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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: Joan Marcus

    Holiday activities for kids

    Elf on Broadway

  • Photograph: Wally Gobetz

    Holiday activities for kids

    Dyker Heights Christmas lights

  • Holiday activities for kids

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical on Broadway



  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Children's Museum of Manhattan

    Holiday activities for kids

    "The Grinch's Holiday Workshop" at CMOM



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    Holiday activities for kids

    Astrograss Thanksgiving Hoedown



Photograph: Joan Marcus

Holiday activities for kids

Elf on Broadway


Kick-start the season with "Elf"

  • Price band: 2/4

If your kids were too young to enjoy the 2003 Will Ferrell film Elf, then introduce them to the holiday comedy in its brand-new Broadway incarnation. The story follows Buddy, an orphaned babe who's raised at the North Pole by the big man in red (played by George Wendt) after he crawls into Santa's bag one Christmas Eve. The real winter wonderland, though, is that of New York City—which you'll see as Buddy galavants around town as an adult, making stops at Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 W 45th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 6
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Check out the Dyker Heights Christmas lights

Residents show no restraint when it comes to decor, festooning their homes with lights, inflatable Santa figures and nativity scenes. Families can walk through on their own, or join Tony Muia's bus outing, the Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour (asliceofbrooklyn.com), which meets in Manhattan. Begins end of November. All ages.

  1. 83rd to 86th St between Tenth and Twelfth Aves, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

See "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at Madison Square Garden

  • Price band: 3/4

Even the grumpiest of grinches wil work up some holiday spirit after seeing this musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss's classic Christmas tale. Kids will recognize familiar songs like "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" as they watch the Grinch tear apart Whoville on his mission to destroy Christmas. When his heart grows three sizes, yours will too. All ages.

  1. The Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 28
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Attend the Astrograss Thanksgiving Hoedown

  • Price band: 1/4

Though not often a holiday connected with music, Thanksgiving gives us plenty to sing about. Join bluegrass wonders Astrograss as they serenade the Living Room with Turkey Day-inspired tunes. You'll hear songs about eating, table manners, and American history. And with the band leading instrument demonstrations, sing-alongs and a dance contest, it's impossible not to get in the holiday spirit. All ages.

  1. The Living Room 154 Ludlow St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Sun Nov 19
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  1. 1–5
  2. 6–10
  3. 11–15
  4. 16–20
  5. 21–25

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