Time to shake off the effects of Thanksgiving dinner! The city is downright magical during the holidays and you can tap into some of that magic this weekend. You can participate in small business Saturday at this holiday market featuring locally made goods, see a gingerbread display that has made the Guinness Record books 3 years in a row, or get your dance on at this first annual winter festival. Family friendly shows and workshops round out our top event picks. Scroll down to plan your weekend!

Photo: Bridget Coila via Flickr

Downtown

Pete the Cat
When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners –– and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Sat. Event Details.

Show Up, Kids
This entirely unique, improvised family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong? Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

The Emperors New Clothes
A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Thanksgiving and the Civil War
Did you know that Thanksgiving became a national holiday during the American Civil War? Take a look at the military service of African Americans in the Civil War and learn how their contributions to a Union victory helped bring about the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment 150 years ago. Living Historians will be stationed in the Museum—investigate their 19th-century uniforms, explore a soldier’s tools and equipment, and even learn a military drill! Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats
Every year, thousands of people come to New York City to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade with its giant balloons and elaborate floats. Create a 3D float inspired by some of the Parade’s most famous designs. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season! Join the celebration at the Brooklyn Museum for their inaugural Winterfest. 3 live DJs will be spinning all your favorite hits, including holiday favorites. Other activities include a magic light maze, holiday shopping market, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

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Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Shop, eat, and play at this family-friendly showcase of the best of Brooklyn! The 6th Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar gives you many reasons to skip the Black Friday sales and shop local this year: handpicked top-notch makers, awesome food and drinks, free craft activities (and tennis!) for the kids, free gift wrapping, a professional portrait booth and more good times for the whole family. Sat. Event Details.

Queens

Gingerbread Lane 2018
Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Fall Adventure Days
Kids will climb soaring walls, crawl through obstacles like ninjas, and balance like gymnasts. Through climbing, your kids will join like-minded friends to foster teamwork and build strength, self-confidence, focus and problem-solving skills. Fri. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project: Natural Weavings
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Disney on Ice Present’s ‘Mickey’s Search’
Join Mickey and his friends for a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson