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Harlem holiday weekend: neighborhood tree lighting, festive windows, and local markets

If you love getting into the holiday spirit, this weekend is for you.

Kick things off tonight at 6:30 with the festive tree lighting ceremony and holiday party in Montefiore Park in West Harlem. If past events are anything to go by, there will be caroling in English and Spanish, making things extra fun.

On Saturday head to Central Harlem to admire the Christmas tree in front of Corner Social (the 2nd annual lighting ceremony was this past Wednesday), then check out the Harlem Holiday Windows along Lenox Avenue–they start at Lenox Sapphire and end at Harlem Coffee–designed by FIT students and local artists.

You won't have to go far to visit the Shop Harlem Live Harlem Holiday Vendor Fair, also on Lenox Avenue, which starts at 2pm on December 2. There you'll find an impressive mix of made-in-Harlem food, fashion, beauty products, and more. Plus there's a Santa's Village for kids.

There's even more shopping nearby. The Schomburg Shop is hosting a Blk Mkt Vintage pop-up shop today, tomorrow (Saturday 2) and Monday (December 4), featuring the Etsy shop's special mix of "super-black curiosities, heirlooms and collectibles."

The Studio Museum Shop has a unique three-day trunk show featuring the jewelry of Metal Fabulous, a line designed by a husband-and-wife team.

Calabar Imports, a shop specializing in jewelry, fashion and gifts from Africa, Asia and beyond, is debuting its first annual Harlem Holiday Market every Sunday through December 24. Swing by to find a bright, handcrafted present for yourself or a friend.

Top right photo: Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association; bottom left photo: Calabar Imports.

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