Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan's winter wonderland. Photo by Angelito Jusay
Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan's winter wonderland. Photo by Angelito Jusay

35 Free Holiday and Christmas Events for NYC Kids

With Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah all fast approaching, New York City is gearing up for a magical holiday season. There's something about the sheer delight and excitement in kids' faces that can make even dodging tourists and taxis fun. 

Some of the best family events in NYC happen in November and December: annual train displays, exciting holiday events, spectacular Nutcracker productions, and more. But FREE family fun is often the very best kind, especially with kids in tow. So we've rounded up 35 FREE Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah activities for the family to enjoy now through New Year's Eve. (Consider it our holiday gift to you!) For more of the best events of the holiday season in NYC, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide.

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

Grand Central Gallery Annex
87 E 42 Street
New York, NY 10001

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

Macy's Herald Square
151 W 34th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey
NY, NY 10281

Museum of Television and Radio, Paley Center
25 West 52 street
NY, NY 10019

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

Albee Square
Fulton Street and Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

Balloon Inflation
74th St and Columbus Ave exit 81 St and Central Park West
New York, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Park Slope
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

James Cagney Place
East 91st Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Lincoln Square
Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street , Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
New York, NY

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

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

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
286-88 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

West Harlem Piers Park
West 125 Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10027

Queens Center
90-15 Queens Bvd.
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Carl Schurz Park
East 86th Street and East End Avenue
New York, NY

Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Resevoir Oval East
Bronx, NY 10467

St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church
288 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 10009

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, NY 11101

Prospect Park
Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

Meet at the arch at 5th Avenue, Washington Square Park
Travel to Tomkins Square Park
New York, NY 10003

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York City, NY 10020

Lewis Latimer House Museum
3441 137th St.
Flushing, NY 11354

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

Grand Army Plaza
Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street
New York, NY

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

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens, NY

Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY
Bronx Zoo: Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo - 11:00 AM Pick
The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Grand Opening of Winter Village at Bryant Park
Winter Village at Bryant Park - 12:00 PM Pick
Jack and the Beanstalk
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
No Tricks, All Treats Family Fun Day!
Tanenbaum Family Pool - 3:00 PM Pick
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