December 4 – 5: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

santa at ABC Carpet & Home

Fittingly, Santa at ABC Carpet & Home has a super fancy-schmancy robe.

 

The last two years, we’ve taken the kids to Macy’s to visit Santa and to get the obligatory holiday pic. While we were concerned about having to wait for ages in line, I have to say that it’s an amazingly well-oiled machine and we moved through quickly. And once you get into the “Santaland” part of the wait, there’s so much for the kids to see — trains! snow! toys! elves! — that the minutes fly by. I’d seriously recommend it. The one downside is cost — while you are welcome to snap your own photos of the kids with St. Nick, the ones Macy’s takes and you have the option of buying in many different packages, are pricey.

Still, it’s Macy’s. It’s Santa at Macy’s. It’s quintessential New York.

Anyway, all that said, this year we’re thinking of mixing things up for a change and doing Santa at ABC Carpet & Home instead. For the deets — including the fact that you take your own photo there, so don’t forget the camera — and for a great list of other places to catch Santa this season, head over to A Child Grows in Brooklyn.

We’ve got a pretty busy social schedule this weekend, so I’m not sure how much holiday eventing we’ll be able to squeeze in, but one tempting local option is the P.S. 29 Holiday Gift Fair & Pie Social that I read about on Mommy Poppins. Pie + shopping — two of my favorite things, together! While you browse handmade crafts, toys, jewelry, and more, kids can watch short films and make holiday crafts. The pie contest sounds like serious business — Gail Simmons and Francois Payard are among the panel of judges. Tasting tickets are $5. Yum.

Happy weekend!

 

 

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