Blast off this holiday season with a trip to Bloomingdale's holiday windows. Photo by Jody Mercier
Blast off this holiday season with a trip to Bloomingdale's holiday windows. Photo by Jody Mercier

Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in NYC with Kids: Parade, Trains, Santa, Tree Lightings

Turkey might be the main course, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade the centerpiece, but the final weekend of November is when New York City families shift into holiday hyperdrive, thanks to all the kid-friendly seasonal events.

Macy's Santaland opens, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Catch the opening days of the annual holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday, you can attend tree lightings in Park Slope, the Upper East Side, and Glendale, Queens, and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a Flatbush Farm or take a ride on a throwback subway train.

For stuff to do on Thanksgiving Day itself, look no further than our guides to 10 things to do on Thanksgiving with NYC kids and 22 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend to keep those visitors entertained. And of course, we also have the full 411 on Santa Claus brunches, teas, and cruises, plus neighborhood Christmas Tree lightings. This is also the weekend that cut your own Christmas tree farms traditionally open, and of course holiday shows are popping up all over, including George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.

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

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


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Starts at 77th St. & Central Park West
New York, NY

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street near Broadway
New York, NY

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing, NY

Macy's Herald Square
151 W 34th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)
Mid-park about 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

Grand Central Terminal
100 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Columbus Library
742 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
West 79th Street and West Drive inside Central Park
New York, NY

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St
New York, NY

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Park Slope
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

City Point
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY

James Cagney Place
East 91st Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Atlas Park
8000 Cooper Avenue
Glendale, NY 11385

The Av Norden Pop-Up
171 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

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

NYC Subway
F line from 2nd Avenue to 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center; then to 59th St/Columbus Circle and ending at 125 St in Harlem
New York, NY

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Kings Theater
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl St
New York, NY 10004

Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY