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Family Christmas Activities in the New York Area

Family Christmas Activities in the New York Area

Check out these fun events happening throughout December and January!


The holidays are just around the corner, and after your pick out your tree, attend a lighting, and meet Santa, there's still so much left to do! From attending a holiday concert, to making wintery crafts, to meeting Santa (again) and his reindeer, we've rounded up the best Christmas activities for the whole family.

Christmas Activities in Manhattan

Holiday Candlelight Tours
WHEN:Dec. 6-7, Friday and Saturday, 6:15pm and 7:30pm
WHERE:Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., New York
AGES:5-12, adult
WHAT:Tour the 1799 building by the warm glow of candlelight, hear about 19th-century festivities, and enjoy traditional confections, and holiday caroling by an acapella group.
WANT TO GO? $20 adults, $10 members, $5 children younger than 12. 212-838-6878. mvhm.org.

Love and Unity Christmas Family Brunch
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-5pm
WHERE:Private Event Space, 265 W. 37th St., Midtown
AGES:3 and older
WHAT:Enjoy an event for the whole family at a venue which is gloriously dressed for the Christmas season. Expect family-friendly good vibes, hearty meals, Christmas carols, and a great setting.
WANT TO GO? $40. 646-323-6180. soulnightevents.com.

Nordic Christmas Children’s Workshop
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-3:30pm
WHERE:Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., Murray Hill
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Experience how Scandinavians prepare for Christmas in this special craft day, which teaches how to make traditional holiday items such as woven hearts and yarn tomtar.
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-779-3587. scandinaviahouse.org.

Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol': A Play with Music
WHEN:Dec. 12-14, daily, 8pm
WHERE:Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Harlem
AGES:All
WHAT:Good for the whole family, this performance combines Dickens' brilliant original text with both traditional and unexpected Christmas music.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-923-8008. morrisjumel.org.

Holiday Gift Sewing Workshop
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE:The Fashion Class, 21 W. 39th St., 4th Floor, Midtown
AGES:6-15
WHAT:Make handmade holiday gifts this year for friends and family. Choose from a pillow, a zippered pouch, or two scrunchies. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $50. 646-239-6663. midtown.thefashionclass.com.

‘The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood’
WHEN:Through Dec. 15, see website for days and times
WHERE:TADA! Youth Theater, 15 W. 28th St., Chelsea
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:A hilarious take on the Red Riding Hood tale as told from the wolf’s point of view.
WANT TO GO? $30 adults; $15 children. 212-252-1619. tadatheater.com.

FREEA City Singing at Christmas
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 19, 7pm
WHERE:St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, Midtown
AGES:All
WHAT:YPC joins the Orpheus Club Men's Chorus, the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary carols and hymns. Come early for the best seats.
WANT TO GO? 212-753-2261. saintpatrickscathedral.org.

Grand Victorian Christmas
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 20, 8pm
WHERE:Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 E. 61st St., Midtown
AGES:All
WHAT:Immerse yourself in a traditional Victorian holiday celebration, including a fully decorated ballroom, music and caroling, Christmas treats, and photos with a vintage Santa.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-838-6878. mvhm.org.

Workshop di Natale (Christmas)
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 3:30-5pm
WHERE:Collina Italiana, 1556 Third Ave., Suite 603, New York
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Arts and crafts, music, songs, and so much fun all in Italian! Kids will enjoy Italian Christmas traditions.
WANT TO GO? $40. 212-427-7770. collinaitaliana.com.

Holiday Card Making Mommy & Me Workshop
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 11am-1pm
WHERE:The Fashion Class, 21 W. 39th St., 4th Floor, New York
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Create hand lettered holiday cards with the family and learn a new skill together.
WANT TO GO? $45 per person. 646-239-6663. midtown.thefashionclass.com.

FREE Santa's Corner
WHEN:Dec. 14-22, daily, 1-3pm
WHERE:Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown
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.’

Brooklyn Irish Dance Company presents ‘A Celtic Christmas Story
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 22, 3pm
WHERE:Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St., New York
AGES:All
WHAT:A holiday-themed, family-friendly theatrical performance that combines Irish dancers, musicians, and singers with storytelling and eye-catching choreography.
WANT TO GO? Price varies by tier. 929-430-5807. brooklynirishdancecompany.org.

Breakfast With Santa
WHEN:Through Dec. 22, Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am
WHERE:Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd St., Midtown
AGES:All
WHAT:An interactive musical comedy show, continental breakfast, and pictures with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $25-35. 212-568-6560. improv4kids.com.

FREECMA Art-Making Booth at Union Square Holiday Market
WHEN:Through Dec. 24: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm; Saturdays, 10am-6pm; Sundays, 11am-6pm
WHERE:Union Square Holiday Market, Union Square
AGES:All
WHAT:Join CMA in Union Square for free art-making workshops during the annual Holiday Market!
WANT TO GO? 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

Deck the Halls: Snow Globe Making
WHEN:Tuesday, Dec. 24, 11am-2pm
WHERE:Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Enjoy a special snow globe workshop, cookie decorating, and traditional Christmas songs. A special holiday snack is included!
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($20 adults; free for anyone younger than 20). 212-534-1672. mcny.org.

Santaland
WHEN:Through Dec. 24, daily, hours vary between 7am-9pm
WHERE:Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., Midtown
AGES:All
WHAT:Head to a Macy's Santaland near you to meet and snap a photo with St. Nick!
WANT TO GO? Free admission (keepsake photos available for purchase). 212-695-4400. macys.com.

The CMOM Christmas Tree
WHEN:Dec. 1-27, daily, 10am-5pm
WHERE:Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES:All
WHAT:Share your memories and make new ones this holiday season as you design ornaments inspired by the art in the exhibit, Art, Artists & You, for the annual CMOM Christmas Tree.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

FREE PaleyLand
WHEN:
Dec. 7-Jan. 5, Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE:The Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St., New York
AGES:All
WHAT:Create magical holiday memories while engaging in a special Instagram moment in a whimsical candy cane forest, playing holiday-themed video games and VR, enjoying craft activities and games, warming up with hot cocoa, viewing beloved holiday TV classics, and visiting with Santa!

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
WHEN:Through Jan. 5, see website for showtimes
WHERE:Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown
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.

Origami Holiday Tree
WHEN:Through Jan. 12, daily, 10am-5:45pm
WHERE:American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side
AGES:All
WHAT:The delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree and two merrily lit 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs welcome visitors to the Museum throughout the holiday season.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($23; $13 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2). 212-769-5100. amnh.org.

 

Christmas Activities in Brooklyn

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
WHEN:Dec. 6-7, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm
WHERE:St. John's Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St., Greenpoint
AGES:All
WHAT:This show follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, who take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the three wise men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.
WANT TO GO? Donation of any amount. 347-559-1410. townsquarebk.org.

Sinterklass Saint Nicholas Holiday
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE:Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
AGES:All
WHAT:Families can enjoy an afternoon of events including a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell and a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback, plus the chance to feed his horse carrots and hay.
WHY WE LOVE IT:The festive fun includes hot cider, colonial games, crafts, signing the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells a traditional tale, and dressing the Christmas tree!
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 ages 3-10. 718-629-5400. eventbrite.com/e/sinterklass-saint-nicholas-day-tickets-78037073989.

FREE Christmas Countdown Calendar
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 9am-12pm
WHERE:Home Depot Gowanus, 550 Hamilton Ave., Gowanus
AGES:3-12
WHAT:With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. Register online.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-8553. homedepot.com.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Jingle Fest! Holiday Concert & Cookie Swap 2019
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 3pm
WHERE:All Saints' Episcopal Church, 286-88 7th Ave. between 6th & 7th Streets, Park Slope
AGES:All
WHAT:Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a joyful holiday family concert followed by their fourth annual cookie swap.
WHY WE LOVE IT:The deliciousness goes beyond cookies with cider and hot chocolate. Plus, photo ops with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $15; free ticket if bringing cookies for swap and for children younger than 2. 718-622-3300. bkcm.org.

