Virtual Halloween

Have a safe Halloween from anywhere with these spooky online options.

Also see our guide to in-person celebrations in and near NYC plus pumpkin patches.

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Grand Central Virtual Holiday Fair

This annual holiday market goes online, showcasing beautiful American-made gifts from over 40 artisan vendors using locally and ethically sourced materials to create men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothing and toys, home goods, and more. Also shop select Grand Central lifestyle and food retailers.

Macy’s Santaland at Home

Travel virtually through Macy’s iconic (and currently closed) Santaland. Meet the Elves, engage with different areas of the magical space, play fun games and finally meet St. Nick himself via an interactive video (with pre-recorded responses). Take an interactive selfie with Santa Claus for a special keepsake.

Black and Spanish-speaking Santas available by request. Free…

Estella Scrooge

See a musical modern retelling of A Christmas Carol with additional characters and plot lines from Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Bleak House and other great Dickens’ novels. Featuring Broadway star Betsey Wolfe as Estella Scrooge, a Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing with Tony Awrd winners Patrick Page, Clifton Duncan and Danny Burstein.

A Christmas Carol Starring Jefferson Mays

The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as talented Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles. Staged at Washington Height’s United Palace without a live audience exclusively for this production. A magical feat of storytelling and virtuosic acting (that may be a bit spooky and intense for younger kids).

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Watch a spirited holiday mash-up for the entire family recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Virtuosic break dancing tells an uplifting, family-friendly story set in the 1980s and today. Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons…

Nutcracker Ballet Breaks

Join New York City Ballet artists via Zoom for a series of lively Saturday morning movement activities. Each 30-minute workshop taught by a NYCB dancer includes a warm-up and choreography inspired by George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Stretch, twirl, and leap on a journey to the Land of Sweets where we will explore basic ballet concepts and…

Folksbiene Virutal Chanukah Spectacular

Usher in the Festival of Lights with the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Enjoy a virtual evening of music with a mix of live performances and video greetings from with more than fifty
 performers from around the world including Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Barry Manilow.

Sorytime with Santa

Join Santa for a virtual story time from the North Pole. Santa has some special surprises in store to make this extra magical.

Presented by Mommmy Mingle and Buy Buy Baby (includes $15 store credit). Limited spots; RSVP in advance.

Virtual Performances of New York Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker

In lieu of  Brookfield Place’s annual free performance of New York Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker, watch dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet perform vignettes throughout the swanky shopping center (home to the not-cancelled Luminaries and a virtual Reindeer Roundup) This kid-friendly version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa…

Living History @ Home: Let’s Bake for Christmas

Did you know that decorating trees for Christmas wasn’t a common practice until the mid-19th century? Join New-York Historical Society online to learn more fascinating factoids about winter traditions in 18th-century America. Then, bake the Christmas dessert almond cake along with us at home.

Rockettes Live Dance Class

The famed Radio City Rockettes offer live dance classes on Instagram every Thursday. Learn classic choreography from the yearly Christmas Spectacular from a tall talented dancer.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical

Tony nominee Matthew Morrison stars in the musical adaption of the Christmas classic along with winner Denis O’Hare as adult Max (The Grinch’s faithful dog), Booboo Stewart as young Max, and Amelia Minto as Cindy-Lou Who. The Broadway musical will be filmed live from London and broadcast in NBC.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 is a rightly beloved American tradition – and now available on your TV. Watch a broadcast filmed at Lincoln Center in 2019 featuring Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy, Tyler Angle as Her Cavalier, Megan Fairchild as Dewdrop, and more than 50…

L.O.S. Kids: Hansel & Gretel

The delightful Little Orchestra Society concerts go virtual this season with actors, young soloists, dancers, special guests, animatio and more. See a professional Orchestra – and the hilarious Professor Treblemaker – in an interactive format. In December, explore Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera.

Videos available for two weeks after the premiere.

The Olc Vic Christmas Carol

The Old Vic’s big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to its London stage this year, to be performed live from our auditorium and streamed to homes across the world.

Come together with your household or with friends and family online to take part in the music and merriment of this uplifting…

Broadway Princess Holiday Party

Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine celebrate the season in a cinematic live-streamed concert from Feinstein’s/54 Below. Two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and voice of ‘Meg’ in Hercules), and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (Disney’s Aladdin) sing the petticoats off every princess and holiday song in…

The Young Americans The Magic Of Christmas

Watch talented, spirited youth ages 15-21 sing and dance in a holiday-themed revue in an annual tradition gone online. For nearly 60 years, The Young Americans has been touring the world and impacting the performing arts community on a global scale through its music, performances, and educational programs and services. Performance is free, but donations…

Home for the Holidays

Some of Broadway’s most celebrated stars perform songs based on traditions from their homes and from where their shows are set. Songs comedic to heartfelt include the welcoming warmth of Come From Away‘s Gander, Newfoundland and the rich culture of South Africa through cast members from The Lion King. The illustrious lineup includes Alan Cumming,…

Living History @ Home: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa

Celebrate community, family, and culture with this deep dive into the Black American holiday of Kwanzaa. Join New-York Historical Society online to learn about the history of the holiday, its significance, and the seven principles.  Discover and learn about New-York Historical artifacts that connect with the principles of the holiday. Then, create a guided activity…

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Watch the world’s first holiday show highlighting the African American tradition of stepping, a feast for the eyes and ears. Fabulous and furry friends from the Arctic Kingdom – Popper the Penguin along with polar bear twins, Pinky and Polo – join exceptional dancers to celebrate in song and dance.

Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter and his colleagues annual feast of music and dancing from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world goes online. Watch be a retrospective tapestry highlighting iconic performances from the first four decades of the event.

In keeping with the inclusivist embrace of the solstices and the intercultural,…