It’s officially the holiday season, and the city is alight, literally, with festivities!  Take your little elves to a tree lighting ceremony in Park Slope, snag some tickets to opening weekend at the New York Ballet’s Nutcracker, or have a holiday tea time at American Girl Place. And don’t worry, if you’re still digesting Turkey Day, there’s plenty of other ways to enjoy your weekend without jumping right into the next holiday. Head to Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood for a live performance, have a deliciously sweet day at the Museum of Moving Images or bake one last turkey… cupcake.

Photo: Park Slope Tree Lighting 


Opening Weekend: New York Ballet’s The Nutcracker
This 2-hour show is the gold standard, with 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of young students (50 per show) from the School of American Ballet. While some kids won’t be able to sit through this ballet, if you’re little ones are old enough to appreciate a good show, the scenery is breathtaking (a Christmas tree grows from 12 feet to 40 feet in front of your eyes), and the costumes are opulent (including one that weighs 85 pounds and still requires the dancer playing Mother Ginger to stay on her toes). Fri.-Sun. Event details


Light Up the Holidays at iLuminate
Light up the holidays with this super fun and glowing visual experience. iLuminate combines music, art, and the technological magic to bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance. With styles ranging from hip-hop to Latin to break-dancing and a mash-up of dazzling wizardry and high-tech effects, iLuminate delivers an entirely unique dance-in-the-dark event. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Bake a Turkey… Cupcake That Is!
Gobble, gobble, gobble…it’s time to eat! Bring your little turkeys to the kitchen to learn the trick to making a perfect Turkey cupcake: moist, delicious and addictive. And while your tiny chefs are baking up a storm you can try your hand at some cool decorating tips. Sat. Event details

Holiday Tea with American Girl
Bring your favorite little girl and her favorite little doll to kick off the holiday season. Start off the afternoon with a special menu of delicious teatime treats and then work together to create a sparkly snowflake craft. And of course, while you’re visiting, be sure to browse the store, stop by the doll salon and more! Sun. Event details


STEM Adventure Camp
After a day giving thanks with the family, drop your kiddos off for a fun day of building and experimenting with their friends. Young innovators will program a robot, build circuits and structures, construct science experiments and more! Fri. Event details


Light Up the Night at the Park Slope Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season at a tree lighting event in Park Slope. In addition to the magic of a brightly lit tree, this fun-filled evening will include hot chocolate and marshmallows, puppet performances, cookies, crafts, popcorn, live music and more. And keep your eyes peeled, we hear that Santa will be stopping by too! Sat. Event details

Trolley Over to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
“If you have to go potty — stop! — and go right away…” If this lyric means something to you, you and your preschooler may want to check out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! A live theatrical interactive production inspired by the daily PBS series (inspired, of course, by the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) it’s a musical adventure led by Daniel himself through Make-Believe. Expect singing, dancing, “grr-ific” surprises and that signature red cardigan. Sat. Event details

Winter on Flatbush Farm
Get ready for winter as they did in the 19th century farming village of Flatbush. Learn how to make a candle, watch a master spinster spin wool thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made at our outdoor hearth from a Lefferts family recipe. And what better way to celebrate the winter season then with a visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick?! The man in the red suit will be swinging by the celebration at 3 p.m. Sun. Event details


Sweets on Screen
Satisfy your creative appetite in the Museum’s drop-in workshop for families. Your kiddos can make their own media projects inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Create a candy animation; design your own candy factory film set, and more. Yum! Fri.-Sun. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling