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Holiday Preview: 25 great holiday activities for kids

Mark these winning holiday activities for kids, from Broadway shows to tree lightings, on your family's calendar.

  • Photograph: Shawn Ehlers

    Holiday activities for kids

    Winter Family Day at the Morgan


    Holiday activities for kids

    Frolic's Rockin' Holiday Show

  • Holiday activities for kids

    Santa at Macy's Herald Square



  • Photograph: Paul Kolnik

    Holiday activities for kids

    The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Holiday activities for kids

    Hanukkah Festival at 92Y

Photograph: Shawn Ehlers

Holiday activities for kids

Winter Family Day at the Morgan


Learn about exhibits old and new at Winter Family Day 2012

  • Price band: 1/4

This year, the Morgan's festivities are dedicated to the exhibition "Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters," and will feature the writer and illustrator’s favorite characters in a variety of settings, from puppet shows and art workshops to costume photo shoots. Additionally, the Morgan is not skipping its traditional display of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, for those in need of some serious holiday spirit. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Until Sun Dec 8
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Dance at Frolic's Rockin' Holiday Show

  • Price band: 2/4

Listen to seasonal tunes from Tim Kubart of Tim and the Space Cadets and take pictures in a holiday photo booth. All ages.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg The Edge, 34 N 6th St, at Kent Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 8
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Meet Santa at Macy's Herald Square

  • Free

Twinkling lights, faux snow and elf helpers fill the midtown store’s Santaland. Kids gab about gifts with St. Nick and receive a free treat. Visit on a weekday if you can to avoid long waits. All ages.

  1. 151 W 34th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Buy tickets for the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular"

You’ll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which, after all these years, still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. Last year,new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance, and you can expect an even more dazzling extravaganza this year, including a new scene featuring retro Rockettes costumes, as the precision-dance troupe celebrates its 85th anniversary. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall
  2. Fri Nov 9 - Sun Dec 30

Head uptown for the 92Y Hanukkah Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

At this bash honoring the Festival of Lights, kids can decorate a dreidel, make candles, construct a personalized menorah and enjoy performances from the Shababa Mamas and the Miracle Makers. All ages.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 2
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