37 Free Holiday and Christmas Events in NYC for Kids

The most extravagant Christmas light displays in the country are located in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights, aka “Dyker Lights.” Photo courtesy Dyker Heights Lights
The most extravagant Christmas light displays in the country are located in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights, aka “Dyker Lights.” Photo courtesy Dyker Heights Lights

When it comes to holiday gifts, we've found the perfect one for you, dear reader: This list of FREE holiday and Christmas events in NYC. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve are all fast approaching, but between Nutcrackersfamily-friendly holiday shows, and meals with Santa, things can get expensive. So, we've rounded up 37 FREE holiday and Christmas events in NYC to enjoy now through New Year's Eve.

For more things to do in New York City this season, bookmark our Guide to Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in NYC and our always-up-to-date Family Activity Calendar.

Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and recommended ages.

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Places featured in this article:


Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Brookfield Place

Visitor Center in Conference House Park

Astoria Park Lawn

Borough-Wide

Promenade at Montague Street

Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

East Harlem Tutorial Program

Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
Hibernators Weekend at Wave Hill
Wave Hill - 10:00 AM Pick
Little Miss Ann Family Concert
The Jewish Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Lunar New Year in Bryant Park
Winter Village at Bryant Park - 10:00 AM Pick
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