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7 Things to Do in NYC Before Christmas Arrives

One just happens to be an all-you-can-eat cookie festival
What to Do in NYC This Weekend December 15 to 17
Photo: Westfield World Trade Center via Facebook

If our mostly depleted chocolate advent calendars are any indication, Christmas is just around the corner. It also means now's your last chance to make the most of the city during the holidays. Make this the weekend you finish the shopping you've been putting off, eat as many homemade cookies as humanly possible and win a year's worth of free lobster rolls.

All Weekend

Artisanal Food Gift Market

There's no need to preemptively stress out about Christmas dinner when you can let this market do half the work. Stock up on provisions like artisanal cheeses, finishing salts and charcuterie, plus all the serving ware and home goods that would make Martha Stewart proud. 

Oculus Holiday Market

Whether it's handmade leather goods or silky chocolate truffles, Westfield's pop-up market has everything you need to cross the last person off your gift list. 

Saturday, December 16

Food Porn Fest

Trying to train your stomach for next week's feast? Head to East Williamsburg, where a warehouse of more than 40 vendors will be selling NYC's best—and most hashtag worthy—eats. All you have to do is pay the $3 entrance fee.

Jingle Shells

Enjoy some of the country's best bivalves while you shop handmade products and gifts at the Brooklyn Holiday Market.

Sunday, December 17

Brooklyn Cookie Takedown

The borough's best home bakers are coming together with cookies by the dozen—all for you to judge whose are most worthy of Santa's discriminating taste buds.

Luke's Lobster Shackiversary

Happy hour lasts all day in honor of Luke's Lobster's seventh year on the Upper West Side. While you're there, grab a $5 shrimp roll and enter a raffle for your chance to win a year's worth of free lobster rolls.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting Festival

Expect live music, sufganiyot and latkes galore as Madison Square Park's giant menorah is lit for the sixth night of Hanukkah.

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