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A Wacky Winter

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From silent disco skates at the Seaport to Santa diving with sharks, these are some quirky winter activities for those looking to add a little bit of something else.

South Street Seaport’s Curling Wednesdays and Sunday Silent Disco Skate
through December
South Street Seaport, just a few blocks from the NYC Campus, is home to both a tree and an ice rink during the holidays. But did you know that on Wednesdays in December, the ice rink’s learn-to-curl program takes over? That’s right, our favorite Winter Olympics sport that includes throwing a stone, sweeping, and skipping is just a skip away. Also on the rink, SOUND OFF does Silent Disco Skate Sundays, where there is no amplified sound. DJs provide live entertainment through wireless noise canceling headsets to help you customize your own experience.

Unsilent Night: Caroling with a Quirk
December 13
Don’t get us wrong, caroling is cool. Really cool. But Unsilent Night New York is cooler. Join hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people armed with boomboxes as they walk from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park creating a sound sculpture of many individual parts on December 13. Creator Phil Kline says “Every year I present Unsilent Night, which is like a Christmas caroling party except we don’t sing, but rather carry boomboxes, each playing a separate tape or CD which is part of the piece. In effect, we become a city-block-long stereo system.”

Christmas on the Farm
December 13
Make some mooves over to Muscoot Farm in nearby Somers, New York, for an evening of cookies and carols in the main house and experience the magic of the farm at night.

41st Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
December 14
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites.  

Chanukah Menorah Car Parade
December 21
Strap a Menorah to the top of your car and join the parade through Larchmont and Mamaroneck, followed by the grand Menorah lighting at 6:00 p.m. in front of Chabad. And that’s not all, Chabad will also host the Dreidel House on December 22 and 23, where you can check out the Lego Menorah competition, snap some photos in the Maccabee photobooth, and more!

Whoo Loves Winter?
December 27
December is the month when Great-horned owls begin to pair up and call for their mates, and by mid-winter the females are sitting on eggs with snow falling on their heads. Come learn about these nocturnal winter-loving top predators, and meet one of Teatown Lake Reservation’s great-horned owls.

Santa Dive with Sharks at the Maritime Aquarium
through December 24
If you go further north to Norwalk, you’ll be treated to something a little wild. And we’re not talking about the ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express in their IMAX theater through January 1. We’re talking Santa strapping on scuba gear and taking a dive into the 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, home to sand tiger and lemon sharks. Good luck, Santa.

DreamWorks’ DreamPlace: The North Pole Adventure
through December 24
Don’t wait in line for hours to spend seconds with a mall Santa. Santa Shrek? Shrek yeah! Santa comes to town for DreamWorks DreamPlace North Pole Adventure, a modern take on Santa’s Village with a Shrek-based theme and located in a custom-built 42-foot tall workshop in Town Square. The workshop features interactive LED screens, light shows, and a photo and video opportunity with Santa during a private, personalized meeting. Use an app to schedule your visit to one of only eight of these in the U.S.

A Very Duchess Holiday
through December 28
Anna Gould, the last owner of Lyndhurst, just happened to be the Duchess of Talleyrand and Princess de Sagan. Just like the character in Downton Abbey, Anna Gould was one of the extremely wealthy American heiresses that went to Europe and married into the aristocracy. Anna left all her couture clothing at Lyndhurst when she donated the mansion to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This holiday season, in addition to their lavish holiday decorations throughout the house, they'll be exhibiting Anna's fabulous dresses and a Christmas tree made out of all her hats. Come experience how a real aristocrat lived with the special holiday exhibition "A Very Duchess Holiday."

Money May Not Grow on Trees, but Origami Does
through January 15
See the tree! No, not the Rockefeller Center tree…you can see that one from space. We’re talking about the American Museum of Natural History’s Origami Holiday Tree, where more than 800 origaments (that’s origami ornaments) hang from a tree. This year's theme is Origami Night at the Museum, and the tree highlights characters and objects from the Night at the Museum movies that can be found at the Museum. Enjoy origami models of Theodore Roosevelt, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Rapa Nui Moai (Easter Island figure), and many more. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.