When it comes to family-friendly events, New York City's highest gear has a name: December. But because this week straddles both months, be sure to also peruse our November GoList, which highlights many November events spilling into December, like holiday train displays and magic shows.
Our top picks for this week include Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, the famed Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, opening night of Mother Africa: My Home, and more. By the way, don't forget about our Readers Night for Mother Africa. Score the discounted tickets to this circus spectacular, plus enjoy pre-show activities with the Mommy Poppins crew! Also on tap, a slew of new holiday shows open, with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and others opening this week. Plus, behold a landslide of Nutcracker productions, many of the best picks in our roundup for 2016.
For you outdoor types, check out our guide to skating rinks open daily around the city, or make sure to hit one—or maybe six—of the many Christmas tree lightings around the city.
Read on for our top weekday picks, most of which are FREE. For an overall lowdown on more free events, see 25 Free Holiday Events for NYC Kids, as well as our Event Calendar.