By now you’ve probably checked off the obvious holiday activities, so we’re getting creative this week with out of the box ways to keep the festivities going strong. Instead of sitting on Santa’s lap, how about taking a spin around the ice rink with him? Already watched A Charlie Brown Christmas? Swing by Carnegie Hall for a special Peanuts holiday concert just for the little ones. Think you’ve seen all the city’s holiday decorations? Revisit the most famous spots as you hunt for clues on a holiday scavenger hunt. We’ve got your weekend planned so get out there and spread cheer!
Photo: Macy’s Holiday Window Display
Design Your Very Own Holiday Window
By now your little New Yorkers have probably seen some pretty amazing holiday window displays. Now they can get creative and create their very own 3D display. Go for a classic look inspired by Macy’s, add a stylish hip edge like a Barney’s window, and of course some original one of kind elements straight from your kiddo’s imagination. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission ($12/person). Ages 6 and up. Event details.
All Aboard for Brunch
Chug on over to the New York Historical Society and enjoy a private morning brunch among the popular Holiday Express exhibit. Your little conductors can create wooden trains, put on engineer caps and temporary tattoos, go on a train scavenger hunt, and hang out with Conductor Abe, who will entertain with stories and songs from the railroad. For the family discount, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun. 9:30-11 a.m. Upper West Side. $35/person; $120/family of four. All ages. Event details.
Ho Ho Holiday Scavenger Hunt
This hunt has it all: tinsel, trees, bustling streets, window shopping, and all the charm of New York during the holidays. Discover the delights of Midtown’s lavish holiday displays, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, and other festive highlights. You’ll also romp through locations starring in beloved books and movies such as the Eloise series (hello, Plaza Hotel!), Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Scrooged, Big, and more. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. Midtown. $22/adult; $18/child. Ages 10 and up. Event details.
Passport to Eataly
Embark on a delicious adventure through NYC’s very own Italian marketplace. Your little ones will fill up their passports with stamps while following their Eatalian ambassador on a tour of Eataly, all along the way learning Italian words and tasting the local cuisine. While your little travelers are busy exploring, kick back and enjoy a complimentary espresso at Lavazza Cafe. The tour meets at the Guest Relations desk, located just inside the 23rd Street entrance. Sat. 10-11 a.m. Flatiron District. $25/child. Ages 8-12. Event details.
It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas at Carnegie Hall
Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas with Carnegie Hall at this special concert just for the kiddos. The New York Pops, New York Theatre Ballet and actors from TADA! Youth Theater are teaming up to bring to life the peanuts characters just in time for Christmas. Sun. 3 p.m. Midtown West. $10-$25/person. All ages. Event details.
East Meets West Parade
Santa is teaming up with Chinese dragons for this unique Christmas Parade. Grab a spot along the parade route and enjoy floats, marching bands, dancers and lots of live music. After the parade, head to Mott Street to enjoy live musical performances. And of course, you are hanging in two very delicious neighborhoods, so sample a little east and west food. Dumplings and pizza anyone? Sat. 1-4 p.m. Chinatown and Little Italy. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cheer Up the Grinch at Story Time
Join the Grinch for a special reading of The Grinch Stole Christmas. Your little ones will even have a chance to make the grumpy Grinch crack a smile when they take a selfie with him, so bring your silliest faces and best jokes! Sun. 2 p.m. Union Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
It’s a Puppet Pizza Pajama Party!
Put on your kiddo’s jammy jams and drop them off at Puppetworks for the Izzy and Ooli’s holiday show. Your little party animals will enjoy a live show, eat pizza and do crafts all at Park Slope’s well know Puppetworks. And while they’re partying, plan a little fun of your own because this crazy shindig is a drop off, no parents are allowed. So go enjoy some last-minute holiday shopping or a grab a bite. Fri. 6-8 p.m. Park Slope. $35/child. Ages 4-7. Event details.
Skate with Santa
Santa has been taking lessons at Skate School and he’s ready to show off his skills. Bring your little ones to the rink to skate with jolly ol’ Saint Nick. A little unsteady on ice skates? Your kiddies can enjoy a free 15 minute lesson at 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. Hit the cafe after to warm up with some delicious hot chocolate. Sat. Noon-1:30 p.m. Prospect Park. $9/person ($6/skate rental). All ages. Event details.
Get Festive at the Holiday Spectacular
You won’t be able to help getting in the holiday spirit at this fun event filled with games, crafts, music, movies, a bounce house and more. Your little elves will even get a chance to snap a pic with Santa himself! Sat. 2-5 p.m. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family spread the cheer this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.