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.

Big Apple Circus
WHEN: Oct. 12 - Feb. 2, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Catch the 42nd season of this world-renowned circus, celebrating the heartbeat, everyday delights, and spirit of New York City with astounding talent from around the world, led by Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero.
WHY WE LOVE IT: All your classic circus delights in a climate-controlled Big Top tent with tiered seating, perfect for families with young children.
WANT TO GO? $35 and up; free for children younger than 3 (on lap). 212-721-6500. https://bigapplecircus.com/.

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
WHEN: Nov. 8 - Jan. 5, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience Radio City Music Hall as it transforms into an immersive, winter wonderland.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Introduce your child to the magical, high-kick dancing of the Rockettes!
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-465-6000. radiocity.com.

BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS FREE
WHEN: Nov. 11 - Dec. 9, Mondays, 5pm
WHERE: The Shops At Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Enjoy live performances featuring the most popular shows on Broadway every Monday night.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Featured shows include Rock of Ages, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, The Illusionist, Mean Girls, Phantom of the Opera, and WICKED!
WANT TO GO? FREE. 212-823-6300. https://theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com/events/broadway-under-the-stars-2019/.

28th Annual Holiday Train Show
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Jan. 26, See website for schedule
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This year’s show is presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland and showcases Central Park.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $23 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12; free for members and children younger than 2. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

My First Nutcracker
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 23, Weekends, 11:00am and 2:00pm
WHERE: Theatre Row, 410 W 42 Street , Midtown, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Travel with Clara and the Prince to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children as young as three can enjoy this 50-min production.
WANT TO GO? $32.25. 212-239-6200. https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/.

Tree Lighting And Sing-Along FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6pm
WHERE: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bryant Park’s annual Tree Lighting features Christmas sing-alongs, performances by world-class skaters, fireworks, Santa, and more!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Following the ceremony, all visitors are welcome to skate to live music on the city’s only free admission ice skating rink.
WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242. wintervillage.org.

Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi
WHEN: Dec. 7 - 15, see website for showtimes
WHERE: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Isaac Mizrahi narrates and directs Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The costumes are by Mizrahi himself and the show is just 30 minutes, perfect for little ones!
WANT TO GO? $45. 6467654773. https://guggenheim.org/event/peter-the-wolf-with-isaac-mizrahi.

Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 6pm
WHERE: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Gather round for blessings, dancing, glow in the dark games and activities, wine (for the grown-ups), and a delicious catered meal by Chef Russ Moss. All food is kosher and nut/sesame free! 
WHY WE LOVE IT: It promises to be an extravaganza of music, glow sticks, latkes, and light!
WANT TO GO? $36 and up. 212-415-5500. 92y.org.

Santa's Corner FREE
WHEN: Dec. 14 - 22, daily, 1:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The week-long winter wonderland features a photo op, holiday crafts, and the chance to whisper your wish list in Santa’s ear!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can enjoy free photos, caroling, and holiday crafts.
WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242. wintervillage.org.

Family Days: Hanukkah Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, Midtown, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Dance to the pop-rock tunes of ShirLaLa, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance, and collaborate on a giant work of art.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can engage in a Jewish Museum tradition and build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Museum Admission ($18; free for children younger than 19). 212-423-3200. https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/day/2019/12/15/?utm_source=Listing&utm_medium=Listing&utm_campaign=L_FPFamilyDays_12152019.

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