Here's Your December Kick-Off Weekend Guideโ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ๐Ÿ™

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That time of year is here again. When the city is even more beautiful than usualโ€”glowy, festive and 

Beyond the fact that 25 Days of Christmas will officially commence this Friday (December), there is also much else to look forward to. Things that involve summoning the courage to leave the warm comfort of your home.

But trust us, it'll be worth it. From holiday festive to Trap Music Brunches, these are all the wintery-fresh events happening this weekend! 

Friday, December 1st

1. Tree Lighting Skate-tacular @ Bryant Park Rink (6 p.m.)

bryantparknyc Tree. Lighting. Skate-tacular. Friday, December 1, 6pm ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ“ธ: @elizabethshrier

It seems that we've already gotten a head start on getting into the holiday spirit (as usual). But if you're already dreaming of a White Christmas, be a part of the tree lighting tradition at Bryant Park this Friday night!

This is one of those very touristy, traditional things that we'll bet tons of New Yorkers actually haven't yet gotten around to. So maybe it's your year to get in on the action.

2. First Fridays! StorySLAM in Collab with The Moth  @ The Bronx Museum (6 p.m.)

bronxmuseum FIRST FRIDAYS! WITH THE MOTH #Friday, #December 1, 2017, 6:00pm to 10:00pm The Moth #StorySLAMs are #openmic storytelling competitions open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the nightโ€™s theme,ย DIRT, inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark. To be selected to participate, arrive at 7pm and enter your name in #TheMoth โ€œhatโ€. $10 Tickets will be available for purchase through The Moths website. BxMA has a select number of free tickets for #Bronx residents available. #RSVP atยย #bronxmuseum #tellyourstory

If you've yet to experience the NYC-famous, Moth StorySLAM, you may want to head over to 1040 Grand Concourse this Friday. Whether you're a writer yourself, looking to observe, or feeling randomly creative, you can participate or simply enjoy the show.

If you're unfamiliar with the event, it's an awesome and exciting collaboration of storytellers telling true stories to a live audience. In this edition, The Bronx Museum is working with The Moth to bring their own rendition to the stage. Reserve tickets by emailing

Saturday, December 2nd

3. Heated Winter Wonderland Beer Garden @ Loreley Beer Garden (Weekend-Long)

loreleynyc Fly into #SaturdayNight work BEER! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ #BeerFlight #loreleynyc ๐Ÿ“: @loreleynyc ๐Ÿ™: Lower East Side, NYC ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ TAG YOUR FRIENDS! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

We're just glad that our outdoor hangouts won't fizzle out completely with the winter season. Now we can throw on our winter-wear and enjoy some drinks at the beer garden without freezing our a**es off.

Open all day from 12 p.m. onward, this shindig offers craft beers, wine, and seasonal, festive cocktails. Plus it's free admission! For once you don't need to roll your eyes over an annoying cover. Check it out at 7 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side.

4. Slim Cinema Vertical Film Festival @ 350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn (8 p.m.-2 a.m.)

This is a totally unique film festival focused on presenting work from our most familiar, everyday medium; mobile phones (hence the "vertical"). Filmmakers and storytellers collaborate to showcase a wide variety of work, an art they feel should all be able to "fit in your pocket."

Reserve your ticket here and when you do, be sure to use our code SPOILED15 for a special discount

5. Native Art Market @ George Gustav Heye Center (Weekend-Long)

smithsoniannmai "They'd built that place to keep their people together, and to ask for mercy from the Creator, since justice was so sketchily applied on earth." โ€”Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), from "The Round House" . Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the act of violence in New York City today. . Illustration: Moccasins from the museum's collections. New York, 1994. Photo by David Heald for the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in Manhattan

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is bringing us this exciting, eclectic market this weekend at the George Gustav Heye Center. The event will showcase a massive variety of native goods with everything from food vendors to handcrafted jewelry. 

Free admission, too! Find it the museum downtown at 1 Bowling Green in Manhattan.

6. Downtown Abbey Soiree218 West 57th Street (8 p.m.)

downtonabbey_official Big news is on its way! Check back soon for a special announcement. #Downton

This sure is neat. You can attend this 1910's era, Downtown Abbey-themed extravaganza! Dress the part, enjoy some themed cocktails, delicious food, and pretend for a bit that you're living in a decade more suited for your level of class.

Fantasize, for an evening, life living in Highclere Castle, through this awesome exhibit debuting now. Reserve tickets here! Ages 21 and up.

7. Brunch Trap & SocaWarehouse Studio (12:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

wevibenyc ๐Ÿ˜ฎOh Issa Ting๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ @wevibenyc presents the 1st Ever BRUNCH TRAP & SOCA โœ…2hrs Bottomless Southern & Caribbean Brunch๐Ÿฅž โœ…2hrs Bottomless Mimosa & Rum Punch๐Ÿน โœ…Brand New Spacious Brooklyn Venueโ›ฒ๏ธ โœ…Your Favorite NYC DJs under one โ˜€๏ธ Roof more info visit #WeVibeNYC #ThisIsWeVibe #ฮ’runch #Food #foodie #Soca #Trap #Traphouse

We're all suckers for a good brunch hangout sesh every now and then so why not mix it up a bit with this very intriguing mashup of brunch, trap music, and Caribbean cuisine? Or have you been to this kind of jam before? In that case, you're far too cool for us. 

The ticket includes 2 hours of endless brunch, bottomless mimosas, an open rum punch bar, surprise performances, DJs and more! Head to 3905 2nd Avenue in Brooklyn but first, reserve tickets here

Sunday, December 3rd

8. Dandelion Chocolate NYC Pop-Up Cafe @ 180 9th Avenue (Ends December 3rd)

dandelionchocolate A closer look at our plans in NYC! Weโ€™re open all week long at 180 9th Avenue in Chelsea, and hopping around town with tastings, chocolate making classes, live chocolate making demos, and more. See our website for ticketed events. #dandelionchocolatebook #dandelionxnyc #dandelionlovesnewyork

This is an exclusive, irresistible event you will not want to miss out on. The California-based chocolate factory Dandelion Chocolate is hosting a pop-up shop in NYC this week, and we're looking to lend some solid shopping support in the hopes that MAYBE they'll make that official move here? Just a thought.

In promotion of their new book, the cafe will be serving up delicious chocolate treats from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. all weekend long until its official end this Sunday.

No tickets needed, just head on over!

9. Renegade Craft Fair @ Industry City Factory Floor (Weekend-long)

renegadecraft Austin! Weโ€™re at @fairmarketatx celebrating #ShopSmallSaturday with some of our favorite people! Stop by 11-6 today and tomorrow and support amazing independent artists ๐ŸŒž

Fun fact: Renegade Craft Fair is the world's largest showcase of independent craft and design. High-quality goods by up-and-coming craftsman and artists of all trades. It's bringing the community together and supporting new products. 

The event is coming to NYC  exclusively for three weekends, kicking off this Saturday @ 274 36th Street, Brooklyn from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

10. Forward Union Fair 2017 @ 714 Broadway, Manhattan (Weekend-long)

forward_union Announcement! #ForwardUnionFair 2017 will take place Dec 2 AND 3 at 714 Broadway. Expanding to 2 full days means more orgs, programs and artists, but also more support needed. @kickstarter link in bio!

This unique and inspiring event calls for a collaboration between various organizations working for social change. The idea is to connect artists and creative work, with the objectives of these organizations to create powerful and captivating messages for people to observe and identify with.

It's going down this weekend, starting at 11 a.m. both days, be sure to RSVP here (the site will redirect you to their facebook page). 

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