Holiday Fun With Joe Yoga and in Parks

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This week the miser offers a mixed bag of cheap events to help get you fired up or chilled out, depending on your holiday needs.
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“The Shining” is being shown during Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine at Midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday.

Like “A Very Yoga Christmas.” If you’re thinking of chanting and chai tea, think again. Not being a huge fan of the holidays, Joe Yoga created this show, now in its third year, to reflect his sense of family: the downtown performance-art, music and comedy scene. Accordion players singing carols in German, a punk band from Long Island and Mike Ogletree, the former Simple Minds drummer who now performs reggae based on the work of the poet Robert Burns, are just a few of the guests. There also will be comedy, free cupcakes and a gift swap. (Thursday at 9 p.m., doors open at 8; Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, near First Avenue, East Village; 212-777-6088; joeyoga.blogspot.com; free; $5 donation suggested.)

If you prefer to party like its 1955, you can head to Faber Park on Staten Island on Friday for the Snow Ball. The dance is geared toward those 35 and older, but all are welcome to waltz, tango or cha-cha the early evening away to big-band music or shake off those winter blues doing the electric slide. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; enter at Richmond Terrace and Faber Street; 718-816-5558, nycgovparks.org/parks/R008; free.)

The Queens Annual Holiday Spectacular in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will feature music, crafts, children’s games and an appearance by the one celebrity who never gets arrested: Santa Claus. (Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue; 718-353-7853, nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp/; free.)

The big guy will also show up at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden’s holiday markets, where artisans sell crafts while the hall serves seasonal beers, eggnog, roasted chestnuts and pies daily through next Friday. Or if nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit quite like the N.F.L., you can hit the hall’s football tent for $25 bottomless Gaffel and Blue Point beers, a free halftime buffet and 50-cent wings, beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday and at 9 p.m. on Monday. (29-19 24th Avenue, at 31st Street, Astoria, Queens; 718-274-4925, bohemianhall.com; free admission; food and drink are extra.)

Shoppers can take a load off at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s welcome centers, which are offering free live music, hot chocolate and ValueCards, which provide discounts at local stores, from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday. At Hoyt Plaza (Hoyt and Schermerhorn Streets) you can hear a variety of music beginning at noon; and at 2 p.m. MoBrass will put a modern twist on popular songs at 119 Court Street, at the corner of State Street. Other locations: (718) 403-1600, dbrooklynholidays.com.


Do you like the idea of spending the holidays in a beautiful old hotel, surrounded by snow and being followed by twins? Well, maybe not if you’re talking about “The Shining,” which is being shown during Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine at Midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday. Or perhaps you’d prefer that Christmas Eve classic about an office being held hostage by terrorists who can be defeated only by a smart-aleck New York cop? Well, not to worry, “Die Hard” will be shown next Friday and on Dec. 25. (143 East Houston Street, Lower East Side; 212-330-8182, landmarktheatres.com; $9.99.)

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