12/09/2011 04:27 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

Holiday Shopping, Santacon, David Sedaris, Craft Fairs: What To Do This Weekend

WORD: Holiday Open House
Where: WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn; (718) 383-0096
When: Saturday, 11AM-9PM
Price: Donations suggested
Greenpoint's favorite bookstore will be hosting their third annual Holiday Open House to help fundraise for the Greenpoint Food Pantry and children in need. WORD will grace attendees with donuts from Peter Pan, holiday movies, and guest authors including Sarah MacLean, Michael Buckley, and Emma Straub.

Deck The Halls
Where: The Old School, 32 Prince Street
When: Starts Saturday-December 22, 12PM-8PM
Price: Varies per item
Start crossing off items on your holiday shopping list at Nolita's very own mini-mall! But more chic, of course. Deck The Halls features a wide range of designers, jewelers, and artists selling one of a kind, unique finds that'll make your loved ones swoon in gratitude.

NYC Fire Department's Annual Santa Rescue
Where: NYC Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street; (212) 691-1303
When: Sunday, 11:30AM
Price: Adults $8, Children $1
Gather the little ones and watch in awe as New York's bravest help rescue Santa from the perch of the New York City Fire Museum. After he's safe and sound, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos, while everyone enjoys Christmas carols and hot chocolate to go round.

Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
Where: 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn; (718) 715-4961
When: Saturday, 12PM-6PM
Price: Free admission
Looking for something even more under the radar to bestow onto your friends and family? Head to 3rd Ward's Handmade Holiday Craft Fair where you can choose from all kinds of handmade gifts including bags, clothing, jewelry, and housewares. You can even create your very own Screenprint-Your-Own 3rd Ward gift certificates. Personal AND educational!

David Sedaris
Where: Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, (212) 473-1452
When: Friday, 7PM
Price: Must purchase a copy of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk or $10 Strand gift card
Strand will be hosting David Sedaris for a book reading of the author's latest collection of essays, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. The humorous collection features a humorous "cast of motley creatures deals with the frustrations of their daily lives."

Where: Starting point to be announced Friday evening
When: Saturday, 10AM
Price: Free
If blacking out mid-day among loud holiday revelers is your thing, there's no judgment here. Just remember to come dressed as Santa or as the site warns, risk being "pelted with reindeer droppings." Check out photos from last year's sloppy festivities below:


Santacon 2010