Check out these fun family events that will surely help get you into the holiday spirit. From family-friendly holiday themed shows like The Nutcracker, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas and a Charlie Brown’s Christmas Live…to train shows at Grand Central and the NY Botanical Garden…from an Ice Spectacular Show at Lefrak to meet and greets with Santa himself right here on 5th Ave in Park Slope, there are many ways to celebrate and share the joy with our little ones!
* 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Grand Central Station, Manhattan): November 14th – February 26th. Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat and Sun 10am-6pm. This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/event/15th-annual-holiday-train-show/2145462112
* Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Vital Theatre, 152 W. 71st St): November 19th – December 31st, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Based on the NY Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Connor. What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? http://fancynancychristmaslive.com/ 1 hr long.
* Holiday Train Show (NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx): From November 19th – January 16th. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, a cappela performances, Winter Harmonies Concerts, a poetry reading with recently named NYBG poet laureate, Billy Collins, and activities for kids. http://www.nybg.org/hts16/
* Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (Manhattan): 9am on November 24th. The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. Read up here for recommended viewing areas: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/events-festivals/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade
* Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar (501 Union, Gowanus): November 26th and 27th, 11am – 6pm. Free admission. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that showcases the best of Brooklyn under one beautiful roof. The 4th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend. http://brooklynholidaybazaar.com/
* Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting (Rockefeller Center, Manhattan): The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2016/11/30/2016-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-
* Charlie Brown Christmas Live (ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitewell Place, Brooklyn): Fri, Sat and Sun, Dec 2nd – 11th. Performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture. Jazz trio will play the iconic Vince Guaraldi score. For show times and details, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2698281
* Santa on 5th (several locations on 5th Ave, Park Slope on Dec 3rd, 10th and 17th): Ho ho ho! Santa will be making appearances at 3 different locations on our very own 5th Ave during the month of September. Eat, Drink and spend locally – while saying hi to our friend visiting from the North Pole! Strolling carolers will be making an appearance as well. http://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/event/here-comes-santa-clause-first-visit-of-three/
* The Colonial Nutcracker at the Walt Whitman Theater (Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd, Brooklyn): December 11th, 2pm. An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. 2hrs, 10 min including a 15 min intermission. Recommended for ages 5+. Tickets: $15. http://www.brooklyncenter.org/buy-tickets/calendar-of-events/view/The-Colonial-Nutcracker/
* Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan): The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2016 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC. Since 1933, the tap dancers, flying Santa and of course the Rockettes have put on one of the city’s most classic Christmas spectacles. If The Nutcracker from New York City Ballet is too stuffy and doesn’t have enough camels onstage for you, this show is the one to see. https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/
* Tree Lighting Party (Greenwood Park, Park Slope): December 7th from 6pm- close. The “biggest tree in Brooklyn”! Tree, wreaths, and decorations will be for sale in the holiday market. Bring the family to meet Santa – there will be hot coca, cider, food and drink specials! http://greenwoodparkbk.com/blog/events/holiday-tree-lighting-party/
* Ice Spectacular (Lakeside @ Lefrak Center, Prospect Park): December 18th, from 5:30 – 6:45pm. This annual winter show is FREE to watch and features figure skating solos, duets, and group numbers. Group number registration includes three half-hour rehearsals on Sundays before the show as well as skate rental, show accessories, and keepsake programs on performance days. Register in advance online or in person, limited space available. $40 for one (1) event, $60 for two (2) events. http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/event/ice-spectacular-winter/
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