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.


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

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

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey
NY, NY 10281

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

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

Lefferts Historic House
Prospect Park Children’s Corner near the Willink entrance, at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard.
Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

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

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

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

Prospect Park
Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

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

Park Slope Armory YMCA
361 15th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Red Hook Recreation Center
155 Bay Street
Brooklyn, NY

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Fifth Avenue and 51st Street
NY, NY

Hamilton Fish Recreation Center
128 Pitt St
New York, NY 10002

Wyckoff House Museum
5816 Clarendon Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11203

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

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Interpretive Center
2351 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309

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.
NY, NY

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

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

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