Take a break from the presents and be present with the family this weekend. Try something new together! You can have a beastly feast with Santa, celebrate Christmas Icelandic-style, or find out what happens when you mix dragons and spicy tacos at this musical revue. Need more? Keep scrolling for the rest of our weekend event picks.

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Downtown

ONEOFUS Presents Jack & the Beanstalk
Back by popular demand! Following its 2017 critically-acclaimed world premiere, which introduced many New York audiences to the widely popular British art form known as the Panto, Jack & the Beanstalk returns this holiday season with even more radical joy. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love all sorts of tacos — except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues in this musical revue of the beloved contemporary children’s books. Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Skoppa and Skritla’s Icelandic Christmas
Entertainers Skoppa and Skrítla return to Scandinavia House with Iceland’s Santa Claus to introduce the Icelandic advent to NYC kids! These two creatures from the land of adventure will bring a screening of the first episode of their new television series for Iceland’s Channel 2, which focuses on the search for Santa Claus. Following the screening, you’ll sing traditional Icelandic holiday songs and dance around the Christmas tree. Sat. Event Details.

Ikebana
Create your own seasonal ikebana flower arrangement. Try your hand at basic composition, emphasizing lines, shapes and colors with seasonal materials! Led by Asae Takahashi, renowned instructor of the Ohara School of Ikebana and founder of Zenshow Jyuku Ikebana classes. Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

NYTB’s Once Upon a Ballet
From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

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Carnival of the Animals
Audiences will experience magic as everyday objects take on new lives as lions, elephants, and birds, through the incredible vision of director Lake Simons and some of New York’s best puppeteers. Just about an hour in length, this family-friendly presentation is a wonderful holiday tradition for imaginative audiences of all ages. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Family Sound Circle
This is an informal group meditation where parents, relatives, caregivers, and babies and children of all ages can come together to experience the beauty of sound healing, in a relaxed setting. Sun. Event Details.

The Nutcracker by ALDEN MOVES
Conceived by Alden LaPaglia, this production sets The Nutcracker’s classical choreography and score within the framework of immersive theater. At key moments, audience members are invited to participate: viewers are invited to be guests at Clara’s party, rats enter the Battle Scene by way of the house, and audience members serve as courtiers in the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Land of the Sweets. Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Kupferberg Presents: The Nutcracker
The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Set to the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet with Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Wintery Birdy Marionettes
Have you seen any downy woodpeckers, chickadees or eastern towhees lately? See which of these black-and-white winter birds can be spotted setting up house at Wave Hill this winter. Make fun, bird marionettes to hang on a group indoor tree display or take home to dance around and decorate your house. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Beastly Feast With Santa
Enjoy a hot breakfast or lunch buffet, animal encounters, holiday themed activities, a carousel ride, and of course face time with the big man himself. (Bring your own cameras to catch the memories). Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson