Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in December

Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in December

We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family in New York City in December. Family fun is all over Manhattan, across neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and beyond.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
WHEN: Oct. 5 - Jan. 27, Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The exhibition features rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from museums, as well as original material from J.K. Rowling.
WHY WE LOVE IT: NYHS will also host several Harry Potter-related events, including trivia, Hogwarts House Badge decorating, and more!
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger . 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.

Big Apple Circus
WHEN: Oct. 20 - Jan. 27, See website for schedule
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See horizontal juggling, an award-winning aerial duo, the quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, clowns, acrobats, and much more. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Clowning around is serious business at this landmark city circus, now in its 41st year.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-257-2330. bigapplecircus.com.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
WHEN: Nov. 8 - Feb. 10, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-8pm
WHERE: 60 Tenth Ave. , 60 Tenth Ave. , Chelsea , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This exhibition features artwork and highlights Mickey’s contributions to fashion, commerce, and media.
WANT TO GO? $38; free for children 3 and younger. partners.disney.com.

Broadway Under the Stars FREE
WHEN: Nov. 12 - Dec. 10, Mondays, 5pm
WHERE: The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Select cast from Dear Evan Hansen and The Prom (Dec. 3) and Mean Girls and Wicked (Dec. 10) will perform on the second-floor mezzanine, with the final performance of the Broadway series against the backdrop of the famous twelve massive stars.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A chance to catch 20 minutes of popular Broadway shows!
WANT TO GO? 212-823-6300. theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show
WHEN: Nov. 17 - Jan. 21, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Featuring model trains, trolleys, and ferries, this annual show highlights NYC landmarks using natural materials.
WHY WE LOVE IT: For the first time ever, this year's display will feature two vintage ferry boats!
WANT TO GO? $23; $10 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2 . 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

Hanukkah Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2, 11am–4pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects, dance to the pop-rock tunes of Josh & The Jamtones, and watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will appreciate all the interactive fun, such as collaborating on a giant work of art.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $18; $8 students; free for children 18 and younger. 212-423-3200. thejewishmuseum.org.

LIGHT IT UP! A Chanukah Family Concert Featuring The Pop Ups
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2, 10:30am
WHERE: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: A raucous Hanukkah concert with the Pop Ups, whose live rock and roll puppet show breaks the mold for children’s music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be a candle-lighting with classic Maccabee melodies.
WANT TO GO? $24; free for children younger than 1. 212-415-5500. 92y.org.

Nutcracker Highlights in Soho
WHEN: Dec. 7 - 8, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 4pm
WHERE: Rebecca Kelly Ballet, 579 Broadway, 4B, Soho, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: An annual holiday treat, each 50-minute event features soloists who will soon appear as guest artists in regional productions of The Nutcracker.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The weekend matinee is a family affair, where guests mingle afterward with the artists and share refreshments, including the traditional Tray of Sweets.
WANT TO GO? $40-$45; $15 students; free for children ages 4-7. 212-431-8489. rebeccakellyballet.org.

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9, 11:30am
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Kindie rockers Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights celebrate the last day of Hanukkah with playful twists on holiday favorites as well as original tunes for the day and songs from Brooklyn BabyGood Egg, and Meshugana.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The group's unique style draws from pop rock, country music, and gospel.
WANT TO GO? $14-$18. 212-423-3200. thejewishmuseum.org.

Kwanzaa 2018
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 29, 12-5pm
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A celebration of African-American heritage that is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, which promote unity, culture, and community development. Black Comics Collective will host a live drawing performance and Oyu Oro Collective will perform music and dance from Afro-Cuban traditions.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The festival features a local artisan marketplace too!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $23; $18 seniors and students; $13 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.

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