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HOLIDAYS: SANTA

Macy’s Santaland

Crowded but a magical must for city kids. Advance reservations (required) can be booked online up to 5 days in advance starting at 6 am (weekend spots fill up immediately). Still expect a 30-45 minute line slowly wandering through a…

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Santa at the Plaza

This Santa photo op is classy, uncrowded, and next to the delightful Eloise shop on the concourse level in The Plaza Food Hall. Book a time slot online though the wait in usually minimal, especially on weekdays. Package purchase required.…

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A Village Christmas

Take a photo with Santa ($25), shop for fine greenery and other treasures, and bid in a silent or live auction for one of a kind experiences, tickets, certificates, artwork, antiques, and more, Eat at a cafe, take home baked…

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Photos with Santa at a Tartan Fair

The Tartan Fair features an array of items for sale from jewelry to household items to holiday greenery. Take a photo with Santa and make a Christmas craft in his workshop.

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Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

Outdoor holiday fun against the backdrop of the beautiful Kensico Dam unlimited ice skating (skate rental included), holiday rides, a ferris wheel, a 40 foot tall Chistmas tree, food trucks (usually with long lines), take-your-own-photo ops with Santa, a dancing…

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Father Fagan Park Tree Lighting and Holiday Merriment

Join holiday merriment in the park with a tree, hot chocolate, and maybe a surprise visitor. Sing and celebrate the season as a neighborhood.

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Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a festive breakfast feast with Empire State Building views at Stella 34 Trattoria , Macy’s 6th floor restaurant. Then meet Macy’s Santa Claus and take a keepsake photo with him and his elves. Includes a family-style Italian breakfast feast,…

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Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus

Join holiday family fun and activities during an elegant brunch. All reservations include a photo moment with Santa and other fun holiday surprises. Lobster Eggs Benedict with sauteed greens and smashed potatoes for adults, scrambled eggs, bacon and buttermilk pancakes…

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Free Photos with Santa for Children & Pets

Get a free instax® instant photo taken with Santa at Wonder Photo Shop. Dogs and cats welcome 10 am – 12 pm; kids only from 1pm-5pm.

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Santa at The Palace

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…

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Santa & Cookie Decorating with Amy of Amy’s Bread

Take your photo with Santa with a side of NYC history. Bring your own camera. Choose between a traditional and African-American Santa. Also decorate a festive winter treat from Amy’s Bread with the founder/chef. Choose from snowmen, mittens, tree, and…

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New York Jr. League Golden Tree Breakfast with Santa

Join the New York Junior League (NYJL) for Breakfast with Santa at their 46th annual Golden Tree holiday shopping fair. Enjoy a festive breakfast and holiday-themed activities throughout the morning. Also shop an extensive variety of vendors offering goods ranging…

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Santa at Brookfield Place

Visit Santa in Winter Garden with nearby shopping, ice skating, and dining (including our fave French market Le District). Even dogs can meet Santa during select hours on Dec 10. Not much surrounding Santaland besides a festive children’s activity center,…

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Holiday Family Day with Santa

Explore a 19th-century mansion decorated for the season with designer trees and enjoy hot cocoa and crafts, shop for unique gifts, and meet Santa in a lovely historic setting (professional photos with Santa available for an additional fee). Space is…

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Bloomingdale’s Santaland

Less elaborate and famous but also much less crowded than the Macy’s original. Plus find interactive intergalactic experiences throughout the store.

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Urban Church Holiday Party

Take photos with Santa, and enjoy kids’ Christmas crafts, games, Christmas snacks, hot cocoa prizes and more.

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Santa at Union Square Holiday Pop-up

Old Saint Nick visits the Union Square Holiday Pop-Up for some photo ops (and maybe sneaking in a few Du’s Donuts). BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera). Book a time slot online; limited walk-ins available. Enter through 36 E 18th Street…

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Santa Disco Party at Dreamland Roller Rink City Point

Skate with Santa and Mrs. Claus on a roller disco dance floor.  Includes a mix of contemporary and retro tunes, a red carpet for fabulous roller disco glam photos, Skate Dance Competition, Costume Contests, YMCA Dance Party and holiday themed…

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Santa at Holiday Time in PaleyLand

Snap a photo with Santa then see him on the big screen in continuous screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs. Also enjoy special family activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games and free hot cocoa. Play holiday-themed video games…

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Holiday Blvd Park (with Santa)

Take a photo with Santa, ride a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park and join a Christmas tree holiday lighting at 5 pm. There will be arts and crafts and holiday-themed activities

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Washington Market Park Christmas Party

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

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Jingle Fest! A Holiday Concert & Cookie Swap

Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a joyful holiday family concert and singalong with their Community Brass Band, string, and vocal jazz ensembles, plus a solo performance from rock and pop vocalist Joy Askew. After the concert, get treats…

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Rockefeller Center Café Breakfast With Santa

Have breakfast with Santa in view of the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice rink. Includes a sumptuous breakfast feast, carolers, candy canes and gifts from Santa and his elves followed by spins with Santa on the ice at…

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American Girl Santa Brunch

Meet Santa at the American Girl store during breakfast in the cute cafe.

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ABC Carpet & Home Santa

After 30 years, this fancy store’s beloved Santa is retiring, and only able to see 100 kids on December 8th. Enter a lottery to take a photo amidst ABC Carpet’s gorgeous decorations. We’re trying to figure out how to enter…

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Shop Harlem Live Holiday Gift Fair

Santa Claus is coming to Harlem. Visit him and his Elves while shopping Harlem for the Holidays, and experience fun family/kids activities, holiday tree trimming, games with elves, a kids cooking demo, music by Dj Stormin Norman and more.  

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Sundays with Santa at Bergdorf Goodman

Visit a fashionable Santa wearing a custom Etro suit in the historic, swanky department store among a candy wonderland (to go with the elaborate sweet-themed windows). Free polaroid and candy canes. The whole seventh floor is a festive with fashionable…

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Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa Claus himself has promised to appear and lead the children in the countdown to light up a 45-foot Christmas tree. All are invited to sing holiday songs accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet (complimentary songbooks provided by the…

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Owliday Jingle Mingle

Enjoy  holiday cheer and Santa photo ops at a quaint playcafe. Includes 2 hours of open-play, meet, greet & snap a pic w/ Santa, decorate a gingerbread man, write/mail letters to the North Pole, holiday-themed Arts & Crafts, story time.

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Santa at the Museum

Take your photo with Santa with a side of NYC history. Bring your own camera. Reserve time slots in advance online. Different Santas available on different dates- a caucasian Santa on Nov 30 & Dec 14, an African-American Santa on…

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Billy Johnson Playground

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde+ Google Map

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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Épicerie Boulud

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Épicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway at West 64th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

Chef Daniel Boulud's casual outpost is one of our favorite stops before or after Lincoln Center shows. My daughter gets a gourmet hot dog, I have a tasty salad or quiches, my son gets a hearty sandwich, we all end with colorful macarons. Counter service with limited seating; we like to go across the street to Dante Park (which usually has interesting public art) on sunny days - then come back for the artisanal gelato.

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DeSalvio Playground

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
DeSalvio Playground
Spring Sreet &Mulberry Street+ Google Map

This recently upgraded park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.

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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.

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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

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Hippo Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

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Pier 25 Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

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Industry City Art

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Industry City
220 36th Street Brooklyn

High design Industry City has cool, touchable art (plus lots of yummy food options) throughout the indoor-outdoor complex of buildings and courtyards. The (non-working) elevators by the food court always have fun surprises.

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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).

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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.

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