101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010

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31. Warm up your vocal cords at the XMas Pop Sing-Along
While you wait for SantaCon to announce its starting point, practice your rendition of "Last Christmas" by Wham! and Elvis's "Blue Christmas," enjoy free milk and cookies, and maybe even win a prize for being the naughtiest or nicest. [node:119813 link=Legion;], 790 Metropolitan Ave between Bushwick Ave and Humboldt St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-3797, legionbrooklyn.com). Dec 10 9pm--1am; free.

32. See Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner at the 92nd Street Y
He may not reveal the fate of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but the man behind the cult drama will talk about why so many great Jewish television writers are coming out of Baltimore these days. 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Dec 16 at 8pm; $29.

33. Plan a snowball fight
Last year's blizzards proved that Twitter is great for organizing a massive snowball fight, but it's still more fun to let serendipity take over and just start pelting, as in December's epic Times Square battle. Tips: Wear gloves, not mittens; cup powder in your hands to warm it; rotate hands slowly to create a perfect ball; throw and sprint.

[node:610801 override=cck:field_caption:; noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]34. Visit [node:118930 link=the Cloisters;]
The monastic French quadrangles, marble columns and Hudson-view gardens at the Cloisters look most romantic when they're dusted with snow. In December, the Romanesque Fuentiduea Chapel echoes with hymns sung by the all-male quintet Amarcord (Dec 4 at 1, 3pm; $35) and a 13-member group, the Waverly Consort (Dec 12 at 3pm; Dec 18, 19 at 1, 3pm; $45). [node:283430 link=Fort Tryon Park;], 99 Margaret Corbin Dr at Fort Washington Ave (212-923-3700, metmuseum.org). Concert tickets include museum admission.

35. Join a social sports night
Sort of a hipster version of Dave & Buster's, The Great Indoors party risks pairing activities that require some semblance of hand-eye coordination with copious amounts of alcohol. Zip lines, hot-dog skeet shooting, croquet, a heated pool and DJs all seem like brilliant ideas, until you combine them with an hour-long open bar and free late-night shots. Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th St between the Gowanus Canal and Smith St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (theoceanofblood.blogspot.com). Fri 26 at 9pm; $15, with hunting-themed costume or Thanksgiving leftovers $10, before 11pm $5.

[node:609937 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]36. Sip your way through [node:122716 link=City Bakery;]'s 19th annual Hot Chocolate Festival
At this Flatiron institution, you can sample a different flavor of liquidy goodness
every day in February. This winter's lineup is still being kept under wraps, but past flavors have been spiked with espresso, Earl Grey tea, beer and chili peppers. 3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com). Feb 1--28; shot $3, cup $5.

37. Take friends on a DIY Lower East Side bar crawl
Start by sharing the Sandpiper ($55), a gargantuan scorpion bowl, at tiki den Painkiller, then shuffle over about three blocks to Barrio Chino for sangria (glass $7) and tequila shots ($7--$40). If you're still standing, wrap things up at the saloon-style Whiskey Ward, where your toes can regain feeling as you sip a flight of small-batch bourbons ($9--$12). [node:126297 link=Painkiller;], 49 Essex St at Grand St (212-777-8454, painkillernyc.com) * [node:121844 link=Barrio Chino;], 253 Broome St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212-228-6710, barriochinonyc.com) * The Whiskey Ward, 121 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-477-2998, thewhiskeyward.com)

38. Deliver food to the needy
Nonsectarian charity God's Love We Deliver provides more than 3,600 meals every weekday around New York City, Newark and Hudson County, and can always use a hand in the kitchen or on the street. Volunteers with or without cars are especially needed to deliver meals on Christmas Eve from 9am to 1pm. E-mail volunteer@glwd.org

39. See Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway
It's finally swinging into town. Whether the actual show—starring Broadway newcomer Reeve Carney and tricked out with Julie Taymor's imaginative sets and Bono and the Edge's music—will be more entrancing than the gossip that's preceded it remains to be seen. [node:119500 link=Foxwoods Theater;], 213 W 42nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-556-4750, spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com). Previews start Sun 28, opens Jan 11; times vary. $67.50--$140.

[node:609857 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]40. Hit the holiday markets
This season, skip chain-store merch: The {NewNew}'s one-day Holiday Handmade Cavalcade brings together 40 local Etsy artisans selling such wares as eco-jewelry crafted from recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds (Fernando) and quirky ink illustrations (Virginia Kraljevic). Meanwhile, the 76 vendors at the Grand Central Holiday Fair hawk a mix of upscale items—art prints and Asian textiles—and homey goods, including soap, stuffed animals and ornaments. Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, [node:120230 link=Openhouse Gallery;], 201 Mulberry St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (handmadecavalcade.com). Dec 5 11am--8pm; free. * [node:541415 link=Grand Central Holiday Fair;], Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd St and Park Ave (grandcentralterminal.com). Through Dec 24. Mon--Sat 10am--8pm, Sun 11am--7pm; free.

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ToddO
ToddO

Okay, so the 2011 list isnt here yet? What gives -- it's only touted on the cover of this week's magazine!!! (And anyway, what's the point of buying the magazine, when an annual feature story is only available online?)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Santacon is Sat Dec 10th, not the 11th.