Whoa, it’s December already? In what has seemed like the never-ending year, we’re fast approaching the holidays. Even though things are noticeably different, like seeing Santa virtually, some things are mostly still the same, like the Winter Village in Bryant Park. And don’t miss your chance to see this production of everyone’s favorite Elf: The Musical. Scroll on for more fun weekend ideas for kids!

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BAM Kids Virtual Film Festival

In this virtual program of gentle, colorful animated films, curious animals and adventurous kids alike sing, grow up, fly high, and celebrate the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors. Event Details.

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. Event Details.

Holiday Express

Featuring toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection, 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.

North Pole Express in NYC

The North Pole Express is everything you need for a magical “North Pole” experience. Meet with Santa, one of his elves, and the Express Conductor; enjoy Christmas carols and storytelling; take in stunning sights of Christmas lights above the crowd and more! Event Details.

Michaels Virtual Holiday Crafting Classes

Families can attend virtual classes taught by Michaels’ makers to learn about how to create fun crafts and projects from the comfort of their home during this holiday season. Event Details.

Polar Express Cooking Class

Hop aboard this magical Polar Express movie themed cooking class! Event Details.

Christmas at the Drive In

See your favorite Christmas movie classics in a brand new way – at the drive in! Each week during the holiday season will feature a different movie. No car? No problem. There are picnic tables available for those who want them. Event Details.

Ballet Breaks With New York City Ballet

Get your family moving alongside the artists of New York City Ballet with Ballet Breaks. Each 30-minute workshop will be taught by a different NYCB dancer who will lead your little ones through a warm-up and choreography inspired by George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Event Details.

A Christmas Carol: on Air

For the first time in its 44-year history, American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will come to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of their home. Event Details.

Elf: The Musical

Bastrop Opera House brings Elf the Musical to you. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. 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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