Celebrate Three Kings Day at El Museo del Barrio. Photo courtesy of El Museo del Barrio
Celebrate Three Kings Day at El Museo del Barrio. Photo courtesy of El Museo del Barrio

20 Best Holiday Events in NYC for Toddlers and Preschoolers

New York City's annual transformation into a wonderland of holiday magic never gets old, especially with kids in tow. For younger kids, however, the Christmas crowds can be daunting—and the average toddler or preschooler tends to have limited patience for lines and lots of noise.

But there are still plenty of amazing seasonal spectacles just right for the 2-to-5 year-old set—including holiday lights, Christmas trains, and Santa visits. We've rounded up some stellar events that cater to toddlers and preschoolers including abridged performances of holiday showsgingerbread mania, and lots interactive events and workshops–all ensuring that there's plenty of holiday wonder to go around.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
West 79th Street and West Drive inside Central Park
New York, NY

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Grand Central Gallery Annex
87 E 42 Street
New York, NY 10001

Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

New York Hall Of Science
47-01 111th St
Queens, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey
NY, NY 10281

Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St
New York, NY 10013

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Park Slope
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Lincoln Square
Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street , Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
New York, NY

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
NY, NY 10002

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

El Barrio
route begins at 106th St. and Park Ave. and ends at 115th St and Park Ave.
New York, NY
Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
What We Call Home: Teens Curate the Collection
Bronx Museum of the Arts - 1:00 PM Pick
City Skate Pop-Up Concert
Bryant Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
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