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Holiday Time in PaleyLand

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Nov 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - Jan 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All

$21.50, $17/students, teachers & seniors, free/ages 11 & under

Explore four floors of interactive holiday fun – photo-ops with holiday backgrounds including Santa’s sleigh & a menorah, a classic model railroad display, hot cocoa and candy canes.

See screenings of holiday films & TV shows, including big-screen premieres. Screenings in two theaters include stop motion classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, animated specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Rugrats Chanukah and holiday episodes from TV’s classic and current eras. Access the gaming/VR studio for $11.

Take a photo with Santa Claus on weekends and Christmas week ($11, includes one printed photo, see schedule). Also meet favorite holiday characters including Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster.

Near lots of festive sights at Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue – see our holiday decor map.

Wednesday-Sunday 12–6 pm


Saks Fifth Ave Windows & Light Show

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Rocket Fund collaborated on new windows inspired by the theme of heartwarming holiday gifts,  with bright colors, rocket ships  rocket ships and kaleidoscopes ( and a $1 million donation to the charity).

A new light show on the facade, set to a holiday medley of Elton John songs, features over over…

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Papillon Bistro & Bar

This spacious old-fashioned French bistro is fully decked out inside and out with trees (including one with covered with blue teddy bears), nutcrackers, lights, Santas, angels, stockings on the stairs and more. The menu includes their signature blue cheese truffle salad, classic French onion soup, Croque Monsieur  and steak Frites, plus burgers & chicken tenders…

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Santa Snow Show

Catch Santa and his elves daily at 2 pm & 6 pm along the store’s escalator. Participate in a daily “Santa Snow Show” with all sorts of characters and a magical in-store snowfall. Thursday to Sunday, the Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program drumline joins the party.

Anytime, write letters with provided materials and drop…

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MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper.

There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and…

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Heckscher Playground

Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climbers, seasonal water features, sloped turf, a large sandbox area, low monkey bars, tunnels, ramps and (our favorite) giant rocks to climb. Plus a spacious bathroom.

Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance.

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