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13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop presented by Jenny Allen/Compass

  • Nov. 26, 2021 - Dec. 24, 2021 , Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-6pm; Photos with Santa: Mondays-Fridays, 12-6pm; Saturdays, 9am-6pm; Christmas Eve, 9am-3pm
  • Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
  • 437 North Street, Greenwich
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free; prices vary for photos with Santa

Take a photo taken with Santa, meet his reindeer and enjoy the new Santa's Workshop!

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Holiday Bricktacular

  • Nov. 26, 2021 - Jan. 02, 2022 , Mondays-Fridays, 12-5:30pm; Saturdays-Sundays, 10am-5:30pm
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
  • 39 Fitzgerald Street , Yonkers
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • $24.99

Explore a Bricktacular Winter Wonderland at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground!

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Home for the Holidays

  • Dec. 09, 2021 - Dec. 19, 2021 , Thursday-Sunday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 12/11 2-5pm
  • Planting Fields Arboretum
  • 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
  • All Ages
  • $40; $20 Youth 7-17; $38 Senior; $100 Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids); free for children 6 and younger

Experience the magic of the holidays next to a roaring fireplace, listening to live jazz with a big mug of cocoa in a 1920’s Tudor revival, decorated to fill your heart with the holiday spirit. 

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Reindeer Decorations

  • Dec. 14, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021 , 4pm
  • Westhampton Free Library
  • 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
  • Young elementary
  • Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

Make an adorable reindeer using a cork and other materials. (Registration required).

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A Magical Cirque Christmas

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 7:30pm
  • Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
  • LIU Post/720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
  • All Ages
  • $43-$103

Experience an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live.

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Orchestra 914 Holiday Concert

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 7pm
  • Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
  • 1008 Brown St., Peekskill, NY
  • All Ages
  • $25-50

Orchestra 914 presents an array of holiday favorites that will set the tone for this magical time of year. 

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25th Annual Holiday Lighting

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 5:30pm
  • Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • Central Park N on the East Side at 110th, East Harlem
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and take part in other seasonal festivities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.

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Holiday Market

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 5-8pm
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center
  • 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

This Holiday Market features the hand-crafted work of local artisans. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition opening of "The Artistry of Jacques Pépin." Book and exhibition poster signing with the artist.

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Annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6:30-7pm
  • The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District
  • 119-158 Newark Ave., Jersey City
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate the season with the HDSID Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony.

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Public Menorah Lighting

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6pm
  • Chabad of Great Neck
  • The Village Green, Middle Neck Road & Beach Road, Great Neck
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate Chanukah with Music, Dancing, Doughnuts & Prizes for all kids!

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Holiday Lights

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6-8:30pm
  • South Cove Park
  • Battery Place and 2nd Place, Battery Park City
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Kick-off the season at the Holiday Lights celebration with special guest appearances by Sing Harlem Choir, PS/IS 276 Advanced Chorus, and you-know-who!

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Wooden Superhero Figurine

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Spiderman swings back into action this month at the theaters, so create your own mini-Spidey to keep away the bad guys.

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DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 4-7pm; 5:30pm, tree lighting
  • DUMBO Archway
  • 155 Water St, Brooklyn, NY, DUMBO
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Carols, Calypso and Cocoa! Ignite some holiday cheer with the community! 

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Chabad Upper East Side: Chanukah in the Park

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6pm, entertainment; 6:30pm, menorah lighting
  • Carl Schurz Promenade
  • E. 85th St. and East End Ave., Upper East Side
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate the 5th night of Chanukah with live entertainment, dougnuts, latkes and of course, the lighting of the Menorah. 

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Chanukah Celebration

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 5:30pm
  • The Chelsea Green Park
  • 140 West 20th Street, Chelsea
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate Chanukah with crafts, latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, dreidels and a grand Menorah lighting. 

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Chanukah Celebration

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 5:30pm
  • The Chelsea Green Park
  • 140 West 20th Street, Chelsea
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate Chanukah with crafts, latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, dreidels and a grand Menorah lighting. 

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Artistree Fall Cabaret

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6:30pm, doors open; 7pm, show begins
  • Artistree Performing Arts
  • 114 W Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
  • All Ages
  • $40

Join Artistree for a very special evening of food, drinks and music! The Artistree Fall Cabaret will feature the music of Jason Robert Brown
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Commack Community Hanukkah Celebration

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 7pm
  • The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc.
  • 6500 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bring the family to a grand Menorah lighting- dreidels, chocolate gelt, music and more! @ Commack corners shopping center. Co-sponsors: C...

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Success Academy Upper West Prospective Family Virtual Info Session/Tour

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 5:30-6:10pm
  • Virtual
  • Online
  • Adult
  • FREE

Learn about all things Success Academy. Topics covered will include the application process, uniforms and the school's whole-child approach to education. 

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Animation Creation: the math of visual effects: “The Art of Digital Sculpting” (online)

  • Dec. 02, 2021, 6:30pm
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • 11 E 26th St., Nomad
  • Tween, Teen, Adult, All Ages
  • $40

Join Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Beau Janzen for a look behind the scenes of computer graphics and the math used to create the stunning visual art in movies and games.

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Free First Friday

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 11am-6pm
  • Noguchi Museum
  • 32-37 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
  • All Ages
  • FREE

On the first Friday of every month, Museum admission is free. All visits must be scheduled in advance. Tickets for Free First Friday are released two weeks before each date.

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Family Activity Night

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Pascack Community Center
  • 87 New Clarkstown Rd., Nanuet
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Play a variety of gym games designed for the whole family. Open to all Clarkstown residents with a current community center ID card. Sponsored and ...

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The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 7:30pm
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • 1 Center St., Newark
  • All Ages
  • $39-$59

See the iconic film on the big screen, followed by a moderated conversation with actor Cary Elwes (the heroic Westley, of course!).

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Stories of the Stars

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Connetquot River State Park Preserve
  • Sunrise Highway, Bohemia
  • All Ages
  • $4

Come out for a fun night all about constellations and the exciting mythological stories that go along with them.

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Annual Christmas Boutique Shop & Sip

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 5:30-10:30pm
  • Albertus Magnus High School
  • 798 Route 304 , Bardonia
  • Adult
  • $10

Enjoy holiday shopping with local vendors and crafters. There will be unique and trendy gift items, music, and refreshments. Admission fee includes...

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United Women of Rockland Inc. presents 'The Prize is Right'

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 6pm, doors open; 7pm, game begins
  • Kirkbride Hall
  • 5 Patriots Hill Lane, Stony Point
  • Adult
  • $40; $50 at the door if space allows

Come on down to raise money for a good cause! Play the "Prize is Right" and have fun while winning prizes and gift cards. 

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The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores: The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 6-10pm
  • Veterans' Memorial
  • corner of Bedford Ave & Broadway/Pettit Ave , Bellmore
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Enjoy an Old Fashion Christmas! Festivities will include: Christmas Tree Lighting (7 PM), A Visit from Santa, Live Nativity, Festive Holiday Music,...

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Folding Fridays (online)

  • Dec. 03, 2021, 4:30pm
  • Virtual - National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • Virtual , Virtual
  • All Ages
  • $12

Join origami expert Kathleen Sheridan for Folding Fridays, and fold fir trees. Explore the wonders of paper folding. 

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Saturday on the House

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-6pm
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Guggenheim invites you to experience all of the exhibitions on view each Saturday that this program is offered. 

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Annual Christmas Tree Sale

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 8am-12pm
  • Huguenot Memorial Church
  • 901 Pelhamdale Ave., Pelham
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop Fraser fir trees in all sizes, decorated and undecorated wreaths, poinsettias, swag, and pine roping.

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Holiday Bazaar with Brooklyn Pop-Up

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-5pm
  • Old Stone House & Washington Park
  • 336 3rd St., Park Slope
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Find perfect gifts for everyone on your list, with unique and handmade products for all ages and interests.

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Hands on History: All the World's a (Puppet) Stage!

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1-4pm
  • King Manor Museum
  • 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Since puppets were a popular holiday gift for children living in the 19th century, you'll get to make your own puppets and miniature puppet theatre!

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Mark Morris Dance Group: Holiday Party on the Plaza

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-12pm
  • The Plaza at 300 Ashland
  • 300 Ashland Place, Boerum Hill
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join the Mark Morris Dance Center for a little caroling and holiday cheer!

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Annual Holiday Fair

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • Southold Historical Museum at Peconic Lane Community Center
  • Peconic, 1170 Peconic Lane, Peconic
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Take photos with Santa and shop for the holidays. Plus, raffles, face painting, crafts, and more. 

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Family Holiday Wreaths

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1pm; 1:30pm; 2pm; 2:30pm
  • Westhampton Free Library
  • 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
  • All Ages
  • Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

Bring your family to the library to design a holiday wreath (Registration required).

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Winterfest

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 3-7pm
  • Palisades Free Library
  • 19 Closter Road, Palisades
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

This holiday market is in celebration of the 4th edition of the Pots & Pans in Palisades cookbook. Shop from food and gift vendors. 

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Long Island Ballet Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker'

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 2pm and 6pm
  • Landmark on Main Street
  • 232 Main Street, Suite 1, Port Washington
  • All Ages
  • $35; $28 per child

This classic full-length ballet production features professional and pre-professional dancers from across the Long Island & NYC. This is a special narrated version suitable for everyone!

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Christmas Meet & Greet Walkthrough

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10:30am-12pm
  • United Skates of America
  • 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford
  • All Ages
  • $10

Meet Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, The Gingerbread Man, The Merry Minion The Red Nosed Reindeer & mail your letter to Santa and more. 

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St. Nicholas Day

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12-4pm
  • Vander Ende - Onderdonk House
  • 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood
  • All Ages
  • $10; free for children

This annual St. Nicholas Day celebration will feature caroling, crafts, story time, and of course- a chance to visit with St. Nicholas himself!

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 5-7pm
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
  • 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
  • All Ages
  • $10 suggested donation per family

Watch as Santa Claus lights the Hatchery’s Christmas Tree at 5:30pm.

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Holiday Lights

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 4-6pm
  • Veterans Park
  • Corner of Main & Cedar Streets, Nyack
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Come out to kick off a multicultural Holiday Light Display that will brighten Nyack throughout the season.

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Holiday Adventures from The Shed

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9:45am, check in begins; 10am, doors open; 10:15am, show begins
  • 14th Street Y
  • 344 E. 14th St., East Village
  • Pre-school & younger
  • $15; $55 for a 4 pack of tickets

Enjoy a special holiday performance featuring puppetry, music, movement, storytelling–and a bit of theatre magic! 

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Baby Toddler CPR and First Aid

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am-1:30pm
  • 92nd Street Y
  • Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Adult
  • $125.00

This class provides the knowledge required to help you respond to breathing emergencies, such as choking and cardiac arrest, and basic first aid for infants and children.

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Kids Night Out

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 6-8:30pm
  • Peace in Piermont
  • 458 Piermont Ave, Piermont
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $44

Drop your little love off for a night of fun featuring paint + craft, board games, a talent show + end the night with glowga (glow-in-the-dark yoga) and more. 

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Ocean Creature Encounters

  • Dec. 04, 2021, Drop In between 1-3pm
  • The Whaling Museum and Education Center
  • 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
  • All Ages
  • $10 or $5 members plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID

Check out real whale bones, shark jaws and other artifacts from the museum's collections, go on a scavenger hunt, and create an ocean-tastic craft.

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Jingle Bell Rock & Outdoor Winter Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-4pm
  • Westport Museum
  • 25 Avery Pl., Westport
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop, check out the gingerbread village of local buildings, take a quick picture with Santa and more!

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Holiday Party for Wildlife and Craft Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 3-9pm
  • Sweetbriar Nature Center
  • 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods; donation accepted

Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate, browse through local handmade craft and artist vendors, enjoy short animal presentations, photo opportunities and story times for kids. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

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2021 Jingle Bell Run

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am
  • Westchester Community College
  • 75 Grasslands Road , Valhalla
  • All Ages
  • $35

Strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume while running for a good cause. 

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2021 Nanuet Tree Lighting Celebration

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 5-6:30pm
  • Nanuet Chamber of Commerce
  • W. Orchard St., Nanuet
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Nanuet’s Tree Lighting Celebration will feature Santa, live entertainment, food offered by local restaurants, and more. 

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Winter Wonderland Family Festival

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-8pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • 125 Route 340, Sparkill
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

The Winter Wonderland Family Festival is an all-day event with food, beverages, children's events, live music, and a TON of local vendors.

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Western Wind Vocal Ensemble in "The Light Returns: Joyous Music for the Holidays"

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 7pm
  • Church of St. Luke in the Field
  • 487 Hudson St., West Village
  • Teen, Adult
  • $35; $15 students and seniors

This musical performance will include Hebrew, Sephardic and Yiddish Chanukkah Songs, Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Motets and Carols.

