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The best Christmas events for kids in NYC

Don't miss these Christmas events for kids! You'll find fun plays, fests, workshops and more for every age

Avi Gerver
November 5, 2014: Tech rehearsal for the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

The best Christmas events for kids are right under your nose! These special picks will have the littles ice skating, checking out gorgeous holiday windows, seeing renditions of the Nutcracker and working together on super fun crafts. You'll want to check out the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, stop by one of many amazing holiday train shows, grab a cup of the best hot chocolate and more. 

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For more festive fun, explore our guide to the best free activities for kids!


Christmas events for kids

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection


Minitrain aficionados are certain to be transfixed by the scenic components of this show, featuring trains from the Jerni Collection of handmade toys dating all the way back to 1850. Four large multimedia screens in the rotunda serve as a backdrop to take this trainscape the extra mile. Theatrical lighting and accompanying music immerse viewers in the exhibit on the museum's first floor as they browse model trains from decades past. The exhibit shows off more than 300 trains and toys, including eight overhead trains and a cool crawl-through space leading to a pop-up bubble, putting kids smack in the center of the display. Families can continue exploring the world of classic toys and trains through a slew of programs, including kid-friendly activities, storytelling, and crafts projects. All ages.

New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Sunday February 26 2017

Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Market


Get your flea on, even once the temperatures drop! This year's winter editional of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg takes up residence at Industry City in Sunset Park, where families can browse over 100 vendors, selling furniture, housewares, vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and other crafts. Tasty bites from Smorgasburg vendors will keep you fueled up for some frenzied holiday shopping! All ages.

Skylight One Hanson , Fort Greene Saturday January 21 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017

Grand Central Holiday Train Show

There’s no better place for this joyful event than one of the most history-rich train stations in New York. Train enthusiasts will love this 34-foot display of vintage Lionel model trains that zip past subway stations, around skyscrapers, through the suburbs and to the North Pole. The exhibit includes a selection of vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” trains and half-inch–scale trolley models. All ages.

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex , Midtown East Until Sunday February 26 2017