Town Square's Annual Santa Brunch
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm
WHERE:Polish Slavic Center, 176 Java St., Greenpoint
AGES:3-8
WHAT:A delicious homemade pancake brunch, fun arts and crafts, live music, and moments and photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 online; $15 for infants carried in your arms/wrap; $5 online for infants. 347-559-1410. townsquarebk.org.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11am
WHERE:Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES:All
WHAT:Join Santa for breakfast at the zoo and enjoy live music, crafts, and more.
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members; $20 ages 3-15; $15 members ages 3-15. 718-442-3101. statenislandzoo.doubleknot.com.

Lunch with Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-2:30pm
WHERE:Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES:All
WHAT:Have lunch with Santa at the zoo and enjoy live music, crafts, animal encounters, and more. Register online.
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members; $20 ages 3-15; $15 members ages 3-15; free for children 2 and younger. 718-442-3101. statenislandzoo.doubleknot.com.

FREE Family Christmas Bird Count
WHEN:Dec. 14-15, 10am-1pm
WHERE:Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush
AGES:All
WHAT:Blooming naturalists can take part in a tradition more than 100 years old by helping conservation researchers track the health of bird populations in Prospect Park.
WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Brunch with Santa
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 9-11am and 12-2pm
WHERE:Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy a full brunch buffet, an opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus, and live entertainment.
WANT TO GO? $34; $32 ages 3-12; $30.60 members; $28.80 members ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

FREEHoliday Caroling with Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 20, 6:30-8pm
WHERE:Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 58 7th Ave., Park Slope
AGES:All
WHAT:Join Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for Park Slope's biggest and merriest caroling event! RSVP online.
WANT TO GO? 718-622-3300. bkcm.org.

Santa Disco Party
WHEN:Dec. 7-21, Saturdays, 12-2pm
WHERE:Dreamland Roller Rink at City Point, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn Heights
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Dress up in festive apparel and skate around to a mix of contemporary and retro tunes! There will be holiday-themed games led by Santa or Mrs. Claus. Bring your own helmets and safety gear!
WANT TO GO? $18. dreamlandrollerrink.com.

FREEBuddy the Elf
WHEN:Dec. 13-22, Fridays, 12-2pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE:Industry City, 51 35th St., Sunset Park
AGES:All
WHAT:Hang out with Buddy the Elf this holiday season at Industry City. See if you can find him around the campus!
WANT TO GO? 718-965-6450. industrycity.com.

 

Christmas Activities in Queens

FREE Winter Holiday Crafternoons
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 6, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE:Langston Hughes Library–Community Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:Celebrate the season by creating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas crafts for your loved ones this year: make a Nguzo Saba favor, a Star of David mobile, and/or paint a ceramic tree ornament.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-3500. littleflowerny.org.

FREE Celebrate The Holiday Season With Gabriele Tranchina And Musicians!
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-4pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14th Road, Whitestone
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy favorite holiday tunes such as “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things."
WANT TO GO? 718-767-8010. queenslibrary.org.

FREEJammin’ in My Jammies Breakfast with Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 8-10am
WHERE:Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
AGES:All
WHAT:Get out your best pajamas and rock out with Santa and DJ Omar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Applebee's, music, dance, prizes, crafts, special surprises, and a contest.
WANT TO GO? shopqueenscenter.com.

Wreathmaking Family Workshop
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12pm
WHERE:Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Make a gorgeous evergreen wreath at this popular workshop. Materials and instruction provided; you only need to bring garden shears. There will be festive tunes, cider, and cookies on hand to keep the mood merry and bright.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Holiday Family Craft Night
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:30-6pm
WHERE:My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Families will have a blast creating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa decorations to take home. While their crafts are drying, there will be holiday-themed games and activities.
WANT TO GO? $15. mygym.com.

2019 Holly Tour: Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-5pm
WHERE:Queens Historical Society, 14335 37thAve., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:Celebrate the holiday season with a walking tour of six historic sites in Queens and learn about their unique histories!
WANT TO GO? $20; free for children younger than 13 (limit two children per family). 718-939-0647. queenshistoricalsociety.org.

FREE Christmas in the Garden
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
WHERE:Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa, face painting (fee required), a tree lighting, and holiday crafts. Register online.
WHY WE LOVE IT:It's a great way to kick off the holiday season with a full afternoon of festive fun!
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

FREE It's Time For Kind: Holiday Cards for Our Troops
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 9, 2-4pm
WHERE:Hollis Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis
AGES:All
WHAT:Fill out a holiday card for the troops overseas.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-7355. queenslibrary.org.

Holiday Card Making
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7pm
WHERE:Laurelton Library, 134-26 225 St., Laurelton
AGES:All
WHAT:Have fun with homemade holiday card making!
WANT TO GO? 718-528-2822. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Face Painting With Apryl Cadabra
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-5pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Arverne, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Children can have their faces painted with elaborate, ornate designs by Apryl Cadabra Entertainment Agency Inc. Preregistration is required.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

FREE Arverne Library Annual Family Holiday Event
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-5pm
WHERE:Queens Library-Arverne, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES:All
WHAT:An annual family holiday event filled with fun activities such as face painting, holiday crafts, and a live DJ.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

Winter Wonderland Party
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 5-8 pm
WHERE:Queens Dance Project, 214-26 41st Ave., Bayside
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Drop off your children for a fun season-themed party at the studio!
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members. 718-229-1133. queensdanceproject.com.

Holiday Cookies & Crafts
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-2pm
WHERE:Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside
AGES:All
WHAT:Craft delightful decorations celebrating the winter season. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served, and Santa will be making an appearance!
WANT TO GO? $5 per child ($15 max per family). baysidehistorical.org.

FREESanta Claus Is Coming To The Central Library!
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-4pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy holiday songs, crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, and receive a free picture with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. queenslibrary.org.

Christmas Party
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, all ages: 1:30pm and 4:30pm; ages 3 and younger: 3pm
WHERE:My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Santa Claus is coming to My Gym, along with cookies and milk!
WANT TO GO? $20 per child ($18 members). mygym.com.

Grinch Night Out
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 6-9pm
WHERE:My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES:3-12
WHAT:Drop the kids off for a night of all things Grinch! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $35 ($30 members). mygym.com.

FREE Christmas Tinker Festival and Tree Lighting
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE:Lewis Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:Celebrate the holidays with tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music! RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 718-961-8585. lewislatimerhouse.org.

FREE Family Movies: 'Santa Clause' Trilogy
WHEN:Dec. 2-16, Mondays, 4:30-6pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Briarwood Branch, 85-12 Main St., Briarwood
AGES:All
WHAT:Watch the Santa Clauseseries on Monday afternoons.
WANT TO GO? 718-658-1680. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Karaoke
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE:Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway
AGES:13-17
WHAT:Sing your favorite songs!
WANT TO GO? queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Karaoke
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 16, 3-4pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES:6 and older
WHAT:Share your favorite song and be prepared to have fun with your friends.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Children's Holiday Party
WHEN:Tuesday, Dec. 17, 3-4pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Stop by for some holiday fun at this children's party!
WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Hanukkah And Christmas Concert With Irene Failenbogen
WHEN:Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1-2pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Rego Park Branch, 91-41 63rd Drive, Rego Park
AGES:All
WHAT:Bring your holiday spirit to this festive concert, featuring memorable selections to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas!
WANT TO GO? queenslibrary.org.

FREE Kids' Holiday Show Extravaganza
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 19, 4:30-6pm
WHERE:Queens Library–South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES:All
WHAT:STACKS kids will perform and sing in this festive way to celebrate the holidays.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-6779. queenslibrary.org.

