December's Around Town Staten Island


Friday, December 4
  • Grand Illumination. Traditional colonial holiday kick off. Snacks. Free. Outdoor event. 7-8pm. The Conference House, 718 984-6046
  • Doodlebug 1 - FunTime. Storytelling, music & crafts. Ages 18mos - 4yrs w/caregiver. 1pm. Blue Heron Park, 718-227-8839
  • Health Plus Kidz Cook. Different recipe each week. 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Celebrate Eid: Eid Pancakes. An Arabic festivitiy, celebration, recurring happiness and a feast. Call for times. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Health Plus Kidz Cook. Different recipe each week. 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060.
  • St. George Holiday Ball 7:00–11:00pm. A party with dance music and special guest performers. Cash Bar with food donated by local eateries. Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place. Free admission.

Saturday, December 5
  • Breakfast with Santa Claus to benefit SI's Children's Campaign Charitable Trust. 8:30-10am. Applebee's SI Mall. Call 718 889-3029 to preregister.
  • Breakfast with Santa. 10am-noon. Prereg. Seaview Auxiliary, Colony Hall, 718 317-3349
  • Kids Workshop: Wagon. Do-it-yourself skills & tool safety. 9am-noon . Ages 5-12. Free at Home Depot. www.siparent.com
  • Holiday Nature Crafts. How to use pinecones, evergreens & other natural materials. 1pm. Blue Heron Park, UPR, 718 967-3542
  • Music for the Cure. Benefit concert for young cancer survivors by pianist and brain cancer survivor, Matthew Zachary. 7pm at Veterans Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor, www.musicforthecure.org
  • Kids & Kritters: Birds of Winter. Learn about winter birds & make a treat. Ages 5-7 w/caregiver. 11am-12:30pm. Blue Heron Park, 917 751-0071
  • Workshop: Indoor Composting with Worms. Construct an indoor compost bin with the help of red wriggler worms. 12-2pm. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gdn, 718 425-3557
  • Krafty Kids: Decorate For The Animals. Make a Lenape craft. Ages 4-10 w/caregiver. 1-2pm. Prereg. Blue Heron Park,917-751-0071
  • Kettle Ponds. Explore Long Pond Park. 1pm. UPR, 718 967-3542
  • Target First Saturday: Light Up the Season. Free night of music, dance & art-making classes that celebrate the seasonal festivals of light from around the world. 5-11pm. The Brooklyn Museum, 718 638-5000
  • Saturday's Tots. Singing, creating & sharing adventures.11 am. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Kids Workshop. Different project every weekend. 1, 2 & 3pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-206
  • Tavern Concert. 7:30 & 9:30pm. Historic Richmond Town, 718 351-1611
  • Holiday Stroll and Culture Shop - 10:00am - 5:00pm. Throughout New Brighton, search for unique and special holiday gifts at this one day only festival that will bring you to some of Staten Islands churches and cultural institutions.

Sunday, December 6
  • Christmas in Richmondtown. Hear Carolers sing holiday songs, take a tour. Home-made goodies available. 10am-5pm. Historic Richmond Town, 718-351-1611
  • Tree Lighting Celebration. Meet Santa Claus & follow Caroler's Parade to the Tree Lighting Ceremony. 5pm. Historic Richmond Town, 718 351-1611
  • Herbal Holiday Decorations. Make easy table & gift decorations & more. 1-2:30pm. Prereg. Blue Heron Park, 718 356-9235
  • Owl Prowl. 5:30pm. Long Pond Park. Protectors, 718 313-8591
  • Knot for Nothing. Learn & practice some of the most basic & practical knots. 1pm. Blue Heron Park, UPR. 718 967-3542
  • Natural Science Club: Natural Plastics. Make your own samples of plastics from other organic sources such as milk, gelatin & guar gum. Ages 8-12. 2-3:30pm. Blue Heron Park, 718 967-3542
  • A Concert of Love & Hope: Inspirational & Holiday Music for the benefit of the Global Medical Relief Fund (www.globmed.org). 3-5:30pm at The Church of the Ascension, 1 Kingsley Ave, 718 442-4187
  • (update) Jacob Marley's "A Christmas Carol" Presented by Snug Harbor and Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, 2:00pm. Call 866 967-8167 or visit www.sistny.org
  • (update) 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony5-7pm at the Carl Grillo Glasshouse, Snug Harbor. Live performances from Wagner College Theatre and St. Roch School's Children's Choir, sing-a-longs. RSVP 718 425-3516
  • Reading. Participatory reading from "The Hobbit." Come dressed as your favorite Tolkien character. 3pm. Prereg. Staten Island OutLOUD. Greenbelt Nature Center., 718-351-3450
  • Celebrate Eid: Eid Pancakes. An Arabic festivitiy, celebration, recurring happiness and a feast. Call for times. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Hockey Clinic. Free ice hockey & ice skating instruction for S.I. boys & girls ages 4-17 from 7-8am (except 12/27). S.I. Ice Hockey Association at the S.I. Skating Pavillion. 718-966-8708 or www.SIIHA.com
  • Kids Workshop. Different project every weekend. 1, 2 & 3pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • The Gifts of St. Nicolas with Richmond Choral Society. Featured works include Benjamin Britten’s St.Nicolas (Op.42), and Sancte Sancte Nicolas (a
    Latin carol composed by RCS Musical Director, Marina Alexander.) Info: www.richmondchoral.com. St. Peter’s Church, 53 St. Marks Place.

Monday, December 7
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Inspired by the timeless poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," Clement Moore & his family learn the true miracle of Christmas. Center for the Arts at CSI. Enrichment Through the Arts, 718 982-5678
  • Pet Photo Night with Santa. Santa welcomes dogs and cats only. 6-10pm. SI Mall, 718-761-6666
  • Kid's Night. Tommy's Costume Characters. 917 658-5654

Tuesday, December 8
  • The Magic of Science. Magic tricks & circus skills help explain atoms, molecules, the elements, compounds, solutions, magnetism & static electricity. 9:45 & 11:30am. Center for the Arts at CSI. Enrichment Through the Arts, 718 982-5678
  • Tots Time Plus. Artwork, sing-along & more. Parent/child. 11am.SI Child's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Read Aloud. All ages. 4pm. South Beach Library, 718-816-5836
  • Kid's Night. Tommy's Costume Characters, 917 658-5654

Wednesday, December 9
  • Story Museum. Ages 3-6. Adult Free. 2-3pm. Historic Richmond Town, 718 351-1611
  • Alice in Winterland. Costumed characters & giant 9 ft. tall puppets. 9:45 & 11:30am. Center for the Arts at CSI. Enrichment Through the Arts, 718 982-5678
  • Kid's Night. Tommy's Costume Characters. 917 658-5654
  • Greenbelt Tree Tots. Hands-on activities, games & more. Ages 2 & 3 w/caregiver. 9:30-10:15am. Prereg. Greenbelt Nature Center, 718-351-3450
  • Clay Day. Sculpt. 1:30 pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Poca a Poco: Play, crafts, storytelling and more in Spanish. 10am. SI Children's Museum, 718 273-2060

Thursday, December 10
  • Tots Time Plus. Artwork, singing along & more. Parent/child. 11am. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060
  • Thrilling Thursdays. Read aloud and craft. Ages 3+. 4pm. Dongan Hills Library, 718-351-1444
  • Paint Day. Picasso may have started this way. 1:30pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060

Friday, December 11
  • Annual Chanukah Dinner. 6pm. Prereg. by 12/4. Temple Israel Reform Cong., 718 727-2231
  • Doodlebug 2 - FunTime. Storytelling, music & crafts. Ages 18mos - 4yrs w/caregiver. 1pm. Blue Heron Park, 718-227-8839
  • Preschool Story Time. Ages 3-5. 10:30am. Prereg. South Beach Library, 718-816-5836
  • Lanyard Fun. 3:30pm. St. George Library,718 442-8560
  • The Nutcracker. A perfect introduction to ballet for kids 3-12. Only one-hour. 10am. New York Ballet Theatre, 212 355-6160
  • (update) Jacob Marley's "A Christmas Carol" Presented by Snug Harbor and Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, 8:00pm. Call 866 967-8167 or visit www.sistny.org
  • Holiday Show: "Making Spirits Bright." Fri at 8pm; Sat. 2pm & 8pm. Moore Catholic High School, 718 761-9200
  • Hanukkah Treats: Potato Latkes. Participate in making gourmet latkes. Call for times. SI Children's Museum, 718 273-2060
  • Health Plus Kidz Cook. Different recipe each week. 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm. SI Children's Museum, 718-273-2060

Saturday, December 12th
  • Historic Richmond Town Candelight Tour and Wassail Bowl Reception - $22.00, $20.00 for members of SIHS, $10.00 for children under 12. Celebrate the holiday season on a festive Candlelight Tour. You will discover how holiday traditions changed during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Delight in fireplace warmth, candle and oil lamp glow, games of days gone by and timeless songs, hymns and carols. Taste freshly prepared holiday sweets and treats on a ninety-minute visit to the past. For more information please call 718-351-1611
  • Dickens of a Christmas - $10 for members and $13 for non members 5:30-8:30pm. Included is one free photo (per family) with Santa ($5.00 for additional photos), a hot beverage, a sweet treat and a free Staten Island Zoo Grocery Bag and lots to explore and visit including trees decorated for the season by local school children. Be greeted by folks in costume of Christmases past, meet Santa, and sing along with a chorus. Join the "Party Crew" costume characters and Patrick Raftery with a children's sing-along. Experience flavors and participate in crafts and activities that are traditional for the holiday season in China, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Australia, Russia and Spain. Meet the Kwanzaa lady, learn about Three Kings Day (Dia de Los Reyes) and Hanukah traditions as well. The Christmas Tree will be lit at 6:30pm and there will be a reading of A Christmas Carol. This event is sure to get you in the holiday mood! Before you leave, take a star off the enrichment tree that gives suggestions for “treats” for the Zoo animals that can be purchased at your local pet store. Bring it back to the Zoo on your next visit. For further information contact the SI Zoo at 718-442-3174.

Tuesday, December 15
  • Victorian Tree Ornament Making Workshop - $25 11:00am. In addition to the decorated tree, the tradition of making paper holiday ornaments was brought to this country by German immigrants in the 1860’s and 1870’s and continued through the turn of the century. The ornaments were made out of paper using die-cut chromolithographs referred to as “scraps”, gold embossed paper known as “Dresdens”, crepe paper and glazed paper, tinsel, cotton batting, lace and feathers. The designs we will be making in the workshop are facsimiles of those ornaments made by our foremothers in the Victorian era. The materials we will use will replicate as closely as possible the materials used in the originals.Limited seating, registration required. Materials supplied but you need to bring scissors, refreshments served at the Alice Austen House.

Friday, December 18
  • St. George Theatre's Christmas Show - $10 - $40 7:30pm. The Christmas Show is a family tradition for Staten Islanders. Celebrating its sixth season, this extravagant show will star Santa and feature the St. George Theatre Chorus, it's very own Richmondettes, ragdolls, elves, lifesize toys and aerialists as they come alive on the SGT stage! Scenes from Central Park and the Rainbow Room are favorites too! Meet and greet Santa and cast at the end of the show... bring your camera! For more information please call 718-442-2900

Saturday, December 19
  • Breakfast with the Beasts: Holiday Breakfast - 8:30-10:00am. Our most popular Breakfast with the Beast will return. (Shhh!! Because our animals have been so good this year Santa will visit.) We will look at a number of outdoor Zoo critters and see how they deal with winter including our very special seasonal visitors – reindeer! Ages 5 and up. A paying adult must accompany a paying child. Please no younger siblings. Staten Island Zoo.

Monday, December 28
  • Dinosaurs and More featuring Richie Mirissis – 1:30-3:30pm Join dinosaur enthusiast, Richie Mirissis, as he presents some amazing fossils, three- dimensional models, and memorabilia from his vast collection. Take home a special craft that you make! Free with regular admission – DONATION REQUESTED. Pre-registration not required.

Wednesday, December 30
  • Richmond Town Doll & Teddy Bear Party - $8.00/child, $4.00/adult. 1:30 p.m. Bring your favorite doll or teddy bear to meet other special friends at our Victorian Christmas Tree. Lively, interactive story-telling makes the occasion special, holiday treats round out the fun. Prepaid reservations required. For more information please call (718) 351-1611
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