Hi everyone! I can’t believe December is here. It is such a fun and busy month here in NYC.
This weekend head out and enjoy The Cybertronic Spree at BAM, Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party at St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker at Arts Brookfield, Family House Party: Truth Be Told at BRIC, 16th Annual St. Nicholas Day at The Wyckoff House Museum, Target Free First Friday Night at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 4th Annual Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting, Holiday Candlelight Tours at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Tree Lighting Skate-tacular in Bryant Park, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at Queens Theater, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre, Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum, Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo at National Sawdust and Skate With Santa at LeFrak Center at Lakeside.
Also check out long running events like the Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre, Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center, Breakfast With Santa, Sing-A-Long and Elfprov at Broadway Comedy Club, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden and Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater.
Have a fantastic weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday December 1st
Target Free First Friday Night at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday December 1st 5-8p. Free. Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month. With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environments, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.
Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party at Belarusian Church (Boerum Hill)
Friday December 1st 6–8p. Free and open to the public. Atlantic Avenue LDC hosts Tree Lighting & Party. 5 to 6 PM: Caroling Along Avenue with Brooklyn High School of the Arts. 6PM: Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony – Meet Santa! Officiated by Council Member Stephen Levin. 6:15 to 7:30 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting Party. Annual Atlantic Avenue Merchant Holiday Window Competition Winners Announced!
Tree Lighting Skate-tacular in Bryant Park
Friday December 1st 6-7p. Free. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be hosting the annual Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on Friday, December 1st. This year’s event, narrated by Tony Award winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), will feature a stellar line up of live performances from Olympic and World Champion skaters including Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Jeff Buttle, followed by ice skating for all.
Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Friday December 1st 7p & Saturday December 2nd 1p & 7p. Free to attend. Perfect for ages 3 and up! This free one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. The acclaimed dance company will present three performances in the Winter Garden, one of the city’s only free opportunities to enjoy a holiday must-see performance. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.
Saturday December 2nd
Jazz for Kids: Timbalooloo at National Sawdust (Williamsburg)
Saturday December 2nd 11a. Doors at 1030a. Tickets: Adults $20 & Children $5. Have you tried Jazz for Kids? Timbalooloo strives to fundamentally reimagine the way music is taught and language is formed. The Timbalooloo Method was developed by internationally renowned musician Oran Etkin. Through the Timbalooloo Method, children learn to express themselves by making instruments come alive and speak the language of music. The method adds character, humor and emotion to music. Through fun games, stories, songs and movements, children engage with rich musical and cultural heritage – from Tito Puente to Mozart, Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock.
Family House Party: Truth Be Told at BRIC (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday December 2nd 12n-5p. Free w/ RSVP. RSVP here. Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! Inclusive and welcoming programming that encourage creativity and discovery. Join us for dance classes, gaming, art-making and other participatory activities, culminating in a raucous all-ages dance party. For our December House Party, we’ll have a day exploring fact and fiction. You be the detective, the researcher, the judge. See the schedule of events here.
Skate With Santa at LeFrak Center at Lakeside (Prospect Park)
Saturday, December 2nd 12n-2p. Free with Rink admission. Santa’s hitting the ice at Lakeside, every weekend through December! Join him at the LeFrak Center from 12–2 pm on our public sessions, and sign up for a free 15-minute skate lesson at 1 pm or 1:15 pm to get a taste of our Skate School this holiday season. Does not include admission or skate rental.
16th Annual St. Nicholas Day at The Wyckoff House Museum
Saturday December 2nd 1-4p. Tickets: $5/adult, $3/kids. The festivities will kick off at 1pm with a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell. Children will enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback around 2:30pm. In the Dutch tradition, visitors can feed St. Nicholas’s faithful horse carrots and hay. Children are invited to sign the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen. Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.
The Cybertronic Spree at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday December 2nd 2p. For ages 7+. All tickets $10. Part of BAMkids. Hold on tight—the most incredible rock ‘n’ roll adventure is here. Transformers from planet Cybertron traverse an interplanetary space bridge to grace BAM with the most metal of sci-fi anthems. Covering the original 1986 soundtrack to The Transformers: The Movie, plus a handful of other kid-approved 80s tunes, this band of robot rockers is sure to bring smiles and headbangs to cartoon lovers of all ages. Come dressed as your favorite cartoon or robot character.
Sunday December 3rd
First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday December 3rd 10a-3p and monthly until March 4th. Free with Garden admission. Experience the serenity and wonder of the Garden with programs for the entire family! 10a-12n Family Discovery Stations and Storytime, 11a-12n Nature Walks with Brad Klein, 12n-1p Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour, 1-2p Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tour, 2-3p Winter Yoga. See website for all the event details. Mark your calendar! Join us at future First Sunday programs on January 7, February 4, and March 4, 2018.
Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday December 3rd at 11a & first Sunday of every month. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family (adult/family tix include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!). Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Join us for a morning full of Little Laffs! Balloon Tricks: Twistin’ Todd, Music: Lloyd H. Miller and Variety: Special guests from faraway lands!
Santa Rescue at the New York City Fire Museum (SoHo)
Sunday December 3rd 1130a. It is free to watch the rescue outside of the Museum, and admission to the Museum and to sit with Santa inside the Museum is $8 for adults and $5 for children. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. sharp, in the best tradition of the fire service, an FDNY ladder truck will bravely rescue Santa from his perilous perch on top of the New York City Fire Museum. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos. Christmas carols will be performed live by John Clacher’s Fire House Band on the 3rd floor.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at Queens Theatre
Sunday December 3rd 1p & 3p. Tickets: $14, $12 members, $10 Family Flex Pass. ArtsPower’s enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, we’re throwing a birthday party for it in our main lobby from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Join the fun before or after the performances. FREE for ticketholders, with gift bags included!
4th Annual Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Sunday December 3rd 4-530p. Free. Join FGPC and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for our holiday tree lighting at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park sponsored by Apple Bank. Stop by to take a picture with Santa Claus, enjoy free hot cocoa by Castro’s Restaurant and cookies provided from Brooklyn Sweet Spot and Peck’s, gather with your neighbors, listen to Manifest choir, and watch the tree light up at 5 p.m. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to benefit Fort Greene SNAP & Whitman Resident Association’s annual toy drive.
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Fridays 7p, Saturdays 2p & 7p and Sundays 12n & 5p until December 30th (except 12/24) with additional performances closer to the holidays. See website for schedule. For ages 6+. Tickets start at $20. Performance facts: 1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this show is so delightful! Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. With new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience—BELIEVE IN MAGIC will convert the most cynical of skeptics in this mind-blowing marvel. And when Jason magically makes it snow, you’ll leave thinking, what a show, what a show, what a show!
Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square
Daily at various times until December 24th. Admission is free! Meet Santa now by reservation only. He’s a busy man this time of year, so a reservation is your one way in! Pick a time slot to join the line—you can book from 30 minutes to 5 days in advance. Make a reservation here. Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99. To see the website for all the information on your Santaland visit.
Holiday Candlelight Tours at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Friday-Saturday December 1st-2nd 615p & 730p. $20 Adults, $10 Members, $5 Children under 12. Reservations required by calling 212 838 6878 or order tickets here. Step into the holiday season of 1830 and enjoy music and cofections of the time. Enjoy classical and holiday music performed by Sarah Loveland Gill on Friday and PACC Recorder Consort on Saturday. Refreshments courtesy of Two Little Red Hens and Glaser’s Bake Shop.
16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.
A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Thursdays & Fridays 7p, Saturdays 3p & 7p, Sundays 11a & 2p until December 30th. No performances on December 24th and additional weekday performances starting December 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Nineth Smash Year of this lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge! **There is a free family workshop 1 hour prior to the Sunday 11am performances only.
Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Ongoing Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd. Hours are Thursdays-Fridays 3-11p & Saturdays-Sundays 11a-11p. Single Day Admissions are available for purchase by day for $10.00 per guest. Children under 5 years old are FREE. Winter Wonderland Staten Island is a 70,000-square foot fully immersive holiday experience. Laid out on the field of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, this event will take guests on a trip to a winter alpine village, featuring all the wonderful holiday themes and feelings that we all know and love. Attractions include ice skating, a 34-vendor holiday market, a nightly light show, Santa’s Workshop, a life sized working Gingerbread House bakery, an Igloo bar featuring holiday cocktails and nightly live entertainment, rides, games, and experiences for guests of all All Rides, Games, & Attractions cost extra. See website for information. Winter Wonderland SI is a 3 minute walk along the promenade from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Monday November 20th 10a-545p and on display until January 7th (except 11/23 & 12/25). Free with Museum admission. Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.
The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center (Greenwich Village)
Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays 730p, Saturdays 11a, 3p & 730p and Sundays 3p until December 10th. Tickets: $65. Performance time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to this raucous and utterly zany beach party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy Major General. It is a spunky model of a (post)modern major musical.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018. Free with Museum admission. Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.
Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Daily 8a-10p until January 5th. Free to attend. Luminaries is a mesmerizing holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, based on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, each changing color and intensity. For every wish sent by the public during the holiday season, Brookfield will donate $1, up to $25,000, to the GRAMMY Museum and its music education programs. Note: Due to performances of The Nutcracker in the Winter Garden, Luminaries’ shows and wishing experience will be modified on the following dates: Friday, December 1: 8am – 3p & Saturday, December 2: No wishing experience or shows on this date
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a and Saturdays-Sundays 1p until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 31st. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.