FREE 'Tis The Season Holiday Movie And Sing-Along
WHEN:Dec. 5-19, Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14th Ave., College Point
AGES:All
WHAT:Watch some favorite holiday movies and join in an old-fashioned holiday sing-along. Warm apple cider will be served.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Karaoke Sing-Along for kids
WHEN:Dec. 5-19, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, 4-5pm
WHERE:Queensboro Hill Library, 60-05 Main St., Flushing
AGES:3-12, adult
WHAT:Children of all ages will sing holiday songs with the words projected on a screen.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-8332.

FREE Teen Movie: ‘The Grinch’
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 19, 3:30-6:30pm
WHERE:Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway
AGES:13-17
WHAT:Enjoy popcorn and a movie.
WANT TO GO? queenslibrary.org.

FREE Maspeth Movie: 'A Christmas Story'
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 20, 3-5pm
WHERE:Queens Library–Maspeth Branch, 69-70 Grand Ave., Maspeth
AGES:All
WHAT:Watch this hilarious holiday classic (1983, PG).
WANT TO GO? 718-639-5228. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Celebrate The Holidays: Learn To Make A Typical Puerto Rican Christmas Dish
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE:Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES:All
WHAT:Pickled green bananas are iconic in our Puerto Rican cuisine. They appear at all family parties especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.

Kids’ Christmas Party
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 5-8pm
WHERE:Mud Genius, 212-91 26th Ave., Bayside
AGES:5-17
WHAT:Paint Christmas pieces! Party includes face paint, fun games, and dancing, plus pizza and juice. Call to RSVP.
WANT TO GO? $40. 718-428-8288. mudgenius.com.

Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday 2019 Concert
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 22, 4pm
WHERE:St. Kevin R.C. Church, 42-21 194th St., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:The first half of the program spotlights excerpts of Handel's "Messiah." The second half of the program features Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs inviting all to experience the magic of the season.
WANT TO GO? $40; $35 seniors (62+) and students with ID; $10 children younger than 13. 718-279-3006. queensoratorio.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’
WHEN:Dec. 6-22, see website for showtimes
WHERE:Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES:9 and older
WHAT:Titan Theatre Company's award-winning and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel brings the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge to the stage.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Holiday Game Time
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 26, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE:Queens Library­–Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:An afternoon of checkers, chess, Connect Four, Jenga, jigsaw puzzles, mancala for kids, Monopoly, Scrabble, World Hangman, and more!
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org.

Remake the Holidays
WHEN:Dec. 27-30, daily, 12-4pm
WHERE:New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES:All
WHAT:Families bend, twist, light, sculpt, and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children). 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

FREE A Time For Kind (Ness) Movie: ‘Elf
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 30, 1:15-2:45pm
WHERE:Queens Library–East Flushing Branch, 196-36 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES:All
WHAT:Watch this family-friendly holiday comedy.
WANT TO GO? 718-357-6643. queenslibrary.org.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
WHEN:Dec. 19-Jan. 4, see website for showtimes
WHERE:The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St. (between 44th Avenue and 44th Road), Long Island City
AGES:All
WHAT:Join Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in this heart-warming holiday musical as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
WHY WE LOVE IT:The performances features the music of Vince Guaraldi, and new original dance and song numbers as well.
WANT TO GO? $25 ($22 advance); $15 children younger than 17 ($12.50 advance). 718-392-0722. secrettheatre.com.

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
WHEN:Through Jan. 5: see website for showtimes
WHERE:Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown
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.

 

Christmas Activities in Suffolk County

Holiday Spectacular
WHEN:Dec. 6-7, 2pm
WHERE:Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach
AGES:All
WHAT:This mash-up of song, dance, and theatre will feature holiday classics and fresh takes on the season.
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-288-1500. whbpac.org.

'Tis the Season
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 4-7pm
WHERE:Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville
AGES:All
WHAT:Get in the spirit of the season with a holiday lantern tour, ornament crafts, face painting, photos with Sinterklaas, musical entertainment, hot chocolate, and more!
WHY WE LOVE IT:Each child will go home with a gift.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-447-8679. limaritime.org.

FREE Santa's Elves Workshop
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3pm
WHERE:Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
AGES:All
WHAT:Visit the Rogers Mansion, which will be decorated from top to bottom for the holiday season and take part in some fun kid-friendly holiday crafts. RSVP online.
WANT TO GO? 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.org.

Santa Brunch
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-3pm
WHERE:The Post Office Cafe, 130 West Main St., Babylon
AGES:All
WHAT:Have brunch with Santa!
WANT TO GO? See menu for prices. 631-669-9224. postofficecafe.com.

FREE Freeport Holiday Boat Parade
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:30pm tree lighting; 7pm parade
WHERE:Woodcleft Esplanade, Next to River House Grille at 195 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy listening to the carolers, free hot chocolate, and hanging with Santa at the tree lighting, then see the beautiful holiday boat parade.
WANT TO GO? 516-223-8840. freeportchamberofcommerce.org.

FREE Holiday Breakfast at Smith Haven Mall
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:30-10am
WHERE:Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
AGES:3-12
WHAT:Children will receive a light breakfast, free goodie bag, crafts, and entertainment. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. 631-724-8066. simon.com.

Holiday Craft Extravaganza
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-2pm
WHERE:The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES:All
WHAT:Create traditional holiday folk crafts: dip a candle, carve a scrimshaw box, and glitter up a tussy-mussy. Enjoy cookies and cocoa.
WANT TO GO? $12; $6 adults. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Christmas at Sagtikos
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, tours begin at 10am throughout the day with the last tour at 2:30pm
WHERE:Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway between Montauk Hwy & Gardiner Drive, West Bay Shore
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Take a manor house tour as docents tell the story of times gone by. Plus, a holiday greenery sale, gift shop, and coffee or hot cider by the fire pit.
WANT TO GO? $30; $27 in advance; $22 members; $10 ages 5-12; $9 in advance ages 5-12; $8 ages 5-12 members. 631-854-0939. eventbrite.com/e/christmas-at-sagtikos-holiday-house-tours-a-celebration-tickets-76579259627?ref=elink.

FREE Holiday Open Houses at Greenport
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, 10:30am-2pm
WHERE:Railroad Museum of Long Island–Greenport, 440 4th St., Greenport
AGES:All
WHAT:Santa will arrive each day on the LIRR Greenport Scoot. There will also be refreshments, gifts for children, and a LIONEL Polar Express trainset raffle.
WANT TO GO? 631-477-0439. rmli.org.

FREE The 40th Annual Holiday Festival
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 11am-6pm
WHERE:Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Educational & Cultural Center, 97 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES:All
WHAT:See 14-foot giant puppets on parade, hear live music, see a holiday train display, tell Santa what you want, and witness the tree lighting.
WANT TO GO? 631-689-5888. stonybrookvillage.com.

FREE Silver Chords' Presents 'Holidays Through the Ages’
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm
WHERE:Mary Immaculate Church, 16 Browns Lane, Bellport
AGES:All
WHAT:The Silver Chords’ will sing selections from the Middle Ages to present day.
WANT TO GO? thesilverchords.com.

Laurie Berkner with Susie Lampert in a Holiday Celebration Concert
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm
WHERE:The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner invites everyone to share the spirit of the season when she presents a live holiday concert with longtime band mate Susie Lampert.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Hear holiday songs as well as greatest hits!
WANT TO GO? $19.50 and up. 631-673-7300. paramountny.com.

2019 Kids Holiday Festival
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 10am-4pm
WHERE:Hilton Huntington Hotel, 598 Broadhollow Road, Melville
AGES:3-12
WHAT:The family fun includes bouncy houses, face painting, live music, balloon twisting, gingerbread decorating, a magic show, arts and crafts tables, raffles, and prizes.
WHY WE LOVE IT:There's something for every kid, with a gaga pit, a toddler soft play area, and even an Elsa appearance with fun, games, and pictures!
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 in advance; free for infants 6 months and younger; additional fee for activities. 347-757-8371. eventbrite.com/e/2019-kids-holiday-festival-tickets-74811097005.

FREE Family Gingerbread House
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-3pm
WHERE:Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES:3 and older
WHAT:Decorate a delicious gingerbread house as a family. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

Gingerbread Houses
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 9, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7pm
WHERE:Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES:All
WHAT:Decorate a festive gingerbread house for the holidays. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $25 with Westhampton Free Library Card. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Santa Brunch at Maxwell’s
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 11am-3pm
WHERE:Maxwell's, 501 Main St., Islip
AGES:All
WHAT:Have brunch with Santa and take pictures. Reservations suggested.
WANT TO GO? See menu for prices. 631-210-0011. maxwellsny.com.

FREE Disney Junior Holiday Fun
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 11am-2pm
WHERE:Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Celebrate the season with family and festive activities inspired by your favorite Disney Junior pals.
WANT TO GO? 516-621-1446. simon.com.

Holiday High Tea
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 1pm
WHERE:Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES:Adult
WHAT:Wear a fabulous hat and bring a teacup to enjoy a holiday high tea party. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $12 with Westhampton Free Library Card. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

FREE17th Annual Reenactment of the Flying Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE:Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park, Parking Field 5, Fire Island
AGES:All
WHAT:Relive this historic event with the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society when Santa arrives!
WANT TO GO? 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

‘A Christmas Carol
WHEN:Dec. 13-15, Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm
WHERE:Houghton Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main St., Northport Village
AGES:All
WHAT:Charles Dickens’s tale of redemption and the Christmas season is a timeless classic that has been loved by generations.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 seniors and students 17 and younger. 631-750-3417. theminstrelplayersinc.org.

FREE Holiday Open Houses at Riverhead
WHEN:Dec. 14-15, 11:30am-3pm
WHERE:Railroad Museum of Long Island, 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead
AGES:All
WHAT:Santa will arrive each day on the H.K. Porter steam locomotive No.1 with refreshments, gifts, and a LIONEL Polar Express Trainset raffle.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-7920. rmli.org.

Santa Brunch
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am; 12pm; 2pm
WHERE:Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy a delicious buffet brunch and make a special take-home holiday keepsake.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Don't forget the camera to capture a family photo with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $54.95; $49.95 members; $26.95 ages 3-12; $23.95 ages 3-12 members; $5 ages 2 and younger. 631-208-9200 x426. longislandaquarium.com.

FREESilver Chords' Presents 'Holidays Through the Ages’
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 3pm
WHERE:St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive #32, Smithtown
AGES:All
WHAT:The Silver Chords’ will sing selections from the Middle Ages to present day.
WANT TO GO? thesilverchords.com.

Yaphank Historic District Christmas Tour
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-5pm
WHERE:Yaphank Historical Society Swezey-Avey House, 19 Mill Road, Yaphank
AGES:All
WHAT:Tour historical homes and enjoy live holiday music and refreshments.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for children 12 and younger. 631-924-4803. yaphankhistorical.org.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 8am, 10am, and 12pm
WHERE:Heritage Center, 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Road, Mt. Sinai
AGES:All
WHAT:A buffet breakfast, a family photo with Santa, and a favor for each child. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the local food pantry. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $16 ages 2-10; free for children younger than 2. 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

Gingerbread Paint Event
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE:Key to My Art, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville
AGES:5-17
WHAT:Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048. keytomyart.com.

Sea Glass Ornament Workshop
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 12-1pm
WHERE:The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES:All
WHAT:See 19th-century glass bottles from the museum's collection and design a sea glass ornament.
WANT TO GO? $12; $6 members. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

FREE Santa’s Workshop
WHEN:Through Dec. 21, Dec. 1, 3:30-5:30pm; all other Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE:Drowned Meadow Cottage, Corner of W. Broadway & Barnum, Port Jefferson
AGES:All
WHAT:Santa will greet the children and there will also be photo opportunities!
WANT TO GO? 631-473-1414. portjeff.com.

Holiday Winter Wonderland
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE:White Post Farms of Melville, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Take your picture with Santa and visit the animals in the indoor heated wonderland.
WHY WE LOVE IT:There's the bubble rain ride and pony rides available too.
WANT TO GO? $16.95. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

Santa Visits the Three Village Inn
WHEN:Dec. 7-22, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am-2pm
WHERE:Three Village Inn, 150 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES:All
WHAT:Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn will host Santa, his elves, and strolling carolers for brunch.
WANT TO GO? $38.95; $19.50 ages 9 and younger. 631-751-0555. threevillageinn.com.

‘A Christmas Story, the Musical’
WHEN:Through Dec. 22: see website for showtimes
WHERE:CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale
AGES:9 and older
WHAT:Based on the classic film A Christmas Story, the musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.
WANT TO GO? $18-$42. 631-218-2810. cmpac.com.

Holiday Light Spectacular
WHEN:Dec. 7-22, Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9pm; Sundays, 5-8pm
WHERE:Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy festive, lighted displays for the holidays during this indoor, walk-through light show.
WANT TO GO? $6; free for children 3 and younger. 631-758-9664. brookhavenny.gov.

Brunch with Santa
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 22, 11am, 11:30am, 1 pm
WHERE:VIEW, 3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale
AGES:All
WHAT:Have brunch with Santa. Call for reservations.
WANT TO GO? $38.95; $19.50 ages 3-12. 631-589-2694. viewoakdale.com.

Christmas Ornaments Holiday Craft Event
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 22, 1-2:30pm
WHERE:Key to My Art, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville
AGES:5-17
WHAT:Make adorable ornaments for your tree!
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048. Keytomyart.com.

The Polar Express Trolley Ride
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 23, see website for times
WHERE:The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead
AGES:3 and older
WHAT:Climb aboard the trolley and journey to the "North Pole" to meet Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, and receive a gift!
WHY WE LOVE IT:Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas!
WANT TO GO? $57. 631-998-3565. northforktrolley.com.

Handmade Cards
WHEN:Dec. 18-23, Wednesday, 10am-2pm; Saturday-Monday, 1-5pm
WHERE:Long Island Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
AGES:All
WHAT:Visit the museum and make handmade holiday cards!
WANT TO GO? $5; free for members and children younger than 1. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

‘Frosty’
WHEN:Through Dec. 27: see website for schedule
WHERE:John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport
AGES:All
WHAT:Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.

Barnaby Saves Christmas
WHEN:Through Dec. 28: Saturdays, 11am
WHERE:Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES:3-8
WHAT:As the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’
WHEN:Through Dec. 28: see website for showtimes
WHERE:Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Join Theater Three for their 36th annual production of the immortal classic in all of its thrills, music, joy, and spirit.
WANT TO GO? $20-$35. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.

Special Twilight Tours of Decorated Vanderbilt Mansion
WHEN:Dec. 27-28, 5-8pm
WHERE:Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES:All
WHAT:Local designers and garden clubs conjure holiday magic in the mansion for special nighttime tours.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors and students; $6 children younger than 12; free for members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

‘Elf the Musical’
WHEN:Dec. 20-29, see website for schedule
WHERE:The Gateway, 215 South Country Road, Bellport
AGES:13 and older
WHAT:This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy making skills. May not be suitable for all ages.
WANT TO GO? $59 and up. 631-286-0555. thegateway.org.

Riverhead Holiday Light Show
WHEN:Through Dec. 29: see website for schedule
WHERE:Long Island Sports Park, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton
AGES:All
WHAT:Drive through and see dozens of dazzling displays to delight the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $25 per car; $23 per car online. 631-210-6711. riverheadlightshow.com.

Ken Ludwig's ‘'Twas the Night Before Christmas
WHEN:Through Dec. 29: see website for showtimes
WHERE:Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts Presents, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown
AGES:3-8
WHAT:See the wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.

Harry Connick Jr's ‘The Happy Elf’
WHEN:Through Dec. 29: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am; Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, 10:30am
WHERE:The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main St., Babylon Village
AGES:All
WHAT:Families will love this festive tale of friendship and believing in yourself!
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-230-3500. argyletheatre.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 30, see website for showtimes
WHERE:Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES:All
WHAT:See this new version of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, through the art of puppetry.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Victorian-costumed holiday revelers welcome audience members to step back in time as they enter the Theater.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission + $9 show ticket; $12 show ticket only; free museum admission for members plus $7 show ticket. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Smith Point Light Show
WHEN:Dec. 1-30, see website for schedule
WHERE:Smith Point Beach, William Floyd Parkway, Fire Island
AGES:All
WHAT:See the dazzling lights, amazing vignettes and holiday scenes on a 1.5 mile trail.
WANT TO GO? $70 per school bus, coach bus or trolley; $40 per mini bus or RV; $20 per car. 631-543-6622. facebook.com/SmithPointLightShow.



‘Frosty the Snowman
WHEN:Dec. 21-Jan. 5, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, and Jan. 4, 7pm; Dec. 29 and Jan. 5, 2:30pm
WHERE:BayWay Arts Center Children's Theatre, 265 East Main St., East Islip
AGES:All
WHAT:Frosty and his friend Jenny must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow.
WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.

 

Christmas Activities in Nassau

Kids' Night Out: Santa Claus is coming to town!
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 5:45-8pm
WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym, 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: See Santa, make a Santa Craft and Christmas Stocking Goodie Bag. Includes gym-time, game-time, dinner, and dessert.
WANT TO GO? $30; $24 siblings. 516-221-1330. matsskidsgym.com.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9-10am
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a special breakfast prepared by Panera Bread as they hand out free gifts, play games and trivia, and more! See website to register.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 per child. 516-822-6336. https://atbroadwaycommons.com/events/breakfast-with-santa/.

FREE Christmas Countdown Calendar
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Home Depot, 600 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create your own countdown to the holidays. Register online.
WANT TO GO? 516-488-8500 . https://homedepot.com/workshops/#store/1208.

Holiday Kids' Party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:30-4:40pm
WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym, 171 Eileen Way, Syosset
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The party features inflatables, edible art, gym-time, holiday crafts, games, beverages, dessert...and Santa!
WANT TO GO? $28; $22 siblings. 516-496-7765. matsskidsgym.com.

FREE Free Christmas Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7pm
WHERE: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of East Meadow, 369 Green Ave., East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: The Choir of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will present its Annual Christmas Concert featuring a program of Orthodox and Western hymns and carols. After the concert, stay for advent refreshments and a Christmas boutique.
WANT TO GO? 516-362-1352. http://htocem.org.

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Dec. 7-8, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors 62 and older and students with ID; $7 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. https://oldwestburygardens.org/2019calendar.

FREE Free Crafts for Kids: Festive Winter Lights
WHEN: Dec. 7-8, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Lakeshore Learning provides everything you need to make this special holiday craft!
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360 . lakeshorelearning.com.

Long Island Flute Club Holiday Concert
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy holiday favorites performed in the Ballroom by the Long Island Flute Club.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 kids 7-17; free for kids 6 and younger and members. 516-333-0048. https://oldwestburygardens.org/2019calendar.

Festive Afternoon
WHEN: Sunday, Dec., 4-6pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
AGES: All
WHAT: In Colonial America, the New Year was often celebrated with decorations, cider, and sweets. Rock Hall invites you to join for holiday festivities. Reservations requested.
WANT TO GO? $10; $8 members and seniors; $5 children. 516-239-1157. friendsofrockhall.org.

FREE Family Event: Gingerbread Houses With Chefs Of D'future
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30-2:30pm OR 3-4pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Julie Reilly of Chefs of d'Future will provide all the goodies you'll need to create a gingerbread house masterpiece. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Holiday Tales at the Castle
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the holiday cheer with a celebration of holiday traditions from around the world including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Great Hall will be filled with fun children’s crafts, including an enormous holiday mural!
WANT TO GO? $20 per car; $10 per car members. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Laurie Berkner with Susie Lampert in a Holiday Celebration Concert
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm
WHERE: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner invites everyone to share the spirit of the season when she presents a live holiday concert with longtime band mate Susie Lampert.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hear holiday songs as well as greatest hits!
WANT TO GO? $19.50 and up. 631-673-7300. http://paramountny.com.

2019 Kids Holiday Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hilton Huntington Hotel, 598 Broadhollow Road, Melville
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The family fun includes bouncy houses, face painting, live music, balloon twisting, gingerbread decorating, a magic show, arts and crafts tables, raffles, and prizes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There's something for every kid, with a gaga pit, a toddler soft play area, and even an Elsa appearance with fun games and pictures!
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 in advance; free for infants 6 months and younger; additional fee for activities. 347-757-8371. https://eventbrite.com/e/2019-kids-holiday-festival-tickets-74811097005.

FREE I'm the Gingerbread Man
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 9, 4:30-5:15pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Run, run as fast as you can, read a book about the Gingerbread Man! Cookies and drinks to follow. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

FREE After-Hours Gingerbread House Challenge
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 6-7pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Have fun designing your own gingerbread house. Grades 6-12.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Breakfast with Santa and Winter Boutique
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11:30am
WHERE: The Mansion at Oyster Bay, 1 S. Woods Road, Woodbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa and take your picture with him. The morning also includes fun games, crafts, and face painting and a Winter Boutique.
WANT TO GO? $29.99; $19.99 children. 516-937-1397. eden2.org.

Natural Ornament Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
AGES: All
WHAT: Drop in and create beautiful ornaments from woods and water.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children 5-12 years. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Gingerbread Paint Event
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Key to My Art East Rockaway, 131 Main St., East Rockaway
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step by step instruction. Register online.
WANT TO GO? $20. 516-218-2920. keytomyart.com.

7th Annual Long Island Gingerbread & Chocolate House Competition
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-4pm
WHERE: Chocolate Duck, 310 Main St., Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Register by December 12, or see the creations on display during the competition!
WANT TO GO? FREE event admission; Contact organizer for entry fee. 516-249-0887. http://farmingdalevillage.com/.

FREE Holiday Cheer Take-and-Make Craft
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a holiday craft and enjoy a snack.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.

Christmas Wreath Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a stunning wreath in the "Old Westbury Gardens" style. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $50; $45 members. 516-333-0048. https://oldwestburygardens.org/2019calendar.

Holiday for Toys
WHEN: Dec. 7-15, Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 12pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This enchanting musical about a toy maker and his shop filled with toys, which magically come to life once a year, is perfect for the young and "young at heart!"
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Dec. 13-15, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors 62 and older and students with ID; $7 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 9am and 11am
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 1897 Front St., East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are invited to a special holiday breakfast with Santa and Wow the Cow. Tickets online.
WANT TO GO? $14.99; $12.99 children younger than 11 . 516-394-9001. stewleonards.com.

Gingerbread Workshop
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Enjoy decorating a large gingerbread cookie and making crafts. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WANT TO GO? $30. 516-572-8409. https://etix.com/ticket/e/1011976/gingerbread-workshop-old-bethpage-old-bethpage-village-special-events?country=US&language=en.

Holiday Festival at Coe Hall
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Hear carolers sing throughout the house, visit with Santa, enjoy some refreshments, and get into the holiday spirit!
WANT TO GO? $10; free for members . 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org .

Breakfast With Santa
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 10am and 12pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 261 Airport Plaza Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Have breakfast with Santa! Purchase tickets online.
WANT TO GO? $16.99; $14.99 ages 10 and younger. 516-962-8210. https://stewleonards.com/.

FREE Gingerbread House
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1:15-2:45pm OR 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
AGES: All
WHAT: Each family will build a gingerbread house and decorate it with candy to take home and enjoy for the holidays. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-223-6228. baldwinpl.org.

Brunch With Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am; 12pm; 2pm
WHERE: Library Café, 274 Main St., Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: A special brunch where Santa will hand out treats and take photos.
WANT TO GO? $28; $15 children. 516-752-7678. thelibrarycafe.com.

Sugar Plum Ball
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 12-4pm
WHERE: Chateau Briand, Old Country Road, Carle Place
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, 9-12, Adult
WHAT: Includes dinner, waltz lessons, a Nutcracker ballet performance, a DJ and magic show, a corsage from the Sugar Plum Fairy, raffles, and a parting gift bag for each girl!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a wonderful experiential gift if you want to cut back on material presents.
WANT TO GO? $100; $75 children. 516-378-2000. http://cpnassau.org.

FREE Mail a Letter to Santa
WHEN: Nov. 15-Dec. 16, Saturdays through Thursdays, 8am-6pm; Fridays, 8am-8pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Mail a letter to Santa and get a response! Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a response.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com .

FREE Ugly Holiday Sweater Ties
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4:30-5pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Decorate a tie to look like an ugly Christmas sweater or a Hanukkah dreidel to wear for the holidays. First grade and up. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

FREE Holiday Cookie Decorating
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 3-4pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Decorate holiday cookies with different kinds of frosting and decorations. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

FREE Stories and More: Gingerbread Friends
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-8pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Listen to stories and make two crafts, one of which is edible. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

FREE Children's Event: Gingerbread Houses With Chefs Of D'future
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-7pm OR 7:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Miss Julie will provide all the sweet goodies you will need to create a gingerbread house masterpiece. Registration required. For families with children up to 5th grade.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE The Velveteen Rabbit: A Holiday Classic
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 20, 4-5pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Decorate your own stuffed rabbit to take home with you for the holidays, and enjoy a short film. Refreshments will be served. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

FREE Gingerbread Wars
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2-3pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: Teams will compete and create gingerbread houses using graham crackers, candy canes, gum drops, and more. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

Cookies with Santa!
WHEN: Dec. 8-21, 12/8, 12/15, 12/21, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Santa will be in the room from 10:30-11:30 during playtime so wear your favorite Christmas pajamas and bring your list for Santa's Mailbox!
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-845-3805. https://swingsetnow.com/collections/cookies-with-santa.

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Dec. 20-22, Friday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors 62 and older and students with ID; $7 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

A Christmas Carol
WHEN: Dec. 21-22, Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 12pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Follow miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true spirit of the holidays in this 60-minute holiday musical tradition.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

Christmas Celebration
WHEN: Dec. 20-22, see website for schedule
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a trip through favorite pasttimes of the festive season. This Christmas spectacular will have you singing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, featuring Broadway’s own exceptional performers and designers!
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 516-323-4444. MadisontheatreNY.org.

Holiday Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: White Post Farms of Melville, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Take your picture with Santa and visit the animals in the indoor heated wonderland.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There's the bubble rain ride and pony rides available too.
WANT TO GO? $16.95. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

FREE Meet Santa
WHEN: Nov. 29-Dec. 23, Mondays-Fridays, 1-4pm and 5-8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-1pm and 2-6pm; *Special hours on 11/28: 10am-1pm and 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa at Hicks Nurseries! Bring your own camera to take some holiday photos.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com .

Harry Connick Jr's ‘The Happy Elf’
WHEN: Nov. 23-Dec. 29, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am; 11/29 11:30am; 12/23 and 12/27 10:30am
WHERE: The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main St., Babylon Village
AGES: All
WHAT: Families will love this festive tale of friendship and believing in yourself!
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-230-3500. argyletheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol
WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 30, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: See this new version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” through the art of puppetry.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Victorian-costumed holiday revelers welcome audience members to step back in time as they enter the Theater.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission + $9 show ticket; $12 show ticket only; free museum admission for members plus $7 show ticket. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Magic of Lights
WHEN: Nov. 22-Jan. 4, Sunday-Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 5-11pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh
AGES: All
WHAT: The magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life.
WANT TO GO? $20 car. https://magicoflights.com/events/jonesbeach/.

Frosty the Snowman
WHEN: Dec. 7-Jan. 4, 12/7, 12/8, and 1/4, 2pm; 12/8, 11am
WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: All
WHAT: Frosty and his friend Jenny must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow.
WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 516-775-4420. broadhollow.org.

Christmas Activities in Westchester County

Holiday Night at the HRM!
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 6, 5-8pm
WHERE:Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES:All
WHAT:Explore Glenview historic home, which will be decked out for the holidays, as well as the exhibitions, permanent collection, and a free program with a fashion historian!
WANT TO GO? Pay what you wish. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

8th Annual Westchester All-Stars and Friends Christmas for Veterans Concert
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE:Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill
AGES:All
WHAT:Kick off to the holiday season while supporting our true American heroes.
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 914-739-0039. paramounthudsonvalley.com.

FREE Christmas Tree Decorating Party
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am
WHERE:The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
AGES:All
WHAT:Make a special ornament and help trim the library's tree!
WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Jingle Bell Run–Westchester
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:30-11am
WHERE:Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
AGES:All
WHAT:Strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume. Your registration fee and fundraising go to The Arthritis Foundation!
WANT TO GO? $35. 929-999-8603. JBR.org.

FREE Sinterklaas Festival Day
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-8pm
WHERE:Village of Rhinebeck
AGES:All
WHAT:A day-long, colorful, non-denominational celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre, and music all over the village of Rhinebeck.
WHY WE LOVE IT:The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6pm features two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers!
WANT TO GO? sinterklaashudsonvalley.com.

FREE ‘Frozen’ Themed Holiday Party
WHEN:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 12-4pm
WHERE:Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Celebrate the new Frozenmovie with a themed holiday party throughout the shopping center. Activities include character skating, photos with Santa, music, movie ticket giveaways, cotton candy, and more.
WANT TO GO? 914-968-9570. crosscountyshoppingcenter.com.

Holiday Opera in Glenview
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-3pm
WHERE:Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES:All
WHAT:Travel back to Victorian times and celebrate the holiday season with costumed performers as they sing arias from operas.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 seniors 62 and older, students, veterans; $4 ages 3-18; free for members and children younger than 3. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

The Laurie Berkner Band in a Holiday Celebration Concert
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am and 3pm
WHERE:Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown
AGES:3-5
WHAT:Hear holiday favorites and Laurie Berkner Band classics!
WHY WE LOVE IT:Families will dance and sing along to everything from "Frosty the Snowman" to "We Are The Dinosaurs" and "Pig On Her Head."
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 877-840-0457. tarrytownmusichall.org.

FREE 11th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 12-5pm
WHERE:Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:The Holiday Stroll will feature a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, professional ice sculpture demos, a food truck village, letter-writing to Santa, and more than 140 participating retailers and restaurants offering promotions, refreshments, and holiday cheer.
WANT TO GO? 203-531-3047. eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-greenwich-holiday-stroll-weekend-tickets-75878403347.

FREE Holiday Music Festival
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, 10am-4 pm
WHERE:Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy a weekend of music and fun for the entire family featuring student performances, food, and more.
WANT TO GO? 914-723-1169. hbms.org.

FREE Music at Asbury presents 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 3pm
WHERE:Asbury United Methodist Church, 167 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe
AGES:All
WHAT:Go back to 1964 for this holiday classic, presented with a hint of parody and vintage commercials. Stay after the show for seasonal treats, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping.
WANT TO GO? 914-779-3722. musicatasbury.com.

FREE Heights & Lights: Rappelling Santa and Holiday Tree Lighting
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 5pm
WHERE:Stamford Downtown, Landmark Square and Latham Park, Stamford, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Watch and cheer for Santa Claus as he makes his daredevil descent from 22 stories high, then follow Santa for live music and the lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree.
WANT TO GO? 203-348-5285. stamford-downtown.com.

FREE Stew’s 2nd Annual Treetacular
WHEN:Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4pm
WHERE:Stew Leonard’s, 99 Federal Road, Danbury, CT
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Visit the Christmas trees that will be set up throughout Stew Leonard’s, pick a special ornament off each, and turn them in for Christmas-themed treats and prizes!
WANT TO GO? 203-790-8030. stewleonards.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30pm
WHERE:Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:See Charles Dickens’ most beloved holiday story.
WANT TO GO? $35-$60. 203-325-4466. palacestamford.org.

