Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events Dec 19-26
Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert-Rudolph
Ready or not, here comes Santa. The countdown to Christmas Eve (and the last day of Hanukkah) is filled with concerts, caroling, crafts and parties – plus some non-seasonal cultural events. Go early and watch out for tourists as you explore NYC’s amazing holiday happenings. Most of the trains, displays and trees stick around until at least the New Year. Christmas delivery is still available for most of our gift guide, and we’ll be publishing last-minute ideas soon.

If your usual indoor options are closed over the break, museum kids’ spaces and libraries are always open and awesome. Check out free storytime in the Met library, creative activities in the MoMA art lab, or dancing and teepes at the National Museum of the American Indian. If you’re leaving town, see our tips for flying with kids. Wherever you are, happy holidays!

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**

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Chanukah Wonderland

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Police Athletic League (Harlem Center) (441 Manhattan Avenue)


The PAL will be transformed into a Chanukah Wonderland featuring 3,500 square feet of Chanukah activity and entertainment for the entire family including a photo booth with Judah Maccabee, latke cooking, candle & dreidel making, chanukah movie clips, olive oil press demonstration, dreidel tournament, face painting, a special toddler area and chocolate gelt for all.

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Mary Poppins Screening

11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)


See a spectacular new restoration of this beloved musical about a magical nanny on the big screen.

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Family Concert Hot Peas "N" Butter

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

$18/adults, $13/children

Shake and sizzle to the multicultural music and contagious rhythms of Hot Peas ‘N Butter and hear unique twists on Hanukkah favorites such as the Ladino sounds of Ocho Kandelikas.

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Chanukah Kids Fair

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
West End Presbyterian Church (165 West 105th Street at Amsterdam Avenue)


Kids of all ages are invited to see an original play, “Snowed in for Chanukah,” play carnival games, do crafts, light candles and enjoy latkes, donuts and gelt.

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Family Performance—Weave a Tale

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)

Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12. )

Join a shadow puppet artist for a performance that animates characters and stories from the marvelous exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Take part in a family tour or art activity before or after the performance and make sure you stop by the lovely Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.

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Sundays in Soho: Meet Illustrator Sophie Blackall

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MoMA Design Store (81 Spring Street (at Crosby))

Meet Sophie Blackall, known for her illustrations in NYC’s subway cars and for books such as Ivy + Bean and Missed Connections. Sophie will be at the Soho store signing books and crafting ornaments inspired by her newest book The Baby Tree.

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The New York Pops: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)


Holiday cheer fills Carnegie Hall when Steven Reineke conducts The New York Pops in a 50th-anniversary celebration of the iconic TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The concert features the beloved songs and music composed by Johnny Marks, traditional holiday favorites, a sing-along, and special merry surprises.

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Candlelight & Carols

4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church (12 West 12th Street)

Hear anthems and carols of the season sung by the choir and congregation in a candlelit church, then carol by candlelight on the church’s lawn and enjoy refreshments in the church house.

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Holiday Caroling with Torly Kid

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Torly Kid (51 Hudson Street)

Meet at the charming children’s shop at 5 PM to hit the streets of Tribeca for a caroling adventure. After enjoy sparkling cider, hot cocoa and cookies. RSVP online to receive more info, including walking route, song list and other pertinent information.

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Thomas & Friends: Santa’s Little Engine

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue)

See Sodor’s festive celebration on a big screen. RSVP in advance by calling 212.833.8100 (option #3) or via e-mail at

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Christmas Eve Community Carol Sing with Brass and Percussion

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)

Join historic Trinity Wall Street for a one-hour community carol sing with instrumental accompaniment. Stick around for Christmas Eve Family Eucharist and Pageants at 4 pm & 5 pm featuring a Sunday School Christmas play, brief children’s sermon, and the Trinity Youth Chorus.

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Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)

The Cathedral Choristers are joined by the sopranos and altos of the Cathedral Choir in a family-friendly service featuring readings, carols and larger-than-life puppets telling the Christmas story. Also see the lovely Peace Tree decorated with hundreds of origami cranes.

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Christmas Eve Service For Children & Families

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive (at West 120th Street))

This intergenerational service for all includes caroling and a kid-friendly telling of the story of the Baby Jesus’ birth.

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Carols At The Washington Square Arch

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

Sing along with The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and revelers from all over the city underneath the iconic arch and 45-foot Christmas tree. Songbooks will be distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association.

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Family Concert: Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

$20/adults, $15/kids

From the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz, Oran Etkin’s performances weave global melodies and rhythms into a gumbo of goodness. Enjoy tunes from Wake Up Clarinet! and other surprises in this interactive musical world party.

Also at 2 pm.

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Make a Mkeka

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)

Celebrate Kwanzaa by making a paper Mkeka placemat, the second symbol of this joyous holiday. Use customary colors and photographs from our collection to weave a creation representing the holiday season in New York and enjoy a tasty coconut dessert. Drop by anytime.

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Sesame Street Celebrates Around The World

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Elmo and the Monster News Network on a big screen and learn about New Year’s customs and celebrations from around the world. Call (212) 833-8100 or email to reserve.

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Kwanzaa 2014: Our Brightest Lights

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Free with museum admission (Suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/kids under 2.)

Savion Glover brings in ‘da noise and ‘da funk in this dynamic, family-friendly program that includes tap dance, film screenings, an international marketplace and other festivities.

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Toby's Silly Tales

11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Westbeth (155 Bank Street)


This interactive puppet performance features The Three Sillies, Chicken Little and The Brementown Musicians as told by Mother Goose’s silly little dog Toby.

Performances at 11 am and 2:30 pm.

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Book of The Week

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This holiday classic belongs in every family’s library. Perfect for reading aloud at special holiday moments to cleverly celebrate the true meaning of Christmas (spoiler alert – it’s not about the presents).


Featured Deals

20% Off Rent The Runway

Get gorgeous, current and inexpensive styling for holiday and New Year’s parties. Save 20% off rentals of $50+ for deliveries between December 26 and 31 at Rent The Runway, an easy-to-use website that lets you rent latest-fashion designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the sale price. Read the comprehensive reader reviews and fit guides for sizing help, plus select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost.

Free Zoo Admission with Toy Donation

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to dropoff locations at The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo or Queens Zoo and receive one free general admission ticket for The Bronx Zoo.

Discounts On Nutcracker And Other Holiday Shows

The sugar plum fairy is dancing all over Manhattan. Get up to 50% off tickets for various Nutcrackers, ranging from classical to hip-hop, productions of A Christmas Carol, Handel’s Messiah and other seasonal concerts, Christmas Light Tours and the musicalized How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden. Tickets start at at $10 so go get in the spirit while getting some culture.

30% Off Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Save up to 30% on select performances of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of our favorite Christmas in NYC traditions, with discount tickets for $42-$69 (usually $59-$99). The truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause. Tickets are available for select performances through December 31st.

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