It’s the perfect weekend to enjoy some holiday cheer. “Meet” Santa, virtually of course, at Hudson Yards, settle in for a virtual story time with the Mount Vernon Hotel, Museum & Garden, or catch this first-ever livestream holiday performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Scroll on for more fun weekend events for kids!

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Macy’s Santaland at Home

This year, you can visit Macy’s Santaland without leaving your couch! This virtual experience brings the magic to your home, on-demand. Kids will go on a journey through Santaland at Herald’s Square, meet elves, play games, and yes, meet the big man himself. No reservations are needed. Event Details.

Hansel & Gretel – a Virtual Fairytale

Wondering how to spend your holidays this year? How about surprising your family with a classic fairy tale with a modern twist! Delight them with The Little Orchestra Society’s “Hansel & Gretel.” Event Details.

Hudson Yards Virtual Santa

Guests will be transported through augmented reality to the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop where they will be able to walk through mounds of snow, along candy cane lanes, pose for pictures alongside animated polar bears, elves, penguins, Rudolph, and more, before chatting with Santa himself. Event Details.

Holiday Express

Holiday Express visitors are greeted by animations and fun facts about the toys on nearby screens, and kids will be delighted by a specially created bench inspired by a sleigh in New-York Historical’s collection. Event Details.

Santa Brunch Cruise in NYC

Santa is finally here with his Elves and invites you and your kids to join him for a nice brunch on the water! Event Details.

Holiday Brass with the NY Phil

A family tradition since 1995, Holiday Brass returns in a broadcast featuring newly recorded performances by your Philharmonic friends, with former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith as conductor / host / trumpet. Event Details.

Fun Animal Friday: Fox & Armadillo

Meet a Fennec Fox and Hairy Armadillo up-close to learn how each animal uses their hair to adapt to their environment with Pacific Animal Productions! Event Details.

Virtual Museum Story Time: Wintertime

Read picture books about winter, and then we will explore the Museum to find all the ways people could keep warm in the 19th century. Event Details.

FREE Live Story Time with Holly the Elf

Join Holly, Santa’s Head Elf, for a FREE live story time on Facebook. Other special guests include Fancy Nancy and Cindy Lou Who. Event Details.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live Christmas Show

To keep its rock holiday tradition alive in 2020, TSO will bring a performance right into fans’ homes with the world premiere of its first-ever livestream event, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories Live in Concert.”   Event Details.


There are tons more events on our calendar – be sure to check them out all week long!


–  Jesseca Stenson


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