If you’re not in a festive mood yet, we guarantee you will be after this weekend! Take a Christmas Cookie Walk and fill up your very own box with as many delicious cookies as you can fit, watch A Charlie Brown Christmas come to life at this live performance complete with a Jazz trio, catch a hip version of the Nutcracker set in the Big Apple or visit with Conductor Abe at the annual Historical Train Weekend. Happy weekend!


Photo: New York Historical Society Jerni Train Collection


All Aboard! It’s Historical Train Weekend!
All aboard! Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection is sure to delight and enchant kids — as well as kids at heart! While you’re there, don’t forget to journey on the special train scavenger hunt, create a train-inspired craft, listen to train tales, and move, giggle, and laugh out loud with Conductor Abe! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

The Nutcracker with a New York Twist
There are plenty of chances to the see the Nutcracker during the holidays, but at the Yorkville Nutcracker production, we’re sure your little theatre goers will recognize, and probably have visited themselves, many of the locations. This ballet, set in 1895, includes lavish sets and costumes and takes the audience on a tour through Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Thurs.-Sun. Event details

WeBop Family Jazz Party
Celebrate the holidays with Mr. Tim and the WeBop Family Jazz Band. Families will sing and swing into the holiday season with this fun and interactive show. A great way to introduce your little ones to jazz in a kid friendly environment. Sat. Event details


American Girl at “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
You, your little girl and her best dolly can see a favorite holiday TV special come to life on stage, with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”! Featuring beloved characters like Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster, and Rudolph himself, this production is sure to put you in the holiday spirit and leave you humming “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Afterward, a bus will take you to American Girl Place, where you’ll enjoy dinner in the Cafe. Fri. Event details

Don’t Be a Scrooge…Head to the Winter Fair
Celebrate the season with Morgan’s unique manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Dickens, Scrooge, Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Present and Past will join forces with strolling musicians, magicians, and all-around street fair entertainers to sweep families into a whirlwind of exuberant fun! Come join this merry bunch and enjoy a puppet show, a creative craft workshop and a one-of-a kind collection of literary costumes for children to model. Sun. Event details


Have a Merry Tuba Christmas
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Tuba Christmas. As always, hundreds of tuba and euphonium players wil gather on the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink to play holiday classic songs for you. Singing along is encouraged, so warm up your vocals and teach your kiddos some classics! It’s a site to see and something special to hear, too. Sun. Event details


Christmas Cookie Walk
Over 75 varieties and 50,000 fresh-baked Christmas cookies await you at this Cookie Wonderland, hungry yet? Purchase an empty bakery box and then “take a walk” through the delectable array of holiday confections. You fill your box with as many of your favorites as it can hold and take home your treats, all wrapped up in a bow. And don’t miss the Little Elves Bakery and Workshop where kiddies can create their own sweet masterpiece to take home. Santa and a cast of other characters will be available for pictures in the photo booth so be sure to snap some pics! Sat. & Sun. Event details


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!
Watch the Peanuts gang come to life at this live performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Your kiddos will be on the edge of their seats as they watch their favorite characters on stage set to the classic music from a live jazz trio. This is WAY better than just watching tv. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Winter Wonderland
You’ll be walking in a winter wonderland at this festive event. Your little elves can visit with the animals at the petting zoo, snap a pic with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick, enjoy some coloring and more. There will even be free hot cider and snacks for purchase. Sun. Event details


Make Your Own Piece of Gingerbread Lane
Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane for some inspiration and then make your very own house worthy of this tasty hood. You and your kiddos will receive a kit of the same materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit, filled with delicious gingerbread pieces, icing and candy. Get creative and start building! Sat. Event details.

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling