Grand Central Train Show. Photo by Filip Wolak
Grand Central Train Show. Photo by Filip Wolak

35 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids This December

Don't let the holidays bankrupt you! We've got a list of dozens of things to do in New York City this December with the kids that won't cost you a cent.

The first week is loaded with tree lightings, Santa photos, and gorgeous art, including destination-worthy public art exhibits such as the Luminaries in Battery Park City. There's even a FREE Nutcracker this month, quirky fun like Tuba Christmas and City of Science, menorah lightings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and later...New Year's Eve fireworks

Find more FREE holiday-specific fun and splurge-worthy events in our NYC Holiday Fun Guide.


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

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey
NY, NY 10281

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

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

Astoria Park Lawn
24-02 19th St
Queens, NY

Flatiron Plaza
In and around 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

York College, Health and Physical Education Complex
160-02 Liberty Avenue
Queens, NY

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Queens, NY

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

City Point
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Bryant Park
Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Sts
NY, NY

South Street Seaport
207 Front St
New York, NY 10038

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

Pearl Street Triangle
155 Water St, Between Pearl St and the Manhattan Bridge
Brooklyn, NY

Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Arsenal Gallery
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street Central Park- Parks Department Headquarters
New York, NY

Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID
7428 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Prospect Park
Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

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

Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street Outside under the marquee
New York, NY 10027

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

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

The Church of the Intercession
550 W. 155th Street
New York, NY 10032

High Line
Gansvoort St
NY, NY 10001

Astor Plaza
149-179 E 8th Street
NY, NY

Jackie Robinson Recreation Center
85 Bradhurst Ave
New York, NY

McCarren Play Center
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Loeb Boathouse Express Café
East Drive and 75th St Central Park
New York, NY

Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY