Weekend Activities for December 23rd-25th, 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by

This weekend is your last chance to stop by and see Santa at his various locations! For families that are celebrating the festival of lights, visit the Museum of the City of New York and the Jewish Museum for Chanukah related events. Families can also enjoy a day of bowling on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Santa’s Corner: Stop by the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 to join Santa for a parade through the park accompanied by carolers and elves. The parade takes place at 12:30pm so arrive early to obtain a good spot. Afterward, head back to Santa’s Corner to take photos with him in front of the tree.

Macy’s Santaland: Macy’s Santaland will close promptly at 4pm on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 so make sure that your kids get in their last-minute requests for gifts!

Gingerbread House Workshop: Families will have two chances to participate in this Christmas Eve workshop. The first will be held at 10:30am and the second class is at 12:00pm. There are a multitude of different decorating options to choose from, including frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences that help make your house feel like a home. Adults and children can sip on hot chocolate while enjoying the holiday music playing in the background.

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas: Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Conner, this show is a fun, family-friendly musical event. Nancy has sold some of her old gowns and accessories and is able to purchase a brand-new tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate her Christmas tree but things go awry. Will Christmas still be splendiferous? The show is playing on Saturdays and Sundays until December 31st, 2016.

The Ho-Ho-Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt: This seasonal scavenger hunt will delight adults and kids of all ages. Purchase tickets to experience the charming bustle of Midtown during the holiday season, walking through locations starring in beloved books and movies.

Building Wonderlands: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s lower level is filled with over 5,000 magnetic blocks, allowing families the chance to construct colorful worlds, including a New York City of the future, all while exploring construction, physics, and their imagination. The exhibit is open for all ages until January 8th, 2016.

Christmas Eve Family Bowl: Brooklyn Bowl will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 so families can stop by and take advantage of the opportunity for some friendly and fun competition.

Chanukah Family Day: Before you light the first candle on your menorah, visit the Museum of the City of New York for Chanukah Family Day on Saturday, December 24th, 2016. Children can brows the various exhibits and collections to explore elements of Jewish culture and learn more about the holiday.

The Largest Menorah: The Largest Menorah is located in Brooklyn, New York, and stands 32 feet tall. Its annual lighting ceremony is considered to be a must-see. The festivities kick off on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 with a concert at 7pm and the menorah lighting at 8pm.

The Jewish Museum: The Jewish Museum will be open on Sunday, December 25th, 2016 for a full day of programming that includes art, storybook readings, and a family concert. The shop will also be open from 11am to 4pm for last-minute Hanukkah shopping.

Second Day of Chanukah: Visit the Museum at Eldridge Street on the second day of Chanukah to enjoy a screening of the 1925 Yiddish silent film classic His People. After the screening, families can enjoy guided tours of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, self-guided scavenger hunts, art activities, and observe the Chanukah candle lighting ceremony.