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Northeast Etsy Artists Collective Holiday Artisan Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-3pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Shop at this artisan holiday market, located upstairs in the libraray's large meeting room.

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20th Annual Sinterklaas — St. Nicholas Day Celebration

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 2-4:30pm
  • Wyckoff House Museum
  • 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate Sinterklaas- St. Nicholas Day at this outdoor, socially-distanced event full of craft activities, a tree lighting, and a special visit from St. Nick on horseback.

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BSA Rockland District Scouts: Winter Wonderland

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-1pm
  • Camp Bullowa
  • 15 Franck Road, Stony Point
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • Admission by donation

It's a Wonderland of fun featuring hot cocoa, reindeer games, crafts, caroling, Elf Workshop, pictures with Santa, and more. Grades K-5. 

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Parsons Dance Family Matinee: Parsons Dance

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 2pm
  • The Joyce Theater
  • 175 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen
  • $10 ages 6-16

See four dazzling new dance perofrmances highlighting the Parsons Dance company’s 36-year history of delighting audiences.

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Lunch with Santa

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12-2pm or 2:30-4:30pm
  • Antun's
  • 96-43 Springfield Boulevard , Queens Village
  • All Ages
  • $45; $25 child

Enjoy some delicious food, decoate cookies, and take photos with Santa! 

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Winter Wonderland

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-2pm
  • Flushing YMCA
  • 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
  • All Ages
  • $15

Get in the holiday spirit with ice skating, family photos with Santa, bounce house fun, hot chocolate, and doughnut making.

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Jewlu's Holiday Bazaar

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-5pm
  • St. Stephens Lutheran Fellowship Hall
  • 2806 Newkirk Avenue, Flatbush
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Jewlu is hosting a Holiday Bazaar this December so you can beat Santa to the Christmas punch! Great food, fashion, skincare and other interesting b...

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P.S. 18 Winter Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1-4pm
  • P.S. 18 Edward Bush
  • 101 Maujer Street , Williamsburg
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Join P.S. 18 for their Winter Market, an outdoor winter festival for the school community in the schoolyard of P.S. 18. The event will feature Vend...

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Sustainable Holiday Pop-Up

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12-5pm
  • Farm To People
  • 1100 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop local, sustainable merchants and socialize with other community members in a beautiful warehouse space. Snacks and refreshments will be provid...

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Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 4:30-6pm
  • West Harlem Piers
  • 125th Street and Marginal Street, West Harlem
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Come out for a holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, tree decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last...

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Winter Wonder at the Garden

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12-5pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • 43-50 Main St., Flushing
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate the best of December with free live musical performances, a tree and menorah lighting, holiday crafts, a tree tour, selfies with Santa (d...

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Village Tree Lighting & Blessing of the Crèche at the Fountain

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 5pm
  • Village of Malverne
  • Francis Street, Malverne
  • All Ages
  • FREE

See the Holiday Parade with Santa and his elves begining on Francis Street withlLive entertainment and block party along Hempstead Avenue & Church ...

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Village of Westbury Holiday Festivities

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 4:30pm
  • Village Community Center
  • 360 Post Avenue, Westbury
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join neighbors and friends at this Holiday Celebration. Refreshments will be served (OUTSIDE) as the Mayor, Board and Village Staff welcome everyon...

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2021 Holiday Electric Lights Parade

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Yorktown Parks & Recreation
  • Front Street, Yorktown Heights
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Holiday Electric Lights Parade have beautifully lit Trucks and Vehicles and tons of Holiday Spirit! The parade will start and travel down Front...

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Conservation Corps Volunteer Days

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12-2pm
  • Westmoreland Sanctuary
  • 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd. , Mount Kisco
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult, All Ages
  • FREE

Volunteers will go with Westmoreland Naturalists into the field to help remove invasive plants and protect native plants. Contact 914-666-8448 or info@westmorelandsanctuary.org if you are interested in attending. 

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1-3pm
  • Broadway Commons
  • 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate the holidays at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy a visit with Santa, Face Painting, Characters, a Chance to Win a Gift Card to on...

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Holiday Tree Lighting at The Shoppes

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 3-7pm
  • The Shoppes at East Wind
  • 5768 Route 25A, Wading River
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Stop by to put a letter in Santa's mailbox* , enjoy the live DJ and dancing, and more holiday fun including holiday shopping at Winter Fest. Sa...

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Bowling with Santa

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 12pm and 2pm
  • San-Dee Lanes of Malverne
  • 342 Hempstead Avenue, Malverne
  • All Ages
  • $13

Children are invited to bowl with Santa!

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Candy Cane Lane- Family Fun!

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-1pm
  • Jefferson Valley Mall
  • 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bring the kiddos for some fun with the Lake Mohegan Fire Department and Valley Pediatric Dentistry! Bouncy houses, costume characters, the Bubble B...

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Christmas Parade — Village of Suffern, NY

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 6:30-8pm
  • Village of Suffern
  • Lafayette Avenue , Suffern
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join the Village of Suffern on Lafayette Avenue at the Annual Christmas Parade. Kick off is at 6:30pm – the parade goes up Lafayette Avenue to the ...

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Family Zoo Explorers

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10-11am
  • Queens Zoo
  • 53-51 111th Street, Corona
  • Pre-school & younger
  • $30

Family Zoo Explorers is a program designed for early learners to explore through play and observation. Each session includes a tour, free-play experiences and a personal animal encounter. 

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Junior Art Show Reception

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10:30am-12pm
  • Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
  • 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Come celebrate the local artists that contributed to this month's Junior Art Exhibit at the library. Refreshments will be served.

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Keeper-in-Training: Polar

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9-10:30am
  • Central Park Zoo
  • 64th Street & 5th Avenue, Central Park
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $70

Think you've got what it takes to be a zookeeper? Put your skills to the test during this hands-on, interactive program.

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Role With It

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-12pm
  • Westchester Children's Museum
  • 100 Playland Parkway Rye, NY, 10580, Rye
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $5 plus museum admission ($9; $8 seniors; children younger than 1 are free)

Play with patterns and create dazzling, layered, images in the museum's pop-up printshop.

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The TaSH Holiday Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 2-5:30pm
  • Patriots Park
  • Route 9 in Patriots Park, Tarrytown
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Shop from over 50 local craft, food and gift vendors including holiday decor like wreaths, swags, ornaments and more. See the Patriots Park tree illuminated in 20,000 LED lights.

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Hanukkah Candle Lighting & Movie!

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 5:30pm
  • Suffolk Y JCC
  • 74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack
  • All Ages
  • $10 per car

Come SING with the Suffolk Y JCC as they light the menorah, and stay for a viewing of SING from the comfort of your own car! Each person in the car...

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NYIC Community Resource Fair - Brooklyn

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am-1pm
  • P.S. 181 Brooklyn
  • 1023 New York Ave., East Flatbush
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Local community-based organizations will be sharing resources covering financial literacy, education programming, health access, SNAP screening, an...

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NYIC Community Resource Fair - Brooklyn

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am-1pm
  • P.S. 181 Brooklyn
  • 1023 New York Ave., East Flatbush
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Local community-based organizations will be sharing resources covering financial literacy, education programming, health access, SNAP screening, an...

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1st Annual Holiday Village & Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-4pm
  • The Garden City Historical Society Museum
  • 109 11th Street, Garden City
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Set in the Magical Victorian Parlors of the 1872 Historical Society Museum building, Santa will be there for Visits, Pictures and Sharing Wish List...

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1st Annual Holiday Village & Market

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 11am-4pm
  • The Garden City Historical Society Museum
  • 109 11th Street, Garden City
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Set in the Magical Victorian Parlors of the 1872 Historical Society Museum building, Santa will be there for Visits, Pictures and Sharing Wish List...

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NRHS Winter Boutique

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 10am-3pm
  • North Rockland High School
  • 106 Hammond Road , Thiells
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Find tons of unique gifts all under one roof. There will be holiday music, a food truck, gift wrap station, and so much more.

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Banza x The Dough Project Present: Pizza Party at the Lalo Play Cafe

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1am-1pm
  • Lalo
  • 0 Bond Street, NoHo
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Banza, maker of chickpea pasta, pizza, mac & cheese and rice, is teaming up with The Dough Project, the plant-based playdough company, to host Banz...

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Banza x The Dough Project Present: Pizza Party at the Lalo Play Cafe

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 1am-1pm
  • Lalo Flagship
  • 0 Bond Street, NoHo
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Banza, maker of chickpea pasta, pizza, mac & cheese and rice, is teaming up with The Dough Project, the plant-based playdough company, to host Banz...

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12th Annual CYO Christmas Boutique

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 9am-3pm
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • 120 Kings Highway, Tappan
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop Christmas crafts, scarves, local vendors, and more. Enter raffles to win great prizes! 

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Winter Wonderland hosted by the Christian J. Santo Legacy Foundation

  • Dec. 04, 2021, 6-9pm
  • Winter Wonderland
  • 95 82nd St., Bay Ridge
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult, All Ages
  • FREE

The Christian J. Santo Legacy Foundation invites all families to enjoy their 2nd annual Winter Wonderland.

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Santa Brunch

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10am, 12pm and 2pm
  • Long Island Aquarium
  • 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
  • All Ages
  • $59.95; $53.95 members; $29.95 children 3-12; $26.95 children members; $5 children 2 and younger

Enjoy a delicious buffet brunch, make a special take-home holiday keepsake and capture a family photo with Santa!

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Abingdon Square Menorah Lighting

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 5pm
  • Abingdon Square Park
  • Intesection of Bleecker St. and Hudson St., Greenwich Village
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Giant menorah, latkes, doughnuts, entertainment for kids, and gelt drop.

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Christmas Craft Fair

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 9am-4pm
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
  • 800 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop crafts, gits, Christmas items, enter raffles, and more. 

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Hot Chocolate and Santa

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • Ballet Long Island
  • 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma
  • All Ages
  • $20; $10 child or senior; additional fee for photos with Santa

Have hot chocolate and cookies during this Christmas themed performance, then decorate a Christmas ornament before you get to meet and take a photo with Santa! 

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Family Hour Sunday

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 1-2pm
  • Heckscher Museum of Art
  • 2 Prime Ave., Huntington
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $10 per child

Children ages 5 through 10 are invited for a family-friendly art experience to explore works of art in the Museum and create fun art projects!

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Chanukah Wonderland

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 9:30-11:30am
  • The Chai Center
  • 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
  • All Ages
  • $12

Celebrate Chanukah with arts & crafts, games and activities such as decorating donuts, sand art, finding Judah the Maccabee, and making special Chanukah candles. 

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A Magical Cirque Christmas

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 4pm and 8pm
  • The Palace Theatre
  • 61 Atlantic St., Stamford
  • All Ages
  • $27-$62

Experience the enchantment of Christmas with an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music.

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The 42nd Annual Holiday Festival

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 12-6pm; 5:30pm, tree lighting
  • Stony Brook Village Center
  • Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The 42nd Annual Holiday Festival will feature a Legends & Spies Puppet Procession; Santa listening to children’s wishes, Holiday Train Display, plus Carolers and live music before the Holiday Tree Lighting.

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Stroller Tours

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 11am-12pm
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
  • Baby, Adult
  • $25

This stroller-friendly tour, led by museum educators, is an interactive exploration of current exhibitions includes touchable objects, art-making, and adult conversation.

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Seashell Celebration & Ornament Workshop

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 1pm and 2pm
  • The Whaling Museum and Education Center
  • 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $10 or $5 members plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID

Find out how to identify shells local to Long Island, and decorate a special shell ornament to hang up at home during this festive time of year.

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6th Annual Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market 2021

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10am-5pm
  • Comfort Suites Hotel & Banquets
  • 835 Route 52 , Fishkill
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Your favorite Holistic vendors, practitioners, and readers are back! Free swag bags to the 1st 25 attendees through the door.

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Barnyard Birds Paint Party

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 2-3:30pm
  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center
  • 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
  • All Ages
  • $18; $15 members

Start with a tour of the galleries, then head to the farm for inspiration before creating your own masterpiece inspired by the museum's latest exhibition, The Artistry of Jacques Pepin.

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DIY Ornament Class

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 11am-12pm
  • Muscoot Farm
  • 51 Route 100, Katonah
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $15

Create something special during this DIY Holiday Ornament Class. Ages 10 and older. 

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Central Park Dance Presents the Nutcracker

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 12:30pm and 5pm
  • The Capital Theater
  • 149 Westchester Avenue , Port Chester
  • All Ages
  • $25-$100

Join Clara on her wild journey through a blizzard of ballerinas into a Land of Sweets filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magiic featuring over 100 dancers from Central Park Dance and surrounding Westchester communities.

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Where Did Everybody Go'

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 1:30-3pm
  • Sunken Meadow State Park
  • 25A and Sunken Meadow Pkwy, Kings Park
  • All Ages
  • $4

Take a walk around the park to discover some clever and resourceful ways animals survive the colder months.

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The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Bruce Springsteen for Kids & More

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 11am, door open; 12pm, show begins
  • Brooklyn Bowl
  • 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
  • All Ages
  • $12-$15

This concert for kids and families shares the music of The Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen, with a new generation of music lovers.

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Hanukkah Hunt Gallery Program

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10:30am-3pm
  • The Jewish Museum
  • 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $18; $12 seniors 65 and older; $8 students; free for children younger than 18 and members; free on Saturdays

Embark on a playful hunt of Hanukkah menorahs from around the world, draw your discoveries in a sketchbook, experiment with whimsical shapes, touch replicas of artifacts, and chat with Museum Educators.

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South Street Seaport Museum December Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 2pm
  • South Street Seaport
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Sign up to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing. 

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9th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 3-4:30pm
  • Astoria Park Lawn
  • 19th Street and 23rd Avenue, Astoria
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition will proudly host its 9th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration. This beloved annual ...

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Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 3pm
  • Great Lawn at Astoria Park
  • 19th Street and 23rd Avenue, Astoria
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Central Astoria Local Development Inc. is proud to sponsor this free, fun and traditional holiday event that will bring balloon art, kids hand tatt...

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Young Families Chanukah Celebration at Emanu-El

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10:45am
  • Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
  • 2125 Westchester Avenue, Rye
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Families are invited to celebrate Chanukah together with song, movement, crafts, stories, community, and fun! This program is free and open to the ...

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Chanukah Drop-off Program for Pre-K & K at Emanu-El

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 9:30-10:45am
  • Congregation Emanu-El
  • 2125 Westchester Avenue, Rye
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Give your little ones a taste of Religious School! Led by the talented early childhood specialist, your little Maccabees will experience the light ...

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Cookies with Santa

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm
  • FourFiveSix
  • 199 Richardson Street, East Williamsburg
  • All Ages
  • $20; $5 parent; $10 face painting; $50 Santa photo shoot

Hey kids, what's that sound? Is it the jingle of Santa's bells? Yes, kids! Santa will be at FourFiveSix in Williamsburg/Greenpoint! So ready your l...

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Scientist in Training: Keeping It Real

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 10-11am
  • Queens Zoo
  • 53-51 111th Street, Corona
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $30 regular

No matter how they move and behave or their amazing habitats, animals at the zoo rely on the care and attention of zookeeper staff. Do you have what it takes to be zookeeper? Meet one and spend some time doing what they do in the zoo. 

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Family Drop-In: Chanukah Tales

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 2pm
  • The Newark Museum of Art
  • 49 Washington St., Newark
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Step inside this Winter Wonderland for food, art, and festive fun!  The transformed Museum Garden presents Hip-Hop performances, music, and dance t...

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Humanist Jewish Congregation of Queens & LI Cultural Chanukah Celebration

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 2-4pm
  • Great Neck Library
  • 159 Bayview Avenue , Great Neck
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join the Humanist Jewish Congregation of Queens & LI for a Cultural Chanukah Celebration featuring songs, stories, and games for all ages. For more...

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Rockland Chanukah Festival

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 3pm
  • Boulder Stadium
  • 3 Palisades Credit Union Park Drive, Pomona
  • All Ages
  • $10

Be a part of the largest Chanukah Festival in Rockland County! Featuring: A Helicopter Gelt Drop, Spectacular Fireworks Display, Live Music, Rides,...

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Breakfast with Santa

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 9am-12pm
  • Stony Point Ambulance Corps.
  • 47 S Liberty Dr., Stony Point
  • All Ages
  • $20; $15 kids; In advance: $15; $10 kids

Have breakfast with Santa, play fun games, and decorate ornaments. A photographer will also be there to take photos with Santa. A donation box will...

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Chanukah Fun House

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 12-4:30pm
  • Chabad Young Families UES
  • 419 E 77th St. , Upper East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • $20; $15 in advance

Stop in any time for an awesome Chanukah Sunday Funday! Children will enjoy a variety of Chanukah crafts, shaping and decorating their own doughnut...

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Chanukah Fun House

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 12-4:30pm
  • Chabad Young Families UES
  • 419 E 77th St. , Upper East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • $20; $15 in advance

Stop in any time for an awesome Chanukah Sunday Funday! Children will enjoy a variety of Chanukah crafts, shaping and decorating their own doughnut...

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Holiday Festival

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 4-5:30pm
  • Corlears Hook Park
  • 479 Cherry Street, Lower East Side
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bring the kids to celebrate the December holidays and winter season by decorating the park. Decorations will be provided and some can be made on si...

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Pestering Plants Volunteer Event

  • Dec. 05, 2021, 11-1pm
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park - Meadow Lake
  • 117-02 Roosevelt Av, Flushing
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join the Environmental Stewardship Team to continue restoration efforts in the gardens around Meadow Lake by removing invasive plant species.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park’s Annual Tree Lighting

  • Dec. 06, 2021, 6pm
  • Bryant Park
  • 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will host its annual Tree Lighting this year. The event will be hosted by Classical Theatre of Harlem...

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Magic Show with The Great Dubini

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 6-8pm
  • Hudson Yards
  • 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Bring the whole family to enjoy an amazing and hilarious show with your new favorite magician.

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Hannah Senesh Community Day Lower School Open House

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 9-10am
  • Hannah Senesh Community Day School
  • Online
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Adult
  • FREE

Hannah Senesh is a K-8 Jewish community day school in Carroll Gardens that is home to a diverse community of approximately 220 students from many different Jewish backgrounds. 

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Free Zoom Adoption Information Session

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Zoom Conference Meeting
  • Online
  • Adult
  • FREE

This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parent...

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Snowman Mug

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Keep warm by sipping your favorite hot beverage in these adorable snowman mugs.

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Healthy Holidays with Essential Oils

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 4-5pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • Adult
  • FREE

Learn how aromatherapy and essential oils can help you manage holiday stress. Participants will make a roller ball of their choice to take home.

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Music and Movement with Miss Fran

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 10:30-11am
  • Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
  • 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger
  • FREE

Join Fran Roesmann and her guitar to sing together with puppets, instruments, props, and lots of movement, laughter and fun.

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Loving Math — stories, games, and laughter in a hilariously fun children’s hour (online)

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 3pm
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • 11 E 26th St., Nomad
  • All Ages
  • $35

Join master storyteller Steve Sherman for an exciting session of stories, games and laughter. 

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Playing with Palindromes

  • Dec. 07, 2021, 7pm
  • Virtual - National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • $10

Palindromes, that is, words and sentences that read the same forwards and backwards, are phenomena in language. Join this event showcasing palindromes submitted by audience members

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OPEN HOUSE Grades 1 - 12: For Parents/Guardians

  • Dec. 08, 2021, 8:30-9:30am
  • The Waldorf School of Garden City
  • 225 Cambridge Ave, Garden City
  • Adult
  • FREE

Families of prospective students entering Grade 1 -12 are invited to an in-person Open House. Masks required. Covid Health Protocols will be follow...

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Sing!

  • Dec. 08, 2021, 9:30-10:15am
  • 92nd Street Y
  • 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Adult
  • $30

Sing outdoors while the weather is still nice. Join Jody Doomchin and the Parenting Center staff for a fun and interactive in-person sing-a-long of old time favorites, folk songs and childhood classics. 

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2021 Washington Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Dec. 08, 2021, 6-7pm
  • Washington Square Park Arch
  • Washington Square North, Greenwich Village
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Be there for the lighting of the tree, sing holiday songs, and see Santa Claus!

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Science in Action - The Hour of Code

  • Dec. 08, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
  • 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Join this year's #HourOfCode. Registration begins two weeks before the program for HKDPL district residents and one week for everyone else.

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Volumes, the MoMath book club: a discussion of The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz (online)

  • Dec. 08, 2021, 6:30pm
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • $10

This reading group is designed especially for those interested in mathematics and science and how they affect our lives. No prior math or science background is necessary.

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Snowman Cards

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 4pm
  • Westhampton Free Library
  • 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
  • Young elementary
  • Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

Design your own snowman greeting cards for your family and friends. (Registration required).

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Long Island Nets vs College Park Skyhawks

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 7pm
  • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
  • All Ages
  • Starting at $20

See the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League take on College Park Skyhawks!

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Live Q&A for Parents Balancing Hanukkah and Christmas

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 8-9pm
  • 18 Doors
  • Online
  • Adult
  • FREE

PJ Library and 18 Doors present this webinar for parents in interfaith families. Moderator Lauren Schreiber Sasaki from Jewish& and panelists Rabbis Robyn Frisch and Malka Packer-Monroe will answer the questions they get asked the most from parents around the December holidays. 

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Choo Choo! Mr. Tootwhistle's Invention

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 10-11am
  • Fairfield Museum and History Center
  • 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger
  • Free with admission: $5; $3 seniors and students ages 6-22; Free for children 5 and younger and members

Hear a story about a little engine that could and then visit the Museum’s gallery to learn how people got around a long time ago. Then make some awesome art. Ages 2-5 with an adult. 

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 7pm
  • NYCB Theatre at Westbury
  • 960 Brush Hollow Road , Westbury
  • All Ages
  • $39.50-$189.50

This all-new production features some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica.

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Glittery Pinecone

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Make gorgeous, glittery pinecones that will add sparkle to any household or tree.

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Animation Creation: the math of visual effects: “The Art of Digital Light and Color” (online)

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 6:30pm
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • $40

Join Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Beau Janzen for a look behind the scenes of computer graphics and the math used to create the stunning visual art in movies and games

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Meet a Mathematician featuring Tatiana Toro (online)

  • Dec. 09, 2021, 4:00pm
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • $15

Meet Tatiana Toro. When she was a student, Tatiana competed for Colombia in the 1981 International Mathematical Olympiad. She is now a professor at the University of Washington, where she does research at the interface of geometric measure theory, harmonic analysis, and partial differential equations. 

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Letters to Santa

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 9am-12pm
  • JTS Community, Health & Sports Center at Torne Valley
  • 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Every family gets a set visit for photos with Santa.

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Family Holiday Gingerbread House Kits (Virtual)

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 6pm
  • Westhampton Free Library
  • Online
  • All Ages
  • Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

Work with your family to construct a holiday-themed gingerbread house (Registration required).

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Wooden Snowmen Ornaments

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 5pm
  • Westhampton Free Library
  • 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
  • Tween, Teen
  • Free with Westhampton Free Library Card

Make and decorate your own cute snowmen (Registration required).

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Brookhaven Town Tree Lighting

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 6pm
  • Holtsville Ecology Site
  • 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Hang out with costumed characters, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes, music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will arrive by helicopter to assist in the tree lighting.

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Floral Design Series: Winter Wreath Workshop

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 7-9pm
  • Westmoreland Sanctuary
  • 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco
  • Adult
  • $35

Join Nadia Ghannam as she coaches a group through the process of creating seasonal, fully compostable wreaths.

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Rotary Club of Pearl River's Share Christmas and the Holidays

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 7pm
  • Braunsdorf Park
  • Intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue, Pearl River
  • All Ages
  • FREE

A community service holiday extravaganza organized by the Rotary Club, Share Christmas and the Holidays begins with caroling, hot chocolate and coo...

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Puppet show & Puppet Making

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 4-5pm
  • Playlab Kids
  • 135-17 Northern Blvd., Flushing
  • Pre-school & younger
  • Tickets start at $45

A holiday puppet show followed by puppet making. 

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Folding Fridays (online)

  • Dec. 10, 2021, 4:30 pm ET
  • National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
  • vir, New York
  • All Ages
  • $12

Join origami expert Kathleen Sheridan for Folding Fridays. To celebrate the holidays and the superstar folders this season, fold ?Estrella Ana Mari...

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Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am-3pm
  • Highbridge Bike Park
  • 131 Ft George Ave. , Washington Heights
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Dig, then ride at NYCMTB's monthly welcome days at Highbridge Park in Manhattan! Bring your friends and family for a day of fun in the woo...

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Guided Nature Walks

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10-11am
  • Sands Point Preserve
  • 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
  • All Ages
  • $15; $10 members; $5 children; free for children members

Explore different aspects of the preserve’s environment, encompassing its unique physical features and wildlife, as well as critical conserva...

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Princess Tea Party

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 1pm
  • Ballet Long Island
  • 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $19

Join the princesses and their friends for a tea party including cupcakes, candy canes, hot chocolate and more. Plus, take photos with the princesses and Santa!

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Downtown Riverhead’s Holiday Parade & Riverfront Bonfire

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 3pm
  • Downtown Riverhead
  • Main Street, Riverhead
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Watch the Holiday Parade, warm up by a bonfire, have some hot cocoa and drop off your wish list with Santa.

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Make An Adorable Raccoon With Polymer Clay

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 2pm, ages 5-8 at 2pm; 12-3pm, ages 9-12
  • The Rye Arts Center
  • 51 Milton Rd., Rye
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $25

Make an adorable raccoon using polymer. Learn how to make simple shapes and put them together to form a cute sculpture. 

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Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: Sensory-Friendly

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 7pm
  • New Victory Theater
  • 209 W 42nd St, Midtown West
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $25

Jim Henson’s Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true in this special sensory friendly performance. 

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2021 Jingle Bell Run

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 9am
  • Hofstra University
  • 1000 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead
  • All Ages
  • $35

Strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume while raising money for a good cause. 

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Wreath Festival 2021: Family Day

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10-11 am; 11:30am-12:30pm; 1-2pm; 2:30-3:30pm; 4-5pm
  • Woodcock Nature Center
  • 56 Deer Run Road, Wilton
  • All Ages
  • $65 per family of 4 includes 1 wreath

Choose your 24” balsam wreath and Woodcock Nature Center will provide some fun, kid-friendly decorating materials, music and a festive atmosphere.

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StoryTime at Le Carrousel

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 1-2pm
  • Bryant Park
  • 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join in on an interactive story telling at Le Carrousel with hopping, skipping and singing along with CaliCo Cat and Hugo Horse!

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The Brooklyn Nutcracker

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 2pm and 7pm
  • Kings Theatre
  • 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
  • All Ages
  • $30-$115

A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for todays audience.

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Breakfast with Santa

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • United Skates of America
  • 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford
  • All Ages
  • $22; $18 per child; free for children 2 and younger

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and meet Santa and his friends, Frosty, the Gingerbread Man, The Wooden Soldier, Rudolph & Mrs. Claus!

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Festival of Games - Retro Holiday Shopping and Gaming Event

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am-9pm
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City
  • All Ages
  • $20; $15 children 2-12 and seniors

Shop local small businesses for retro video games, toys, comics, and collectibles. Plus, enjoy free gameplay in the Arcade Age Exhibit featuring over 70 arcade classics.

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Long Island Nets vs College Park Skyhawks

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 7pm
  • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
  • All Ages
  • Starting at $20

See the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League take on the College Park Skyhawks!

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Aglow: A Holiday Experience at the Moran Studio

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 5-7pm
  • Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio
  • 229 Main Street, East Hampton
  • All Ages
  • $10; $5 children younger than 16

Discover the origins of many of today's holiday customs, visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live Christmas music, and a make a small children's craft.

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Repair Cafe

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am-3pm
  • Patchogue-Medford Library
  • 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • FREE

Bring your broken items and get them fixed with the help of expert volunteers, and learn how it is done! Volunteer repair experts will be avai...

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The Nutcracker State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 3pm
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • 1 Center St., Newark
  • All Ages
  • $29-$79

This holiday spectacle transports you to a dazzling winter wonderland featuring a magical world of toy soldiers and colorful characters. 

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Winter Walk

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am and 1pm
  • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center
  • 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall
  • All Ages
  • $10; $8 children 3-12; Members: $8; $6 children 3-12

Learn about how animals prepare for and adapt to the cold snowy climate, how to recognize some simple evidence that reveals who lives in your neck of the woods, and more. 

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The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionettes

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am and 2pm
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
  • All Ages
  • In person: $12; $8 children and members; Online: $5; $3 children and members

The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above.

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Camp Combe Summer Day Camp Open House

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Putnam Valley YMCA Camp Combe
  • 684 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Located on the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester’s beautiful 100 acres facility in Putnam Valley, the Camp Combe Day Camp serves campers ages ...

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Origami to Rejuvenate Mind & Body

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 1:30-3pm
  • Mt. Kisco Public Library
  • 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
  • Adult
  • FREE

Origami is used as a tool to gain several rejuvenating benefits. Maintain a peaceful, Zen-like mind and make something fun and useful while creating inner happiness. 

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Keeper For A Morning: Predators!

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10-11:30am
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • 450 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Leffert
  • Young elementary, Tween, Adult
  • $25; $20 members

Go on a short walk and learn about fierce carnivores like the Pallas Cats and Dingoes. 

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Winter Family Outing: Winter Trees

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 2-3pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • 43-50 Main St., Flushing
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • $22 per child and adult

Kids learn about the various parts of trees and their functions, and use parts of trees to make a craft to take home! Ages 4 to 12-year-olds with an adult.

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Jingle Jangle Free Trial Class

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 12-1pm
  • Broadway Bound Kids
  • Online
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen
  • FREE

Join Broadway Bound Kids for a FREE CLASS this December to shake up the holidays! To celebrate the launch of their Spring Mini Musicals, and to tha...

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Christmas Market

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am-3pm
  • The Babylon Beautification Society
  • 244 W Main St., Babylon
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

The Babylon Beautification Society is pleased to host a new event in the Village of Babylon. The Christmas Market will be held around the Village G...

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Family Day: Architectural Lanterns

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am-1pm
  • Center for Architecture
  • 536 LaGuardia Place, West Village
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $10

Join the Center for Architecture for a celebration of light. In this program, families will explore the role of light in architecture and learn how...

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Holiday Parade

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 6pm
  • Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lester Drive and Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Orangeburg Volunteer Fire Department and Carolyn’s Elves will host this year’s 11th Annual Holiday Parade. The Parade will Start on the corner ...

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Student Showcase: Nutcracker Cirque Ballet

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 2-3:30pm
  • The Muse Brooklyn
  • 350 Moffat Street, East New York
  • All Ages
  • $18; free for children 12 and younger

Be a part of an imaginative performance where classical ballet meets circus arts. Enjoy the conclusion to the children's semester as they perform T...

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Candlelight Holiday Special: “The Nutcracker” and More!

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 6:30-10:30pm
  • St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
  • 157 Montague St., Downtown Brooklyn
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $35-$45

Whether you’re looking for a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this performance is for you. You do...

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Gingerbread Holiday Event

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm
  • Old Bethpage Restoration Village
  • 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
  • All Ages
  • $25 per gingerbread house

Take in the sights and smells of the season! Throughout the historic village there will be numerous cooking and baking demonstrations, with each ki...

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Candy House

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 9, 10:15, 11:30am; 12:45, 2, 3:15pm
  • Hendrick Hudson Free Library
  • 185 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult, All Ages
  • FREE

Create a candy house to take home and enjoy. Bring a container of white icing and a bag of candy to share. Graham crackers and milk cartons will be provided.

