Events Dec 1-7, 2017

It’s beginning to look at lot like you-know-what. Lots of tree lightings and chances to meet Santa (or see him be rescued by fire fighters). We’ve heard the lines to see Santa at Brookfield Place are super short, plus you can see the dazzling Luminaries and a free Nutcracker in the same (disco-ball decorated) shopping center.

Lots of other fun, festive options for holiday shows from Peter The Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi at the Guggenheim to the Three Bears Bash in Central Park around town.


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Plus tons of non-holiday family-friendly shows including a post-modern Pirates of Penzance, the guitar-playing, tap-dancing Duke Otherwise, a 1986 The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack inspired Cybertronic Spree and magical puppet trees.

Celebrations and (free admission!) at the always interesting New Museum and the creativity-inducing Children’s Museum of the Arts and many more fun museum programs at the family workshop at the American Folk Art Museum and a Chistmas-Carol themed winter family fair.


KIDS HOLIDAY DIY PARTY
Your child is invited to celebrate the holidays at the Pins & Needles crafting studio on the UES! A festive afternoon of DIY projects, friends, sweet treats and fun! Students will create 3 handmade holiday themed projects to take home using crafting and stitching techniques: a garland, a hand sewn ornament and custom holiday cards.
| Saturday, December 9th |
3pm-5pm
$50 per child
Ages 6-14 yrs old
This is a drop-off event * Beginners Welcome
To register please fill out this electronic form and a Pins & Needles team member will contact you to confirm your spot.

What We’re Reading

 
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).


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Monday


Silly Seasonal Celebration

10:00 am–11:00 am
New Amsterdam Library (9 Murray Street)

Celebrate the joy of the season with Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends. Sing and dance to the holiday classics from Frosty the Snowman to the Dreidel Song.

Also on Dec 11 & 18.

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 under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Neil Patrick Harris The Magic Misfits

6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Join Emmy Award-winning actor, magician, director, and author Neil Patrick Harris for a magical evening celebrating his middle-grade debut novel, The Magic Misfits, a whirlwind adventure of family, friendship, and illusion sprinkled with real magic tips and tricks. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Tuesday


Sea of Light Opening Night

5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Seaport District (Fulton & Front Streets)
Free, but reserve online in advance

Get a first look at the Seaport District’s Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound, a three-month installation with Symmetry Labs, a San Francisco based interactive light art collective. Also enjoy live music, photo ops, and food and drink NYC artisans including free mulled wine and hot chocolate. Take home swag including a branded blanket and a Xyloband (so you can be a part of the light show).


La Escuelita Spanish Language Children’s Book Fair

6:00 pm–8:00 pm
La Escuelita ( 225 West 99th Street)

La Escuelita, a Spanish dual-language preschool on the Upper West Side, hosts a book fair featuring affordable, high-quality Spanish language children’s books for ages infant through Grade 6. The vast majority of books—which have been selected by La Escuelita’s early childhood educators—will be priced under $10, and most are not available from traditional booksellers. Also enjoy a story-time area, where children, teachers and parents can read their favorite Spanish-language books together, plus refreshments and baked goods.

Also Wednesday 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Wednesday


Arsenal Gallery Exhibition Opening: 35th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Arsenal, Central Park (830 Fifth Avenue (at 64th Street))

Join NYC Parks for the opening reception of popular holiday exhibition Wreath Interpretations. Employing an array of uncommon materials, more than 40 participating fine artists, designers, and imaginative individuals create unique and unconventional wreaths. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a range of themes ranging from the personal to the universal.


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 by the Washington Square Association).


Thursday


StoryDance Playgroup

9:30 am–10:15 am
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Enjoy story time, craft, dance games and activities and free play time in a nurturing, supportive, creative and professional environment. RSVP by email ([email protected]). Part of a monthly series.


NYC Tots: Winter Class Series

10:00 am–11:00 am
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
$180

Register for six sessions that focus on exploration and discovery of winter in the city through song, play, and hands-on experiences. Learn to look with guided gallery tours of the groundbreaking exhibition New York At Its Core. Work on special art projects inspired by the city. Classes run on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm on on December 7, 14, 21, and January 4, 11, and 18.


Madison Square Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Gather around the Mad. Sq. Holiday Tree and enjoy free seasonal activities including a seed packet activity with Gardener Steph and festive performances from The Sweetback Sisters, the New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox. Tasty holiday treats provided by wagamama and Eataly and hot soup provided by Almond. Illumination of the Tree of Light will take place at 4:55pm. Also check out the hovering lights in art installation Whiteout.


Friday


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

7:30 am–9:00 am
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Get a free train fix every Friday morning through February, we’re opening the doors early at 7:30 am. Explore the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection before the museum opens, read fun train tales, and enjoy coffee and breakfast treats, available for purchase from the museums’ Espresso & Coffee Bar.

Fridays though February 23

Stroller Tour Through History

9:00 am–10:00 am
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$25/family

Grownups and their children (up to 2 years old) will explore America’s past, present, and future in a lively and interactive tour. An early childhood educator will lead an exploration of art, history, and creativity before the museum opens for the day, Includes singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries will make for a memorable morning.


Saturday


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

9:30 am–11:00 am
Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)
$25

Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical comedy.

Sundays through Dec 23

A Season of Lights: A Winter Workshop

10:00 am–12:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)
$10/child-adult pair

Hear a reading of Nancy Luenn’s Celebrations Of Light : A Year of Holidays Around the World, learn about winter festivities from around the world and explore the many sources of light in the Cathedral, including stained glass windows. Creative activities include rolling beeswax candles; cutting Chinese and Taiwanese paper lanterns; sculpting clay candelabras inspired by Hindu floating lamps, Jewish menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinaras and more festive illuminated crafts.


BAMKids: Awa Sangho

10:30 am–11:30 am
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10

Mali-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Awa Sangho is a rising presence on the world music scene, delivering blues- and rock-tinted songs infused with the rhythms and resonance of West Africa. Known for high-energy performances that showcase her drumming and dancing, she comes to BAM fresh off the release of her debut solo album Ala Ta, a blend of Afro rhythms and acoustic instrumentation. Come early for pre-concert warm-up activities with a BAM teaching artist.

Also at 2 pm.

Family Tour at The Met Breuer

11:00 am–12:00 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 the Met’s striking modern art outpost. For families with children ages 3–11. Space is limited to 25; first come, first served.

Also at 2 pm.

Interstellar Cinderella

11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$29.25

From beloved singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger, the creators of the hit shows Wanda’s Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, comes a futuristic retelling of one of the world’s most cherished stories, Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 2 pm through Dec 17.

Living History

11:00 am–4:00 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
50% off with this link)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


National Marionette Theatre: Pinocchio

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Follow Pinocchio as he discovers that only by being truthful, selfless, and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real boy in a production featuring beautifully crafted marionettes and stunning scenery.

Also at 2 pm.

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 Sunday 12–3 pm

The Secret of Kells & Irish Dance

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($15/adults, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See a beautiful and colorful Oscar-nominated animated film set in medieval Ireland on the eve of a Viking invasion. A young boy, Brendan, becomes swept into an adventure when a master illuminator arrives asking for his help with a book filled with secret powers. Prior to the screening, members of Darrah Carr Dance will present a fun, interactive Irish dance demonstration.


Kidz Central Station's Holiday Extravaganza

12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Galli Theater (357 West 36th Street, Suite #202)
$15

Join us for an exclusive, private holiday performance at Galli Theater. Galli Theater presents some of the very best children’s theater in the city, and on December 9 they’ll be putting on a Kids
Meet Santa and see private interactive perfromance of The Snow Queen just for Kidz Central Station families. Enjoy holiday treats, photo opportunities with performers and Santa and a dance party.


The Magic Flute

12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$27-$165

The Met’s English-language family adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production. Pre-curtain Open Houses feature family-friendly activities related to the production including a “dress-up” station featuring child-friendly costume pieces; an instrument show-and-tell with members of the orchestra; a live demonstration by the Met scenic artists who create props and set elements for all of the company’s productions; and a lighting display by the Met’s electrics department.


Kidtooning with The New Yorker

1:00 pm–3:00 pm
The New Yorker’s Office (1 World Trade Center)
$15 (only MasterCards accepted)

Budding artists (suggested ages 5-12) can enjoy an interactive demonstration by three New Yorker cartoonists—Emily Flake, Danny Shanahan and Corey Pandolph—and then be divided into small groups for interactive demonstrations led by each artist, featuring lessons on organizing ideas, composition and perspective, and other cartooning essentials. Kid-friendly snacks and beverages will be served including an ice cream sundae bar. Leave with gift bags containing a custom cartoon, artist apron, wooden menu, and current issue of The New Yorker. Hosted by The New Yorker and MasterCard® Priceless® New York. Space is limited; advance online registration recommended.


Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

2:00 pm–6:00 pm
Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street)

Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy performances by the ARC Choir, Backtrack, and the St. Luke A.M.E. Church Praise Team. Donations welcome for a toy and book drive for children serviced by Our Children’s Foundation. Stick around after for the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special.


Washington Market Park Christmas Party

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Washington Market Park (Chambers Street bet.ween Greenwich Street & West Street)

Riding to the park in style – sometimes by pedicab, sometimes peddled by an oversized elf – Santa takes requests from children on his throne stationed at a gazebo. Sing carols and enjoy homemade cookies and hot apple cider. Support a local children’s organization and bring an unwrapped toy.


Chalk

2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


Kids Holiday DIY Party

3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pins & Needles (1045 Lexington Avenue, Second Floor)
$50

Your child is invited to celebrate the holidays at the Pins & Needles crafting studio on the UES! A festive afternoon of DIY projects, friends, sweet treats and fun! Students will create 3 handmade holiday themed projects to take home using crafting and stitching techniques: a garland, a hand sewn ornament and custom holiday cards.

Ages 6-14 yrs old * This is a drop-off event * Beginners Welcome


To register please fill out this electronic form and a Pins & Needles team member will contact you to confirm your spot.


Bargemusic Family Concert

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Holiday on the Hudson

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

Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate.


Sunday


Holiday Nostalgia Train

10:00 am–6:00 pm
96th Street Subway Station (Second Avenue & 96th Street )
$2.75 (one MetroCard swipe)

Ride back in time on a vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. Departures from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements. Dance along with jazz and swing bands at the stations.


Dreidels and Donuts: A Hanukkah Concert

10:30 am–12:00 pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (30 West 68th Street)
$20/family

Families with children 5 and under are invited to join Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center for a Hanukkah concert featuring the award-winning Bossy Frog Band. Enjoy art activities and delicious latkes and jelly donuts.


Second Sunday Family Tour: Expect the Unexpected

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

Discover how artists can provide new and surprising ways to view the ordinary in a family-oriented tour that incorporates conversation and creative hands-on gallery activities. Part of a monthly series.


Film Forum Jr.: Roman Holiday

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$9

Central European princess Audrey Hepburn (in her first major role) skips out on her official schedule to enjoy Rome incognito, with opportunistic reporter Gregory Peck in tow.


Hanukkah Family Celebration

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore images from the museum’s collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack and create a menorah. All are welcome.


Interstellar Cinderella

11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$29.25

From beloved singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger, the creators of the hit shows Wanda’s Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, comes a futuristic retelling of one of the world’s most cherished stories, Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 2 pm through Dec 17.

Living History

11:00 am–4:00 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
50% off with this link)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


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.


Hanukkah Family Day

12:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15/adult, free for 18 and under)

Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects — a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and collaborate on a giant light collage,


Tree Pop

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Here Art Center (145 6th Avenue @ Dominick Street)
$25

In a presentation from HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program (Basil Twist, Artistic Director), six performers bring a miniature, winter mountain village to life using a variety of puppetry techniques including direct manipulation, shadow, and large-scale figures worn by the performers. Eccentric characters abound including a forest of trees who grow, walk, and dance; a train conductor who beckons passengers to explore the village and woods; a poet who houses a family of displaced birds in his beard; and a woman who lifts off the ground in her pigeon shoes. As their wordless encounters play out accompanied by John Dyer’s sparse Americana-influenced score,, a creature lurks on the edges of the town.


Dog Film Festival

2:45 pm–6:15 pm
SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)
$15

See short films celebrating the love between dogs and their people. Proceeds support local animal welfare groups which bring people and pets together.

Two different programs at 2:45 & 4:45 pm.

Monday


Line Up with the Rockettes

12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Westfield World Trade Center (185 Greenwich Street)

Stop by the Chase Pay photo booth to strike a pose with the visiting Rockettes from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, where you can then print, text, email or tweet your photos with these legendary holiday performers.


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 under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concert: Ugly Holiday Sweater Party with Genghis Barbie

6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Grab your ugliest holiday sweater for holiday party featuring all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie with twists on seasonal favorites. Sit onstage and enjoy a free drink during fun, free, informal performances, then mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show.



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