Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13
The Downton Abbey Tea Truck

Various Locations, Manhattan

Downton Abbey fans, take heed: you don’t have to wait for the Season 4 premiere on January 5th to get your 20th century Yorkshire fix. A mobile truck will be handing out free tea and biscuits whilst roaming the New York City streets throughout the day. Check the website for a list of where they’ll be, then round up some TV-addicted coworkers for a cold-weather teatime. (Remember, pinkies up.)

Deal nearby: Flute (Midtown)

Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14
Emoji Art and Design Show

Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, 540 West 21st Street, Manhattan

Using symbols as communication goes way back to the beginnings of humankind, and we’d like to think cavemen and cavewomen would be very proud of how far we’ve come. We pay homage to our pre-historic brethren every time we employ the pictographic delight that is the emoji. That’s why this art and design show honors the popular rudimentary graphics with a three day showcase at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center. Admission is free, so shoot some friends a couple paint-palette emojis (and maybe a salsa dancing dame if you’re feeling frisky) and get them in the spirit.

Deal nearby: The Green Roll by Beyond Sushi

Friday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Recipe NYC Launch Party with Cookies and More

Momofuku Milk Bar, 382 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

Nothing says “Friday” more than cookies and champagne — nope, not even Rebecca Black. This spooky Friday the 13th, ignore your superstitions while stuffing your face with sweets and bubbly at the Recipe NYC Launch Party. The co-authors will celebrate their new children’s book and screen a short film to accompany the story. The event is free to attend, so wear a lucky charm or two and save us a Blueberry & Cream, will ya? Venue N

Deal nearby: Fatty ‘Cue (Williamsburg)

Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
A John Waters Christmas

Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, Manhattan

Jack Skellington may be our animated protagonist of the Nightmare Before Christmas, but we’re gonna go ahead and say that John Waters is that nightmare in the flesh. For his one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas,” the cult film director plans to share real-life holiday horror stories alongside tales of his favorite yuletide traditions. Tickets are $45 per person; the shower you’ll take afterward will be priceless. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Deal nearby: Feile

Saturday, December 14, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
MoCADA Holiday DIY Fest 2013

MoCADA Museum, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn

You may have walked by this curious-looking museum tucked on a side street of Fort Greene, away from the bustling Barclay’s Center traffic. This weekend is the best time to step inside and explore the halls of MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.) Starting at noon, local vendors will line up to showcase handmade gifts for the holidays, while artists will offer workshops on jewelry and card making.

Deal nearby: Lola BKLYN