Ornament Making Class
WHEN:Dec. 7-14, Saturdays, 1:30-3pm and 3:30-5pm
WHERE:Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Create a personalized holiday ornament!
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 children younger than 12. 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org.

Jessica Lynn: A Very Merry Country Christmas
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-10pm
WHERE:Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill
AGES:All
WHAT:See country music star Jessica Lynn in a show that features dozens of dancers, singers, musicians, dazzling effects, and maybe even a visit from Santa himself.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and you’ll be entered in the raffle to win a brand new guitar!
WANT TO GO? $25-$35. 914-739-0039. paramounthudsonvalley.com.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE:Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Enjoy a family-focused tour of the Historic House Museum, then decorate cookies.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 members. 845-265-3638. boscobel.org.


FREE Holiday Concert
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30pm
WHERE:Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
AGES:All
WHAT:The Hudson Bells will perform a holiday concert featuring traditional and popular songs of the season.
WANT TO GO? 914-631-7734. warnerlibrary.org.

Family Gingerbread House Making
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm
WHERE:Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham
AGES:All
WHAT:Customize your candy land dream home and embellish with professional icing techniques.
WANT TO GO? $50 includes two participants & one gingerbread house; $45 members includes two participants & one gingerbread house. 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter.org.

Brunch with Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am and 1:45pm
WHERE:Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
AGES:All
WHAT:Join the North Pole crew for a terrific family gathering featuring a delicious brunch buffet!
WHY WE LOVE IT:Bring your camera for pictures with Santa, and a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.
WANT TO GO? $41; $28 ages 13 and younger. 914-372-6491. broadwaytheatre.com.

Santa Visits the Rosen House
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 12pm and 3pm
WHERE:Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Play I Spy a Santa or Two in The Music Room, followed by a concert of favorite holiday songs when Santa Claus will appear to delight the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 child. 914-232-1252. caramoor.org.

Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 7pm
WHERE:The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy this program of specially arranged holiday favorites, sure to get you in the spirit of the season.
WANT TO GO? $35-$75; tickets for kids 16 and younger are 50 percent off the regular price. 914-251-6200. artscenter.org.

‘It's A Wonderful Life’
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 7pm
WHERE:Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown
AGES:All
WHAT:See the heartwarming story of how George Bailey finds the true Christmas spirit.
WANT TO GO? $5. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

FREE Holiday Dance for the Disabled
WHEN:Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:30-9pm
WHERE:Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains
AGES:All
WHAT:Members of Westchester’s disabled community gather for an evening of dancing and fun! Pre-registration required.
WANT TO GO? 914-347-4409. northeastspecialrec.org.

Santa's Sweet Shoppe
WHEN:Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:45-10:30am
WHERE:Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., 1st Floor, Tuckahoe
AGES:3-5
WHAT:Make edible Christmas trees and chocolate presents!
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

FREEMovie: ‘Elf’
WHEN:Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-8pm
WHERE:White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains
AGES:All
WHAT:Will Ferrell stars in this hilarious and heartwarming holiday comedy. Rated PG.
WANT TO GO? 914-422-1476. whiteplainslibrary.org.

Abilis Holiday Dance
WHEN:Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE:Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, 4 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Dance the night away to the festive music of a DJ and enjoy dinner at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich with Abilis.
WANT TO GO? $25. 203-531-1880. abilis.us.

Jingle JAM
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 9:30am and 10:30am
WHERE:Groove Family Music, 158 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
AGES:Newborn to 5
WHAT:Sing, dance and jingle all the way to a family-friendly, holiday-spirited wintry Groove JAM. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $35; $20 siblings. findgroove.com.

FREEHoliday Concert on the Historic Erben Pipe Organ
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 2pm
WHERE:St. Paul's Church N.H.S., 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mt. Vernon
AGES:All
WHAT:Acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones performs a holiday recital on the 1830 Erben, among the nation’s oldest working pipe organs, accompanied by sopranos.
WANT TO GO? 914-667-4116. nps.gov.

Brooklyn Irish Dance Company presents ‘A Celtic Christmas Story’
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm
WHERE:Westport County Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Experience the magic of Christmas with a story of friendship, love, and coming home for the holidays, presented by an outstanding cast of singers, musicians, and Irish dancers.
WANT TO GO? $45-$65. 929-430-5807. westportplayhouse.org.

FREE DIY Gingerbread Houses
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-2:30pm
WHERE:Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
AGES:2-5 with caregiver
WHAT:Get creative and make a yummy treat out of gingerbread. Registration recommended.
WANT TO GO? 914-666-8041. mountkiscolibrary.org.

'The Polar Express' in IMAX
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 22, 11/29 and Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm
WHERE:The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:See this holiday classic with your family in IMAX.
WANT TO GO? $11.50; $10.50 for youths 13-17 and seniors 65 and older; $9.50 for children 2-12. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa Claus
WHEN:Dec. 7-22, Saturdays 10am-4pm; Sundays 12-4pm
WHERE:Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Take a ride in a vintage train through the historic Danbury Railway Museum railyard to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.
WANT TO GO? $12 includes train ride, and all activities; free for children younger than 2. 203-778-8337. danburyrailwaymuseum.org.

FREE11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Mondays-Fridays, 12-6pm and Saturdays, 9am-6pm
WHERE:Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St., Greenwich, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Meet Santa and his reindeers, enjoy rides, face painting, dance demonstrations and more.
WANT TO GO? 203-531-3047. greenwichreindeerfestival.com.

Holiday Bricktacular
WHEN:Through Dec. 29: Sundays, 10am-7:30pm; Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-9:30pm
WHERE:LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
AGES:All
WHAT:Join the holly jolly fun as LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester transforms into a winter wonderland with magical builds and activities!
WANT TO GO? $27.95-$33.95. 866-243-0770. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

Shark-Diving Santa
WHEN:Dec. 5-29, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12:15pm and 2:15pm
WHERE:The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
AGES:All
WHAT:Santa will strap on his custom scuba outfit and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, to hang with 7- and 8-foot sharks. Workload permitting!
WANT TO GO? $26.95; $24.95 seniors 65 and older; $19.95 ages 3-12; free admission for Norwalk residents with proof of residency. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

Holidays on the Hill Train Show
WHEN:Dec. 7-29, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE:Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Road, Route 35, Katonah
AGES:All
WHAT:See the beautiful holiday trains on display.
WANT TO GO? $5-$10. 914-864-7268. lasdonpark.org.

Mr. Dickens Tells ‘A Christmas Carol’
WHEN:Dec. 13-29, see website for schedule
WHERE:Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
AGES:9 and older
WHAT:Journey through the main floor of the beautifully decorated Lyndhurst mansion and meet different spirits and characters along the way.
WANT TO GO? $40. 845-331-7900. lyndhurst.org.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
WHEN:Nov. 21-Jan. 5, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm
WHERE:Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES:All
WHAT:The Bronx Zoo is bringing back this celebrated holiday tradition with dazzling light displays that will cover and illuminate acres of the zoo.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Entertainment and activities will include holiday-themed music performances, caroling, ice-carving demonstrations, train rides, and seasonal treats!
WANT TO GO? $29.95; $28.95 for seniors; $22.95 for children. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

28th Annual Holiday Train Show
WHEN:Through Jan. 26, see website for schedule
WHERE:The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES:All
WHAT:Model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials.
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.

 

Christmas Activities in Rockland

Pizza With Santa
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 6, 6-8pm
WHERE:Town of Ramapo Challenger Center, 225 Route 59, Airmont
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy pizza, holiday music, a bounce house, and arts and crafts, followed by a visit and family photo op with Santa! Register in advance.
WANT TO GO? $10 per family (2 adults and 3 children ages 3 and older); $1 per each additional child. 845-753-2324. ramapoparks.org.

