Christmas Weekend 2021 in NYC: Best Things To Do With Kids

Delight in the spectacular installations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Lightscapes. Photo by Jess Laird
Delight in the spectacular installations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Lightscapes. Photo by Jess Laird

Looking for the best things to do in New York City over Christmas weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for the holiday weekend.

While you may be busy unwrapping presents for much of the weekend, there are still many fun things to do in NYC with the kids. Your family can go caroling in Washington Square Park, check out the Christmas lights in one of the city's most decorated neighborhoods, or take in tried and true crowd-pleasers like the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights or ice skating on Governors Island.

We've also got top picks for family-friendly destinations open on Christmas, plus picks for a holiday meal out, whether your tastes are traditional, or you choose Chinese. Of course, our Family Activity Calendar has more fun events for every day of the holiday break.

Be sure to check with each venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event, and read more about local public safety protocols here; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge, so always confirm details before heading out.

More Things To Do in New York City This Week With Kids

Story Time at Lincoln Center
Damrosch Park - 11:30 AM Pick
Summer Concerts at the Wells Fargo Stage
Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens - 6:00 PM Pick
Fireworks Extravangza
Orchard Beach Nature Center - 6:00 PM Pick
2022 Independence Day Celebration
Astoria Park - 7:30 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides