So, Thanksgiving has a big ol’ check next to it on the holiday list and now you can spend the weekend with a different sort of festive entertainment. Dazzle the kids with a Nutcracker performance, a glimpse of botanical model trains, and a neighborhood tree lighting event. And the fun doesn’t stop there for this last weekend of November. Get out there and start planning–we’ll see you in December.

Great Russian Nutcracker_Masha and Nutcracker Prince in Snow Forest

Photo credit: Moscow Ballet


Meet Elmo and Olaf at Learning Express Toys
Spend black Friday at the new location of Learning Express Toys, where you’ll find doorbusters, raffles, and treats. Kids will even get the chance to meet Olaf and Elmo. Fri. 9 a.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

Meet Civil War Soldiers at The New York Historical Society
Meet The Third New Jersey Regiment, a living history troop. Get a look at their authentic 1777 uniforms and gear up close, and join the soldiers in drills and exercises. Fri. 11 a.m. Upper West Side. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Amazing Interactive Magic Show
Mario the Magician is part retro, part rock and roll, and all magic. At his highly interactive show he uses props and old-school physical comedy for a lively good time. Sun. 12:30 p.m. Upper West Side. $15-$20. Ages 3-10. Event details.


Tour Holiday Lights and Movie Sites
Visit sites where famous holiday movies were filmed and make stops along the way at some of the season’s most festive NYC locations. Fri-Sun. 5:30 p.m. Midtown. $36. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

The Great Russian Nutcracker by Moscow Ballet
The ultimate Nutcracker performance, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, 10-foot-tall silk puppets and a show-stopping “Dove of Peace” formation. Sun. 1 p.m. Garment District. $39.20 and up. All ages. Event details.


Make Paper Beads at CMA
It’s a jewelry-in-the-making event at Children’s Museum of the Arts. Kids will learn to craft their own beads using text-covered paper, toothpicks and more. Sun. 11 a.m. SoHo. Free with Admission. 6 and up. Event details


A Nature-Filled Thanksgiving Weekend at Prospect Park
Head to Prospect Park for special Thanksgiving weekend activities that include bird-watching naturalist talks, animal encounters, and an old-fashioned winter experience–you can even meet Santa on Nov. 30. Fri-Sun. 12 p.m. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Park Slope Tree Lighting
In addition to the magic of a brightly lit tree, this fun-filled evening will include hot chocolate, puppet performances, crafts, songs, a visit from Santa and Frosty, and more. Sat. 6:30 p.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details


Make a Toy Train at the NY Hall of Science
Kids will tinker with wheels, learn a little about locomotives, and build a toy train out of recycled materials. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Corona. $8/family, plus NYSCI admission. Ages 18 months and up. Event details.

What are you doing this post-Thanksgiving weekend? Share with us in the comment section below!

— Abigail Matsumoto