Family-Friendly Activities to Enjoy This Holiday Season

December 11th, 2020 by

While this holiday looks different from previous years, there are still wonderful family-friendly activities to enjoy around New York City while continuing to remain careful when it comes to your family’s health. Read on below for our guide to safe outdoor events (and several indoor ones!) that you can take advantage of with your children.

Timed, Outdoor Events and Activities:

NYBG Glow: The New York Botanical Garden is hosting an all-new outdoor experience illuminating their landmark centerpiece, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. During the socially-distanced event, families can appreciate the dazzling display of colors, lights, and installations that fill the expansive Botanical Garden. There will also be ice-sculpting, music, and pop-up performances by The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Available dates include December 26th through the 30th, as well as January 1st, 2nd, and the 9th.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: The 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be on display through early January 2021. Upon arrival, visitors will register for a virtual queue and once you have entered the tree viewing entrance, families will be required to adhere to socially distancing requirements and wear a mask at all times.

LuminoCity Festival: Featuring a combination of traditional art of Chinese lantern festivals with unique storytelling, the LuminoCity features brand-new art installations spanning across the three parks. The sculptures inspired by nature, history, and magic span several acres, making it perfect for families to enjoy the outdoor experience. The installation is located on Randall’s Island Park and will run through January 10th, 2021.

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo: The Bronx Zoo is hosting its annual seasonal celebration to showcase animals from all over the world. The five lantern safaris are spread out through the park so families can enjoy a safe and leisurely tour of the attractions. Additional entertainment includes stilt walkers, ice carving competitions, and delicious seasonal treats to help keep you warm. The celebration is open on select dates through January 2021.

Candlelight Open Air: Holiday Jazz and Soul Favorites: Parents deserve a break this holiday season too! This socially-distanced event allows parents to feel at ease while enjoying an intimate, candlelight ambiance of holiday favorites performed by a jazz ensemble. Parents are welcome to take advantage of the overnight stay option, allowing them to experience the concert from the comfort of their balcony.

If You Are Staying in This Holiday:

Visit Santa at the North Pole: While Macy’s has closed their in-person visits to Santa, children can still experience the spirit of Christmas by taking a ride abroad the Santaland Express to visit and take a selfie with the Big Guy. Plenty of fun, creative activities can be found on their website as well.

Nutcracker Virtual Painting Party: On Sunday, December 20th, families can set aside an afternoon to join a virtual painting party inspired by the Nutcracker. A paint kit and supplies can be delivered straight to your door!

Griffins, Goblets and Gold: It’s understandable that many individuals and families do not feel comfortable going to a museum at this time. Luckily, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has arranged a virtual, interactive Harry Potter-inspired tour at the Met. The event takes place on Saturdays and tickets are selling fast!

Movies to Stream: With the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, many film studios have chosen to send their holiday blockbusters straight to streaming. Two such films are Wonder Woman: 1984 on HBO Max and Soul, the newest movie from Pixar, available on Disney+.

From All of Us at the Nanny Authority:

We wish you a happy and most importantly, safe and healthy holiday season. While many things have changed over the course of the year, one thing remains the same: our agency remains available for all of your household staffing needs and placement specialists can be reached at or at (973)-466-2669 for anything you might need. We look forward to assisting you in the New Year.