Turkey might be the main course, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the centerpiece, but holiday events for New York City kids immediately shift into December-mode on the final weekend of November. Macy's Santaland opens, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Catch the opening days of 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, Brooklyn, and Glendale, Queens, and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a Flatbush Farm or take a ride on a throwback subway train (on the way to Sunday events).
For stuff to do on Thanksgiving day itself, look no further than our guide to 10 things to do on Thanksgiving with NYC kids, and of course, our 100 Top Things to Do in NYC with Kids list is always at the ready for school holidays and staycations.
We also have the full 411 on Santa Claus brunches, teas, and cruises, more neighborhood Christmas Tree lightings, and our guide to 21 NYC Holiday Activities Every Kid Should Try Once. This is also the weekend cut your own Christmas tree farms traditionally open, and of course the holiday shows and theater are beginning now with The Magic Flute for Kids at the Met Opera, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Carol kicking off this long Thanksgiving weekend.
As always, you can support your holiday planning with Mommy Poppins mainstays like our November GoList, our event calendar, and our action-packed Holiday Fun Guide.