Thanksgiving Weekend Events for Kids in NYC: Parade, Trains, Santa, Tree Lightings

Things to Do with Kids in NYC Thanksgiving Weekend 2018
See the holiday windows light up this weekend in Midtown. Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP for Macy's

Thanksgiving weekend might just be four of the most fun-packed days of the year in NYC. There's no shortage of things to do with kids on Thanksgiving Day while you wait for turkey time, even if you're not one of the thousands eagerly awaiting the step-off of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. And if braving Black Friday crowds for shopping deals isn't your thing (who can blame you), there are plenty of family activities to choose from over the Thanksgiving weekend.

New York City shifts right into holiday mode immediately after Thanksgiving. Macy's Santaland opens, Winterfest sparkles at the Brooklyn Museum, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Make sure to catch the the annual, out-of-this-world holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday, you can attend tree lightings in Park Slope and at The Met and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a historic farm or take a ride on a vintage subway train.

Also opening this weekend: Brooklyn Arctic Adventure, a FREE virtual-reality snowball fight with Santa sightings. And for those anxious to get into the "holiday spirit," a glorious version of A Christmas Carol opens on Sunday.

For more Christmas-season fun in New York City, see our guides to Christmas tree lightings, Nutcracker performances, and 21 holiday activities every NYC kid should experience once. And get a head start on your holiday planning by with the Mommy Poppins event calendar, and our action-packed holiday fun guide.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, have a happy Thanksgiving!