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 shows, gingerbread mania, and lots interactive events and workshops–all ensuring that there's plenty of holiday wonder to go around.
All Season Long
Yeti, Set, Snow!
NYC Winter Lantern Festival: Escape
Virtual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
My First Nutcracker
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Angelina Ballerina: A Very Merry Holiday Musical
25th Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting
Small Business Saturday Tree Lighting in Park Slope
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place
Holiday on the Hudson - A Virtual Event
Christmas In Richmond Town & Tree Lighting
Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum
Christmas Day at the Museum at Eldridge Street
11th Annual Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s "Celebrate Kwanzaa"
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends at the New York Botanical Garden
Places featured in this article:
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
New York Hall Of Science
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
Brooklyn Children's Museum
American Museum of Natural History
The New York Botanical Garden