Brighten up the holidays with the annual Luminaries tradition in the Winter Garden. Photo courtesy of BFPL.
Brighten up the holidays with the annual Luminaries tradition in the Winter Garden. Photo courtesy of BFPL.

25 Free Holiday and Christmas Events for NYC Kids

With Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah all fast approaching, New York City is gearing up for a very different—yet still magical—holiday season. Some of our favorite annual events happen this time of the year, and between filling the Thanksgiving table and embarking on some epic holiday adventures, things can get expensive. So, we've rounded up up 25 FREE holiday and Christmas activities to enjoy now through New Year's Eve. Consider it our holiday gift to you! Most are local, in-person celebrations, though we've also included a selection of annual favorites that have gone online for 2020, too.

For more holiday season highlights, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide and our always-up-to-date Event Calendar.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. 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.

Winter Village at Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
New York, NY

The Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

Macy's Herald Square
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey
NY, NY 10281

Dyker Lights
84th Street and 12th Avenue
Brooklyn , NY 11228

Belarusian Church
401 Atlantic Avenue at the corner of Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

Atlantic Avenue
4th Avenue through Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY

Park Avenue Malls
91st Street at Park Avenue
New York, NY

Brookfield Place -- Waterfront Plaza
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY

Private Picassos
237 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Visitor Center in Conference House Park
7544 Hyland Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10307

Washington Square Park Carols online
5th Avenue and Waverly Place
New York, NY

Brooklyn Ballet
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy. and Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032

Washington Square Park
5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and MacDougal St.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

New-York Historical Society Online
Right to Vote
Children's Museum of Manattan - 10:00 AM Pick
‘Tis the Season to Be Freezin’
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Pause to Be Present
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 12:45 PM Pick
Nature Exploration: Riverside Park
Riverside Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Sunset Hike
Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) - 4:30 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides