’s TripPicks This Week: Monday, Dec. 5 – Monday, Dec. 12

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Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Visit the site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Photo: Kevin Lu @sweatengine/
Photo: Kevin Lu @sweatengine/

1. Historic Square Parks
Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

It might be tiny, but Madison Square Park packs a historic punch! Join the Urban Park Rangers for a tour of this small gem and discover its unique qualities, beyond the home of the original Shake Shack. Registration is required. FREE

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Flickr
Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Flickr

2. Nostalgic MTA Rides
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Take a ride back in time on the MTA’s vintage train or bus. The “Nostalgia Shoppers’ Special Trains” will run three Sundays in December, but the retro buses operate daily along the 42nd street route. Hopping on one of these vintage beauties is a real Christmas treat. There will also be a New York Transit Museum pop-up store at the 2nd Avenue station stop. $2.75 a ride

Photo: NathanMac87/Flickr
Photo: NathanMac87/Flickr

3. Gilmore Girls Trivia Brunch
The Dubliner (Financial District)
Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

To tide you over until (fingers and toes crossed) the next revival, get your Lorelai and Rory fix at the Gilmore Girls Brunch Trivia hosted by Trivia, AD. Cheers to that! FREE

Miracle On Ninth Street
Miracle On 9th Street

4. Miracle on 9th Street
Mace (Lower East Side)
Monday-Friday from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM; Saturday-Sunday from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM — through Saturday, Dec. 24

If you like your drinks with spice and mint and your bar decor blinking and sparkling in Christmas kitsch, then hit up Mace bar which is once again Miracle on 9th Street. The Christmas themed pop-up is going totally overboard to serve customers Christmas drinks and lots of holiday cheer.

Photo: Billie Grace Ward/Flickr
Photo: Billie Grace Ward/Flickr

5. Quiet Clubbing for the Family
Brookfield Place (Battery Park)
Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Brookfield Place’s spectacular Winter Garden for a an afternoon of dancing and singing. Three live DJs will spinning beats that will have kids and adults partying it up! and dancing. FREE

Photo: Fargo/Moorhead CVB/Flickr
Photo: Fargo/Moorhead CVB/Flickr

6. Fargo on the Big Screen
IFC Center (West Village)
Friday, Dec. 9 at 12:00 AM

You can’t not love the Coen brothers’ masterpiece Fargo! Where else do you see a pregnant cop go bad-ass on vicious killers? But wait, there is more! The screening is FREE and includes post-screening munchies and discussion!