There are plenty of things to do with kids in New York during the holidays. Take in a holiday market, go see some city lights, or visit a winter wonderland. There's something for everyone.
HOLIDAY MARKET IN UNION SQUARE
201 Park Ave S, New York, NY
Nov 16 to Dec 24, 2017
Union Square Holiday Market is located in the heart of NYC. It is a must visit holiday stop for shopping and a beautiful holiday experience for all.
MAGIC OF LIGHTS IN LONG ISLAND
Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY, 631.321.3403
Nov 17 to Dec 31, 2017, every Friday and Saturday
Enjoy 2.5 miles of lights, holiday music and movies, a hay maze, pictures with Santa and a Holiday Festival Village.
NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, 718.817.8700
Nov 22, 2017 to Jan, 15, 2018
Watch as model trains travel through a recreation of New York City. The Statue of Liberty Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium are all part of the railway which is made entirely out of plants. A cappella performances, classical music concerts, poetry readings and activities for kids will also be featured.
WESTCHESTER’S WINTER WONDERLAND
One Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY, 914.231.4600
Nov 24-26, Nov 30-Dec 3, Dec 7-10, Dec 14-23, Dec 26-31, 2017
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland takes place in Kensico Dam Plaza Park. Featuring a holiday circus, visits with Santa, an ice skating rink, rides, a beautiful Candy Cane Lane and a musical light show. There will be special character appearances on select days as well.
WINTER WONDERLAND IN STATEN ISLAND
75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, 718.720.9265
Nov 25 to Dec 23, 2017, every Thursday through Sunday
The Winter Wonderland is an 85,000 square foot immersive holiday experience for children and adults. Features include an ice skating rink, holiday market, rides, games, nightly light shows, life sized Gingerbread House, Santa’s workshop and more.
GINGERBREAD LANE AT NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
47-01 111th St, Corona, NY, 718.699.0005
Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2017, Saturday and Sunday
Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that have been created by Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guiness World Record for many years for the largest gingerbread village.
CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER
W 48th St and 51st St, New York, NY
Nov 29, 2017 to Jan 7, 2018
Each year thousands of people come to Rockefeller Center to experience the awe inspiring tree, light display and ice rink.
LUMINARIES AT BROOKFIELD PLACE
230 Vesey St, New York, NY, 212.417.2414
Nov 29 to Jan 5, 2017
The Brookfield Place is transformed into a winter wonderland this season. Visitors will be immersed in a canopy of light emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. Three Wishing Stations on the ground will allow visitors to send a wish to the lanterns.
BRICKTACULAR AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
39 Fitzgerald St, Yonkers, NJ, 866.243.0770
Dec 2 to Dec 24, 2017, every Saturday and Sunday
Tis the season to be jolly at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester during Bricktacular. Join in on the festive holiday fun every weekend in December as you walk through a Winter Wonderland themed MINILAND searching for LEGO® presents in a bricktastic scavenger hunt. Help the LEGO delivery truck get all of the hidden presents delivered by the holiday for a chance to win a family four pack of Annual Passes. Snap a photo with our custom holiday themed builds created by Master Model Builder Anthony Maddoloni and enjoy winter and holiday themed mosaic builds in the Master Builder Academy. All visitors receive a Limited Edition Collector Holiday LEGO® Brick. Annual Pass Members can keep warm with a free hot chocolate every weekend.
HOLIDAY CRUISE WITH CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES
Pier 83, W 42nd St, New York, NY, 212.563.3200
Dec 2, 9, 16, 2017
Join Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for a fun-filled Holiday Cruise. Santa and his helpers will be on hand to enjoy a special holiday experience with you. The boats will be transformed into Santa’s workshop and then set sail past the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade, Statue of Liberty and more! Entertainment is provided by a live DJ and passengers can enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, muffins, brownies and croissants. There will also be a photo op with Santa.
WINTER FAMILY DAY AT THE MORGAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
225 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 212.685.0008
Dec 3, 2017
This year’s theme is dedicated to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There will be musicians, characters and the chance for children to dress up. Recommended for ages 3 to 12, a craft workshop and chances to see original manuscripts will be available as well.
VICTORIAN HOLIDAY LIGHTING AT THE CHARLES A. DANA DISCOVERY CENTER
110th St between 5th and Lenox Aves, New York, NY, 212.860.1370
Dec 5, 2017
Celebrate Christmas Victorian style at Central Park Conservancy’s 14th Annual Holiday Lighting. Enjoy hot chocolate, carolers, cookie decorating, crafts and a photo with Santa. Thousands of lights will be illuminated at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Free.
COCA COLA WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE APOLLO
253 W 125th St, New York, NY, 215.531.5300
Dec 9, 2017
The Apollo Theater and Coca Cola invite you to bring the family for an exciting holiday experience. Take pictures with Santa, see amazing performances and participate in holiday crafts. The Apollo is decorated for the holidays. Bring any toys or books for donation to Greenhope Services for Women.