How will you be spending the last weekend of the decade? We have some ideas for you! You can celebrate Kwanzaa at this annual event, or start the New Year’s Eve celebrations early at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, or you can check out this family Chanukah festival. But that’s not all. Scroll down to check out our top event picks!

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Dolby SoHo Presents Star Wars
This Star Wars limited-time installation will showcase the entire Skywalker saga through interactive exhibits, movie props, memorabilia, and tons of Instagram-worthy moments all leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Cirque Mechanics’ 42 FT
With a brilliant blur of sequined stilts, feathered frocks and flashing circus stripes, the endlessly inventive Cirque Mechanics upends expectations in a dizzying, dazzling array of acts that have never before appeared on the New Victory stage. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at CMOM
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is hosting its popular daytime ball drop and party again this year, along with other festive crafts and activities. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

The Little Dancer Musical
There are very few shows that not only have a beautiful plot and cast to tell of it, but also which leave a person feeling lighthearted and cheerful, hopeful and with the renewed willingness to be kind…just in time for the holiday season. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

MTA Holiday Vintage Train Rides
Celebrate the magic of the holidays with a ride on the New York Transit Museum’s vintage train fleet. You’ll be taking a step back in time, all for the price of a Metrocard swipe! Sun. Event Details.


Chanukah Family Festival
Get into the holiday spirit by creating your very own soft dreidel pillow, designing unique Chanukah arts, and decorating a mouth-watering holiday donut, plus so much more! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

11th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
This is the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City, with over five days of culture and fun. Kids will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Chanukah Celebration
Bring light to the dark and build friendships as you light the Chanukah Menorah, share a light meal, play games, and sing songs. Sun. Event Details.

ReMake the Holidays 2019
Families will bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
Entertainment will include holiday-themed music, ice carving demonstrations, caroling, performances, train rides, seasonal treats, and souvenirs. “Ice Jubilee” festivities will feature an ice bar for adults, as well as a giant ice throne and 20-foot ice slide for the perfect seasonal photo-op. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

NYC Winter Lantern Festival
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back to transform Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden into a whimsical world of light. There will be over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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