NYC kids are no doubt worked into a holiday frenzy this week. They can sense the school vacation headed their way—and are hopped up on holiday treats, and good cheer! Keep 'em focused with cool art projects like snowy dioramas and reindeer sock puppet making, or let them shake out some of that energy with Make Music Winter, a free outdoor musical event happening all over the city this Wednesday.
Catch Santa for FREE all week at Bryant Park, and kick off the holiday vacation with FREE museum hours this Friday. There are also Hanukkah celebrations, concerts, and menorah lightings, and don't miss out on these NYC maker spaces for drop-in fun, especially as the weather turns, well, frightful.
Whether you're sticking around the city this whole week, or headed off for the holidays, it's worth getting out to cross off those last items on your NYC holiday bucket list, from a department store windows walk to checking out some of the most colorful and brightly lit trees. Don't forget what the city looks like come February. OK, a lot less crowded, but a lot less festive, too.
Read on for our best bets for NYC kids this week, December 19-23, and don't forget to check out our daily Event Calendar for more things to do with the kids the week, or our Holiday Activities Guide for more seasonal NYC fun...all December break long.