It’s officially winter! Celebrate the solstice this weekend at this popular annual concert, bundle up for this wandering solstice garden walk, or get involved in this immersive puppet winter wonderland. Plus there’s plenty more to round out your weekend. Check out our top event picks by scrolling below!

Photo: Long Island City School of Ballet

Downtown

Gingerbread House Workshop
Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland
La MaMa Family will weave their magic and excitement for La MaMa’s End of Year celebration event – a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre, this is a unique event for the whole family, all ages encouraged! A La MaMa Kids end of year celebration with treats and a Ginger Bread House Building extravaganza, courtesy of Kim Ima, will follow this event! Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Breakfast With Santa
This holiday season, give your family a magical morning in the store that brought you the Miracle on 34th Street. It starts with an feative breakfast feast with exclusive Empire State Building views, complete with take-home treats for children and Prosecco bellinis for adults. Then, you’ll meet Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves – an experience that truly brings Christmas to life for any child! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

39th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
A dazzling extravaganza of music, dance, and spectacle within the awesome space and acoustics of the world’s largest cathedral, the event is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people felt a calling to come together on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Winter Wonderland at Industry City
This season the Sunset Park innovation hub transformed into a holiday wonderland full of family fun, featuring a variety of community programs, including: a Festival of Lights, a Grinch-themed elevator, free family concerts every Saturday, an indoor disco-themed roller rink with skating classes, a campus full of holiday décor, visits from Santa, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Wandering Winter Solstice Concert
Celebrate the start of winter throughout the Garden with Make Music New York and the fifth iteration of a special participatory performance of Franz Schubert’s 1828 song cycle Winterreise (Winter Journey), created by Chris Herbert. Fri. Event Details.

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Suzi Shelton’s Merry Little Holiday
Join award-winning NYC family performer Suzi Shelton along with musician Jeff Kerestes as she returns to her favorite theatre in Brooklyn for a fun-filled holiday show! Sun. Event Details.

Queens

This 70’s Nutcracker
Experience Long Island City School of Ballet’s psychedelic take on the classic tale, The Nutcracker. Set in the ’70s, a young man is transported magically to the Land of Television by his strange relative Chick where he discovers ballet for the first time. Join the Hanly family’s Christmas party and see this twist on the classic tale! Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Winter Solstice Celebration
Join the Urban Park Rangers in celebration of the shortest day of the year and the slow approach of spring. Explore the park on a night hike and celebrate the end of the celestial year around a campfire! Fri. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Don’t miss Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they bring their classic “Holiday Rock” style and The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour to Prudential Center this holiday season. Sat. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson