A Very New York Family Christmas: all holiday events, activity guide and more!

A Very New York Family Christmas: all holiday events, activity guide!
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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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2023 Holiday Shows and Events

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!

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Christmas Events Around New York City

Christmas Tree and Holiday Tree Lightings

Nutcracker Performances Around New York

Christmas and Holiday Performances 2023

 

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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.

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Gifts and Toys for Babies 0-18 months

The Best Toys for Preschoolers/Little Kids 18 months to 3 years

The Best Toys for 4-8 Years-Olds

The Best Toys for 8+ Year Olds

The Best Gifts for Tweens to Teens

10 Best Holiday Gifts for Moms

Gifts for Dad

Best Cookbooks for Families

Gifts That Honor New York City

Westchester Holiday Gift Guide

Last Minute Toys for Every Budget Gift Guide

Gift Ideas from Nintendo

Holiday Markets and Shopping

Festive Holiday Markets in NYC

2023 Westchester Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs

Downtown White Plains 2023 Holiday Market

 

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Where to See Santa 2023

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.

Dine with Santa Events in NYC

Where to Take Santa Photos in NYC

Where to See Santa in Westchester: Pictures, Breakfast with Santa, and More

Dining with Santa on Long Island 2023

15 Spots To See Santa On Staten Island

 

Hanukkah 2023

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.

Chanukah Events and Menorah Lightings in New York 2023

Long Island Chanukah Events 2023

2023 Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Events in Westchester

Hanukkah Books for Children of All Ages

Menorah Lightings In Staten Island

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Holiday Light Shows & Experiences

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.

Polar Express & Holiday Train Rides

The Best Holiday Family Experiences Around New York 2023

Holiday Light Shows Around New York 2023

Spectacular Holiday Light Drive-Thru Attractions in NYC and Nearby

Best Holiday Window Displays in NYC

Best Neighborhood Holiday Light Displays in Westchester and Beyond

Illuminated Holiday Experiences In and Around Westchester

Christmas Lights In Staten Island, NJ, And NYC

Special Holiday Experiences

Macy’s Santaland

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Holiday Train Show And NY Botanical Gardens GLOW

‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

PaleyLand 

Coney Island Frost Fest

Holiday Wish Express

Holiday Lane at American Christmas

Winter Fun

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.

Ice Skating in Westchester

Ice Skating Long Island

Magical Outdoor Ice Skating Experiences in NYC This Winter

Ice Skating in Staten Island

Best Hot Chocolate and Teas in NYC

Where to Get The Best Hot Chocolate In Staten Island

The 17 Best Places to Go Snow Tubing Near NYC for Families

Winter Bucket Lists

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Westchester

Staten Island

 

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms

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.

Tree Farms in the NYC Area

Tree Farms in Long Island

Tree Farms in Westchester

Tree Farms in Staten Island

Best Christmas Tree Delivery Services in NYC

All About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2023

 

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Holiday Books, Movies, Recipes and Elf on the Shelf

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.

12 Best Holiday Books for Kids of All Ages

Top Holiday Movies to Stream This Year

Family Holiday Traditions

Best Holiday Cookies to Make with Your Kids

International Christmas Recipes

53 Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Parents

Holiday Hacks for Busy Parents

 

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Play On! Studios

<p>Play On! Studios offers theater day camps and after-school classes on the UWS that are guaranteed to give kids a summer full of acting, music, and fun they won't soon forget! Young actors will rehearse and perform in a full production, work with professional NYC actors/teaching artists, build up their skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and play lots of drama games!</p> <p>Creative Drama Camps are perfect for kids entering grades K-4. Campers will work each week to put on a brand-new show! Each session, they will receive a script, rehearse a production, make a set and costumes, and perform their play. Kids will also play drama games, play outside (weather permitting), and have tons of fun!</p> <p>Musical Theater Camps are aimed at kids entering grades 4-9. In Musical Theater Performance Camp, campers put on a complete musical production in a professional NYC theater! Campers will stretch their skills with drama exercises and games, vocal coaching, field trips, and building a professional set. Our incredible teaching artists and campers come together to put on a truly remarkable show!</p> <p>During the school year, classes are great for beginners or more experienced actors - sing, dance, and put on a play! Whether your child is just starting out, or ready for Broadway, we’ve got the class for them. Classes are available for grades PreK-8, after school or on Saturdays! Come play with us.</p> <p> </p>

HudsonWay Immersion School

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">A pioneer in language immersion since 2005. After school language classes provide a fun and effective way for preschool and elementary children to learn Mandarin or Spanish language skills through project based learning and fun, engaging themes.</span></p>

Treehouse Shakers

<div>Treehouse Shakers’ Branching OUT After-School program is for ages 12-14. This awarded program is for young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, or are seeking to become better allies. Branching OUT centers on discovering and exploring one’s story and identity through an intentionally artist-led format. During our community-based program, young people will explore and reflect on their own story to create a larger, more meaningful experience, while gaining self-empowerment and gathering with like-minded peers. Through the guidance of our awarded teaching artists, young people will create narratives that will be turned into podcasts, dances, songs or poetry. </div> <div> </div> <div>Young people have the opportunity to learn new art forms, work with professional artists, while building a meaningful community.</div>