Celebrate the season with one of these awesome family friendly events! Go on a cookie walk, catch this annual holiday train show, or watch this Hanukkah musical for families with Judy and The Maccabees. Not ready for holiday themed activities just yet? No worries, we have you covered there too. Head over to the City of Science, or watch kids rock out Tom Petty covers. Still need more? Keep on scrolling for more of our top event picks!
Photo: World Science Festival
9th Annual Taste of Christmas Cookie Walk
How a cookie walk works is you purchase an empty bakery box for $15 or $35 and then “take a walk” through the delectable array of beautiful cookies. You fill your box with as many of your favorites as it can hold and take home your treats, all wrapped up in a bow. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Ho-Ho Holiday Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults discover the best of midtown’s lavish holiday displays on this seasonal scavenger hunt, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal and other festive highlights. You’ll also visit locations from famous holiday movies such as Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street. Sat. Event Details.
Dreidels and Donuts: A Hanukkah Concert
Families with children 5 and under are invited to sing and dance with Bossy Frog Band, a banjo-driven trio whose latest recording won a Parents’ Choice Award. Enjoy art activities, a book fair featuring books and gifts for the whole family from Book Culture, and delicious latkes and jelly donuts. Sun. Event Details.
Kaufman Music Center Presents: Judy and The Maccabees
Kaufman Music Center’s Hanukkah Musical for Families, Judy The Maccabees, is a delightful re-imagining of the ancient Hanukkah story about a feisty young girl who helps the Maccabees in their fight for religious freedom. Sun. Event Details.
National Marionette Theatre: ‘Pinocchio’
A classic example of storytelling at its best, Carlo Collodi’s epic tale about a puppet that wants to become a real boy is brought to life with beautifully crafted marionettes, and stunning scenery. Sat. Event Details.
City of Science 2017: Brooklyn
Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide! Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist. Sun. Event Details.
Family Art Project: Put Wave Hill in the Palm of Your Hand
Trace your hand, or use a template, to make a palm-shaped amulet. Decorate it with winter scenes from Wave Hill or with natural materials found on the grounds. Embellish with beads, yarn or sequins, and string several together to form a poignant hanging. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
NYBG Holiday Train Show
Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
What are some of your favorite NYC holiday traditions? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson