What's Open on Christmas Day in NYC 2013: 10 Things to Do with Kids After Opening Gifts
The gifts have been ripped open, the insane plastic packaging dismantled and the batteries installed. Dinner won't be ready for hours and the kids are totally stir crazy. What else can you do on Christmas Day?
Jews have been asking that question for centuries and their answer in New York City is often Chinese food and a movie. But there are other options, whether or not you celebrate Christmas. Here are a dozen fun things to do on December 25.
You can find even more seasonal activities in our Holiday Fun Guide.
1. See a festive show Although only a handful of Broadway shows have performances on Christmas Day and some are already sold out, you can catch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Holiday Circus in Brooklyn, Angelina Ballerina the Very Merry Holiday Musical, Fancy Nancy, and The Big Apple Circus: Luminocity on December 25. You can find discounts to most of them on BroadwayBox.com.
2. Play tourist Times Square's Madame Tussauds, Ripley's Believe it or Not! Odditorium and Discovery Times Square featuring two cool exhibits, Shipwrecked and Art of the Brick are all open on Christmas. If you'd rather play games, arcade/restaurant Dave & Buster's is open, too. Other tourist spots that have December 25 hours are The Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, which gives you a great, crowd-free view of the Rockefeller tree.
3. See a movie Cinemas are open on Christmas Day and there are plenty of great family films playing like Walking with the Dinosaurs, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen are all playing. Don't forget to follow it with a Chinese meal.
5. Hit the ice The rinks at Winter Village in Bryant Park, Wollman and Lasker in Central Park, Riverbank State Park, Rockefeller Center and Van Cortlandt Park are all open for skating on Christmas day (weather permitting) along with the new rink in McCarren Park. If you head to Bryant Park, you can also do some really last-minute holiday shopping at its fantastic outdoor holiday market or take a ride on the carousel. And if it's too cold to glide outside, indoor rinks Chelsea Piers, Brooklyn's Aviator Sports and Queens' City Ice Pavilion also have public skating hours on Christmas.
6. Take a stroll Walk up Fifth Avenue to see the stunning department store holiday windows before they're gone. Assuming it's not too chilly (or rainy or snowy), Christmas is also a great day to take a quiet stroll through one of our city's lovely green spaces. Central, Prospect, Flushing Meadows Corona, Van Cortlandt and Brooklyn Bridge parks are open along with the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Central Park is even hosting a free mid-park welcome tour at 2:00pm.
7. Celebrate at a Jewish museum Many of NYC's Jewish cultural institutions are open today and offering special family activities. Catch a Klez for Kids concert at the Museum at Eldridge Street, The Macaroons at The Jewish Museum or Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Choir at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. For hands on crafty crafty fun visit Brooklyn's Jewish Children's Museum's Art Week.
8. Explore the Museum of Mathematics Although most other NYC museums are closed on Christmas Day, the city's only cultural center dedicated to mathmatics MoMath is open on the holiday.
9. Pamper yourself If all that shopping and reveling has you wiped out, take a dip in the rejuvenating waters of the family-friendly Spa Castle, which is open on the holiday.
10. Attend a religious service If you weren't able to go on Christmas Eve, churches are open on Christmas, too. The five spots we mentioned for midnight mass all welcome families on December 25 as well.
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