American indian community house, 708 Broadway, 2nd fl., 212-598-0100, x240 or 241: Through Dec. 19-Indian Market 2004, Native American artisans from all over the country selling their work, daily from noon-8 p.m., free admission.
The center, 208 W. 13th St., 212-802-8655: Dec. 19-VegOut, social group for LGBT vegetarians & friends, celebrate their 10th birthday with this monthly potluck, 5-7 p.m., bring a vegan dish to share & $5.
Chelsea community church, 346 W. 20th St., 212-886-5463: Dec. 19-Annual Chelsea Community Church candlelight carol service, also featuring a celebrity reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas, 6 p.m., free.
Commerce Bank, Tribeca Branch, 646-613-1165: Dec. 18-Free Santa Photos, ring in the season with a picture with Santa, also serving refreshments, giveaways & more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free.
Hebrew union college, One W. Fourth St., 212-824-2293: Dec. 19-The Rose Blum Mandel Memorial concert, cantorial concert featuring the school of sacred musics second & third year students, 3 p.m., free.
Mcburney ymca, 125 W. 14th St., 212-741-6383: Through Dec. 17-McBurney YMCA is holding an online auction to raise money for their family programs, go to mcburneyauction.cmarket.com or call for more details, donations are also still being accepted until the end of the event.
Saint peters church, 346 W. 20th St., 212-886-5463: Dec. 19-Annual Chelsea Community Church candlelight carol service, featuring readings & carols, 6 p.m., free.
Union square park, West 14th St., 212-608-0333: Through Dec. 24-Annual Holiday Market at Union Square, featuring vendors from all over the country, high quality arts and crafts, a perfect place to pick up gifts for the holidays, on the south end of the park, open daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free admission.
Wall street rising, 25 Broad Street, 212-425-INFO: Through Dec. 20-Toys For Tots collection drive, accepting new, unwrapped toys for children this holiday season, open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Washington square park, Fifth Ave. below 8th St., 212-252-3621: Dec. 24-Tree lighting and holiday singing, bring in the holiday season with this traditional celebration in the park, Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance to see all of Downtowns children, 6 p.m.
Neighborhood Hot Spots & Organizations:
Collective unconscious, 279 Church St., 212-254-5277.
The kitchen, 512 W. 19th St., 212-255-5793.
Lower manhattan cultural council, 120 Broadway, 212-219-9401.
Salmagundi club, 47 Fifth Ave., 212-255-7740.
Watson adventures, various locations, 212-726-1529: Scavenger hunts around the city.
THE TILE PROJECT A one-year public art installation featuring 120 four-inch tile artworks created with ceramics, glass, photography, and digital imagery. The installation is one of 22 global locations, a joint effort among 120 artists from 40 countries. Mercer Street Playground, Mercer St, between Bleecker and W. 3rd St.