Top 11 Things to Do with Kids in Queens this December

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Here are 11 fun things to do with kids in Queens this December, including free holiday events, a new movie-themed exhibit, ad more in Astoria, Bayside, Douglaston, Floral Park, Flushing, Jamaica, and Kew Gardens.


The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker

Several versions of this timeless ballet will be performed across NYC this holiday season. Get the details on our top 11 performance picks here.


Jack Frost in Rise of the GuardiansThe Art of Rise of the Guardians

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria

Through March 3

Find out how the DreamWorks team created Jack Frost and the other colorful stars of the new film Rise of the Guardians in an exhibit running through March 3 at the Museum of the Moving Image.


christmas at old westbury gardensFirst Night and Tree Lighting

Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island

Dec. 1

Cross the border into Long Island to visit with Santa Claus and enjoy live holiday music and a tree lighting ceremony for all ages.


Flushing Historic Holiday Houses Tour

Flushing Town Hall, Flushing

Dec. 9

Celebrate the holidays with a seasonal tour of Flushing’s historic sites. Free for children ages 12 and younger.


Carols ’n’ Cookies ’n’ Cocoa ’n’ Cheer

The Center at Maple Grove, Kew Gardens

Dec. 14

The renowned choral group Voices That Blend will perform old-time favorites and there will be a video presentation of Jacob’s Gift, which documents how Christmas caroling began in 1911 here in Queens. Treats, too! FREE!


Vienna Boys ChoirVienna Boys Choir Presents Christmas in Vienna

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, Flushing

Dec. 15

The angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir usher in the holiday season when they present Christmas in Vienna. This choir is the modern-day descendant of the boys’ choirs from the Viennese Court, dating back to the late Middle Ages. The group’s extraordinary talent is known worldwide, and its repertoire includes old-style medieval melodies, contemporary music, and of course, holiday classics you’re sure to recognize.


Hands-On History: Decorate the Manor

King Manor Museum, Jamaica

Dec. 15

Learn how Rufus King celebrated the holidays while you help deck the manor museum for the season. FREE!


gingerbread house workshop at alley pondMake Your Own Gingerbread House

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglaston

Dec. 15

Little chefs can show off their creativity when they design, build, and decorate their own architectural masterpiece to take home during a Make Your Own Gingerbread House workshop.


Kwanzaa Celebration with Universal African Dance and Drum EnsembleKwanzaa Celebration

Flushing Town Hall, Flushing

Dec. 16

Learn about the seven principles of  Kwanzaa and celebrate the roots of African music, song, and dance at a Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.


Oratorio Society of Queens annual holiday concertOratorio Society of Queens Annual Holiday Concert

Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Bayside

Dec. 16

Enjoy excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, traditional holiday carols, and Hanukkah favorites at the Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Holiday Concert, featuring the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens under the direction of Maestro David Close.


Holiday Open House

Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park

Dec. 26-28

Post-Christmas fun includes tours of the decorated farmhouse, craft activities for kids, and mulled cider. FREE!


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