Whether you will be saying Merry Christmas or HappyHanukkah this weekend, this city is ready to celebrate! Hit up a live concert at the lighting of the world’s largest menorah, parade around Bryant Park with the man in red himself, go caroling in Washington Square Park or hit Family Day at the Jewish Museum. Happy holidays to everyone!
Photo: Santa at Bryant Park
Hanukkah Family Day
Explore images from the museum’s collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack as you create a menorah in time to light the first candle at night! Sat. Event details.
This Museum is Open for Family Fun!
You may see a lot of “closed” signs on Christmas day, but the Jewish Museum has got you covered with a full day of fun for the whole family. Dance and sing along with Oran Etkin and his five member band at a live concert that will take your little ones on an adventure through the Kingdom of Swing. Then create a sculpture masterpiece at a drop in art workshop, pretend you’re archeologists uncovering ancient and modern objects at the archeology zone and stroll through the museum to take in all of the current exhibitions. Sun. Event details.
Visit the Big Man at Santa’s Corner
The big man himself is stopping by the Winter Village and he wants to take a picture with your little ones. Enjoy a rare free opportunity to grab a photo with Santa, either bring your own camera or an elf will take one you can download off their flickr page. And if your little one didn’t get to tell Santa everything they wanted to, grab a free postcard and coloring supplies from the elves and they can write him a special note. If you’re at the park on Dec. 17 or 24th at 12:30 you can even watch Santa parade throughout the park with carolers and elves. Fri.-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@ . Fri. Event details.
Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt
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 and other festive highlights. You’ll also visit locations from famous holiday movies such as Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street. Advance purchase is required. Sat. Event details.
Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch
We promise you will be in the holiday spirit after spending Christmas Eve caroling under the arch with other festive New Yorkers. Join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet and revelers from all over the city to sing holiday favorites. Sat. Event details.
Cruise with Santa on Christmas Eve
This one’s a splurge for sure, but if you have a really good little elf at home and want to do some extra special, here’s one last chance to see Santa before he heads out on his big night. Hop aboard the Hornblower for a delicious dinner with amazing city views. Then your little elves can dance the night away with the big man himself, Santa Claus. Sat. Event details.
Hanukkah Holiday Celebration
Looking for something fun to do on Christmas Day – also the second day of Hanukkah? Visit a landmark synagogue in Chinatown! Join the Museum for tours, scavenger hunts, and an art activity inspired by Hanukkah cards featured in the Blavatnik Archive (12-3 pm). At 3 pm, the Museum screens the 1925 silent film His People with an original score created and performed live by saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet. Young and old will be on the edge of their seats, riveted by this century old story of a Lower East Side immigrant family. At 4:30 the Museum conducts a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Hanukkah at the World’s Largest Menorah
Celebrate the holiday with an evening lighting of this gigantic 32 foot menorah in Grand Army Plaza. There will be live music, hot latkes and even special gifts for the little ones. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, this menorah is a must see and all are welcome to the party. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Pick…Press…Pour at an Olive Oil Workshop
Pick, press, pour, and explore the art of olive oil making in a fun and interactive workshop. Your kiddos will choose the best olives, extract the oil and finally light a Chanukah menorah using their hand-made wicks and freshly produced oil. Come early or stay after to enjoy all the museum has to offer, including a child sized kosher market an a mega “climb-on” Shabbat table. Sun. Event details.
Run as Fast as You Can to Gingerbread Lane
Warning: this exhibit is going to make you hungry! It’s opening weekend for the 500 square foot delicious village made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The reigning champs for the Guinness Book of Records’ largest gingerbread village, consists of more than 1,050 houses and structures like Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, and Peppermint Central Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
How will your family spend this holiday weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.