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Christmas for kids and families in NYC

From tree lightings to Santa sightings, make it a very merry Christmas for kids with our roundup of holiday fun in NYC

Filip Wolak

One thing's certain—it's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas for kids in New York can't be beat, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate around the city. First, definitely go and build a snowman. Second, fill up on a warm, delicious meal from one of our 50 best family restaurants. Third, wait patiently for Santa (just don't visit one of these creepy Santas by accident).

Christmas events for kids in NYC
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Christmas events for kids in NYC

Hello, holiday cheer! These Christmas events will get everyone in the spirit for their best holiday yet.

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Christmas movie screenings for families in NYC
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Christmas movie screenings for families in NYC

 It's a Wonderful Life, Elf and many more of our favorite Christmas movies for kids are being shown on the big screen at NYC theaters

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Where to have breakfast with Santa in New York City
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Where to have breakfast with Santa in New York City

Having breakfast with Santa is a great way to celebrate the holiday season!

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Where to see holiday lights in NYC
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Where to see holiday lights in NYC

There are tons of spots to see twinkling holiday lights right here in the city

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The best holiday gifts for kids of all ages
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The best holiday gifts for kids of all ages

Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah this year with the best holiday gifts for kids! 

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Holiday train shows for kids in NYC
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Holiday train shows for kids in NYC

Get your choo-choo fix at a holiday train show or real-life train ride

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The 22 best Christmas books for kids
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The 22 best Christmas books for kids

Read our ranked list of fantastic Christmas books for kids before bedtime.

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50 things to do in the winter with kids in New York City
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50 things to do in the winter with kids in New York City

Our jam-packed list of fun family events will keep the kids busy from November until March.

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Kids' Christmas shows in NYC
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Kids' Christmas shows in NYC

These Christmas plays will keep your family's holiday spirits high throughout the season.

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Holiday markets in New York City
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Holiday markets in New York City

Spots like the Union Square Holiday Market offer tasty snacks and treats to keep the kids happy while you check off your Christmas list. 

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The 20 best Christmas movies for kids
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The 20 best Christmas movies for kids

Once you've finished decking the halls, you'll definitely be ready to cuddle up to watch these festive flicks

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Where to see a tree lighting in NYC during the holiday season
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Where to see a tree lighting in NYC during the holiday season

Brave the crowds at the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or take part in a more laid-back celebration

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The Nutcracker ballet in NYC for kids
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The Nutcracker ballet in NYC for kids

The annual performance at Lincoln Center is just one interpretation of the story! Catch several versions of the classic tale in NYC

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Your family's guide to Macy's Santaland
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Your family's guide to Macy's Santaland

One of our favorite Christmas events for kids, the wintry wonderland takes over Macy's Herald Square every year

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Best ice-skating rinks in NYC
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Best ice-skating rinks in NYC

Break out those skates! These rinks are open for business.

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Christmas caroling in New York City for families
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Christmas caroling in New York City for families

There are plenty of opportunities to get the kids singing along, whether it's with a group of trained professionals or with volunteer groups

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15 awesome Elf on the Shelf ideas
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15 awesome Elf on the Shelf ideas

Check out some hilarious Elf on the Shelf ideas from fellow parents to get inspired

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Family restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC
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Family restaurants open on Christmas Day in NYC

These kid-friendly eateries are offering festive menus on Christmas Day, including options for your pickiest eaters.

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Holiday windows in New York City
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Holiday windows in New York City

We know you can't wait to squeeze some holiday cheer into your life, so stop by these amazing, festive windows!

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Bryant Park Winter Village guide for families
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Bryant Park Winter Village guide for families

Hit up this NYC winter staple for tons of family-friendly activities all season long

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular guide for NYC families
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular guide for NYC families

Get in on the most New York tradition of all—a visit to see the Rockettes!

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See the Rockefeller tree lighting in NYC
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See the Rockefeller tree lighting in NYC

Love the Rockefeller tree lighting? We do too. It’s a New York City staple at Christmastime! 

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Christmas tree farms for cut-your-own Christmas trees
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Christmas tree farms for cut-your-own Christmas trees

These cool Christmas tree farms top the tiny pine forests you'll find on street corners across NYC. 

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The best holiday desserts for families from NYC bakeries
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The best holiday desserts for families from NYC bakeries

Don't have time to cook the world's most amazing holiday desserts this year? You're forgiven.

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The best hot chocolate in New York City for families
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The best hot chocolate in New York City for families

Warm up with some of the best hot chocolate in NYC.

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