Best of December: 38 Awesome Things To Do in NYC with Kids

Celebrate Hanukkah at the newly opened, FREE Seaport Ice Skating Rink! Photo courtesy of The Seaport
Celebrate Hanukkah at the newly opened, FREE Seaport Ice Skating Rink! Photo courtesy of The Seaport

Holiday lights, sights, and celebrations abound in NYC this December. Read on for our top things to do with kids to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve.

We're still plowing through the leftover turkey, and suddenly Santa is popping up all over town, trees are lighting up, carols are being sung, Nutcrackers are battling mouse kings, toy trains are dazzling young engineers, and Hanukkah gelt and doughnuts are being passed out in abundance. The year 2022 takes its final bow with a spectacular array of kid-friendly things to do.

Read on for our top picks for family fun in December 2022, and find more holiday happenings in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events in NYC for Families, including our top picks for holiday must-do's and 15 picture-perfect seasonal day trip destinations, too.

The Mommy Poppins Family Activity Calendar is the digital equivalent of cookies and hot cocoa. Check it daily for sustenance during this incredibly busy holiday season.

Places featured in this article:


Sixth Street Community Center

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
LuminoCity Festival at Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park - 4:30 PM Pick
Sparkling the Heart of Fordham
Bryan Park - 4:00 PM Pick
Carroll Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Carroll Park Carroll Gardens - 5:00 PM Pick
NYBG Glow
The New York Botanical Garden - 5:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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