Christmas Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 22nd-25th
Hi everyone! If you are in town this weekend there are so many fun events to check out with the family.
Take the kids and check out events like The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks, Ho Ho Ho Dobro at Citypoint, Christmas Eve Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, Family Concert: Oran Etkin at The Jewish Museum, Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park, Kids Camp: The Peanuts Movie at Alamo Drafhouse, NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus & Train Rides, How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, The Snow Queen at Galli Theater, 40th Anniversary Screening: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas at Museum of the Moving Image, Capoeira Class for Kids at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library, Breakfast With Santa, Sing-A-Long and Elfprov at Broadway Comedy Club, Christmas Day at the Shul at Museum at Eldridge Street, Sunday Story Time: The Snowy Day at the New-York Historical Society, Washington Square Christmas Eve Caroling in Washington Square Park and December 25 at the Museum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Also check out long running events like Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie & Heroes Workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image, A Christmas Carol the Musical 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, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, 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 Luminaries at Arts Brookfield.
Merry Christmas & have a wonderful weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
P.S. Remember to check with venues for weekly drop in sing-alongs since they might be cancelled this weekend.
Friday December 22nd
NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides (Midtown)
Fridays December 22nd 9a-5p (last day!) $2.75 per person. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses in service on the M42 route (42nd Street).
Kids Camp: The Peanuts Movie at Alamo Drafhouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday December 22nd 945a & Saturday-Sunday December 23rd-24th 9a. You pick the price – tickets just $1, $3, or $5! Proceeds benefit local non-profits! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, thanks to the team behind the ICE AGE series. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz with some modern day flourish, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
Santa’s Corner in Bryant Park
Friday-Saturday December 22nd-23rd 1-3p. Free. Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday December 22nd 330-515p. Free. Join us for a holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.
Saturday December 23rd
Breakfast With Santa, Sing-A-Long and Elfprov at Broadway Comedy Club (Midtown West)
Saturday December23rd at 930a (last one!). $25/general admission & $50/VIP. Admission includes Interactive Musical Comedy Show, Continental Breakfast and Pictures with Santa. BRING CAMERAS and VIDEO!!! We do not supply photos however the elves do help so the entrie family can get in the shot. This Year we will be taking photos & video then sharing on our Facebook Page for easy FREE downloads. 9a checking, 930a Main Hall opens & breakfast, 10a ELFPROV, 1030a Santa Singalong and event usually ends at 11a.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays 1230p & 230p & Tuesday-Friday 1230p, 230p & 430p until December 30th. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Tchaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Both shows at each performance.
40th Anniversary Screening: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas at Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday December 23rd 1p. Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Introduced by Marilyn Sokol! Dir. Jim Henson. 1977, 60 mins. (plus additional clips). Digital projection. With Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Eren Ozker. Featuring original songs by Paul Williams. One of Jim Henson’s most beloved television specials tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. This restored presentation includes Kermit the Frog’s segments. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin (producer of the award-winning documentary Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow) will be joined by Marilyn Sokol (voice of Ma Otter) to present outtakes from the special and excerpts from the documentary. The 40th Anniversary DVD Edition of Emmet Otter will be available for purchase at the Museum shop and Marilyn Sokol will sign DVDs after the screening.
The Snow Queen at Galli Theater (Midtown West)
Saturday December 23rd 2p. Adults $20, Kids $15, Adult/Child Combo $35. Don’t miss your last chance to see “The Snow Queen” this Saturday with treats from the Snow Queen right after the show. We will also be offering our after show workshop afterwards from 3 – 3:45pm. Workshop tickets: $15 per child / $10 for siblings.
Capoeira Class for Kids at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library
Saturdays 230-330p in December. Free. Capoeira (cap·o·ei·ra) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. It was created in the 16th century by enslaved Africans in Brazil who used it to liberate themselves. Come join Ile de Palmares for this free children’s class.
Sunday December 24th
Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Starting Sunday December 24th at various times and daily until January 1st except 12/29 & 12/30. $14 per person & includes Museum admission. Calling all little artists to our annual Kids’ ArtFest! Featuring an incredible array of workshops and activities for children of all ages. See the website for details on the activities & times.
New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Nostalgia Train
Sunday December 24th various times. $2.75. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing our vintage R1-9 train cars and a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Catch the Holiday Nostalgia Train on Sunday December 10th, 17th, and 24th! In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.
Christmas Eve Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday December 24th 11a-5p. No cover. All ages. We will be featuring our brunch menu, brunch drink specials and kids menu!
Sunday Story Time: The Snowy Day at the New-York Historical Society (UWS)
Sunday December 24th 1130a. Free with Museum admission. For ages 3-7y. Winter is here! This week at Sunday Story time we’re reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Children will create snowy collages inspired by Keats’ illustrations. Note: Museum closes at 3p on 12/24.
Washington Square Christmas Eve Caroling in Washington Square Park
Sunday December 24th 5-6p. Free. Celebrate the holidays with carols near the Washington Square Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out familiar tunes. The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart. “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out and is especially meaningful this season.
Monday December 25th
The Kids Camp: Modern Times at Alamo Drafhouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday December 25th-28th 930a. Run time 87 min. Rated G. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to PAWS New York. MODERN TIMES, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, MODERN TIMES—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.
December 25 at the Museum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Battery Park)
Monday December 25th 10a-6p. Free with Museum admission. Spend the day at the Museum. See the unique Core Exhibition and three special exhibitions. Adult and family-friendly tours are free with Museum admission. Enjoy National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of “The Sorceress” at 2 PM (separate ticket required and advance purchase strongly recommended at nytf.org). The Museum’s restaurant, LOX at Café Bergson, is open during Museum hours. See the website for the tour schedule.
Family Concert: Oran Etkin at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Monday December 25th 1130a-1230p. $16 General Public; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. Includes Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under. For ages 2-7y. Renowned jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin founded Timbalooloo to immerse kids and their families in the beauty and excitement of a range of musical traditions through music classes, concerts, and albums. Etkin returns to the Jewish Museum with fresh stories and songs after a fall tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya! Families will embark on an interactive musical journey through the African landscape. Sing, dance, drum, and discover how Etkin’s friend Clara Net (his clarinet!) can talk musically with various traditional African instruments, creating exciting music that transcends borders.
Christmas Day at the Shul at Museum at Eldridge Street (Lower East Side)
Monday December 25th 12n-5p. Tickets: $14 and $10 for seniors & children. On a day when most places are closed, the Museum will swing open our doors for a special day of tours and activities! From noon to 2:00 p.m., kids and adults alike will be busy enjoying tours of the Museum’s landmark building, self-guided scavenger hunts, and special family art projects. The Museum’s new exhibition, Let There Be Light! featuring over 100 fun and unique menorahs, will delight visitors in the main historic sanctuary. At 3:00 p.m., enjoy a live concert with Lisa Mayer and her sons Zachary and Aaron perform music from the Hasidic, Klezmer and Yiddish traditions, as well as new Biblical Ballads and nigunim for the next generation. The Museum at Eldridge Street offers a joyful, alternative way to spend the holiday. Engage in a time-honored New York tradition by spending Christmas Day in Chinatown!
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Friday-Saturday December 22nd & 23rd 2p & 7p and Wednesday-Saturday December 27th-30th 2p & 7p. 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.
Ho Ho Ho Dobro at Citypoint (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 12n-4p until December 24th. Free. A hip, happy holiday celebration: Santa, a DJ, face painting and family fun. Plus, Santa’s on the scene every Saturday and Sunday.
Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Starting Saturday December 23rd at 11a until January 1st except 12/25. Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Dir. Chris McKay. 2017, 104 mins. DCP. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes. Batman must face the villains of Gotham City again, but this time with his new sidekick Robin and fellow caped-crusader Batgirl, along with his ally Commissioner Barbara Gordon. This lively animated movie combines our favorite Gotham City characters with the LEGO toy universe, for hilarious superhero fun. Note: Drop in for our art making projects related to LEGO Batman during Winter Recess from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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)
Friday-Saturday December 22n-23rd 3p & 7p additional performances December 27th-30th 3p & 7p (No 3p on 12/29). Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Ninth 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!
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)
Daily 10a-545p until January 7th (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.
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.
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)
Monday-Friday December 18th-22nd 1030a & 1130a and Saturday December 23rd 1& 3p. See the website for next weeks 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!