Three Kings Day Parade and Celebrations for NYC Kids 2014
Christmas may come and go this week, but holiday celebrations continue into the New Year with Three Kings Day, which takes place on Monday, January 6. Also know as Epiphany, Three Kings Day is the last official day of the Christmas season, or the "12th day of Christmas" as the song goes.
The holiday, which is especially popular in the Hispanic community, commemorates the Three Wise Men coming to visit baby Jesus. The main event in New York City is East Harlem's 37th annual Three Kings Day Parade, which is sponsored by El Museo del Barrio. We've got the scoop on this procession and six other ways to celebrate Three Kings Day with kids in NYC.
Camels and Kings: A Gift-Giving Workshop – Morningside Heights
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Saturday, January 4 10am-noon
$8 per adult-child pair
At this workshop, families can learn about the history of the holiday, and then craft gift boxes, costumes and crowns inspired by the tale of the Three Wise Men. Online RSVP required.
Three Kings Day Community Celebration – South Bronx
P.S. 5, 564 Jackson Avenue at East 149th Street
Saturday, January 4 at noon
Although the Bronx no longer has a parade (it used to years ago), it has a holiday celebration for families. State Senator Rubén Díaz and other local officials invite children ages 1 to 9 to enjoy live music and performances in the schoolyard of P.S. 5. The first 600 kids will snag free toys or backpacks.
Three Kings Day Celebration – Washington Heights
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, 3959 Broadway at 165th Street
Saturday, January 4 2-5pm
Although we never did find out whether the Three Kings Grand Parade in Inwood will be back for a second year, we do know that there will be a celebration at the uptown hospital for children up to age 11. The first 500 will snag a free toy.
Meet the Holiday: Three Kings Day Celebration – Crown Heights
Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St Marks Avenue
Saturday, January 4-Sunday, January 5 at 2:30pm
Free with admission: $9
The preschool set can celebrate the holiday by crafting jeweled boxes and learning about the importance of the Three Kings in the Nativity story.
Three Kings Day Parade in Brooklyn – Williamsburg
Starts at Meeker and Graham Avenues and ends at Graham Avenue and Broadway.
Sunday, January 5 at 2pm
Yup, Kings County has its own parade, though it's a small local affair. It kicks off right under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and continues along Graham Avenue to Broadway.
Three Kings Day Parade – East Harlem
Begins at 106th and Lexington Avenue, heads east to Third Avenue, then north to 116th Street where it turns west to Park Avenue and then south to 115th Street.
Monday, January 6 at 11am
One of our top NYC parades for families and the main Three Kings Day event, this colorful procession is organized by El Museo del Barrio and features costumed school kids, live camels and sheep, floats, twirling dancers, rhythmic music and a trio of 12-foot-tall Magi puppets. The Three Kings themselves (or at least the local celebrities playing them), lead this merry band. It's a small community affair, but worth seeing for the live animals and exuberant elementary-schoolers who participate.
Three Kings Day Celebration – Lower East Side
Teatro SEA, 107 Suffolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets
Monday, January 6 3-5pm
NYC's only Latino children's theater company throws its annual Día de los Tres Reyes Magos fete with crafts and live Latino musical performances. Every child receives a small gift from the Three Kings themselves. According to a reader who has been, lines are long and time partying with the Three Kings is limited.
Three Kings Day Show Un Canción de Dos Tierras – Williamsburg
El Puente Center for Arts & Culture, 850 Grand Street at Bushwick Avenue
Sunday, January 19 at 1 and 5pm
Community organization El Puente is currently raising money through an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to keep its annual celebration FREE to all. In this original show put on by local kids, Rafa, a young boy from the Dominican Republic, is given an opportunity to study in NYC. Audiences experience the city through his eyes, including its sights and sounds.
Find more seasonal celebrations in our Holiday Fun Guide.
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