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Hello December! Time to get festive with lots of opportunities for hanging with Santa, Nutcrackers traditional and funky, cool kids concerts, and family museum programs. Check out holiday train shows and displays before they get too crowded – our Sunday might include a holiday window stroll after MoMA family gallery talks (and some La Maison du Chocolat hot cocoa).

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Wednesday

Coquí Club: Once Upon A Time…

9:30 am - 10:30 am
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

On the first Wednesday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and each other with play time, storytelling, museum walks, and art making. No reservations required, first come first served. Dress for a mess.

Also a 11 am.


Little Guggs

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.


Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Santa Claus himself has promised to appear and lead the children in the countdown to light up a 45-foot Christmas tree. All are invited to sing holiday songs accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet (complimentary songbooks provided).


Thursday

The Yorkville Nutcracker

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)
$45-$85

Choreographer Francis Patrelle’s special Old New York-set version of Tchaikovsky’s timeless The Nutcracker depicts a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace and skating in Central Park. New York City Ballet Principal Abi Stafford and Alumnus Craig Hall star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, backed by dancers ages 5 to 85.

Also Friday 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm.

Friday

Byzantine Pop-Ups

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Hear hymns and carols of the Byzantine Empire, with the musicians alternating parts in multiple languages (ranging from Russian to Armenian to Greek to Arabic), weaving an evocative sonic tapestry from floor to balcony in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, home of the Met’s exquisite Christmas tree.

Also 6-6:30 pm.


Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$40

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic accompanied by Ensemble Signal as a dancing cast costumed and directed by Mizrahi brings the lively tale of animals and instruments to life.

Also at 6:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 & 4 pm.

Keith Michael's The Nutcracker

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street at Madison)
$34, $24/ages 12 & under

New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet The Nutcracker set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael.

Also December 10 & 11 at 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm.

Joffrey Ballet School The Nutcracker

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place)
$25/kids, $50/adults

Enjoy a performance featuring over 300 dancers from all of the Joffrey Ballet School programs portraying dancing mice, dolls, sugar plums and more.

Also Saturday 2 & 7 pm and Sunday 1 & 5 pm.

Soul Nativity

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harlem School of the Arts ( 645 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 141st Street)
$20/in advance, $25/at door, $15/students &seniors

See a musical theatre extravaganza featuring song, dance, comedy that explores the story of the Nativity through a modern interpretation. The score is infused with Gospel, R&B, Pop, and Rock in an altogether original conception of a timeless story. Appropriate for all ages. Guest performances by The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, Voices of the Flame and Aubrey Lynch II.

Also Saturday 3 pm & 7 pm and Sunday 3 pm.

Saturday

Dreamlands Family Day

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Explore the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 and take part in Unravel—a collaborative handmade 16 mm filmmaking project. Families will get to see their creations projected on the big screen. Also participate in gallery tours and other artmaking activities throughout the Museum.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Taste Of Christmas Cookie Walk

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Nicholas Church (288 East 10th Street & Avenue A)
Free admission, $15/small box, $25/large box

Take a walk through a Cookie Wonderland and fill a box with your favorites from over fifty varieties of homemade confections, including gluten free and vegan sections. Make a sweet masterpiece to take home in the free Little Elves Bakery and Workshop and visit the Tinseltown gift market. Santa will visit throughout the day for photo booth pictures.

Also on Sunday 12 – 3pm.


All Aboard: Historic Trains And Toys Weekend

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under)

Explore the interactive exhibition Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, do a special train scavenger hunt, create a train-inspired craft, listen to train tales, and move and giggle with Conductor Abe.

Also on Sunday.


Family Tour at The Met Breuer

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Met Breuer ( 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. For families with children ages 3–11. Space is limited to 25; first come, first served


R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through March 18th for free art workshops, live music, storytelling and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.


The Hard Nut

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$35-$125

This witty, gender-bending version of The Nutcracker keeps Tchaikovsky’s original 1890s score but transports the setting to the swinging 70s inspired by the comic book art of Charles Burns, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes and Mark Morris’ lyrical modern dance choreography. Funny and moving and unlike any other Nutcracker.

Also Dec 11-18 (matinees on Dec 13, 17 & 18)

The Wizard of Oz

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Tato Laviera Theater (240 East 123rd Street)
$10

The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Dorothy Gale’s fantastical journey with projections, special effects, colorful costumes, and music from the beloved film.


Holiday on the Hudson

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Harlem Piers Park (Marginal & West 125th Street)

Celebrate the season with live music, dancing, children’s activities on a boat and hot chocolate (bring your own mug). The Harlem Swing Dance Society performs and leads a dance lesson with the crowd (wear comfortable shoes and join in), Barnard Bacchantae sings seasonal and popular songs, and the holiday tree is lit over the Hudson.


Sunday

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Second Sunday Family Tours: Art Getaway

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$20/family

Take a break from this winter weather and get lost in the works of art here at the Guggenheim with a family-oriented tour that incorporates conversation and creative hands-on gallery activities. Part of a monthly series.


Baby DJ School

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Battery Park Montessori (21 South End Ave)
$30

Ages 2 months – 5 years are introduced to records, digital DJing and fun educational original songs while developing their fine motor, ocular, language and social skills.


Sunday Story Time: Shark vs. Train

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under)

The New-York Historical Society’s Sunday Story Time is celebrating the special exhibition Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection with train stories for two months. This week, read Shark vs. Train, written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, about an epic battle between the terror of the oceans and the king of the tracks.


Dig Drop-In

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Join a simulated archaeological dig and learn about ancient artifacts.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


Merry Tuba Christmas

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Hundreds of tuba players from around the country serenade the famed rink with Christmas carols and other crowd favorites as part of this nation-wide 40-year+ tradition. Spectators are encouraged to sing along.


The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Look

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Peridance (126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues)
$35, $20/students & seniors, $15/ages 12 & under

An innovative contemporary ballet by choreographer Igal Perry is set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music for an exciting new take on the Nutcracker. Features a cast of over 100 dancers including young students from The School at Peridance, pre-professionals from the Certificate Program and the International Student Programs, and professional dancers from the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.


Monday

Broadway Under the Stars

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

Sing and dance to free performances of hit songs from cast members of Broadway shows.


Wednesday

Little Guggs

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.



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Pop-up master Robert Sabuda’s original pop-up story uses his signature extraordinary paper engineering to capture the magic of winter. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and twinkling surprises further are complemented by simple, elegant text. A delightful gift for any age or addition to home holiday displays.
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