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Design Your Own Power Pendant

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 12am-3pm
  • Rockland Center for the Arts
  • 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack
  • All Ages
  • $25

Drop by RoCA and design your own power pendant. $25 includes a chain, two charms and a wire wrapped bead.

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Christmas Grand Market: A Caribbean Christmas Celebration

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 5:30-9pm
  • Holy Family Church
  • 9719 Flatlands Ave, Canarsie
  • All Ages
  • $20-$30

Braata Productions presents their annual “Christmas Grand Market"—a Caribbean Christmas experience. This year's event returns ...

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Joy Around the World: The Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt
  • Online
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $19

Join Watson Adventures on a virtual sleigh ride across the internet. This virtual scavenger hunt takes you to holiday markets and festivals, amazing museums and many scenic places around the world, in search of answers to fun, holiday-related questions.

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Meet Santa at The Market!

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am-2pm
  • Essex Market
  • 88 Essex St. , Lower East Side
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Head to the market's mezzanine level to get your photo taken with Santa (one free print-out per family) and to decorate holiday ornaments. 

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Watson Adventures’ Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Paley Park
  • 3 East 53rd St. , Midtown
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $17.50-21.50

Join Watson Adventures on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt for adults and kids. The game is played on smartphones using a browser-based app.

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The Tide Pool

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11-11:30am
  • Westchester Children's Museum
  • 100 Playland Parkway Rye, NY, 10580, Rye
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen
  • $5 plus museum admission ($9; $8 seniors; children younger than 1 are free)

A 30-minute drop-in program with marine biologist Kyle from the Marine Education Center. Each wave delivers fresh nutrients (in the form of fun information) and a visit from a live sea critter.

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Kwanzaa Celebration 2021: The Legacy Continues!

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 7pm
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
  • 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
  • All Ages
  • $10-$30

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in partnership with Queensborough Community College Dance Program (QCC Dance), Rhythm N Dance, Ebon...

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Community Day: Winter Wonderland

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am-5pm
  • The Newark Museum of Art
  • 49 Washington St., Newark
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Step inside this Winter Wonderland for food, art, and festive fun!  The transformed Museum Garden presents Hip-Hop performances, music, and dance t...

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The Kids Komedian

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10:30-11:30am
  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • 303 West Ave., Norwalk
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • Free with museum admission ($16; $12 seniors; free for children younger than age 2)

Get ready to laugh and learn during this "Komedy" show for kids of all ages. This fun and fast-paced comedic variety show features Kid Komedian "Mr. Joel" delighting the crowd with music, magic and comedy.

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Breakfast with Santa

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 10am and 12:30pm
  • Rivertown Taphouse
  • 5 Roundhouse Road, Piermont
  • All Ages
  • With menu purchase

Enjoy a Buffet Brunch with Santa! Gluten Free options are available. 

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Holiday Craft and Food Fair

  • Dec. 11, 2021, 11am-3pm
  • Rockland Farm Alliance
  • 220 South Little Tor Road, New City
  • All Ages
  • $5 per person; $20 per family; free for children younger than 2

This Holiday Craft and Food Fair fatures live music, food trucks, craft vendors, games, photo ops and more!  Tickets available at the door if space...

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Puppet Shows by Wonderspark Puppets: The Gingerbread Man

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 3-4pm
  • Hudson Yards
  • 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Watch the Gingerbread Man outwit and outrun various hungry animals.

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Living History: 18th-Century Winter Traditions

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
  • DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
  • 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • Free with admission: $22; $17 seniors, educators, active military; $13 students; $6 children 5-13; free for children 4 and younger

Hang out with historical interpreters and learn some fascinating facts about winter traditions in 18th-century America. Afterwards, create your own festive decorations!

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Sunday Afternoon Concert: The Rock Underground Holiday Show

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 2-3pm
  • Patchogue-Medford Library
  • 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Students from The Rock Underground, Patchogue's new music school, will be performing holiday tunes for your enjoyment!

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Cookie Make and Take

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 11am-12pm
  • Muscoot Farm
  • 51 Route 100, Katonah
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $15

Make many different types of cookies and take them home to share with friends. Ages 10 and older. 

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New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 5:30pm
  • Birdland Jazz Club
  • 315 W. 44th St, New York
  • All Ages
  • $20

The New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band is performing a concert at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club!

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Greenland Nursery 6th Annual Community Tree Lighting

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 5-7pm
  • Greenland Landscape and Nursery
  • 292 Town Line Road , Commack
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Be there for this special tree lighting featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Christmas music, hot cocoa and more! Please bring an unrwrapped toy for children in need. 

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Breakfast With Santa 2021

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 11am-1pm
  • The Royal Palm
  • 2143 Boundary Ave., Farmingdale
  • All Ages
  • $40; $22 children younger than 17; $20 additional child

Celebrate the joys of the season with a festive celebration at Breakfast with Santa.

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30th Annual Orangetown Recreation Santa Claus 5K Run!

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 8:15am, race day registration; 10am, kids race; 10:30am, 5K begins
  • Veteran's Memorial Park
  • 81 Hunt Road, Orangeburg
  • All Ages
  • $30; $25 in advance; free kids race

Everyone is invited to the 30th Annual Orangetown Recreation 5K Run! Children will enjoy their own Kids Fun Run and the 5K will have professional c...

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Brunch with Santa Beachside!

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 11am-1pm and 2:30-4:30pm
  • Gatsby On The Ocean
  • 2000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
  • All Ages
  • $39.95; $19.95 per child

Santa and his Elf will be meeting and greeting, taking photos with your little one(s), and giving a gift to each child! Parents, this event is for ...

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Winter Family Fair

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 2-4pm
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • 225 Madison Avenue, New York
  • All Ages
  • $22; $14 seniors 65 and older; $13 students with ID; free for children younger than 12 and members

Celebrate the holiday season with the Morgan's annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and enjoy h...

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Christmas Grand Market: A Caribbean Christmas Celebration

  • Dec. 12, 2021, 4:30-8pm
  • Merrick Academy-Queens Public Charter School
  • 136-25 218th St., Laurelton
  • All Ages
  • $20-30

Braata Productions presents the annual Christmas Grand Market: A Caribbean Christmas experience. This year's event returns to an in-person format after going virtual last year due to the pandemic. The Christmas Grand Market keeps alive the old, rural Jamaican Christmas tradition by showcasing authentic folk forms of fine and culinary arts, dancing, and music.

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