Christmas In The Village!
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 12-5pm
WHERE:Museum Village, 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe
AGES:All
WHAT:See Santa by the fireplace, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, and enjoy musical entertainment in The Playhouse.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, suggested $5 donation per family of four. Please bring non-perishable food donations for Country Kids Food Pantry. 845-782-8248. museumvillage.org.

Breakfast With Santa
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 9-11am
WHERE:Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES:All
WHAT:Share your Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a delicious buffet, and listen to the sounds of the season with live entertainment from Jungle Gym Jam.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Bring your camera to capture the moment after breakfast, when Santa will lead a parade to Santaland!
WANT TO GO? See website for details. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.

TQ Holiday Event
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-12pm
WHERE:Our Lady Mother of the Church, 209 Woodcliff Ave., Woodcliff Lake
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy a full breakfast, a special dance performance from DanceFusion of the Maywood Dance Center, and a meet and greet with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $20; $13 children 2-12. 201-406-9243. tana.ticketleap.com.

FREE Holiday Cookie Cottages
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-3pm
WHERE:Rose Memorial Library, 79 East Main St., Stony Point
AGES:5-12
WHAT:Bring one bag of candy to share to decorate graham cracker cookie cottages for the holidays. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Lights in Nyack
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 7, 4-6pm
WHERE:Veterans Park Gazebo, Main Street, Corner of Main & Cedar, Nyack
AGES:All
WHAT:Enjoy entertainment, hot refreshments, a tree lighting, and a visit from Santa. Rain date 12/8.
WANT TO GO? 845-353-2221. nyackchamber.org.

Fellowship Community Christmas Festival & Holiday Sale
WHEN:Dec. 6-8, Friday, 2-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm
WHERE:Fellowship Community, 214 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
AGES:All
WHAT:Shop for the holidays while enjoying puppet shows, music, and food!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 845-356-8494. fellowshipcommunity.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’: Presented by Ulster Ballet Company
WHEN:Dec. 6-8, Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 2pm
WHERE:Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston
AGES:All
WHAT:Now in its 25th anniversary year, featuring a cast of 65 dancers, actors, and stage professionals, this show is just what you’ll need to put you in the mood for the holidays!
WANT TO GO? $25; $22 seniors; $18 children 12 and younger. 845-339-6088. bardavon.org.

St. Nicholas Day Family Event
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm, daily
WHERE:Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City
AGES:3-5, 5-8, adult
WHAT:Each child receives a special treat in his or her shoe from Saint Nicholas, and everyone can visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse!
WANT TO GO? $5. 845-634-9629. rocklandhistory.org.

Christmas Wonderland Festival
WHEN:Dec. 7-8, 2-10pm
WHERE:Rockland GAA, 160 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg
AGES:All
WHAT:This family-friendly Christmas festival has vendors, a light display, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more.
WANT TO GO? $15; $8 kids. 845-558-0925. trinityeventsnj.com.

FREEHoliday Concert: 'Peter and the Wolf' & More
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-3:30pm
WHERE:Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:Each member of the orchestral woodwind family will be represented in a family concert. Peter and the Wolf, the well-loved NutcrackerSuite, and The Carnival of the Animalswill be performed on flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

'Something Merry This Way Comes'
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 9, 7:30pm
WHERE:The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
AGES:3 and older
WHAT:Something Merry—a collage of merry holiday tales, songs, and poems read by company members—is the theater's holiday gift to the audience.
WANT TO GO? $35. 973-408-5600. shakespearenj.org.

FREE Monday Afternoon @ the Movies-'Get Santa'
WHEN:Monday, Dec. 9, 1-3:30pm
WHERE:Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:A father and son team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police. Rated PG.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

FREE Storytime With Santa
WHEN:Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10-11am
WHERE:Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Your children will be captivated as Santa reads some of his favorite traditional and modern Christmas stories.
WANT TO GO? 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.

FREE Multicultural Holiday Storytime
WHEN:Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10-10:45am
WHERE:Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick
AGES:5-8
WHAT:Join Melinda Burgard and Miss Stacy for stories, songs, and some holiday refreshments. Register at the children's desk.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 14, 8pm
WHERE:Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, 1351 Kings Highway, Chester
AGES:5 and older
WHAT:A wonderful mixture of holiday music and Broadway standards with some of Broadway's brightest stars and lead by producer Neil Berg.
WANT TO GO? $35. 845-610-5900. sugarloafpacny.com.

The Boston Pops on Tour Holiday Pops Concert
WHEN:Sunday, Dec. 15, 4pm
WHERE:New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
AGES:All
WHAT:The iconic Boston Pops return to NJPAC with a sparkling holiday celebration, complete with stories, songs, and carols.
WANT TO GO? $49 and up. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.

Painting With Santa
WHEN:Dec. 3-17, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, 11am-12pm
WHERE:Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES:3-8
WHAT:Santa and your child will create a beautiful keepsake cookie plate to cherish for years.
WANT TO GO? $20. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.

FREE Teen Holiday Cookie Cottages
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 20, 5-6pm
WHERE:Rose Memorial Library, 79 East Main St., Stony Point
AGES:13-17
WHAT:Get into the holiday spirit by building holiday cookie cottages and listening to some festive music. Bring a bag of candy to share for decorating. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-2100. rosememoriallibrary.org.

Beary Merry Holiday
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30am
WHERE:Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls
AGES:All
WHAT:Make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears, then watch the bears unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats!
WANT TO GO? $1 suggested donation at Trailside; $10 parking. 845-786-2701 x293. trailsidezoo.org.

A Frosty Fest
WHEN:Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Fridays, 6-8pm; Saturdays, 4-8pm; Sundays, 4-7pm
WHERE:Headless Horseman Hayrides, 778 Broadway Route 9W, Ulster Park
AGES:All
WHAT:A new family fun holiday light spectacular, featuring Candy Cane Lane, Frosty’s Enchanted Forest (drive thru or hayride), a 3D walk-through Frosty's Magical Adventure, visits with Santa at the North Pole, a professional stage show, gift shops, and tasty treats.
WANT TO GO? $12.95-$17.90; $9.95-$14.90 children younger than 12; free for children younger than 1. 845-339-2666 x10. afrostyfest.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’ presented by bergenPAC
WHEN:Dec. 20-22, Friday 8pm; Saturday 1pm and 4:30pm; Sunday 1pm
WHERE:Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
AGES:All
WHAT:Get in the spirit of the season and follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future in this classic story.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Arrive early to have your picture taken with Santa Claus in the lobby before the show.
WANT TO GO? $15-$29. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.

FREEHoliday Family Hoedown
WHEN:Friday, Dec. 27, 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE:Congers Community Center, 8 Gilchrest Road, Congers
AGES:All
WHAT:A family evening of square dancing co-sponsored by Rockland Rockytops Square Dance Club. No experience or partner necessary!
WANT TO GO? 845-639-6200. clarkstown.org.

Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque!
WHEN:Saturday, Dec. 28, 3pm and 7:30pm
WHERE:New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
AGES:All
WHAT:You’ll ooh and ahh at this high-tech winter wonderland that takes the phrase “the magic of Christmas” to a whole new level!
WANT TO GO? $29-$69. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.

Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
WHEN:Dec. 4-29, see website for showtimes
WHERE:The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
AGES:All
WHAT:This adaptation is a great way to introduce children to the Dickens classic.
WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 973-408-5600. shakespearenj.org

Christmas Light Show & Village
WHEN:Through Dec. 30: see website for schedule
WHERE:Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta
AGES:All
WHAT:With more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long, drive-through course, plus a new outdoor village, it’s a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family.
WHY WE LOVE IT:Kids have a chance to meet Santa and take a photo in his workshop, enjoy skating on the outdoor rink, and play carnival games.
WANT TO GO? $20 per carload; free to enter Outdoor Village. 973-383-7644. skylandsstadium.com/christmas-light-show.


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