If there’s magic in the air, it must be the holidays in NYC! Take a break from shopping or tackling your NYC bucket list to experience one of these awesome events. Bring the kids to see this Christmas classic, or bask in the glow of holiday lanterns at the debut of this super popular festival. But wait, there’s more! Scroll down to check out our top event picks.

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MOCACREATE: 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! Sat. Event Details.

Luminaries at Brookfield Place
This mesmerizing installation and holiday tradition features a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. Special light shows will be presented at the top of every hour, set to popular holiday songs! Fri-Sun. Event Details.


18th Annual Holiday Train Show
Dazzling both children and adults alike, the Transit Museum’s display will feature Lionel trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

NYE Wishing Wall
Don’t miss your chance to add your wish to the confetti that flutters down in the heart of Times Square on New Year’s Eve! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Celebrate the season with the classic tale as presented as only the NYC Ballet can. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a vibrant show that puts together a cast of 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 40 stagehands and 125 children to bring viewers a truly spectacular performance. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

LuminoCity Festival
Experience 12 acres of light art at this festival, including a skating unicorn, or the castle in the clouds. The artistry will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages. Plus, the market will be your one-stop destination for all food, drink, and retail needs! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Holiday on the Hudson
Enjoy a holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, dancing, tree decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last). Sat. Event Details.


Little Activists Folk Song Sing-A-Long
Folk music is an important way to preserve history from the People’s perspective, and kids will love fluttering handmade props and keeping the beat with a rainbow of percussion instruments in this drop-in sing-a-long. Fri. Event Details.

Holiday Pop-up at City Point
This holiday season, FAD Market – a curated fashion, art and design pop-up marketplace – is transforming Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point into a festive, holiday bazaar, featuring 120+ of the region’s most talented makers, designers and independent food brands. Discover unique holiday gifts and snag one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers. Sat. –Sun.Event Details.


Hello Panda Festival
Held at Citi Field and spanning 750,000 square feet, this multisensory event will showcase over 120 Instagrammable Chinese lantern exhibits, 60 international food vendors curated by The World’s Fare and numerous cultural arts experiences including live performances, modern art exhibits, interactive games, cultural arts and handicrafts, and a holiday market. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Mommy and Me Double Dutch
Show off your double Dutch skills with your littles! You can register as a two or three person team, regardless of your skill level. Sat. 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

Christmas in Richmond Town
Visit Historic Richmond Town to experience Christmas like they did once upon a time. There will be warm apple cider, old-fashioned Egg Nog, Santa visits, ornament making, and more! Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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