri Dec 18

    Attention last-minute shoppers—we know you're out there, and you're not alone. In addition to the ongoing holiday markets, there are a number of pop-up events, including this Harlem trunk show featuring 20 emerging designers. While you browse clothing, handbags and jewelry, your little ones can draw and paint at a kiddie craft table, have their faces painted and hand over their wish list to Santa. Sat, Dec 19 noon--6pm. New Song Harlem, 2230 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 121st St. Subway: C to 116th St. Visit memorylanebytoya.com for more info.

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