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Yes, Virginia, there's even more free stuff to do at Christmastime in NYC

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Most everyone knows about 8 year old Virginia O'Hanlon who, in 1897, wrote a letter asking whether or not Santa Claus was real. The answer she received from the editor of The New York Sun, became a classic. And spawned a picture book, an animated TV movie, and a live action TV movie. And then another animated TV movie. (According to the above video, Associated Press agrees.)

What most people don't know, however, is that the house where little Virginia lived while writing that letter is now The Studio School, and that not only do they offer a scholarship in her name, but that on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 4pm to 7pm, they are opening their famous doors to the community for a FREE holiday celebration at 115-117 West 95th Street. Come bake gingerbread cookies, participate in a sing-along, contribute to a book drive and enjoy a historic tribute to the curious child who launched a phenomenon. All ages are welcome!

Meanwhile, Mommy Poppins offers a list of Children's Chorus' in NYC, and one of the most prestigious, the Young People's Chorus of New York City (details on auditioning at the Mommy Poppins link), is ringing in the holiday season with a series of FREE public performances, starting tonight, Tuesday, December 3 and running through Thursday, December 19.

Check out where you can catch them in action, below:

Tuesday, December 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Bryant Park Tree Lighting
The Rink at Winter Village
40th Street and Sixth Avenue

The Young People's Chorus of New York City joins Bryant Park's wondrous holiday tree lighting celebration with performances of Carol of the Bells and Sleigh Ride in a program of live music and ice-skating at The Rink in Bryant Park's Winter Village. The program culminates with the lighting of the giant Norway Spruce, sparkling with more than 30,000 lights, sparkling star-bursts, snowflakes and icicle ornaments. FREE and open to the public.

Friday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m.
Winter Holiday Concert
P.S. 366, Washington Heights Academy
202 Sherman Ave, New York, NY 10034

The young singers of YPCWH, the year-old community program of the Young People's Chorus of New York City at Washington Heights, will give a winter holiday concert for the community on December 13. Led by YPC conductor Maria Peña, the program includes Dormi, Dormi and Donde Esta Santa Claus. Admission is FREE.

Thursday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m.
"A City Singing at Christmas"
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Fifth Avenue and 51st Street

Also featured are the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the cathedral's director of music; the St. Agnes Cathedral Choirs of the Diocese of Rockville Centre led by its director Michael Bower; and the New York Symphonic Brass in the majesty of the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Admission is FREE. Come early for best seats.

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In the mood for more music? How about a FREE sample of The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition, an ebook for middle grade kids with exploding candy apples, roller-skating apple pies and its own original musical score all in one! Get your FREE read and listen, here.

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