The holidays in the Big Apple are nothing short of iconic and amazing. Despite what some might think, families, can easily join in the fun. Check out any of the following engaging family-friendly events in New York City. There’s a little something for everyone, no matter your preferences, so you can get in the spirit of the season.
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show – November 22 to January 15
For the ultimate in holiday train shows, head to the NYBG. This show takes place each year, drawing in big crowds, but it’s worth the effort. With over 25 small trains running at once, prepare to be dazzled. They pass by about 150 unique landmarks from the city, which are constructed using leaves, twigs, acorns, bark, and berries. To top it off, your kids can ride on the Evergreen Express, make puppets, and even march in a parade.
Macy’s Santa Land – November 24 to December 24
What are the holidays without a visit to Saint Nicholas? On the eighth floor of the Macy’s at Herald Square is the ultimate in holiday cheer. The setup goes well beyond what you find in your average American mall, thanks to multiple train sets, numerous decorations, Santa’s sled, his reindeer team, and even a glimpse at the toy shop. Of course, your kids will get to meet the man himself and make a personal plea for that special item.
You should know this time Macy’s is using a reservation system to keep the lines under control. Just go to the Macy’s Santa Land website and fill in your info, then grab a spot as early as 30 minutes from then, or push it out up to five days away.
Elf! The Musical – December 13 to 29
You’ve seen the hilarious movie, now enjoy an amazing and equally as magical live performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Relive the tale of Buddy, a baby who was orphaned and raised by elves in the North Pole, before returning to New York City to track down his birth father. This is one live performance everyone in the family will love and be talking about for months to come.
Coney Island New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31
Everyone thinks of Central Park and Prospect Park for ringing in the new year with fireworks and other festivities, but if you have kids the celebration on Coney Island is great. For one, it’s free to get in. There’s live entertainment, sideshows, rides, and ice skating to help pass the time while you wait for the clock to strike midnight.