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
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
CityParks PuppetMobile Presents Puppet Time!
Williamsbridge Oval - 12:00 PM Pick
Picnic Performances in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Journey to the Stars
Brooklyn Bridge Park - 8:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides