Halloween Happenings

So many ways to celebrate Halloween city style! Weekday, weekend, low-key, over-the-top, culture, concerts and candy (don't forget to buy that candy). Search our daily event listings below by neighborhood to stay local and check out these blocks for awesome decor anytime.


 NATURE & ANIMALS (& PUMPKINS) 

In the foliage-filled Bronx, watch rhinos smash pumpkins and giant pumpkin animal carvings, join a costume parade, take a spooky hayride to hay maze and more at Boo at the Zoo; see jack-o'-lantern scarecrows, the world's largest pumpkins and creepy creatures at the New York Botanical Gardens, or chill with spiders at Wave Hill. Pick a pumpkin with a downtown view onGovernors Island or meet bats and watch a pumpkin flotilla in Central Park.

 MUSEUMS & MULTICULTURAL

Our favorite cultural institutions are throwing Halloween bashes: Trick or treat at the iconic (and crowded) Natural History Museum, create and parade at the Children's Museum of the Arts, summon the spirits of the past at the New-York Historical Society or get NYC spooky at the Museum of the City of New York.

 If the weather allows, trick or treat (and get music and other culture) outside around Lincoln Center or on the High Line. Get global with Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, an Irish Halloween party and a dragon-led parade of ghouls at Japan Society’s Obake Family Day.

 MUSIC  

Hear some monster-style music by our family faves the Laurie Berkner Band and Joanie Leeds (singer of the clever "Confusing Costume"). Or go classical with Little Orchestra Society's Halloween “Carnival of the Animals”.  Meet Michael Jackson and other spirits at the Swedish Marionette Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure.



Thursday


Let There Be Light!


Thursday, November 30–Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)

See an array of diverse menorahs from the collection of the Lori and David Moore family that show just how many ways there are to light up the holiday. Traditional and whimsical designs include an American flag menorah, traditional Chanukah lamps from around the world, and menorahs that take playful forms, including a shoe, a dog and an oversized book of matches.


Sunday


Picture This! Featuring Mister G


Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–12:30 pm

The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
$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 to create original art and enjoy a snack. Finish up the program with an 11:30 am interactive and high energy Hanukkah concert featuring Latin Grammy winning children’s musician Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer). Part of a monthly series.


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular


Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


Tot Chanukah


Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Sutton Place Synagogue (225 East 51st Street)
$30/family

Celebrate Chanukah with crafts, goodies and a program for children under 6.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Deck the Halls: Ornament Making


Sunday, December 17, 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 stories of Saint Nicholas that date back more than a millennium, plus discover images from the museum’s collections to get in the Christmas spirit. Design a personalized ornament to deck your home or tree for the holiday. Special holiday snack included.


Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party


Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–5:00 pm

Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$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 Rolling Stone – because Jagger and Santa are kind of the same – and DJ Questlove’s Family Bowl Train. Toy drive donations accepted.


Hanukkah Program: Not Just for Kids


Sunday, December 17, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm

Yeshiva University Museum (15 West 16th Street)
$10 adults, $5 seniors & students, free/ages 4 & under

Go on a gallery hunt in special exhibitions The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back and 1917: How One Year Changed the World, make crafts and Hanukkah paper art, hear songs of different cultures and styles inspired by the Festival of Lights performed by Elad Kabilio & MusicTalks ensemble perform and watch a estive candle lighting – with sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) for all.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


The Knickerbocker Suite


Sunday, December 17, 1:30 pm–2:45 pm

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 60th Street)
$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 by Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, revealing a series of imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters following in the tradition of the Nutcracker story. In the second act, the Knickerbocker Suite weaves clever modern NYC interpretations of the land of sweets. The arts, sports, fine dining, parks and even pigeons are set to the classic Tchaikovsky score.


A Christmas Carol the Musical


Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.


Chanukah Luau


Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Chabad of Tribeca (54 Reade Street)
$60/family

Enjoy arts and crafts, games, shaved ice, donuts, latkes, gelt, glitter tattoos and more tropical Chanukah themed fun.


Laurie Berkner Band Concert: A Holiday Celebration Concert


Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Tarrytown Music Hall (13 Main Street)
$39

Bring your dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for your head) to a show featuring holiday songs and some greatest hits of popular family-friendly rockers the Laurie Berkner Band, one of our family’s faves.


Let it Shine: A Hanukkah Festival that Puts your Family's Love into Action


Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

The New Jewish Home (120 West 106th)

Kids ages 0-10 and their grownups are invited for an afternoon of intergenerational Hanukkah music, fun, and mitzvot. Online registration required. Sponsored by Romemu, PJ Library, and Tkiyah.


Reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas


Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

The Church of the Intercession (550 West 155th Street)

For the 107th year, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ will be read followed by lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at the author Clement Clarke Moore’s nearby mausoleum. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will sing the musical prelude.


Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid


Through Dec 20
Friday 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:00 pm

Axis Theater Company (One Sheridan Square)
$15/adults, $5/children

Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music features a blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid’s challenges with singing and organized “shout outs.”


Merry Tuba Christmas


Sunday, December 17, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Hundreds of tuba players from around the country serenade the famed rink with Christmas carols and other crowd favorites as part of this nation-wide 40-year+ tradition. All are encouraged to sing along.


Menorah on the High Line


Sunday, December 17, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

The first Chanukah celebration on the High Line features a glow in the dark Menorah, arts & crafts, music, doughnuts, latkas and lots of fun for the whole family.


Unsilent Night


Sunday, December 17, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

In this modern update to traditional caroling, composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. To participate, arrive by 5:45. Download the music online in advance or dig out your ancient technology and show up early to snag a free CD or cassette tape. Phil Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection.


Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting


Nightly through Dec 19 at 5:30 pm, 3:30pm on Friday, 8:30 pm on Saturday.

Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue at 59th Street)

The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light yourself.


The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn Lighting & Concert


Nightly through Dec 19 at 5:30 pm, 3:30pm on Friday, 8:30 pm on Saturday.

Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue at 59th Street)

Lifted 35 feet in the air using a special boom lift, Rabbi Shimon Hecht accompanies community leaders, philanthropists and special guests in lighting this humongous Menorah. Also enjoy live music and hot latkes for all.


Tuesday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Wednesday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


New York Baroque Incorporated: Baroque Holiday Music and Dance


Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/kids

Grammy-winning violinist Robert Mealy leads the young, vibrant ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated for a holiday program featuring Baroque dancers and suites by Rameau, Lully, Purcell, and Handel.


Thursday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


A City Singing At Christmas


Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Fifth Avenue & 51st Street)

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Francisco J. Núñez join the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this joyful celebration of Christmas in the majesty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and everyone in attendance joining together to sing Silent Night by candle light. Arrive early for best seats.


Friday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


The Little Match Girl Passion, Observed


Friday, December 22, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/kids

In this edition of the Pulitzer Prize–winning holiday classic by David Lang, the emphasis is on the Passion aspect of the work: the audience is the congregation and is invited to participate in the performance, contributing interstitial hymns and songs that are familiar to all, and that bind us as a community.


Saturday


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV


Through Dec 23
Saturday 9:30 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.


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular


Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas


Saturday, December 23, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

One of Jim Henson’s most beloved television specials tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. This restored presentation includes Kermit the Frog’s segments. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin (producer of the award-winning documentary Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow) will be joined by Marilyn Sokol (voice of Ma Otter) to present outtakes from the special and excerpts from the documentary. The 40th Anniversary DVD Edition of Emmet Otter will be available for purchase at the Museum shop and Marilyn Sokol will sign DVDs after the screening. After, try some puppeteering in the exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


A Christmas Carol the Musical


Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.


Sunday


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular


Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Christmas Eve on Sesame Street


Sunday, December 24, 1:00 pm–2:15 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)

In the Emmy Award-winning holiday special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Big Bird camps out on his roof to prove to Oscar the Grouch that Santa Claus does, in fact, deliver the presents to every house on Christmas Eve. The episode will be preceded by a compilation of clips from Sesame Street holiday programs.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


A Christmas Carol the Musical


Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.


Carols At The Washington Square Arch


Sunday, December 24, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Sing along with The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and revelers from all over the city underneath the iconic arch and 45-foot Christmas tree. Songbooks will be distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association.


Tuesday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Wednesday


Family Festival at The Met Cloisters: Winter Time


Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Celebrate winter in a festively-decorated castle with a self-guided art hunt and drop-in craft project plus explore the way families, monks, and nobles in the Middle Ages experienced the cold winter months in a family gallery workshop.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Thursday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Ice Skate Design Time


Thursday, December 28, 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)

After a scavenger hunt in the exhibitions New York on Ice: Skating in the City and Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip to get inspired. Bring together elements of New York City fashion and ice skating to sketch a unique ice skate design that expresses your style!


Family Festival at The Met Cloisters: Winter Time


Thursday, December 28, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Celebrate winter in a festively-decorated castle with a self-guided art hunt and drop-in craft project plus explore the way families, monks, and nobles in the Middle Ages experienced the cold winter months in a family gallery workshop.


Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Hansel and Gretel


Thursday, December 28, 1:00 pm–3:15 pm

Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25-$145

A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Before the show, connect with some of the designers, singers, dancers, musicians, and technical wizards behind the production.


Friday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


New Year Calendar Making


Friday, December 29, 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 the exhibition

Elf: The Musical


Through Dec 29
Matinees & evenings

The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$35-$130 $45-$75 tickets available for some performances

See a musical adaption of the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he’s not like the others. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past.


Saturday


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular


Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash


Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.


Bear in the Big Blue House: "A Berry Bear Christmas"


Saturday, December 30, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of “Bear in the Big Blue House,” see a special screening of the special two-part episode,“A Berry Bear Christmas,” introduced by Noel MacNeal (Bear) and Tyler Bunch (Treelo, Pop, Doc Hogg). In the episode, Bear sets out to find the traditional Winter Berry while he and his friends prepare for the holidays. Hang out with more puppets and try some puppeteering in the funexhibition Jim Henson’s World.


A Christmas Carol the Musical


Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.


Sunday


Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy / "The Bells of Fraggle Rock"


Sunday, December 31, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

Before Toy Story, there was Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy. In this ABC holiday special, a group of toys comes to life whenever their owner, Jamie, leaves the room. Last year’s favorite gift, Rugby Tiger (Dave Goelz), is nervous about the arrival of a new toy and plans to sneak under the Christmas tree so he can once again be a new gift. In The Bells of Fraggle Rock, Cantus arrives for the Festival of the Bells and Gobo sets out on an adventure—to find out if the mythical Great Bell of Fraggle Rock is really real. Hang out with more muppets and try some puppeteering in the exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Eataly New Year’s Eve 2018


Sunday, December 31, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)
$80, $40/ages 12 & under

Celebrate the end of the year at a family-friendly festa complete with festive food stations, adult and kids’ bars, and fun entertainment for all ages. Count down to the Italian “midnight” toast when the clock strikes 12 in Italy, enjoy overflowing bubbly Prosecco for the adults plus tasty mocktails for the kids, feast on our Italian holiday menu featuring Roman street pizza and stuffed pasta stations, enjoy hands-on games and activities and end on a sweet note with panettone and hot chocolate


Monday


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular


Monday, January 1, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


Saturday


Hansel and Gretel


Dec 28 & Jan 6 1:00 pm

Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25-$145

A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Before the show, connect with some of the designers, singers, dancers, musicians, and technical wizards behind the production.



Halloween Books

Apples and Pumpkins

Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl’s joy and satisfaction as she shares in the excitement of the fall season, picking apples, searching for the perfect pumpkin and trick-or-treating.

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Get ready for Halloween by turning colorful die-cut pages and watching a Big Green Monster magically come to life. But before you get scared, turn the remaining pages and watch him just as magically disappear.

If You're A Monster And You Know It

Stomp your paws, twitch your tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Rebecca Emberley’s rollicking text is accompanied by fun illustrations created in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley.

The Day of the Dead/El Dia de Los Muertos

Vibrant collages follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors with the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead – marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread. Each image is accompanied by poetic text is both English and Spanish.

The Night before Halloween

Get ready with little monsters and goofy goblins in this silly, spooky spin on the classic Christmas poem.


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