December 14-16 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Pop-Up Holiday Markets, Santa Sightings, Mission to the Moon, and a one-time Hello Kitty exhibit
December 14-16

Holiday Markets for All

Spend the day warming up with hot apple cider, munching on kettle corn, and discovering unique gifts for everyone on your list at NYC's pop-up holiday markets that make the city streets even brighter this time of year.

Say Cheese! If your kids are eager to meet Santa and spill their wish list, we've spotted him in 10 places in Manhattan.

See more of our kid-friendly weekend picks below!


Top 20 Activities for Kids

Big Cats, Beasts, and Hello Kitty

• Have breakfast with Beardsley Zoo's furry friends.

Meet Santa and his zoo friends for a breakfast buffet on Staten Island.

• Celebrate the launch of "Hello Kitty, Hello Art!" (FREE)


Sweet Treats

Use candies, cookies, and cakes to make an edible transit masterpiece in Brooklyn.

Experience a formal tea in the Muscoot Farm's living room in Westchester.

• Enjoy milk, cookies, and holiday-themed games on Family Fun Night in Danbury.


Music and Magic

• Rock out with The Rockdoves at BYOK in Tribeca

Be amazed by Mario the Magician in Manhattan

Explore different types of music with Vienna Boys Choir in Queens

• Take a trip to the "Magic Toy Shop" on Long Island

Hear sounds of the season at the Holiday Handbell Performance in Fairfield.

Catch the award-winning Hot Peas 'N Butter children's band on Long Island.


Trains, Toys, and Basketball

• Shoot hoops with an NBA superstar in Manhattan.

• Explore historic trains and toys exhibit, then create train-inspired crafts in Manhattan.


Happy Holiday Happenings

• Make gingerbread houses, create dreidels, decorate cookies, take photos with Santa in Westchester.

• Gather 'round for a Kwanzaa story in Queens.

Drive through 1 mile of lights through Holiday Village on Long Island.


In the Name of Science

• Prep for a public mission to the moon in Rockland.

Participate in a nationwide bird count and enjoy the great outdoors of Brooklyn and Westchester.

Learn about winter solstice and craft a lantern in Rockland.



Win Clothes

Win a Holiday Gift Box of Tiny Tilia by Avon clothes, plus Christmas books!

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