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Tuesday, December 10

Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

December 10 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until February 24, 2020

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street Midtown+ Google Map

Watch models of the MTA’s vintage and current trains and subway cars travel depart from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole in this small yet charming display full of delightful details. This year’s exhibition showcases Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train set against a mural designed by cartoonist Julia Wertz. Shop in the charming train/subway themed gift shop or visit the nearby Grand Central Holiday Fair.

FREE
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Sloomoo Institute

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Sloomoo Institute
475 Broadway between Broome & Grand Streets+ Google Map

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove,  and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.

$38
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Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating until February 23, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until February 21, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until February 23, 2020

One event on November 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry with artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm) alongside historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Dynamic displays explore the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. Hop on custom-made Busytown vehicle-themed benches and take photos throughout the gallery with Busytown characters. Pick up an "I Spy" scavenger hunt at the 77th St.…

Free with museum admission
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Winter Village at Bryant Park

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until January 5, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 5, 2020

Bryant Park
42nd Street & Fifth Avenue Midtown+ Google Map

* Watch skaters - or skate yourself on the city's only free rink ($18-33/skate rentals - varies by day, free lockers available, $10/lock or bing you own). Penguin and snowmen skate aids available for wee learners ($22/hour). New this season, reserve your skate time online. * Shop over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array of handmade gifts. Favorites include soft sweet clothes and knit hats Luckypalmtree Organic, fun puppets Silly Puppets, wooden dinosaurs toys Boneyard Pets, NYC-inspired clothes &…

FREE
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Tidings of Joy

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 17, 2019

Hudson Yards
10th & 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets+ Google Map

Special events and activations happening throughout the day at Hudson Yards include a performances by a gospel choir, Alexandra & Ensembles, harpist Emily Hopkins and Brooklyn Ballet's Nutcracker. At 5 pm, the stunning outdoor installation Shine On lights up.

FREE
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Winterland Rink

December 10 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until March 15, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday, repeating until March 13, 2020

Pier 17
89 South Street Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

Ice skate atop The Rooftop at Pier 17 with spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Skate aids available for $20 before 5 pm weekdays and 12 pm weekends and holidays. Unlimited season passes available. Discounts for residents of zip codes 10002, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10038, or 10280.

Varies by day, $15-$27, $23-$35/with skate rental
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Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

December 10 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until January 5, 2020

The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd Bronx

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo and take in the musical light show. Also enjoy costumed carolers, ice sculpting demonstrations , train rides ($3), hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows and photo ops with favorite characters.

$29.95/ages 13 & over, $28.95/ages 65 & over, $22.95/ages 3-12, free/ ages 2 & under
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Shine On at Hudson Yards

December 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until December 31, 2019

Hudson Yards
10th & 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets+ Google Map

Go under five suspended large-scale stars comprised of 12,000 individually controllable LED lights, creating a visual spectacle synchronized to a classical soundtrack evoking the holiday season. Artist Christopher Schardt was inspired by the similarly named constellation, itself representative of the enchanting stringed instrument of Greek mythology Warm up in the Wells Fargo’s Lodge with a 360-degree photo booth, hot chocolate sampling, holiday selfie cookies, charging stations, and more.

FREE
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Hello Panda Lantern Festival

December 10 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until January 26, 2020

Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue Queens+ Google Map

This worldwide winter festival celebrates the holiday season with giant lantern displays, cultural arts and handicrafts, entertainment, food, modern art exhibits, interactive games, a holiday market, and live stage performances. Displays of light and color, handcrafted by world-class artisans. honor the traditional Chinese art of lantern-making. Over 120 lantern sets under 6 giant tentss. Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point Station. Paid parking lots.  

$25/adults, $22/ages 3-12, free/ages 0-3, $90/family of 4 
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Wednesday, December 11

Union Square Play Holiday Pop-up

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2019

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 29, 2019

Explore 5,000 square feet of shopping, services, and fun for children, parents, and caregivers at a pop-up overlooking Union Square. Book special events with New York’s kids activity providers and favorite brands plus visit Santa. Donut's and coffee avaialble from Du's Donuts. Stroller and ADA entrance on West 18th Street.

FREE
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Yayoi Kusama: EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 14, 2019

David Zwirner
537 West 20th Street+ Google Map

Enter  two-floor exhibition of entirely new work by 90-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama—including paintings, sculptures, an immersive installation, and the debut of a new infinity room. Lots of polka dots, eyeballs and reflective surfaces make it fun for all ages. You can just walk in to most of the show, but the Infinity Room is first come, first entry with crazy outdoor lines (1-4 hours) . Bring entertainment for the expect long lines and go on weekday mornings if possible.…

FREE
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Yeti, Set, Snow!

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Tues–Fri 10:30 am & 11:30 am, Sat & Sun 1:00 pm
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Central Park, West 79th Street & West Drive

An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a sweet, snow-hating yeti with a sparkly silver cat the value of snow and friendship. A fun musical with clever staging in a magical Central Park setting. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers (though my 9-year-old was also enchanted). Unassigned seating on benches in a small theater (grown-ups are encouraged to sit in the back). Stroller parking available in…

$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Multiple shows daily 10:30 am to 8 pm
Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue at 50th Street Midtown+ Google Map

This truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes, special effects, camels, sheep and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers). Includes a 10-minute Nutcracker section danced by giant bears that little kids love. * Can be a bit loud and over-stimulating for some kids but the noise and bustle are more forgiving for those not behaving perfectly. * The theater is gorgeous but…

$25-$300+
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Storytime and Singalong for Kids

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street Soho/Tribeca/LES+ Google Map

Join Amy Virginia Buchanan for reading, singing, and dancing. Appropriate for kids 3 and under and their caretakers.

$5/family
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Mozart in the Classroom Upper East Side

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019

Ballet Academy East
1651 Third Ave at East 93rd Street+ Google Map

These weekly drop-in classes feature incredible music performed by world-class musicians, familiar songs, activities, movement and singing. Each week meet a different professional musician and explore and try a new instrument. Save with semester passes ($20 for 8 classes).  

$35
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Children’s Museum of the Arts stART Studio

December 11 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Monday through Friday, 10:45AM to 12PM
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Join CMA’s teaching artists in a dedicated, specially-designed, safe art and play studio for children ages 1 to 5. Daily drop-in sessions feature a range of stimulating activities including music, storytime and art-making with a variety of materials and techniques. Stay and explore the Children's Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.

$30/family
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Holiday x House of SHOWFIELDS

December 11 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until December 31, 2019

SHOWFIELDS
11 Bond Street+ Google Map

Experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS' immersive experience gets a holiday update. Find a hidden slide, then touch smell, eat, and test products and artwork led by actots with a story. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.

FREE
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Toy Lab Camp

December 11 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 31, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 31, 2019

Camp
110 5th Ave Gramercy/Flatiron+ Google Map

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an an immersive retail experience where families can test (and shop) for the best toys of the season. Pick a job (FunFluencer, Awesomeness Agent, Play Pioneer) and then test and rate toys in colorful vignettes including a retro board game room, disco music room and race track. Hosts daily free activities plus ticketed singalongs,  author storytimes,  performances, classes and themed art workshops ($23-$30). S'mores ice cream cone and…

FREE
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Big Apple Circus

December 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Schedule varies
Lincoln Center
65th Street & Broadway+ Google Map

Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It's a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule varies week to week; lots of options at all times of day.  

$33-$90, free/ages 1 & under
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Frozen 2 Windows, Experience & Light Show

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until December 24, 2019

Saks’s center six windows feature action packed scenes from Frozen 2 with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and the cool ice horse. On the ninth floor, enter a Frozen 2 Enchanted Forest Experience at Saks for magic snowflakes and princess photo-ops. $5 timed tickets are sold out but went we went by last weekend they were taking walk-ins. An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.    

FREE
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Star Wars at Dolby Soho

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2019

One event on December 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Dolby Soho Experience
477 Broadway Soho/Tribeca/LES

Take an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away and discover the legacy of Star Wars through 11 immersive exhibit. Travel through hyperspace and relive epic lightsaber battles while exploring the iconic sights and sounds of the Star Wars universe in immersive video and sound. The first 100 guests to arrive each day will receive an exclusive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker item.

FREE
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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Times vary through Jan 5
Lincoln Center
65th Street & Broadway+ Google Map

The lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 is a rightly beloved American tradition. The first act is full of action with (actual) children playing at a party, mischievous giant mice battling toy soldiers and a blizzard of ballerinas. The costumes, sets and dancing are stunning in the Land of Sweets second act. * Pricey but priceless; though wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for 2 hours. * Save…

$85-$275
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A Christmas Carol on Broadway

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until January 4, 2020

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 5, 2020

Lyceum Theatre
149 West 45th Street+ Google Map

Three visionary Tony Award winners — playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), director Matthew Warchus (Matilda) and set and costume designer Rob Howell (The Ferryman) — offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story with lots of music and christmas treats for all. Transferring from a critically acclaimed run at London’s Old Vic. Limited available at box office day of show.

$49-$109 with discount code CCPBL925
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Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Wednesday, repeating until January 5, 2020

One event on November 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on December 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on December 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Stephen Sondheim Theater
124 West 43rd Street between Broadway & Ave of the Americas+ Google Map

This wistful, mostly language-free theatrical adventure offers a dreamlike vision that overflows with magical dynamism and humorous antics, set within an absurd and surrealistic world. Created and staged by Slava Polunin, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest clowns, this Tony Award-nominated Olivier Award-winning spectacle is known for its climactic blizzard and its wordless clowns who roam a wintry landscape. Includes (fake) snow fights at intermission.

$59+
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Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

December 11 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Free with museum admission
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