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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.

  • Holiday activities for kids

    The Suzi Shelton Band's Annual Rockin' Holiday Party

  • Holiday activities for kids

    Judy and the Maccabees: A Hanukkah Musical


  • Photograph: Naomi Ellenson

    Holiday activities for kids

    Barneys' holiday windows

  • Photograph: Paul Busse

    Holiday activities for kids

    Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

  • Holiday activities for kids

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Holiday activities for kids

The Suzi Shelton Band's Annual Rockin' Holiday Party


Jam out at Suzi Shelton Band’s Annual Rockin’ Holiday Party

  • Price band: 1/4

Brooklyn mom and kiddie recording artist Suzi Shelton celebrates the season with an interactive holiday extravaganza—and she's bringing along a friend, ukulele queen Amelia Robinson, for the party. Families can work up an appetite while dancing to the artist's catchy tunes, then snack on treats from Dizzy's Diner. And in the spirit of the holiday season, proceeds from merchandise sales will go to charity. Ages 1 to 10.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Sun Dec 16
More info

Catch "Judy and the Maccabees: A Hanukkah Musical"

  • Price band: 2/4

In this musical re-imagining of the ancient story of Hanukkah, Judy is a young girl who joins the Maccabees in their fight against King Antiochus. She proves herself when her plan helps the Maccabees win the war and return to Jerusalem. The play ends with the miracle of the Temple Menorah. All ages.

  1. Merkin Concert Hall 129 W 67th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
  2. Sun Dec 13
More info
Photo: Naomi Ellenson

Ogle Barneys' holiday windows

  • Free

The famed Madison Avenue department store has teamed up with the House of Mouse for a window display featuring an electric light show, an original musical score and a special short film starring beloved Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Daisy Duck. But in the film’s high-fashion alternate universe, our favorite animated characters are strutting the runways of Paris dressed in one-of-a-kind designs by the likes of Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin. An exclusive line of limited-edition gifts will also be available at Barneys throughout the holiday season, including everything from high-end Disney-themed accessories to toys for little ones. An added bonus—25 percent of profits from the line will be donated to charity. All ages.

  1. Barneys New York
  2. Begins in mid-November

Marvel at the Holiday Train Show

Some 140 landmarks featured in NYBG’s popular diorama are made entirely out of plant-based materials such as twigs and acorns. Little locomotives zip along their tracks against a backdrop of diminutive sights that kids should recognize, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty among them. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden

Bundle up to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 86th annual extravaganza will once again return to New York City’s streets, bringing with it a slew of spectators (about 3.5 million!), floats topped with reigning celebrities, horn-tootin’ marching bands and giant balloons, including the new Elf on a Shelf and characters from the popular children’s network Sprout. The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and continues south to Macy’s Herald Square. You can also head to the Upper West Side on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov 21 at 3pm) to watch the characters transform from piles of wilted fabric into floating giants. For the complete route, go to macys.com/parade. All ages.

  1. Various locations

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