Take a break from holiday shopping to have some fun with the kids this weekend in NYC. Go on a holiday themed scavenger hunt, have tea with Santa himself, or be in the crowd as they light the biggest menorah in New York. Scroll down to check out our top event picks!


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Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
The show is an adaptation of Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. It features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal including a quartet of Rockettes in Slovak, Moravian and Ruthenian folk costumes and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish and Swahili. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Time Capsules
Why do we collect and save objects? Consider this as you look at objects from the Gathering exhibit that are up to 125 years old. Then, take a bit of the present and preserve it for the future by creating a personalized time capsule! Bring it home and store photos, letters, and objects that are important to you, then seal it shut and open it in 5 years to see what’s changed. Sat. Event Details.


Holiday Card Making Workshop
Take some DIY time this holiday season to create Hand Lettered Holiday Cards with the family and learn a new skill together! There will be plenty of practice time before you begin your final piece and time permitting you will continue to create unique and gorgeous holiday cards. Sat. Event Details.


Tea With Santa
Join Eloise for a rawther special tea party… with Santa! Kids will enjoy Eloise trivia before enjoying pink hot chocolate, tea, pink lemonade, and an assortment of tea sandwiches, fruit skewers and desserts. At the end, each child gets their very own special photo package with Santa, and Eloise gift bag. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

A Christmas Carol in Harlem
Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with CTH’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. This family-friendly production includes original and classic holiday carols tinged with gospel, hip-hop, and R&B influences to celebrate the spirit of the season the Harlem way. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

The Ho Ho Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults discover the best of midtown’s lavish holiday displays on this seasonal scavenger hunt, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, and other festive highlights. Sat. Event Details.


Make Music Winter Festival
A free, outdoor musical celebration that happens every December 21st that turns the audience into music makers, don’t miss your chance to be one of the band with over one dozen participatory musical parades on the winter solstice. Sat. Event Details.

Renegade Craft Fair
This isn’t your grandmother’s craft fair. The Renegade Craft Fair features up-and-coming artisans, plus immersive experiences, like live DJ sets, diverse food, and creative art installations. Sat. Event Details.

Lighting of the Biggest Menorah
Live music, hot latkes, and a 60-foot boom lift await you at the lighting of the largest Menorah in Brooklyn. Special gifts are given out to every child. Sun. Event Details.


A Charlie Brown Christmas 2019
Join Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in this heart-warming holiday musical as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


NYBG Holiday Train Show
Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Winter Solstice Fun
Kick off the longest night of the year by learning about nocturnal animals! Play games, make a craft, and take a walk outside. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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