Looking for something to do this weekend besides the religious celebrations and the general swirl of merry-making that are traditional each Christmas?

Here's a few alternate suggestions:

On Friday, head to the Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square, 40 Black Rock Turnpike, for a host of holiday movies that have just opened, from "Black Swan" to "True Grit." For movie listings and show times, call 203-339-7151 or check, http://www.mrmovietimes.com/movie-theaters/Fairfield-Cinemas-at-Bullard-Square.html.

Head outdoors Saturday (before the big storm that's forecast Sunday) and take a hike at Fairfield's Lake Mohegan Open Space area, which encompasses 170 acres, including the picturesque Cascades area. You can park and access the open space at the beach parking lot on Morehouse Highway.

If all that hiking tires you out, curl up by the fire with a copy of Fairfield's latest "One Town, One Book" selection, "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer or get started on your own submission for the related writing contest, "Around the Table: Food Memories From Fairfield." For more information, visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Did Santa leave a sled under the tree? If the meteorologists are right, there should be some white stuff on the ground by later Sunday, so grab that sled and head for the nearest slope. Some local favorites include the hill at Sturges Park on Mill Plain Road and the hill at Gould Manor Park.