Hit Rockefeller Center for FAO Schwarz, the famous tree and more! Photo by Janet Bloom
Hit Rockefeller Center for FAO Schwarz, the famous tree and more! Photo by Janet Bloom

Weekend Fun: Holiday Parties, Christmas (and non-Christmas) Shows, Maker Fun

One week deeper into the holiday season, and festive celebrations rule the Mommy Poppins calendar. Standouts this weekend include the Christmas Party in Washington Market Park, Holiday Blvd in Hudson Park, Holiday on the Hudson, Holiday Time in PaleyLand, the Chanukah Art Festival at the Jewish Children's Museum, the Hanukkah Family Celebration at the Museum of the City of New York, and the Winter Family Fair at the Morgan. Plus, Christ Church's 10th Annual Blessing of the Animals!

Looking for a great holiday show? We have a curated list of the Best Family Shows in NYC for Christmas 2018 (that aren't the Nutcracker) plus the full 411 on all those Nutcrackers as well. Hans Christian Andersen tales are playing all over town: there's The Snow Queen at Galli Theatre, The Emperor's New Clothes at Brooklyn's Puppetworks, and a quartet of Andersen stories at the New York City Children's Theater. New this weekend: Boing at the Duke on 42nd Street, as well as Angelina Ballerina's Very Merry Holiday Musical, plus productions of A Christmas Carol in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn's John Bourne Theater

Little makers and crafters are in luck this weekend, with opportunities to make die-cut ornaments on Staten Island, try traditional Irish crafts midtown, create pomanders at Morris-Jumel, up-cycle wearables at BRIC, or craft cookies and sweets at the 10th Annual Taste of Christmas Cookie Walk.

For more December fun, check our December GoList, our Holiday Fun Guide, and our bulging Event Calendar. And don't miss out on all the FREE activities taking place this month!


Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St
New York, NY 10013

The Duke on 42nd St
229 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Galli Theater New York
74 Warren St
New York, NY 10007

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

Puppetworks
338 Sixth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY

St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church
288 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 10009

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Staten Island MakerSpace
450 Front Street Unit B- entrance on Thompson St
Staten Island, NY 10306

Irish Arts Center
553 W. 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Washington Market Park
Chambers St. bet.ween Greenwich St. and West St.
NY, NY

35th Street Playground in Hudson Park
529 West 35th Street
New York, NY

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling
898 St Nicholas Avenue @ 155th Street
New York, NY 10032

West Harlem Piers Park
West 125 Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10027

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032

Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

246 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID
7428 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Hannah Senesh Community Day School
342 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jewish Children's Museum
792 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Museum of The City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Christ Church of Manhattan
524 Park Avenue at 60th Street
New York, NY 10065

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W 68 St
New York, NY 10023

JCC North Williamsburg preschool
14 Hope Street, Suite 1
Brooklyn, NY 11211