Get a jump-start on the holiday celebrations this weekend with this Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner or this yummy Cookie Walk. If gingerbread is more your style, check out this workshop where you’ll get to construct the skyline! There’s so much more happening this weekend for families in NYC. Scroll down to check out our top event picks!

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11th Annual St. Nicholas Cookie Walk
Imagine walking through aisles filled with tens of thousands of delicious cookies baked fresh just for you. This is not your average church bake sale! Over 75 varieties of homemade holiday confections await you at this cookie walk. Sat. Event Details.

Family Day: Gingerbread Architecture
The Center for Architecture and London’s Museum of Architecture invite families to participate in a gingerbread skyline workshop! These workshops are a playful holiday activity created as a way of learning more about architecture and design. They’ll supply the building materials; you supply the imagination and creative construction skills. Sat. Event Details.


18th Annual Holiday Train Show
Dazzling both children and adults alike, the Transit Museum’s display will feature Lionel trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Holiday Gift Sewing Workshop
TFC will teach kids to make handmade holiday gifts this year for friends and family. They’re offering three fab gift options; students can choose from a pillow, a zippered pouch or two scrunchies. Sun. Event Details.


Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner
Guests will enjoy an evening of blessings, dancing, glow in the dark games and activities, wine (for the grown-ups), and a delicious catered Kosher and nut/sesame-free meal. Fri. Event Details.

Breakfast With Santa
This holiday tradition is coming to an end this year, so don’t miss it your chance to have breakfast with Santa! Rock Center Cafe is a great choice for young children, complete with a Throne Room for that Insta-worthy shot on Santa’s lap, plus a Candy Bar Experience where kids can fill souvenir bags with candy to take home. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

46th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players of all ages will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites, and you’re encouraged to sing along! Sun. Event Details.


The Princess Bride
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes and of course, true love. The intrepid young actors of the High School Ensemble playfully bring the classic story of The Princess Bride to life. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Winter Jam-brr-ee
The Winter Jamboree features all the kids’ favorites: face painting, tattoos, arts & crafts, a bake sale, snacks and balloons! Plus Hopalong Andrew will be performing a concert and rumor has it that Santa will be showing up too. Sat. Event Details.


Chanukah Festival & Winter Celebration
Enjoy inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, games, balloon twisting, face painting, children’s entertainment, and more! Snacks will be available for purchase. Sun. Event Details.

Holiday Tinker Festival & Tree Lighting
Kids can make pop up architecture holiday cards, tinker and bring home DIY light-up ornaments and “Jingle-bots.” Then enjoy some hot cocoa and watch the Christmas tree lighting in the garden. Sun. Event Details.


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
The zoo is bringing back the holiday tradition for the first time since 2007. The dazzling light displays will cover several acres of the zoo in a walk-through experience with wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns, and animated light shows on the historic Astor Court. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Winter Nature Crafts
Time to get creative! Kids will create crafts using natural materials found outdoors. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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