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Holiday Theater and Performances for Kids in New York

December 7, 2010

{This is an updated list}The holiday season has already kicked off and for parents that might mean scrambling around the city in search for the latest toy or gadget or perhaps trying to break from that madness and enjoy it with your kids. New York City, after all, is the Mecca for holiday events – ranging from seeing Santa to viewing gorgeous window and light displays. There are also tons of theatrical performances where you and your child can take in a classic (The Radio City Christmas Show or The Nutcracker) or see a Charlie Brown Classic performed live in front of the film. Whatever your preference, we have got you and your child covered during this exciting holiday season.

BROADWAY

Wintuk from Cirque du Soleil (November 17th – January 2nd, 2011)
Wintuk is from the famous Cirque du Soleil, so you know you can expect incredible acrobatics, comedic moments, spectacular costumes and a light plot. That is all true with Wintuk, which is geared towards families. The plot is about a boy looking for snow. The storyline gives the troupe plenty of opportunities to create a top-notch winter wonderland. Birch (aged 4.5 years) and Willow (aged 2.5 years) was blown away by the production and the stage setup with rollerbladers, skaters and a full town. The show was 90 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. The length turned out to be fine for both kids. What went over well with them: the huge floppy dog, the cyclists, the explosions of snow, the acrobatics and thrilling choreography. It was definitely a great show. There are also several Wintuk videos on their You Tube channel. Special note: This season, one hour before the first show every Sunday, the Wintuk theater lobby is a playground of winter fun – Kids can interact with family-friendly performers, have their faces painted, decorate winter crafts, have their pictures taken and more. The lines for the attractions were fine and it was worth going to. Bring your camera to snap photos with the performers or get a free professional one of your family to put in a winter card you make on-site.
Discount: Wintuk is offering special kids pricing where Cirque fans can save 30% on tickets for kids 12 and under for all performances. More information about the show can be found here.
Details: Show times are Monday & Tuesday: Dark; Wednesday: At 2PM and 8PM; Thursday: At 8PM; Friday: At 8PM; Saturday: At 2PM and 8PM; Sunday: At 2PM and 6PM. The show is dark on December 25 & 31 and January 1. The production is at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets range from $40- $220. For additional information, please visit: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/wintuk/default.aspx

Elf on Broadway (November 8th – January 2nd, 2011)
The movie, Elf, has recently made its debut on the Great White Way. Perfect for the holiday season, the Broadway version is now, Elf the Musical. The play follows Buddy, the elf, who learns by coming to NYC that he actually not an elf, but a human that according the website stays “very faithful” to the film. 
Details:
Show times are Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8pm, Sunday at 2 and 7pm. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street New York, NY. For additional information, please visit: http://www.broadway.com/shows/elf/

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (November 5th – December 30th, 2011)
Last year was the first time I took Birch (3.5 years) to this exciting show. I was pretty sure he could stick it out for the full 1.5 hours since he can sit through the movie “Cars” a few dozen times. My friend brought her 20-month-old daughter. She, like Birch, was riveted. (After an hour though, her mom took the girl home for bedtime, but the kid put up a fight.) You can’t underestimate the dazzle effect on a child. The lobby of Rockefeller Center is stunning with lit trees, ornamental chandeliers and the friendliest staff you have ever met. I felt like each usher was thrilled that we were there. The theater itself is beautiful and huge. The orchestra was lifted up on a lighted stage as they opened the curtains. Birch nearly fell off of his chair. But when the Rockettes came out in their reindeer outfits and Santa too- he couldn’t move. How can you not be taken with all those gams kicking at the same level, the sleek costumes and live music? This show is squarely centered in the 21st century now: the digital backdrops are spectacular as they switch from grand manor to the streets of New York City. Birch hasn’t stopped talking about the bus moving through the (digital) streets of New York. He thought we were traveling too. And we were in a way: we were totally entertained. Yes, the show is somewhat nostalgic and sentimental, and a bit kitschy at times, but it is rich in entertainment, excellent choreography (I always love that Tin Solider piece) and thrill.
Details:
Show times are at 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Tickets range from $45 (non-peak – third mezz) to $105 (peak – orchestra). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 858- 0007 or visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/

Annual Irish Arts Christmas Concert Series (December 9th – December 19th, 2010)
Presented by the Irish Arts Center, the fourth Annual Christmas Concert features eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, including such titles as “The Holly, She Bears a Berry”, “Christmas in the Trenches”, and “The Bushes of Jerusalem” as well as holiday favorites.
Details: Show times  are: Thursday and Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The Donaghy Theatre at the Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets are $45 general / $35 IAC members. Tickets are available through SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

 

THE NUTCRACKERS

The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet for Young Audiences (December 18, 2010)
In this classic ballet story with music by Tchaikovsky, the little girl Clara travels into a magical world at Christmas time. Her godfather, the mystical clock maker Herr Drosselmeyer, is the one responsible for sending Clara on this exotic trip across time with the Nutcracker Prince. Get an injection of holiday cheer, as Clara, Old Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince take a frolicking musical journey that happens only once a year.
Details:
Show times are at 3 pm. Tickets are $12.00 general. Reserved seating. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center 31-10 Thomson Avenue, (between 31st and Van Dam Streets) Long Island City, NY  11101. For additional information, please call (718) 482-5151 or visit: http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac/

The Nutcracker: A World Premiere (December 22nd – January 2nd, 2011)
With a cast of over 100 performers, American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker features the classic Tchaikovsky score and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson (who won a Tony Award for his set designs for The Lion King). ABT recommends that children should be at least four years old to attend The Nutcracker.
Details:
Show times for The Nutcracker are: Wed, Dec 22, 2010, 7 pm; Thurs, Dec 23, 2010, 2 pm; Thurs, Dec 23, 2010, 6:30 pm; Fri, Dec 24, 2010, 11:30 am; Fri, Dec 24, 2010, 3 pm; Sun, Dec 26, 2010, 1 pm; Sun, Dec 26, 2010, 5:30 pm; Mon, Dec 27, 2010, 7 pm; Tues, Dec 28, 2010, 7 pm; Wed, Dec 29, 2010, 2 pm; Wed, Dec 29, 2010, 7 pm; Thurs, Dec 30, 2010, 1 pm; Thurs, Dec 30, 2010, 5:30 pm; Fri, Dec 31, 2010, 2 pm; Sun, Jan 2, 2011, 1 pm; Sun, Jan 2, 2011, 5:30 pm. Prices range from balcony partial view ($15) to $135 (orchestra, opening night). The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is located at: BAM Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217. For additional information, call BAM for tickets (718) 636-4100 or order online at abt.org or bam.org.

The Nutcracker: Russian American Ballet Company (December 26, 2010)
The perfect introduction to the perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker is back by popular demand. Russian American Ballet’s original version—featuring dazzling Russian-trained dancers, exquisite costumes and the beloved music by Tchaikovsky—has been created and priced especially for family audiences. All ages.
Details:
Show times are at 3 pm and 5 pm and tickets are $12/children, $18/adults. The Colden Auditorium is located at Queens College 65-30 Kissena Boulevard (corner Horace Harding and Kissena Boulevards), Flushing, NY  11367. For additional information, please call (718) 544-2996 or visit: http://www.kupferbergcenter.org/

The Nutcracker: by Ballet for Young Audiences (December 28th – December 30th, 2010)
New York City’s own Ballet for Young Audiences tells the ageless tale of Clara and her Christmas time adventures with the mysterious clockmaker and the Nutcracker Prince. Featuring the eternal Tchaikovsky score, The Nutcracker is a classic holiday gift, and a perfect way to ring in the new-year.
Details:
Show times are Tues – Thurs: 1 pm, 4 pm and all tickets are $12.00. Queens Theatre in the Park is located at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (exit 9E off Grand Central Parkway), Corona, NY 11368. For additional information, please call (718) 760-0064 or visit: http://www.queenstheatre.org/web/

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (November 26, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011)
A child receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift—which turns out to be magical—in this iconic ballet performed by the New York City Ballet. The nutcracker leads Clara into adventures that include a mouse king, toy soldiers, a land of sweets and waltzing snowflakes. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details:
Show times for The Nutcracker are: Tues – Thurs: 6 pm; Fri: 8 pm; Sat: 2 pm, 8 pm; Sun: 1 pm, 5 pm with additional performances on Mon Dec 20 & 27, 6 pm; Wed Dec 15, 8 pm; Wed Dec 22 & 29, 2 & 6 pm; Thurs Dec 23 & 30, 2 & 6 pm and Fri Dec 24 & 31, 3 pm. There are no performances Sat Dec 25 or Jan 1st. Tickets are classified as prime peak $40-$225, peak $50-$215, and standard $20-$200. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or visit: http://boxoffice.nycballet.com/nycballet/promo-amex-nutcracker.ep.

Nutcracker in the Lower: Urban Ballet Theater (November, 27 –December 5, 2010)
Produced by the Abrons Arts Center, the Nutcracker in the Lower features Krumping rats and popping soldiers, crooked hats, and the Nutcracker ballet, re-imagined by the Urban Ballet Theater. Hosting for its ninth consecutive year, this lower Manhattan production has become a cultural tradition that is as diverse as it is relevant. The play stays true to Tchaikovsky’s original score that remains largely intact throughout the ballet with baselines of hip-hop and the flamenco.
Details:
Show times for the Nutcracker in the Lower are: Sat, Nov 27, 2010, 3 pm; Sat, Nov 27, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sun, Nov 28, 2010, 3 pm; Wed, Dec 1, 2010, 7:30 pm; Thurs, Dec 2, 2010, 7:30 pm; Fri, Dec 3, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec 4, 2010, 3 pm; Sat, Dec 4, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sun, Dec 5, 2010, 3 pm. Tickets are $20 per person. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002. For additional information, please call (212) 598-0400 or visit the website at http://www.henrystreet.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AACHOME_homepage

New York Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker (December 1, 2010)
Presented by the World Financial Center, the rendition of The Nutcracker will be performed twice on December, 1st. The evening performance ends with the annual Winter Garden lighting celebration – when the beautiful glass atrium is illuminated with 100,000 brilliant lights.
Details:
Tickets are Free. Show times for The Nutcracker are 12:30pm and 6pm. The Nutcracker will be held at 220 Vesey Street
(between West Street and North End Avenue), New York, NY 10281. For additional information, please call (212) 945-0505 or visit http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/.

Los Nutcrackers (December 2nd – December 11, 2010)
Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo
is a Latino queer comedic Christmas play, written by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and directed by the award-winning Jorge Merced. Returning to BAAD!’s stage for the seventh triumphant year, the play interweaves two holiday classics: The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.
Details:
Show times for “Los Nutcrackers” are Thurs: 8 pm – 10 pm and Fri, Sat: 8 pm – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 Wed & Thurs, $25 Fri & Sat, free to Bronx residents. Seniors and students $15. The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance is located at 841 Barretto Street, 2nd floor (between Garrison and Lafayette Avenues) Bronx, NY 10474. For additional information, please call: (718) 842-5223 or visit: http://www.bronxacademyofartsanddance.org/.

Meet the Artists – The New York City Ballet (December 2, 2010)
A 45-minute pre-Nutcracker performance program for families with children four and older.  New York City ballet dancers, musicians, and teaching artists will get your body moving and inspire your imagination! Join us as we investigate the story, music, movement, and themes of the cherished holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Details: The session starts at 11am sharp. The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway (between 62nd and 63rd Streets), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please visit: http://www.nyckidsarts.org/events/11049/meet-the-artists—new-york-city-ballet

The Yorkville Nutcracker (December 9th – December 12th, 2010)
Dances Patrelle presents the 15th anniversary of choreographer Francis Patrelle’s unique rendition of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker.  Set in 1895, The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Old New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Appropriate for all ages. Details: Show times are Thurs, Dec 9, 2010, 7 pm; Fri, Dec 10, 2010, 7 pm; Sat, Dec 11, 2010, 2 pm; Sat, Dec 11, 2010, 7 pm; Sun, Dec 12, 2010, 12 pm and Sun, Dec 12, 2010, 5 pm. Tickets are $90, $60, $45. The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse – Hunter College is located at East 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY 10021. For additional information, please call: (212) 772-4448 or visit: http://kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu/

Next Wave Festival: The Hard Nut (December 10 – December 19, 2010)
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Mark Morris Dance Group reprises its irreverent and much loved The Hard Nut, a retro-modern take on the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker.  Morris’ rendition transplants the story from the decorous 1890s to the swinging 1970s while also staying true to Tchaikovsky’s score and the comic book art of Charles Burns.
Details: Show times for The Hard Nut are: Fri, Dec 10, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec 11, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sun, Dec 12, 2010, 3 pm; Wed, Dec 15, 2010, 7:30 pm; Thurs, Dec 16, 2010, 7:30 pm; Fri, Dec 17, 2010, 7:30 pm; Sat, Dec 18, 2010, 7:30 pm and Sun, Dec 19, 2010, 3 pm. Tickets are $25, $45, $60, and $70. The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is located at: BAM Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217. For additional information, please call (718) 636-4100 or visit: http://bam.org/

The Nutcracker at The Symphony Space (Dec 11, 2010)
The classic Christmas tale of a child’s dream brought to life features the young, talented students from the Dance Conservatory of New York.
Details:
Show times for The Nutcracker are at 5pm. Tickets are $20/children and seniors, $30/adults. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), New York, NY  10025. For additional information, please call (212) 864-5400 or visit: http://www.symphonyspace.org/.

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker (December 11th — December 19th, 2010)
This holiday treat for families is the only hour-long professional The Nutcracker created especially for children. Based on the English Toy Theatre of the early 19th Century, NYTB’s Nutcracker has been performed since 1985. Details: Show times are Sat, Dec 11, 2010 – Sun, Dec 19, 2010; Sat, Sun: 11 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm. Tickets are $35/children and $40/adults. The Florence Gould Hall Theatre is located at 55 East 59th Street, (between Park and Madison Avenues) New York, NY 10022.

Excerpts from the Nutcracker Act II (December 18th and December 19th, 2010)
Presented by the Cobble Hill Ballet, the experts from the Nutcracker II will be performed with teenagers and guest dancers. Children will get a chance to meet some of the dancers after the performance that is a great way to get them excited and interested in dance.
Details: The production is on Saturday, December 18th at 1:30pm and 4:30pm and Sunday December 19th 2:00pm. The production is held at PS 261 (Pacific between Smith and Hoyt).

The Colonial Nutcracker (December 12, 2010)
An annual holiday favorite at Brooklyn Center, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army and an enchanted nutcracker prince. Recommended for ages four and older.
Details:
Show times are Dec 12, 2010, 2 pm – Sun, Dec 12, 2010, 3 pm. Tickets are $6.00 general. At the Door Tickets $7. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Whitman Theater is located at 2900 Campus Road (at Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenues), Brooklyn, NY  11210. For additional information, please call (718) 951-4500 or visit: http://www.brooklyncenteronline.org/ ( I tried to get tix online and could only find single tickets- boo hoo!)

David Parker and The Bang Group present Nut/Cracked (December 17th– December 20th, 2010)
David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked is the contemporary dance world’s beloved version of The Nutcracker. With an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap, Parker conjures a comic, subversive neo-vaudeville tinged with whimsy. Danced to novelty and popular arrangements of the score as well as the traditional orchestral suite, Nut/Cracked premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in 2004 and has been touring ever since.
Details:
Show times are Mon, Fri: 7:30 pm and Sat, Sun: 2 pm, 7:30 pm. All tickets are $25. Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), New York, NY  10011. For additional information, please call (212) 691-6500 or visit: http://www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/

Nutcracker performance by Brighton Ballet Theater (December 19 -1:30-2:00pm and 2:30-3:00pm)
Held at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, this performance of The Nutcracker features dancers from the School of Russian American Ballet and special surprise guests. This holiday tradition will also include Spanish, Russian, Arabian, French, Chinese and African dances along with a classic Sugar Plum Fairies variation. Details: All Ages and show times are 1:30-2:00pm & 2:30-3:00pm. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please visit: www.brightonballet.org or http://www.brooklynkids.org/

MUSIC PLAYS

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at Carnegie Hall
Celebrate the holidays with the Whos! On December 11, the New York Pops will perform the beloved story of the Grinch on the Carnegie Hall stage. Bring your family an hour before showtime and enjoy free pre-concert activities. The performance itself features orchestral music, singers, dancers and a chorus, plus a full narration of the story and a projection of illustrations from the original book. 57th Street and Seventh Avenue; carnegiehall.org.

“Peter and the Wolf” at the Jewish Museum
On Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m., the acclaimed Pushcart Players will present the classic tale of a boy named Peter and his animal friends, each of which are represented with a different instrument! This musical presentation is appropriate for all ages, and is sure to please parents and kids alike. 1109 Fifth Avenue; thejewishmuseum.org.

Musical Adventures With The Poppy Seed Players At The Kaufman Center
The Kaufman Center hosts the beloved musical troupe the Poppy Seed Players, who, now in their 21st season, perform musical plays for kids about Jewish culture. While many of the performances are after the New Year, families can look forward to Merkin Concert Hall’s annual family Hanukkah revue, “Latkes And Applesauce” on December 5. Featuring work from some of New York’s funniest writers, the show is a joyous and family-friendly holiday celebration. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam); kaufman-center.org.

The Charlie Brown Christmas- LIVE at the Lyceum (Saturday, December 9th –Sunday, December 18th, 2010)
I love the soundtrack with the Vince Guaraldi music that is on this classic animated film- so I am really excited that this theater production will have a live accompanying jazz trio! In this faithful presentation, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform verbatim the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. This performance was lauded last winter as one of the favorites of kids and families all over Brooklyn, so Pig Brooch are bringing it back home.
Details:
Show times are December 9th and 10th at 8:00 pm; December 11th and 12th at 3:00 pm, 5pm and 7pm; December 16th at 8pm; December 17th at 8pm and December 18th at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. All tickets are $10 and available at: BrooklynLyceum.com 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. R train at Union Street. For additional information, please call(718) 857- 4816 or visit: BrooklynLyceum.com

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Presented by The Little Orchestra Society (December 18, 2010)
One of New York’s most anticipated holiday events, this glittering presentation will enchant audiences of all ages.  An entirely new production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s musical masterpiece about universal love and generosity, staged by John Sheehan, highlights the colorful excitement of the Three Kings Day celebration important in Latin American cultures throughout the world.  This heartwarming opera speaks to children and adults of all backgrounds with its spirit of hope, joy and human kindness − a perfect holiday treat for the entire family.
Details: Ticket information: $12 and $50. Show times are at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Call The Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500 or go to http://www.littleorchestra.org to buy single tickets and/or subscriptions and Avery Fisher Hall Box Office at 212-721-6500 for tickets. Performance is at: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th Street, New York City.

“Mummenschanz” at the Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Prepare to be amazed as the revolutionary Swiss performance troupe, “Mummenschanz,” brings its show to the NYU-based cultural center as part of its Big Red Chair Series from December 21 to January 8. This completely non-verbal show brings imagination to the forefront as everyday items become extraordinary, and shadows and lighting are used for a dramatic, and impactful, effect. 566 LaGuardia Place; skirballcenter.nyu.edu.

Pace University’s Original Staged Adaptation of Dickens’ Timeless Classic A Christmas Carol (Dates: December 8th -12th, 2010)
From December 8th through the 12th, you and your family can check out a beautiful stage production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Pace University. This vibrant production includes a ballet, music, dancing, life puppets and of course Ebenezer Scrooge.
Details:
Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. The performance schedule is Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm; Sunday at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The Schimmel Theater is located at Pace University, New York City Campus (entrance on Spruce Street). Directions to Pace’s NYC Campus can be found here. To reserve tickets, please email: theater@pace.edu

Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid (December 3 – 19, 2010)
The show is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, appealing to kids and adults alike. The audience follows the hero’s journey through the snow where he meets a chuckle-worthy cast of characters, including Princess Fartina, the Month of December, and an angry Pea. Parent reviews on this have been extremely positive!
Details: http://www.axiscompany.org/mainstage.htm Fridays 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays  2pm

PUPPET SHOWS

The Three Bears Holiday Bash (November 16th – December 30th, 2010)
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season with song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears’ annual holiday show. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash includes all those celebrating the holidays.
Details:
Show times for The Three Bears Holiday Bash are: Sundays 1pm; Tuesdays 10:30am, noon; Wednesdays 10:30am, noon, 2:30pm; Thursdays 10:30am, noon; Fridays 10:30am, noon; Saturdays 1pm Through Dec 30. **Please call for extended holiday schedule** please call (212) 988-9093. Tickets are $5/for children under 13 and $8/adults. The Cottage is located in Central Park at 81st Street and Central Park West, just south of the Delacorte Theater. For additional information, please visit: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/swedish_cottage.html

Miracle on 34th Street (November 26th – December 24, 2010)
A favorite puppet company in Brooklyn, Puppetworks, has hand-carved marionettes and plays based on children’s literature and fairytales. Playing in Manhattan for the holiday season is a 30-minute musical version of the Holiday Classic, Miracle on 34th Street, as told with Marionettes.
Details:
Show times are all day – starting at 9:30 am and tickets are $5/person (at Box Office only). The event is located at Macy’s Puppet Theater at Herald Square (8th floor).  For additional information, please visit: http://www.puppetworks.org/

 

LIGHT SHOWS

South Street Seaport Tree, Chorus, Santa and Shopping (November 26th)
This beautiful tree adorned with bows and thousands of tiny lights feels quaint on the cobblestoned Water Street. The tree lighting last year sweet and fun- although the site lines for kids and parents alike was pretty mediocre. This season the tree Seaport kick’s-off the holiday season on November, 26th at 6 pm. Hosted by TV personality, Jill Martin, the 27th Annual Seaport Chorus Tree Lighting will include performances at the Chorus Tree stage by the Elves of Heaven featuring Corinne Caouette, excerpts from A Christmas Carol by the Pace University Department of Performing Arts, and legendary vocalist Darlene Love singing her signature holiday classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Santa will also make an appearance (his 22nd consecutive year) – making him one of the city’s longest-running Santas at any one location as he walks down Front Street. Santa will also be joined by the Big Apple Circus, both The Soul Tigers and Neptune High School Marching Bands, and favorite costumed characters, including Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Santa’s elves. Santa will be available for complimentary photos immediately after the lighting until 8:00. There are some big box shops down at the Seaport too- so you can get your shopping in. The public restrooms are plentiful and nice and the whole area has a nice holiday feel. For additional information call (212) Sea-Port or please visit: http://www.southstreetseaport.com/events/tree-lighting-spectacular
Details:
Fulton Street and South Street. By Subway 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street A or C trains to Broadway-Nassau; or E train towards Fulton Street. Walk East on Fulton Street to Water Street.

Wild Winterland Show at the Bronx Zoo
The annual “Light the Lights” festival at the Bronx Zoo has been replaced this year with a “green” daytime show called Wild Winterland in order to save electricity. The new show is covered in the admission price to the Zoo will run from 1:30 am to 3:30 pm every weekend from Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, and then daily from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. For additional information, please visit: The Bronx Zoo (http://www.bronxzoo.org)

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Serena Norr is a real-live Brooklynite who was raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is now the managing editor of Relocation.com, which has perfected her juggling skills as she tackles a full-time job, freelancing and the best part of her day spending time with her energetic toddler. When free time strikes (insert laughing), she loves exploring Brooklyn with her daughter, checking out restaurants, writing plays, taking pictures, creating collages, and making soups – which she chronicles on her blog-http://seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.