It’s the last weekend before Christmas and the city is bursting with festive fun!  Bring your little sugar plums to spin and twirl with a New York Ballet ballerina, dress to impress for a visit with Eloise AND Santa at the Plaza or bring your boombox out for some 21st century caroling at Unsilent Night. We’ve made the list of all the best ways to celebrate this weekend so all you need to do is grab your family and be merry!


Photo: New York Ballet Children’s Workshop


New York City Ballet Children’s Workshop
Got a prima ballerina in your house? Give them a memorable day and take them to dance with THE New York City Ballet. Your little ballerinas will will enjoy a pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists will guide young dancers in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance training needed. Sat. Event details

Chanukah Festival
Bursting with crafts, entertainment, make your own holiday treats, opportunities to give back and so much more, this festive event is not to be missed. Enjoy performances by Wondergy – Cool Science Show, The Shababa Sparks, 92Y’s Israeli Folk Dance troop featuring “A Gift of Light” and even a special guest. All activities will be in Hebrew and English co-led by the Israeli Scouts-Tzofim and will include, menorah building, edible dreidels, holiday card making, their famous holiday game room. Sun. Event details


Rawther Fancy Tea with Santa
Spend a rawther mahvelous time with the man of the season, Santa Claus! Enjoy a fancy tea complete with pink hot chocolate, assorted tea sandwiches, mini s’mores, delicious holiday cookies and festive cupcakes. Write a letter to Eloise, enjoy a story about one of Eloise’s many adventures and most importantly, make a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa! Must register in advance, call (212) 546-5460 or email eloise@theplazany.comFri. Event details

Holiday Party with Santa
Santa is stopping by Hudson Park and you’re invited. Meet the big man in red, snap a pic, and take a festive carriage ride around the park. Wrap up the the night with the lighting of the holiday tree. Sat. Event details

Twas’ the Night Before Christmas at Carnegie Hall
Celebrate the holidays at this very special New York Pops concert just for the kiddos. The orchestra celebrates this season with a musical tribute to ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Song, dance, and lots of fun surprises bring Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem to life with a festive helping of Yuletide cheer. Sun. Event details


Make a Snowy Day Diorama
Let it snow! Inspired by the famous children’s book, The Snowy Day, young artist will create dioramas of what they witness outside their windows on a snowy city day. And of course, hang out and check out all the very fun activities the museum has to offer, including an entire section just for the little tots. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Make a Skyscraper Calendar
Looking forward to the New Year? Head to The Skyscraper Museum and find the inspiration and models to make your own unique 2017 calendar. Draw Skyscrapers from around the world or pick some of your local favorites from TEN and TALLER. Save your colorful creations and make it a great holiday present or keep it for yourself. Must RSVP to attend. Email or call (212) 945-6324. Sun. Event details

Unsilent Night
Composer Phil Kline will lead a massive chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village in the 25th annual holiday presentation of Unsilent Night. Gather at the arch in Washington Square Park, and less than an hour and mile later, end up in Tompkins Square Park. A limited number of vintage boomboxes will be handed out —and cassettes and CD’s for those who bring their own. You are strongly encouraged to bring their own boomboxes or sound-blasters, and to pre-download the track. Sun. Event details


Winter Celebration
Tis’ the season… the Winter season that is! Drop your little snow bunnies off for an evening of fun seasonal crafts and activities. And make sure to plan a little evening dinner celebration of your own, this is a drop off event and your kiddies will be wrapping it up with a cool pizza party, so we suggest you have some fun of your own. Fri. Event details

Have Brunch and Watch Elf
Catch a holiday flick AND have some breakfast at this special brunch viewing of Elf. Your family will love the movie, not to mention all the delicious food options. If you’re feeling really “festive” you can even grab a brunch adult beverage. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Brunch, Cupcakes, Crafts and Santa!
The man of the season, Santa himself, will be the guest of honor at this delicious brunch. While you’re dining on a tasty meal with everything from chicken and waffles to pastries and eggs, your little elves can enjoy arts and crafts, cupcake decorating and of course snap a pic with Santa. Sun. Event details


Little Makers: Winter Snow Globes
A sprinkle of creativity and a dash of imagination is all you need to design and create your own winter wonderland snow globe.
Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can get a little messy too. And don’t forget to check out all the other great exhibits the museum has to offer, including a play area just for the tiny tots. Sun. Event details

How will your family be merry this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling