Events This Week

So much culture and fun for NYC families this December! Explore festive holiday attractions, try a museum family program, play in cool pop-ups & public art, see family-friendly shows and more.

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The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet
Prep for the quintessential New York City Ballet Nutcracker with a gorgeous picture book that mimics George Balanchine’s choreography and illustrations inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production. A holiday favorite with stylish and modern sensibility.


Thursday, December 13


Mozart For Munchkins: Our Holiday Musical Wilderness

Greenwich House Music School ~ 46 Barrow Street ~ West Village/East Village
10:30 am–11:30 am
$30, free/ages 12 & under, $250/10 tickets
Use code MFMFRIENDS at this link for 10% off
Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians in new program inspired by animals and nature- from Butterflies in Chopin to a barn…

Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
11:30 am–4:30 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, see performances of innovative Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions. Made from inexpensive materials, including plywood and rope, each “construction” prompts actions such as climbing, leaning, standing or whistling.

MADmakes with Lily Moebes

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) ~ 2 Columbus Circle ~ Midtown West
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
MAD Artist Studios resident Lily Moebes invites visitors to create a multimedia mask based on an internal persona that is not always on display. Portray the fierce protector, the harsh critic, the clever trickster, the drama queen, the wise elder,…


Friday, December 14


Stroller Tour Through History

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
9:00 am–10:00 am
$25/family
Grownups and their children (up to 3 years old) explore America's past, present, and future in a lively and interactive tour before the museum opens for the day. Includes singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries.

American Girl Holiday Cookie Decorating

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–3:00 pm
$10
Decorate three holiday cookies with festive frosting and sprinkles. Enjoy the cookies while shopping or take them home in a “to go” box that can be embellished with stickers.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer

Flatiron Plaza ~ West 23rd Street & Broadway ~ Flatiron
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Get a free hot beverage from local restaurant, spin the Flatiron prize wheel to win a gift from a local business and donate to the holiday food drive for the Food Bank For New York City.  Enjoy performances on the…

Steve Paxton Performances

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, Stephen Petronio Company reconstructs Steve Paxton's pioneering modern dance piece Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call) and performs The Goldberg Variations by…

"Guess What" the Family Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show

Guess What Comedy ~ 10-93 Jackson Ave ~ LIC
12:30 pm–2:00 pm
FREE
A stand up comedy show for families! See comedy and don't worry about getting a babysitter. Food is available and delicious.

The Hard Nut

Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) ~ 30 Lafayette Avenue ~ Brooklyn
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$25-$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’…

Boing!

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
$20
"If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep..." But Joêl and Wilkie are way too excited for snoozing! This playfully imaginative, award-winning, dance theater production features rambunctious pillow fights, robot dance battles and silly sibling shenanigans…

Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
5:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
The world of hip-hop dance culture collides with the bygone age of chivalry when modern-day b-boys and freestyle dancers meet knights in armor. Discover the unexpected parallels—and see what it's really like to make some moves in all that chainmail,…

Family Fridays at MoMath: Reach Out and Touch Space! with Bjoern Muetzel

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) ~ 11 East 26th Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
6:30 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
Using tiles, geometric LEGOs, and 3D prints, explore the fascinating world of tessellations in the plane, on the sphere, and even in the mysterious hyperbolic space.  Plus, construct the five perfect polyhedra – the Platonic solids – and prove that there can only be those five.  Go…

Ajkun Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

The Ailey Studio Theater ~ 405 West 55th Street ~ Midtown West
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
$35
Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company presents the magical Nutcracker suite, restaged by director Chiara Ajkun, in the intimacy of its studio. The one hours show takes you and the magic toys of Herr Drosselmeyer through the Battle with the Mice into…


Saturday, December 15


Holiday Doll Hair Salon Spectacular

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
8:15 am–9:15 am
$28
Learn how to create a Candy Cane twist hairstyle. Expert Doll Hair Salon stylists teach girls all the steps needed to give dolls this special holiday ’do, plus tips and tricks to keep dolls hair looking fabulous. Enjoy a delicious…

Breakfast With The Baboons: Holiday Treats

Prospect Park Zoo ~ 450 Flatbush Ave ~ Brooklyn
9:00 am–10:30 am
FREE
Enjoy exclusive early access to the zoo with a wild troop of baboons. Eat a tasty breakfast, meet an animal up close and make a special treat for the primates.

Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical comedy.

Whitney Stroller Tour

Whitney Museum of American Art ~ 99 Gansevoort Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
9:30 am–10:30 am
$25/adult, plus museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/ages 18 & under)
Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, lead an engaging tour for parents and caregivers with babies 0–18 months when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies welcome.

A Season of Lights: A Winter Workshop

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–12:00 pm
$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…

Boing!

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
10:00 am–11:00 am
$20
"If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep..." But Joêl and Wilkie are way too excited for snoozing! This playfully imaginative, award-winning, dance theater production features rambunctious pillow fights, robot dance battles and silly sibling shenanigans…

Brookfield Place Saturday Morning Show: Rolie Polie Guacamole and The Great Charlini

Brookfield Place ~ 220 Vesey Street ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
At 10am, enjoy Rolie Polie Guacamole's parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, humming with relevance and humor. At 11am, enjoy The Great Charlini's magic show!

Discovery Walks for Families: Towering Trees - The North Woods

Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer ~ Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenues ~ Upper East Side
10:00 am–11:30 am
FREE
Take a hike through the North Woods and learn how to tell a maple from an oak. Discover how trees—from seeds and leaves to logs—contribute to the health of an urban park woodland community. Learn about the landscapes and ecosystems…

LOS Kids: Clara & Robert Schumann

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College ~ 695 Park Avenue at 68th Street ~ Upper East Side
10:00 am–11:00 am
$15-$48
Meet composer couple Clara & Robert Schumann - in the flesh - and learn what makes them and their music unique. Hosted by the hilarious Professor Treblemaker with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the…

Passport to Eataly: Tours for Kids

Eataly Flatiron ~ 200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
10:00 am–11:00 am
$25
Uncover the food and language of Italy as an Eatalian ambassador guides kids around an Italian marketplac. Explore each department, learn an Italian word or phrase, and earn a stamp in provided passport. Discover the value of whole ingredients and…

Santa at The Palace

Lotte New York Palace ~ 455 Madison Ave at West 50th Street ~ Midtown East
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Join Santa in the grand lobby of the elegant Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) for story time (10-10:30 am) followed by photo opportunities (10:30 am–12 pm). Also take pics with the stunning tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Wintery Birdy Marionettes

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
Look for black-and-white winter birds like downy woodpeckers, chickadees and eastern towhees among the gorgeous Wave Hill gardens and forest. Make dancing bird marionettes to hang on a group indoor tree display or take home.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
10:15 am–11:15 am
FREE
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…

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Tensegrity Model Workshop

The Skyscraper Museum ~ 39 Battery Place ~ Lower Manhattan
10:30 am–11:45 am
$5/child
What is tensegrity? It's a structural principle based on compression and tension! In this hands-on workshop, kids will learn about balancing push and pull through a series of experiments, then build their own tensegrity models, while learning some history along…

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–12:30 pm
$42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track…

A Christmas Carol

Museum of the Moving Image ~ 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street ~ Queens
11:00 am–12:15 pm
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under
Experience the original film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved Christmas tale on the 80th anniversary of its original release. Ebenezer Scrooge transforms from an unhappy and cruel man to a kind and generous patriarch after being visited by ghosts of…

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt: Collaborative Quilts

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ~ 2 East 91st Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Design a three-dimensional quilt representing the diverse life of New York City. Work with a variety of materials to design and build a collaborative installation led by 2017 National Design Award winner for Interior Design, Deborah Berke Partners, a New…

Farmhouse Family Day

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum ~ 5816 Clarendon Road ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Drop in every third Saturday of the month to explore New York City’s oldest house with seasonal activities inside and around the gardens. Family-friendly activities  include scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and more.

Just Kidding: I Spy Butterfly

Symphony Space ~ 2537 Broadway at 95th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$17
In puppetry-filled story of a girl and her insect friend, a nature-loving explorer becomes a bug’s best friend. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild.

Living History: African American Schools in Reconstruction

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
In conjunction with our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Living Historians portraying African American school teachers from the Reconstruction era welcome you to their ‘classroom’ all weekend long. Practice lettering skills on a 19th-century writing slate,…

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$29.95, $1/ages 2 &  under (lap seats)
A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. New York…

The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20/kids
A musical with song, dance, and puppetry tells the story of Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, and facing the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers. But with a…

The Little Dancer Musical

Church of the Blessed Sacrament ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$49.40-$59.50
A holiday family musical tells the heart warming story of 14 year old Parisian ballerina Marie, who models for Edgar Degas to help her ill grandfather. Marie's strength inspires the cranky old artist to create something the likes of which the…

TheaterWorksUSA's Dragons Love Tacos

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center ~ 199 Chambers Street ~ Tribeca/Soho
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30
A musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books! Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Teddy Bear Tea

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
11:30 am–1:00 pm
$20
Celebrate the season with a child-approved, bright, colorful and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen, and a sing-along in a historic mansion decked out in holiday splendor. Perfect for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by a…

Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
11:30 am–4:30 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, see performances of innovative Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions. Made from inexpensive materials, including plywood and rope, each “construction” prompts actions such as climbing, leaning, standing or whistling.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer

Flatiron Plaza ~ West 23rd Street & Broadway ~ Flatiron
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Get a free hot beverage from local restaurant, spin the Flatiron prize wheel to win a gift from a local business and donate to the holiday food drive for the Food Bank For New York City.  Enjoy performances on the…

MoMA Family Films: Tales of Magic and Mystery

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
FREE
MoMA's monthly family film series features kid-friendly animated and live-action films from around the world followed by an engaging discussion with a Museum educator and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum's galleries. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come,…

Steve Paxton Performances

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, Stephen Petronio Company reconstructs Steve Paxton's pioneering modern dance piece Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (I Would Like to Make a Phone Call) and performs The Goldberg Variations by…

That Physics Show

The Playroom Theater ~ 151 West 46th Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$32 at this link
Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country,…

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Beatles

Industry City ~ 274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2 ~ Brooklyn
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
FREE
Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families in happening Industry City featuring different rock legends each week.

New York City Ballet Children's Workshops

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
12:45 pm–1:30 pm
$14
Join the artists of New York City Ballet in a 45-minute pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding…

Angelina Ballerina Holiday

McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) ~ 2162 Broadway at 76th Street ~ Upper West Side
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$30.00-$59.50, $25 at this link
Angelina the ballerina mouse and her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland. When a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina and her friends must use their creativity to…

Carnival of the Animals

Miller Theatre ~ 2960 Broadway at West 116th Street` ~ Upper West Side
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$15-$30/adults, $9–$18/children
This annual holiday show brings Camille Saint-Saëns’s beloved work to life with talented musicians and the poetry by Ogden Nash. Everyday objects take on new lives as lions, elephants, and birds, through the vision of director Lake Simons and some…

Explore This! Activity Stations

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
Spend time discovering modern and contemporary art together. See art in new ways while participating in fun and engaging activities in front of select artworks. Drop in anytime to choose the art and activities that interest your family and move…

MOCACREATE: Imagining Chinatown: Mosaics

Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under
Design a one-of-a-kind mosaic inspired by favorite indoor spaces in Chinatown– your house, your school, your local dim sum restaurant, or any other place that's special to you.

Saint Lucia Workshop

Scandinavia House ~ 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–2:30 pm
$12
Make traditional St. Lucia and Star Boy costumes in a playful workshop. Advance registration is recommended to ensure that children receive the right size costumes.

Alvin Ailey Family Matinees

New York City Center ~ 131 West 55th Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$29-$159
See acclaimed modern dance troupe Alvin Ailey in family-friendly performances followed by question-and-answer sessions with Ailey’s phenomenal dancers. A diverse program of dances conclude with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece Revelations - one of the most well-known and respected ballets…

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$22-$47
Be inspired by energetic Ethiopian circus artists brought together by real-life brothers Bibi and Bichu. Agile tumblers ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists twist into unfathomable shapes and jugglers exchange an endless array of objects. Includes engaging pre-show activities in…

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Apollo Theater ~ 253 West 125th Street ~ Harlem
2:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances from local choirs. Stick around after for the Apollo Amateur…

Jack & the Beanstalk

Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$20-$45
Jack and his neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump  in British panto featuring tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the glitteriest of sets. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed…

Joffrey Ballet School The Nutcracker

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center ~ 31-10 Thomson Avenue ~ Queens
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15-45
Over 300 dancers from all of the Joffrey Ballet School programs bring to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty battle between a Mouse King and a Nutcracker, a meeting with the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a journey to the…

R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC

JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through March 16th for free art workshops, live music, storytelling, food, indoor and outdoor play and other activities for all ages. Weekly themes include Multicultural Life, Chanukah, the 1960s, Kids Can Do Anything…

Show Up, Kids!

The Kraine Theater ~ 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery ~ West Village/East Village
2:30 pm–3:30 pm
$10, use code 'chicken' for $2 off
In a fun, interactive twist on traditional kids shows, the main attraction doesn't show up, so improvisor Peter Michael Marino makes one up on the spot and has the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could…

The Emperor’s Nightingale

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:30 pm–4:00 pm
$32.25
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Nightingale, set in 18th-century China, brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. He befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do…

Whitney Family Fun: Warhol The Experimenter

Whitney Museum of American Art ~ 99 Gansevoort Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
2:30 pm–4:30 pm
$10/child, $25/adult, $18/senior
Visit the exhibition Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again  to learn how Warhol experimented with artmaking techniques and materials—from blotted line ink drawings to print making. Then create your own experimental artwork in the studio.

Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Show

Imperial Theatre ~ 249 West 45th Street ~ Midtown
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
$39 - $99 at this link
Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are reunite on Broadway to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their record-setting “American Idol” finale. Enjoy songs and sketches harkening back to the days of Dean Martin, Andy Williams, and Carol Burnett. Hear old time…

That Inventions Show

The Playroom Theater ~ 151 West 46th Street ~ Midtown West
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
$60.50
The Museum of Interesting Things' Curator and founder Denny Daniel brings his traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions.

The Knickerbocker Suite

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center ~ 248 60th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:00 pm–4:15 pm
$22.50–$32.50
Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention. The first act opens with a satirical animated film narrated…

The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical For All Ages

The Tato Laviera Theater ~ 240 East 123rd Street ~ Harlem
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
$10
The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Dorothy Gale's fantastical journey with a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore, projections, special effects, colorful costumes, and music from the beloved film.

Too Hot To Handel: The Gospel Messiah

United Palace of Cultural Arts ~ 4140 Broadway at 175th Street ~ Hamilton/Washington Heights
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
$15+
Hear a soulful reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah infused with Latin rhythms, jazz improvisation, and gospel harmony. Guest soloists include Angela Birchett (The Color Purple, Smokey Joe's Café), Brianna Thomas (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Djoré Nance, and up-and-comer Yancy Garcia. joined…

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Peridance ~ 126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues ~ Union Square
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
$30, $20/students & seniors, $15/ages 11 & under
Choreographer Igal Perry's innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience features a fusion of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance depicting falling snowflakes and waltzing flowers. Over 60 performers, dance to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music selected by…

Mozart For Munchkins: Calliope Brass! TriBeCa

Greenwich House Music School ~ 46 Barrow Street ~ West Village/East Village
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
$30, free/ages 12 & under, $250/10 tickets
Enjoy music and magical tales with Calliope Brass.

Mark Morris Dance Group Family Fun: Music and Singing

Mark Morris Dance Center ~ 3 Lafayette Avenue ~ Brooklyn
4:30 pm–5:30 pm
$25/family of 2-3, $30/family of 4+
Welcome the holiday season with a medley of carols. Class will be accompanied by a pianist.

Al Smith Holiday Celebration

Alfred E. Smith Playground ~ 80 Catherine Street ~ Lower Manhattan
5:00 pm–7:30 pm
FREE
Celebrate the holiday spirit by listening to the Al Smith Choir performing carols for the community plus a tree lighting, hot cocoa and whimsical arts and crafts.

Subway Swing: A Nostalgia Boogie for the Ages

96th Street Subway Station ~ Second Avenue & 96th Street ~ Upper East Side
5:30 pm–8:30 pm
$30
Hop on board a Nostalgia Swing Train for a special express ride from the 96th Street–Second Avenue station to the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn. Then, triple-step your way through a 1936 decommissioned subway station with live jazz bands, the…

Ajkun Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

The Ailey Studio Theater ~ 405 West 55th Street ~ Midtown West
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
$35
Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company presents the magical Nutcracker suite, restaged by director Chiara Ajkun, in the intimacy of its studio. The one hours show takes you and the magic toys of Herr Drosselmeyer through the Battle with the Mice into…

Candlelight Tours and Victorian Carolers

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
$15, $10/seniors & students
Experience a historic mansion decked out for the holidays by candlelight with costumed docents highlighting 19th-century holiday traditions. Listen to What the Dickens Victorian Carolers plus wassail and holiday snacks in the conservatory. Online registration requested.


Sunday, December 16


American Girl Welcomes Santa

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
9:00 am–10:00 am
$30, gratuity not included
Meet Santa at the American Girl store during breakfast in the cute cafe.

Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical comedy.

Boing!

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
10:00 am–11:00 am
$20
"If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep..." But Joêl and Wilkie are way too excited for snoozing! This playfully imaginative, award-winning, dance theater production features rambunctious pillow fights, robot dance battles and silly sibling shenanigans…

Holiday Nostalgia Train

MTA Subway – 125th St ~ 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$2.75 (one MetroCard swipe)
Ride back in time on a vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. As an ode to the holiday shopping season, 1930s R1-9 trains will depart from 2nd Avenue on the F line in Lower Manhattan and run along 6th Avenue in Manhattan…

Laurie Berkner's Pillowland

The Flea Theater ~ 20 Thomas Street (between Broadway & Church Street) ~ Soho, Tribeca & LES
10:00 am–10:30 am
$25
In new interactive play for your youngest theatergoers based on the hit and book song by Laurie Berkner, Stanley always has trouble falling asleep - even counting sheep doesn't help! When he receives an invitation to visit the Kingdom of…

Picture This! Gallery Tour, Art Workshop & Concert

The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:00 am–12:30 pm
$25
Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio…

PLAYDATE! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling ~ 898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
10:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy a free fun-filled family day of art exhibitions, art-making workshops, musical tales with Flor Bromley and more.

Santa at The Palace

Lotte New York Palace ~ 455 Madison Ave at West 50th Street ~ Midtown East
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Join Santa in the grand lobby of the elegant Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) for story time (10-10:30 am) followed by photo opportunities (10:30 am–12 pm). Also take pics with the stunning tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Wintery Birdy Marionettes

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
$10, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6–18, free/ages 5 & under
Look for black-and-white winter birds like downy woodpeckers, chickadees and eastern towhees among the gorgeous Wave Hill gardens and forest. Make dancing bird marionettes to hang on a group indoor tree display or take home.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
10:15 am–11:15 am
FREE
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…

A Christmas Carol

Museum of the Moving Image ~ 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street ~ Queens
11:00 am–12:15 pm
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under
Experience the original film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved Christmas tale on the 80th anniversary of its original release. Ebenezer Scrooge transforms from an unhappy and cruel man to a kind and generous patriarch after being visited by ghosts of…

Deck the Stalls: Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates Downtown Showcase

Seaport District ~ Fulton & Front Streets ~ Lower Manhattan
11:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
The artisan producers of Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates showcase a wide range of specialty foods Enjoy holiday gifts, locally made food, multi-cultural performances, Seaport tours, live music, wine and craft beverages at a multi-cultural market event celebrating the best of…

FunikiJam's HOLIDAY BEAT!

Actor’s Temple Theatre ~ 339 West 47th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20 at this link
When Bahjat wants to throw a holiday party that includes everyone, Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam take him on a globe-spanning musical adventure to complete Special Mission: HOLIDAY PARTY and throw the ultimate celebration.P art live concert and…

Polka Dot Parade Syorytime & African American Schools in Reconstruction

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
At 11:30 am, meet author Deborah Blumenthal for a special reading of her picture book Polka Dot Parade: A Book about Bill Cunningham, an inspiring introduction to the life and innovation of the iconic fashion photographer. Anytime 11 am-4 pm,…

Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party: The Beatles

Brooklyn Bowl ~ 61 Wythe Ave ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–5:00 pm
$12, free/ages 1 & under
Enjoy an interactive and educational live holiday-themed music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of the Beatles.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$29.95, $1/ages 2 &  under (lap seats)
A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. New York…

The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20/kids
A musical with song, dance, and puppetry tells the story of Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, and facing the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers. But with a…

The Little Dancer Musical

Church of the Blessed Sacrament ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$49.40-$59.50
A holiday family musical tells the heart warming story of 14 year old Parisian ballerina Marie, who models for Edgar Degas to help her ill grandfather. Marie's strength inspires the cranky old artist to create something the likes of which the…

Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party Featuring The Beatles

Brooklyn Bowl ~ 61 Wythe Ave ~ Brooklyn
11:30 am–12:30 pm
$12, free/ages 1 & under
Enjoy an interactive and educational holiday-themed live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of the Beatles

Joffrey Ballet School The Nutcracker

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center ~ 31-10 Thomson Avenue ~ Queens
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
$15-45
Over 300 dancers from all of the Joffrey Ballet School programs bring to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty battle between a Mouse King and a Nutcracker, a meeting with the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a journey to the…

Santa’s Corner Caroling

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
12:30 pm–1:00 pm
FREE
Join holiday caroling led by the talented New York Holiday Choristers. Stick around after to take a photo with Santa.

New York City Ballet Children's Workshops

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
12:45 pm–1:30 pm
$14
Join the artists of New York City Ballet in a 45-minute pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding…

Angelina Ballerina Holiday

McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) ~ 2162 Broadway at 76th Street ~ Upper West Side
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$30.00-$59.50, $25 at this link
Angelina the ballerina mouse and her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland. When a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina and her friends must use their creativity to…

Children’s Book Illustrator Series: Leah Tinari

Guggenheim ~ 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street ~ Upper East Side
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$40/family, includes one copy of Quiet
Meet celebrated artist Leah Tinari for a reading and discussion of her new nonfiction picture book, Limitless, a spectacular collection of portraits honorinf the extraordinary achievements of 24 American women whose vision, grit, and guts paved the way for Tinari’s…

Explore This! Activity Stations

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
Spend time discovering modern and contemporary art together. See art in new ways while participating in fun and engaging activities in front of select artworks. Drop in anytime to choose the art and activities that interest your family and move…

Japan Society Creative Play & Family Workshops: Nengajo Holiday Cards & Woodblock Printing

Japan Society ~ 333 East 47th Street ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15
Explore Japan’s seasonal customs and culture through art making based on a different theme each month. From 1–2 pm, preschool-aged children and their caregivers enjoy an exploration of woodblock prints and print cards for the holidays. Similar to the Western…

Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$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.

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special Featuring Emmet Otter and Fraggle Rock

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
1:00 pm–2:30 pm
$12.50, $10/ages 12 & under
Celebrate the holidays with Jim Henson. See beloved specials Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmasnd The Bells of Fraggle Rock, remastered on the big screen, plus an all-new featurette with a special guest. Also at AMC Loews Kips Bay, Regal Union Square…

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Peridance ~ 126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues ~ Union Square
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$30, $20/students & seniors, $15/ages 11 & under
Choreographer Igal Perry's innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience features a fusion of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance depicting falling snowflakes and waltzing flowers. Over 60 performers, dance to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music selected by…

Rubin Family Sundays: Treasured Terma

Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Examine your connection to time by handcrafting a time capsule to treasure for the future in the terma tradition  - it is said that the Buddhist master Padmasambhava left terma, or hidden treasures, concealed in the ground, lakes or even the sky…

The Knickerbocker Suite

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center ~ 248 60th Street ~ Upper West Side
1:30 pm–2:45 pm
$22.50–$32.50
Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention. The first act opens with a satirical animated film narrated…

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$65, $1/ages 6–16, includes same-day museum admission
Period-instrument ensemble Apollo's Fire is joined by additional singers, dancers, and instrumentalists to celebrate the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas, from the mystical Gregorian chant of old Scotland to folk carols and toe-tapping hymns. Follow up with a visit…

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$22-$47
Be inspired by energetic Ethiopian circus artists brought together by real-life brothers Bibi and Bichu. Agile tumblers ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists twist into unfathomable shapes and jugglers exchange an endless array of objects. Includes engaging pre-show activities in…

A Harlemettes Holiday

Harlem School of the Arts ~ 645 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 141st Street ~ Harlem
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
$22/in advance,$25/at door, $15/students & seniors
Harlem School of the Arts presents dance holiday show. When members of a Times Square tour group curiously wander off on their own, they take the A train to Harlem discovering a world that moves to the rhythm of jazz,…

Jack & the Beanstalk

Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
$20-$45
Jack and his neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump  in British panto featuring tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the glitteriest of sets. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed…

Mozart For Munchkins: Calliope Brass! TriBeCa

Church of Epiphony ~ 1393 York Ave ~
3:00 pm–3:45 pm
$30, free/ages 12 & under, $250/10 tickets
Enjoy music and magical tales with Calliope Brass.

Reading of  'Twas the Night Before Christmas' 

The Church of the Intercession ~ 550 West 155th Street ~ Hamilton/Washington Heights
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
For the 108th year, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' will be read followed by candle-lit wreath-laying on the author Clement Clarke Moore's nearby grave.

Symphony Space: White Christmas

Symphony Space ~ 2537 Broadway at 95th Street ~ Upper West Side
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
$15
Count Your Blessings if we get a White Christmas instead of a Heat Wave. Sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen in a screening of the classic holiday musical with great songs by Irving Berlin..


Monday, December 17


Solstice Reflections

Flatiron Plaza ~ West 23rd Street & Broadway ~ Flatiron
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
In celebration of the season of light, MoMath invites all to experience the joyful reflection of a life-sized kaleidoscope in Flatiron Public Plaza in Madison Square. Also enjoy a hot beverage and a tasty snack from Flatiron Business Improvement District.…


Tuesday, December 18


Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
11:30 am–4:30 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, see performances of innovative Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions. Made from inexpensive materials, including plywood and rope, each “construction” prompts actions such as climbing, leaning, standing or whistling.

Addy & Uno

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$42.25
In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition. His friends with varying disabilities - ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment - rally in support. With puppetry and…

Astor Place Holiday Music: Grace Church School

Astor Place ~ 1 Astor Place ~ West Village & East Village
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy holiday music and sing-along to festive favorites with Grace Church School's Jazz Ensemble, Grace Notes, MS Choir & MS Band.

Guggenheim Stroller Tour

Guggenheim ~ 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street ~ Upper East Side
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
$25, includes museum admission
Stroll around the ramps as museum educators lead an engaging one-hour tour for caregivers and their babies. This interactive exploration of current exhibitions includes touchable objects, art-making, and adult conversation. Designed for children up to 24 months.

Unsilent Night

Washington Square Park ~ 5th Avenue & Washington Square North ~ West Village & East Village
5:45 pm–6:45 pm
FREE
In this modern update to traditional caroling, composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. To participate, arrive at the arch in Washington Square Park by 5:45. Download the music online…

Live Holiday Music

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Southwest Porch hosts an eclectic mix of festive music during the holiday season alongside an ice skating rink and Winter Village shops.


Thursday, December 20


Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
11:30 am–4:30 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
In conjunction with exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done, see performances of innovative Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions. Made from inexpensive materials, including plywood and rope, each “construction” prompts actions such as climbing, leaning, standing or whistling.

Boing!

The New Victory Theater ~ 209 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
$20
"If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep..." But Joêl and Wilkie are way too excited for snoozing! This playfully imaginative, award-winning, dance theater production features rambunctious pillow fights, robot dance battles and silly sibling shenanigans…

Astor Place Holiday Music: Choir of St John's In The Village

Astor Place ~ 1 Astor Place ~ West Village & East Village
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy a capella carols with Choir of St John's In The Village.


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