A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS Sunday at 4 p.m., a reading of this Clement Clarke Moore poem by the actress Tamara Tunie, followed by a procession to Moore’s grave site in nearby Trinity Church Cemetery. Church of the Intercession, Broadway at West 155th Street, Washington Heights , (212) 283-6200, trinitywallstreet.com.
CELEBRATIONS IN CENTRAL PARK On Saturday and Sunday, Santa Claus will visit Belvedere Castle to hear everyone’s wish list (noon to 3 p.m.), and on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. young stargazers can visit Belvedere to join the Urban Park Rangers and the Amateur Astronomers Association in viewing the solstice sky. Midpark at 79th Street , (212) 722-0210, centralparknyc.org; free.
‘THE GIFT OF THE ARTS’ (Friday and Saturday) The Harlem School of the Arts has been offering this present to its young students for 45 years, and now it’s passing it on to the public in celebration of its anniversary. This show, featuring both pupils and faculty members, will include ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz ensemble performances, Shakespearean scenes and even artwork created on the spot. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem School of the Arts Gathering Space, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, at 141st Street, Hamilton Heights , (212) 926-4100, harlemschoolofthearts.org; $12.
‘THE THREE BEARS HOLIDAY BASH’ (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday and Wednesday) There’s no word on whether Goldilocks is invited to this seasonal celebration, but Santa Claus definitely is. A new production from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, this puppet musical centers on the annual variety show put on by the Bears, in which Baby Bear asks Santa to star. The fun draws on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as on Christmas. (Through Jan. 3.) Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. and noon, with an additional show on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.; 79th Street and the West Drive, Central Park , (212) 988-9093, cityparksfoundation.org; $8; $5 for 18 and under. Reservations required.
CELEBRATE KWANZAA, with music and stories, with Daniel Carlton, a storyteller, Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; $7. Reservations: (212) 459-1854. Sponsored by Community Works, a nonprofit arts organization. Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, at West 123rd Street, Harlem , dwyercc.org.
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