35 Free Holiday and Christmas Events in NYC for Kids

The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place is always charming and free! Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place
The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place is always charming and free! Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place

With Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah all fast approaching, New York City is gearing up for its most magical season. Some of our favorite annual events happen this time of the year, and between finding the best Thanksgiving meal and embarking on some epic holiday adventures, things can get expensive. So, we've rounded up 35 FREE holiday and Christmas activities to enjoy now through New Year's Eve. Consider it our holiday gift to you! 

For more things to do in New York City this season, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide and our always-up-to-date 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 listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing.

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Places featured in this article:


Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Brookfield Place

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Visitor Center in Conference House Park

Washington Square Park Carols online
Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of Saint Francis
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine - 10:00 AM Pick
The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
Fort Tryon Park - 11:30 AM Pick
Art Sundae with Arghavan Khosravi
Rockefeller Center - 11:00 AM Pick
47th Annual Atlantic Antic
Atlantic Avenue - 12:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides