BEST OF NYC
Take a photo with Santa (and watch out for drunken imposters during SantaCon Saturday), shop at festive markets and food halls, look for lights with our decor map, see a holiday show Plus ways for all ages to give back.
🎄 Enjoy live music, treats and the lighting the tallest living holiday tree in any NYC park at the Morningside Park Winter Celebration.
🎄 Admire the edible displays in Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off and learn about NYC’s restaurants, street carts Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate and the always entertaining Museum of the City of New York.
UPPER EAST SIDE
🎄 Look for interesting animals and characters at the the Met's Neapolitan Christmas tree & creche.
🎄Join the Guggenheim Second Sunday Family Tour and explore two must-see exhibits - Alex Katz: Gathering with NYC characters in freestanding “cutout” works in around the iconic spiral and Nick Cave: Forothermore, with elaborate installations and textile works.
🎄 Find monkeys and rainbow balloons among the immersive installations in Louis Vuitton’s 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries.
UPPER WEST SIDE
🎶 Groove at a musical Afrofuturistic Winter Wonderland with all-ages workshops before the show, then hear more music and multicultural voices inside kinetic sculpture Your Voices: A Kinetic Sculpture by Es Devlin. Both at Lincoln Center, also home to Big Apple Circus and the iconic George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
🎶 Experience classical music and ballet in a relaxed, interactive setting at Mozart For Munchkin's Nutcracker & Holiday Favorites.
🎶 Make festive decorations in Living History: 18th-Century Winter Traditions and go on an I Spy scavenger hunt among historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models in Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection at the New-York Historical Society.
✨ Catch kid-friendly holiday shows My First Nutcracker and Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. More Christmas spirit at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and four floors of holiday screenings, photo-ops and more at Holiday Time in PaleyLand.
✨ Meet Ebenezer Scrooge and see the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Morgan Libary's Winter Family Fair plus enjoy crafts, live music, gallery exploration and film screenings.
✨ Stop by the festively decorated Langham hotel for complimentary Angelina Paris USA hot chocolate (the best), warm apple cider and Victorian carolers.
☃️ Larger-than-life light-up snowmen and other whimsical light displays are back in Meatpacking's Lights on the Cobbles.
☃️ See a American Ballet Theatre performance at abc carpet & home or a solo ballerina at sparkly Chelsea Market. Traverse immersive digital holiday-themed worlds at Artechouse's new Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse.
☃️ Meet Santa at an Join Pusteblume International Preschool's Nikolausfeier, Weihnachtsbasar & Posadas
🎅 All ages can join a gift wrapping party for charity.
✨ Enjoy seasonal activities, festive winter lights, fire pits and a 5,000-square foot outdoor skating rink at Governors Island Winter Village.
Internationally-renowned clarinetist Oran Etkin with Brazilian accordionist and pianist Vitor Gonçalves celebrates music and diversity in Timbalooloo Jazz for Kids
Carol with Mark Morris Dance Group at Ashland Plaza.
No need to queue at Ticketmaster for Rock And Roll Playhouse: Songs of Taylor Swift -
Bundle up and celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on an enchanting trail animated by over one million dazzling lights at Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Lightscape.