It may be January, but some of NYC’s extensive holiday festive decor, shows, trains and other seasonal delights are still around.
An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a snow-hating yeti named Pascetti the value of snow and friendship. A charming, intimate show for all ages in a magical-in-the-snow Central Park setting.
New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard
$10-$20, admission varies by day; free for under 2
Use this link for discounted $15 adult tickets, $8 ages 2-12 tickets
Nov 17 – Jan 21
Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors). Buy tickets online before trekking up to the Bronx (take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station) as tickets sometimes sell out. Go right at opening or on a weekday to avoid the crowds (though the traffic patterns have improved in recent years). Take breaks in the tropical rainforest wing where there are no trains but lots of room to roam freely. Range of food including pretty good pizza availble at the adjacent Gingerbread Cafe (weekends only) or the Pine Tree cafe by the main entrance. Also see the live show All Aboard With Thomas & Friends the last month of the show.
Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Make your own gingerbread houses or trains weekend GingerBread Lane Workshops ($15, reserve in advance). A great excuse to visit the entertaining, interactive science exhibits at the museum.
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 new artwork designed by New York City-based artist Ebony Bolt. Shop in the charming train/subway themed gift shop or visit the nearby Grand Central Holiday Fair.
Cozy up in heated alpine yurts with complimentary furs to borrow for the night and dine on fondue, fried apple pies and more cozy treats (and sip on hot spiked drink or kid-safe spiced apple sider and super dark hot chocolate). Also pick up a tree, its trimmings and an extra toddy at a tree market with Crest Hardware. A portion of all tree sales will benefit The Lower East Side Girls Club.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This holiday classic belongs in every family’s library. Perfect for reading aloud at special holiday moments to cleverly celebrate the true meaning of Christmas (spoiler alert – it’s not about the presents).
The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart
Simple prose with dialogue and occasional sound effects and Kyra Teis’s painted papers and collages tell the fantastical story of Mozart’s famous opera. Prince Tamino must save Princess Pamina from her evil mother, the Queen of the Night with the help of a magic flute that charms both animals and humans and jovial bird-catcher Papageno. Includes an introductory spread of the ethnically diverse characters and a parent-teacher guide with ideas for activities.
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.