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

New York Hall Of Science

Brookfield Place

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Facebook Live

Brooklyn Children's Museum

American Museum of Natural History
Raptorama
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Jamaica Bay Park - 10:00 AM Pick
Open House NY at Swedish Cottage
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (in Central Park) - 10:00 AM Pick
Family Art Project: Birds in Flight
Wave Hill - 10:00 AM Pick
Bronx Zoo: Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo - 11:00 AM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides