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Download our December 2012 calendar of activities for families

Pencil in these activities—from holiday celebrations and shows to kid-friendly concerts and exhibits—on your family's December 2012 calendar.

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    St. Nicholas Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum


  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    December 2012 calendar

    City Stomp Live and Suzi Shelton Benefit Concert

  • Photograph: Patrick J. Cashin

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    New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show


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    Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Photograph: Nadia Chaudhury

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    Lord & Taylor's Holiday Window Display "Santa Claus' Day Off"

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    "Inside The Lion King"

  • Photograph: Gene Schiavone

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    American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

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    Holiday Sing-A-Long with Dan Zanes and Friends



  • Photograph: John Aquino/The Jewish Museum

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    Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum


  • Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe

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    Chanukah on Ice at Wollman Rink in Central Park

  • Photograph courtesy of Mummenschanz

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    Holiday on the Hudson

  • Photograph: Jael Marschner

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    "Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection"

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    Peter and the Wolf



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    Museum of Math

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    The 8th Day of Hanukkah featuring One Ring Zero

  • Photograph: John Minchillo

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    Macy's Santaland



  • Photograph: James Fisher

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • Photograph: Amber Haeckel

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    The Three Bears Holiday Bash

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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical


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    Citi Pond at Bryant Park



  • Photograph: Joel Bischoff

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    Forces! The Movical

  • Photograph: Sun Production

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    Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical

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    The Holiday Market at Columbus Circle



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    Hava'n a Good Time

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    A Christmas Carol

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    Newark Museum Holiday Fun Days



  • Photograph: Talisman Brolin

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    Gingerbread Adventures



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    New Year's Eve Family Cruise

December 2012 calendar

St. Nicholas Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum


Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, December is the most wonderful time of the year in New York City. All month long, little ones can get into the holiday spirit by meeting Santa, gawking at miniature trains and department store window displays, or checking out a Hanukkah celebration. Plus, there are tons of non-holiday activities too: Don't miss the Museum of Math's opening weekend, as well as a pop-up exhibit that takes families behind the scenes of Broadway's The Lion King. Download our December 2012 calendar—we found a fun event for all 31 days!—and start planning your family's month.


Sat 1 Meet Santa Claus’s Dutch cousin at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum's St. Nicholas Day.

Sun 2 Rock out for a good cause: City Stomp Live and Suzi Shelton play a hurricane benefit concert at Littlefield.

Mon 3 Follow mini locomotives chugging to the North Pole at the New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Train Show.

Tue 4 Join AudraRox for the centennial Madison Square Park Tree Lighting.

Wed 5 Ogle the holiday window displays at city department stores like Macy’s and Barneys.

Thu 6 Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a Broadway hit at the pop-up exhibit “Inside The Lion King.”

Fri 7 Waltz over to BAM for the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker.

Sat 8 Sing (and dance) along to holiday tunes from Dan Zanes at City Winery.

Sun 9 Kick off the Festival of Lights at the Jewish Museum’s artsy Hanukkah Family Day.

Mon 10 Let the Maccabeats serenade your crew as you glide around Wollman Rink during Chanukah on Ice.

Tue 11
Witness a wordless, puppet-like performance by Mummenschanz at the Skirball Center.

Wed 12 Enjoy music, crafts and a tree lighting at Holiday on the Hudson at West Harlem Piers Park.

Thu 13 Take in the 19th-century model trains of the Jerni Collection at the New-York Historical Society.

Fri 14 Listen to Isaac Mizrahi narrate “Peter and the Wolf" at the Guggenheim.

Sat 15 Explore more than multiplication tables on the Museum of Math’s opening weekend.

Sun 16 Spin a dreidel at the 14th Street Y’s 8th Day of Hanukkah, featuring One Ring Zero.

Mon 17 Pose for a photo with jolly old St. Nick at Macy’s Santaland in Herald Square.

Tue 18 Journey to Middle Earth with The Hobbit, now playing at city theaters.

Wed 19 Enjoy the mix of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas in The Three Bears Holiday Bash.

Thu 20 Head to Whoville with the infamous green grump at How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

Fri 21
Happy first day of winter! Take the brood for a spin at one of our favorite ice-skating rinks.

Sat 22
Be awed by the Streb Extreme Action Company’s death-defying feats in Forces! The Movical.

Sun 23 Watch the pretty-in-pink mouse save a holiday show in Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical.

Mon 24 It’s Christmas Eve: Do some last-minute gift shopping at a holiday market!

Tue 25 Merry Christmas! Plus, families can enjoy Hava’n a Good Time at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Wed 26 Survey the faces of little New Yorkers from around the world in “NYChildren” at the JCC.

Thu 27 Keep up your family’s holiday spirit with Literally Alive’s musical twist on A Christmas Carol.

Fri 28 Spend a day at the Newark Museum taking part in kid-friendly fossil hunts and cooking lessons.

Sat 29 Celebrate Kwanzaa with storytelling, African dance, music and crafts at AMNH.

Sun 30 Discover a town built of sweets at NYBG’s Gingerbread Adventures.

Mon 31 Happy New Year! Ring in 2013 aboard the New York Water Taxi’s Family Cruise.

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