A Very New York Family Christmas: holiday events, activity guide!
Welcome, to Christmas in NYC, the MOST wonderful time of the year! Here at New York Family, we could not love the holidays more. The twinkling lights, the glittery decorations, the joy in the air… It’s truly a magical time, especially here in NY. That’s why we are here to help you and your family get in the holiday spirit! We’ve got everything you need to make it your family’s best holiday ever.
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- Holiday Shows and Events
- Gift Guide & Holiday Shopping
- Where to See Santa
- Hanukkah 2023
- Holiday Light Shows & Experiences
- Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms
- Winter Fun
- Holiday Crafts, Books, Movies, Recipes and Elf on the Shelf
Is it just us, or is this holiday season even more jam-packed with family-friendly holiday events and activities than ever before? We will keep updating our holiday event roundups throughout the season, so keep checking back for more holiday family fun!
2023 Gift Guide & Holiday Shopping
Not sure where to start when it comes to holiday shopping? We can help! Check out this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide featuring the hottest toys for all ages, plus gift ideas for Mom and Dad too, carefully curated by New York Family editors.
If you have young children, the Christmas season is not complete without a visit to see the Big Man in Red! From photo ops to holiday brunches, here’s where your family can see Santa in NYC and beyond.
Hanukkah is from Thursday, December 7 through Thursday, December 14 this year. Grab your dreidels, fry up some tasty latkes and celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights at a Menorah lighting or other Hanukkah event.
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the overwhelming sense of tradition. Every year, families celebrate old traditions and create new ones as well. These can’t-miss holiday experiences are sure to be ones your family will return to year after year.
Special Holiday Experiences
With the holiday season comes the cooler temperatures and the start of winter. There’ll be plenty of time to curl up by the fireplace when the blustery January weather begins, so you should take advantage of the cold-weather fun now while you’re surrounded by twinkling lights and holiday magic.
Winter Bucket Lists
Sure, you can head down to Home Depot to buy a real tree. But why not make a day of it? Take your family to a cut-your-own tree farm where you can pick your tree right from the ground, then sip some hot chocolate and listen to holiday music on the trip home. Some farms offer special Christmas experiences, too.
What is Christmas without an abundance of delicious food and classic movies? Check out some yummy holiday recipes, our favorite holiday movies, plus some hacks and traditions we just had to share. And of course, for those running out of ideas for their magical little North Pole visitor, we’ve got a TON of must-try Elf on the Shelf ideas for you.