Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Photograph: Gene Schiavone Radio City Christmas Spectacular

December kids' events in New York City

Looking for the best kids' events this December? See our December events calendar for kids to plan your month!

By Allie Early and Danielle Valente

December has the most fantastic kids' events ever! And you're the first to hear about them, thanks to our December events calendar for kids. Prepare for the most wonderful time of the year with festive events (Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa) as well as wintry adventures (like these sledding hills and other outdoor activities for kids).

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Don't miss out on Macy’s Santaland, the Radio City  Christmas Spectacular and our favorite  holiday train shows.

December kids' events

Russia! installation view
Photograph: David M. Heald/© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

1. Stroller Tours at the Guggenheim

Things to do Walks and tours Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Wandering through galleries isn't always easy with a tot in tow, but the Guggenheim makes museum visits easier for new moms and dads—and even babies. On the second Tuesday of every month, a museum educator will lead Stroller Tours and take a group through current exhibits as little ones keep busy by playing with fun objects and trying out crafts. Whatever keeps them playing with the artwork! Online registration is required. Ages 24 months and younger. 

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2. Second Sunday Family Tours at the Guggenheim Museum

Attractions Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

These interactive tours of the Guggenheim's galleries are geared for hands-on learning. These family-friendly events that take place the second Tuesday of every month will unlock young minds, and will make this iconic museum become as familiar as a favorite playground. Every tour is structured around a theme: Color Fields, Is It Art? and Off the Canvas, to name a few. Online registration is required. Ages 5 and up.

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Photograph: Courtesy Guggenheim New York

3. Little Guggs at the Guggenheim Museum

Kids Classes and workshops Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Start 'em young! The Little Guggs series on select Wednesdays and Sundays lets your tiny one explore the galleries with a guide, then create a work of art in the museum's studio. Storytime and snacks are included! Online registration required. Ages 2-4.

Photograph: Courtesy of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

4. Miracle on 42nd Street: Santa is coming to Bryant Park

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Santa will set up shop at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park when the jolly old elf takes up his annual residency at Santa's Corner. Starting Dec 14 and ending Dec 22, Santa will pose for photos, listen to Christmas wishes and bring some seasonal cheer to Midtown every day from 1–3pm.  Take note: Visiting Saint Nick at Santa's Corner is free!  This is definitely one of the best places to take pictures with Santa in NYC—you can either bring your own camera, or let one of the elves take a portrait that will be uploaded to the Santa's Corner Flickr page. Photograph: Courtesy Bank of America Winter Garden at Bryant Park Those of you in search of a more red-and-white velvet rope experience should consider Mornings with Santa, with includes an hour-long session with Kris Kringle in the Polar Lounge. Mornings with Santa take place every day at 8am and 11am, and cost $125 per person. The visit includes snacky treats, warm drinks, a gift bag with crafts and a pass to go skating on the ice rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. Space is limited; tickets can be booked online. While you're at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, be sure to check out one of the  best holiday train show for kids in NYC. There's a reason why this is one of the greatest holiday markets in NYC for kids and families.   Some advice: Weekends are prime time, when you'll need to arrive early and expect a wait. Try to visit midweek if you can, and you'll have

Photograph: Courtesy Evan Joseph Images

5. Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

Things to do Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West

NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Joshua Bright

6. Wave Hill's Family Art Project

Things to do Classes and workshops Wave Hill, The Bronx

Every weekend, Wave Hill hosts an art workshop class catered to toddlers and families. Using the seasons, holidays and—of course— Riverdale's gorgeous grounds as a muse, the morning workshop tackles a variety of DIY projects. From painting and planting to coloring and sculpting, this offering is perfect for the creative kiddos in your crew. On Saturdays, arrive before noon to score free access to the venue. All ages. 

Photograph: courtesy New York Transit Museum

7. Reign of the Redbirds at the New York Transit Museum

Museums Special interest New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill

Reign of the Redbirds looks at the iconic subway cars that came to be known as Redbirds that first appeared in New York in 1959, and that were in kept in service until 2003. These workhorses evoke an era of great transformation in New York, and many of them met a poetic ending: decommissioned red cars were scuttled off the coast and helped anchor an artificial reef. Reign of the Redbirds is in the museum's atmospheric home in a decommissioned subway station under the streets of Downtown Brooklyn. Note: Museum is closed major holidays. $10, $5 ages 2-17, free 2 and under.

Photograph: Courtesy Pixabay + LAWJR

8. Sugartooth Tours

Things to do Walks and tours Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Get the scoop on all-things sweet. Sugartooth Tours, a local dessert tour company, explores different neighborhoods to uncover the tastiest treats throughout NYC, so bring your appetite. You'll want to explore the newest offering, Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl (Fridays, Saturdays at 3pm) but don't miss out on favorites like Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour (Saturdays at 11am, Sundays at noon), Sweeter Than Sugar Chelsea & West Village Dessert Tour (Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm) and more. Learn more online. All ages.  


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