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Favorite holiday traditions from dad and mom bloggers

Five local dad and mom bloggers tell us about their family’s must-do activities during the holiday season.

  • Max Brenner

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Jewish Children's Museum

    Jewish Children's Museum

  • Photograph: Bart Barlow/© RCPI Landmark Properties

    Rockefeller Tree

  • Photograph: Gert Krautbauer

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

  • Photograph: Kent Miller

    Macy's Inflation Day

Max Brenner


In honor of the holiday season, we asked some of our favorite dad and mom bloggers to tell us about their family's most-treasured holiday traditions. The parents mentioned everything from taking in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to looking at the famous department store windows. Read on for all of their picks and then tell us about your family's holiday traditions in the comments section below.

“Hot chocolate is a must, and my three-year-old (luckily or not) has acquired my sweet tooth. I recently discovered the newly opened Sugar and Plumm on the Upper West Side, and we can’t wait to try out their offerings this winter. If we’re shopping downtown, the Union Square Holiday Market is not to be missed…and while we’re on the topic of chocolate, who can resist Max Brenner just a few steps away?”Ellen Schmidt of babymeetscity.com; mom to Millie, 3, and Vivian, 1

“Every year at Hanukkah we go to the the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights. They have incredible hands-on interactive exhibits about the Jewish culture and usually some kind of cooking or craft related to the holiday. One time, there was a program on pressing oil. They also have a climbing wall, mini-golf course and challah bread tunnel. It’s also fun to go shopping in their faux kosher supermarket and walk through the creation story from the Old Testament.”—Melissa Chapman of thestatenislandfamily.com; mom to Madison, 11, and Jackson, 7

"There are few things better than bundling up and walking down Fifth Avenue during the holidays. We usually take the subway to 59th Street and start walking south—you get to see the giant snowflakes hanging over the street, the amazing holiday windows and then the tree at Rockefeller Center. Seeing your child’s face light up at that sight is one of the few truly NYC moments you can bring to your child. Another great thing to do is head to Macy’s for photos with Santa—the line is usually pretty long on the weekends, so arrive early or head there on a weeknight.”—Adam Cohen of dadarocks.com; dad to Marc, 4

“We make an annual pilgrimage to the Joyce Theater to see the Alvin Ailey dance troop perform Revelations. If we can swing it, we go when the gospel choir performs. Seeing these athletic dancers certainly is a spiritual outing in my book! Our other can’t-miss event is a drive through Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, to see the extravagantly decorated homes. It’s free and fabulous.”—Nicole Feliciano of momtrends.com; mom to two girls, ages 4 and 7.

“The Upper West Side comes to life the night before Thanksgiving. It’s our annual family tradition to watch the inflation of the ginormous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons up close and personal. We get so close that my son can almost touch them! Some of our other nonnegotiables are a visit to the New York Botanical Garden for their mesmerizing Train Show and attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to see the Rockettes.”Lance Somerfeld of nycdadsgroup.com; dad to Jake, 4


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