HOLIDAYS BEYOND NYC

While Christmas in Manhattan is pretty magical, get to the suburbs and country this year for socially distanced Santa, drive-though light displays and more.

See our map to plan your adventures plus non-holiday happenings and ideas for volunteering with kids to truly celebrate the season.

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WESTCHESTER/CT

Mill River Park Skating Center

Stamford

Take a spin on our outdoor ice skating rink, featuring more than 9,000 square feet of ice that can accommodate up to 150 recreational skaters. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to the ice rink every 30-minutes. All visits must be reserved in advance by purchasing timed tickets online. Skate to funky beats…

Bear Mountain Ice Rink

Bear Mountain

Skate on a large outdoor, uncovered rink framed by trees and rugged mountains. Lots of hiking nearby and spectacular views.

Refreshments available, lockers are not this year.

Also visit the Trailside Museums and Zoo (open 10L39 am – 4 pm). Small stone museums and fenced areas along a self-guided trail house bears, coyotes, turtles,…

Pop-up Ice Skating Rink

Yonkers

Ages 5 and up can skate in the courtyard of a mall with music, theme nights and other fun events. The synthetic ‘ice’ is easier to glide on for young and first time skaters – and the rink is tiny so best for beginners. Skates are provided with admission or bring your own.

Other

LONG ISLAND

Bronx

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show – Members Only

* Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).

* With capacity very limited for social distancing, this captivating display is only open to Members and Bronx Community Partners. Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible)…

Brooklyn/Queens

Vale Rink

Brooklyn

Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a rinkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.

50-minute skate sessions include skate and locker rentals.

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Brookyln

Enjoy ice skating, figure skating, curling, hockey and broomball in a covered rink in Prospect Park. Rental skates are brand-new this year. Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School. Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes  availble for all ages.

Timed tickets are available to purchase up to…

The Winter Escape

Floral Park

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops in  a  Gingerbread Village, stop by smell a Candy Cane Rose Garden, frolic through pink trees are more. Hot cocoa and other treats available.

Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State with a pumpkin patch, historic…

Winter at Industry City

Brooklyn

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and  photo-ops throughout in addition to tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating. Housr vary by vendor, check the opening/closing schedules.

Ice skate in outside in courtyard 5/6 ($12, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available…

Family Movies at Skyline Drive-In

Brooklyn

Watch favorite family movies including Toy Story, The Princess Bride, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Annie, Inside Outand The Wizard of Ozs/em> from your car in Greenpoint with killer views of the Manhattan Skyline.

Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis so come early. Bring chairs/blankets etc if you want to sit outside your car (outdoor seating for those without cars…

New Jersey

American Dream

East Rutherford

This indoor mega-mall hosts a range of over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day.

* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).

* Swim, splash and slide with DreamWorks Animation’s memorable…

Virtual

Freshmade Online Cooking Classes

Cook sweet and savory treats at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Fun to do with families and loved ones far away. Private sessions also available.

Laurie Berkner Valentine’s Day Party Virtual Concert

Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with beloved kindie rocker Laurie Berkner and guests as they perform your favorite songs, interact with you through the computer, and bring in a few surprises. Laurie will be singing some greatest hits alongside songs about love, family, and friendship.

Join the hour before the…