There's plenty of cheery events in NYC to keep kids busy this holiday season! Photo by Janet Bloom
There's plenty of cheery events in NYC to keep kids busy this holiday season! Photo by Janet Bloom

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 penny (or even a ha' penny...).

The month 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.

Places featured in this article:


Brookfield Place

Museum of Television and Radio, Paley Center

Washington Square Park Carols online

Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

Astoria Park Lawn

Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

In your own neighborhood

Red Hook Recreation Center

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Hamilton Fish Recreation Center

Brookfield Place -- Waterfront Plaza

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Interpretive Center

Queens County Farm Museum

Prospect Park

Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
CityParks PuppetMobile Presents Puppet Time!
Williamsbridge Oval - 12:00 PM Pick
Picnic Performances in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Journey to the Stars
Brooklyn Bridge Park - 8:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides