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.

Places featured in this article:


Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 29, 2021 - Sun Jan 9, 2022) NYC Winter Lantern Festival: Escape

New York Hall Of Science

The New York Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Sat Nov 20, 2021 - Sun Jan 23, 2022) Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
(Wed Nov 24, 2021 - Sat Jan 22, 2022) NYBG Glow

Brookfield Place

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Facebook Live

Brooklyn Children's Museum

American Museum of Natural History
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Story Pirates Story Creation Zone
Online Link to Be Provided - 7:00 PM Pick
Movies Under the Stars: In the Heights (PG-13)
St. Catherine's Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Movies Under the Stars: Cruella (PG-13)
Lawrence Virgilio Playground - 7:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides