Holiday time in NYC is downright magical, but exactly how is it already here? If December has snuck up on you, too, and you need some help getting in the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up some really good events to help do just that. Get in touch with your creative side with this gingerbread house workshop, or support local small businesses at this holiday market. Looking for something more low-key? Take a candlelight tour of this popular museum. Need some more inspiration? Scroll on for more of our top picks!

Photo: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Gingerbread House Workshops
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. Spread the Holiday spirit by inviting friends to join you for this special event! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Pirates of Penzance
Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to this raucous and utterly zany beach party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Fri-Sun. Event Details.


Winter Family Fair
Kick off the holiday season with the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Activities include hands-on workshops, A Christmas Carol head-in-the-hole, photo shoot with period costumes, a dramatic reading in Mr. Morgan’s Library, and a kid-friendly tour of the exhibition. Sun. Event Details.

Scandinavian Christmas Children’s Workshop
Children and their parents/caretakers can experience how Scandinavians prepare for Christmas in this Christmas craft day. Kids will learn the secrets of making traditional holiday crafts such as woven hearts and yarn tomtar. The workshop also includes a brief candlelit Saint Lucia procession. Sat. Event Details.

EXO Nutcracker Dance Along for Kids
Experiential Orchestra will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the outrageously talented orchestra, and you are invited to dance to this exquisite music yourself. Sat. Event Details.


Design Kids: What Makes You Tick
The design of clocks has evolved in ingenious ways over time. Participants will assemble their own mechanical clock with the Horological Society of New York. Includes free museum admission for the day! Sat. Event Details.

Holiday Candlelight Tours
Tour the Museum by the warm glow of candlelight, step back into the holiday season of 1830 and sample traditional confections, as you enjoy classical and holiday favorites played by PACC Recorder Consort and harpist Sarah Loveland Gill. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.


Kid Flix: Best of New York International Children’s Film Festival
Kid Flix includes the best short films from New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world. See both Kid Flix programs for only $15! Sun. Event Details.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop and Performance
What happens when you cross some mischievous fairies, four star-crossed lovers and some guys trying to put on a play? You get this a one-of-a-kind Shakespeare show and workshop. After the play, kids and their adults can take part in workshops on stage combat, text analysis and clowning, use props from the show and try out Shakespeare themselves. Sat. Event Details.

FAD Market Holiday Edition: Brooklyn Historical Society
Stroll through the gorgeous Romanesque Revival building of Brooklyn Historical Society and meet over 40 thoughtfully selected independent designer makers showcasing handcrafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Discover unique holiday gifts and snag one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers at FAD Market this winter! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Swing by Bohemian Hall’s main hall to snag that perfect handmade gift for your loved ones. At all 3 events, there will be a full house of fantastic vendors, where you’ll find art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, scarves and hats, pottery, and more! Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Candles, Snowflakes and Stars
Fire and ice don’t usually go together, but as the winter days get shorter and colder, you’ll have a chance to celebrate both. Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful, clay-like wax, mix and mold your own image of winter onto a candle, or weave a spectacular string-star or symmetrical, button snowflake. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Are you ready to welcome the holiday season? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson