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Dare to Dream
Jan
11
to Jan 16

Dare to Dream

Jan 11 – 16, 2017

Please check times on website below

http://www.disneyonice.com/dare-to-dream 

Prudential Center

Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown. Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses. Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey. Make memories your whole family will treasure for a lifetime, while dancing and singing along, as the Disney Princesses inspire you to Dream Big!

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Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec
31
2:00 PM14:00

Kwanzaa Celebration

Sat Dec 31, 2016

Please check times on website below

https://www.apollotheater.org/event/kwanzaa-celebration-2016/ 

Apollo Theater

The Apollo Theater celebrates its 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, on New Year’s Eve, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and guest performances. Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. Hosted by radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd this event will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of Forces of Nature.

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Menorah Lighting at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn
Dec
24
to Dec 31

Menorah Lighting at the Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn

Dec 24 – Dec 31, 2016

Please see website below for exact times.

http://www.nycgo.com/events/lighting-of-the-worlds-largest-hanukkah-menorah 

The World's Largest Menorah stands at a whopping 32 feet tall (the maximum allowed by Jewish law), and has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1985. The annual Menorah lighting ceremony is a must for Jews and non-Jews alike. Every night The celebration is accompanied with live music and hot latkes for all. Special gifts are distributed to every child. Making this a family celebration and a must on everyone's calendar. With assistance from a Con Edison cherry-picker, Rabbi Shimon Hecht accompanies community leaders, philanthropists and special guests in lighting this humongous Menorah.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec
18
3:00 PM15:00

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sun Dec 18

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Please refer to link below for exact times

http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/capitalonebanktheatre/a-charlie-brown-christmas.php

The iconic cartoon and comic strip featuring the Peanuts gang gets a brand-new stage musical in their honor for the holiday season by Chicago's very own Emerald City! When Charlie Brown bemoans the commercial nature of Christmas, he and his friends set out to create a special holiday pageant to rediscover the true meaning of the festive season. A wonderful way to introduce younger children to the Peanuts gang, and to explore the true meaning of Christmas! And of course, what Peanuts musical would be without Snoopy?!

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Chanukah Festival
Dec
18
11:00 AM11:00

Chanukah Festival

Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times

http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/chanukah-festival 

Known for their long history of providing family-friendly events and programming, the 92nd Street Y continues their tradition of throwing a fun-filled Chanukah festival this year. The day’s schedule of events is full of crafts, music, and games. The day will start off with holiday songs sung in English and Hebrew, followed by a “Miracle of Light” holiday show. Stick around for Jewish Drum Tales at 1pm to hear “The Delightful Story of Chanukah.” Throughout the day, little artists will learn to make their own snowflakes, dreidels, menorahs, holiday cards and much more. All ages.

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The First Noel: Harlem-Set Holiday Musical
Dec
11
to Dec 18

The First Noel: Harlem-Set Holiday Musical

Dec 10 - 18, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

https://www.apollotheater.org/firstnoel/

Classical Theatre of Harlem has a gift for audiences this holiday, as they bring their original musical to the main stage of the Apollo Theater. The First Noel centers around a multigenerational Harlem family whose Christmas season is dampened by the loss of a loved one, until a surprise visit from grandma delivers some much-needed joy. With a score that incorporates everything from pop and jazz to gospel, this entertaining production also offers an emotional message of healing and hope. The New York Times says, "This good-looking, high-energy show is packed with vocal talent and propelled by a terrific five-piece band."

 

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Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
Dec
10
to Dec 11

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Dec 10 – 11, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/keith-michaels-the-nutcracker

The New York Theatre Ballet's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's classic is highly polished, with an Art Nouveau–style twist. It's abridged to an hour in length—just the right amount of time for little ones to watch the polka dot–clad mice and sugary backdrops in wonder before they get too squirmy. The show takes place circa 1907, with choreography by Keith Michael, set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes by Sylvia Nolan. 

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Breakfast with Santa Cruise
Dec
10
to Dec 17

Breakfast with Santa Cruise

Sat, Dec 10 & Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/breakfast-with-santa-cruise

All aboard for holiday cheer! This luxury yacht will depart at 9am and take a spin around the river while kids enjoy festive games, music, dancing, holiday movies and, of course, a visit with Santa and the elves. The breakfast buffet has something for everyone, with a menu consisting of all the eggs, bacon, fruit, French toast, bagels, muffins and more that any kid could wish for. Food, fun and festivity coupled with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and heated cabins make this an experience parents will love too. Afterwards, hang around South Street Seaport, where the boat docks, to see the park’s large, beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

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The Nutcracker
Dec
9
to Dec 12

The Nutcracker

Fri Dec 9 — Sun Dec 11, 2016

Florence Gould Hall

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/florencegouldhall/tickets.php?r=a&tnetOverride=The+Nutcracker&gmiPerformerId=&tmEventCode=&eventName=The+Nutcracker&cmsEventId=10539&groupThreshold=0.0&month=12&year=2016&displayNames=true
 

The Nutcracker is one of the USA's favorite Christmas events, and one of the most performed ballets in the world with productions taking place each Christmas in London, New York City and right here in New York. 

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The Yorkville Nutcracker
Dec
8
to Dec 11

The Yorkville Nutcracker

Dec 8 – 11, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact dates.

http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/the-yorkville-nutcracker

Choreographed by Francis Patrelle, the troupe's annual production is a ballet infused with a cursory lesson in New York history. Set in 1895, the action takes place in Manhattan, with stops at Gracie Mansion and Central Park, and at the New York Botanical Garden's version of the Crystal Palace, in the Bronx. This year's show features New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Abi Stafford (as the Sugar Plum) and Adrian Danchig-Waring (as the Cavalier). 

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Snowflake Lounge: A Colorful Holiday
Dec
5
4:00 PM16:00

Snowflake Lounge: A Colorful Holiday

Mon Dec 5, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://armoryonpark.org/get_involved/2016_snowflake_lounge

Join us for a special afternoon for the young and the young-at-heart. As the hot chocolate and champagne flows, explore the Armory’s beautiful, castle-like historic rooms, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with crafts, activities, storytelling, holiday carolers, sweet treats and more. And no winter wonderland would be complete without a visit from Santa, who will be traveling from the North Pole to visit and take keepsake photos!  All proceeds support the Armory’s ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM, focusing on creative, outside-the-box thinking for underserved public school students.

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Peter & the Wolf
Dec
3
to Dec 11

Peter & the Wolf

Dec 3 – Dec 11, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/peter-the-wolf

Presented by Works & Process, Isaac Mizrahi narrates Prokofiev's musical tale, in which a boy catches a big, bad wolf with the help of some animal friends. Brad Lubman conducts the Ensemble Signal while a cast brings Peter, Grandpa, the bird, the cat, the duck and the Wolf to life with John Heginbotham’s choreography.

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Past Present and Future at the Bartow-Pell Manion in the Bronx
Dec
2
to Dec 31

Past Present and Future at the Bartow-Pell Manion in the Bronx

Dec 2 – 31, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/events/calendar.php

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is accessible by taking the 6 train from all boroughs. Little ones will delight in the eight extravagantly decorated Christmas trees throughout the magnificent property, all inspired by decades of Christmas traditions. Holiday events run all month, including the annual Holiday Family Day, featuring a seasonal sing-along, visits with Santa (photos for a fee), arts and crafts and more. 

 

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec
1
to Dec 18

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Dec 1 – Dec 18, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.theateratmsg.com/events/2016/december/rudolph.html

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeerand the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

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Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center
Nov
30
to Jan 7

Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Rockefeller Plaza

Please refer to website below for exact times.

https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2016/11/30/2016-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

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. Thousands crowded the sidewalks for the event and millions watched it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2017.

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Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Nov
29
to Dec 24

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Nov 29 – Dec 24, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://urbanspacenyc.com/columbus-circle-holiday-market/

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is internationally known as one of the most elegant and beautiful places for holiday shopping. Located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th street and Central Park West, visitors lose themselves in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans and designers. Now in its 13th year, the market is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City.

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
27
to Dec 30

A Christmas Carol

Nov 27 – Dec 30, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.scroogeinthevillage.com/

A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge!

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Dyker Heights Lights Displays
Nov
26
to Jan 9

Dyker Heights Lights Displays

Sat Nov 26 – Fri, Jan 9, 2017

Please refer to website below for exact times.

https://www.asliceofbrooklyn.com/bus-tours/christmas-lights-tour/

It just wouldn't be Christmas in Brooklyn without them. Visit the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn (cross-streets: high 80's (83rd thru 86th mostly) between 11th thru 13th avenues...and beyond!) and see the best Christmas-light displays around. You can't miss it. Santa is even there most nights.

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Nov
26
to Dec 31

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Now – Dec 31, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

https://www.nycballet.com/Ballets/N/George-Balanchines-The-Nutcracker.aspx

Celebrate the joy and wonder of the holidays with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as Tschaikovsky’s iconic score whisks you away on a heartwarming adventure through the eyes of the pint-sized heroine Marie on her journey to a fantastical land made entirely of candy.

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CATS the Musical
Nov
26
to Dec 31

CATS the Musical

Now - Sat Dec 31

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.catsthemusical.com/

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY

Let the memory live again! Andrew Lloyd Webber's, Cats returns to Broadway. Based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, we follow the antics of the Jellicle cats and their individual quest to be the lucky one to ascend to "the Heaviside Layer" and come back to a new life.

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Polar Express Whippany
Nov
26
to Dec 30

Polar Express Whippany

Now – Dec 30 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (no trains on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day)

Please refer to website below for exact times.

https://mommypoppins.com/new-jersey-kids/christmashanukkah/new-polar-express-train-arrives-in-nj-this-holiday-season

The hour-long train ride includes a reading of the book, caroling, and hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing chefs. Santa Claus will board the train upon its arrival in "the North Pole," and he will give each child a silver sleigh bell, just like the one the boy receives in the book. Santa will also be available for photo ops after the train ride. Young riders are encouraged to wear their pajamas – like the children in the book.  Tickets are $39 (coach) – $49 (first class) for kids and $49 (coach) – $75 (first class) for adults. Children under 2 ride free. Passengers should plan to arrive an hour early; boarding begins a half hour prior to departure.

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The Three Bears Holiday Bash
Nov
26
to Nov 30

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Now- Dec 30, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=swedish+cottage

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre – Central Park

The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear's annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance!

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The Illusionists - Turn of the Century
Nov
26
to Jan 1

The Illusionists - Turn of the Century

Now -  Jan 1, 2017

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Please refer to website below for exact dates.

http://www.broadway.com/shows/illusionists-turn-century/#loc=fas-c-pos3

Turn of the Century is centered in a time when conjurers were the true rock stars of the day. Showcasing the origins of some of the greatest and most dangerous illusions ever built, the show also unveils never-before-seen experiments drawn from a treasure trove of long-forgotten mysteries. Audiences are invited to discover first-hand the spectacles that transformed stage entertainment over 100 years ago with a cast of world famous magicians playing incredible characters, each of whom embodies a magical great of the past.

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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas Musical
Nov
26
to Dec 31

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas Musical

Now – Dec 31, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://fancynancychristmaslive.com/

The charismatic youngster from Jane O'Connor's best-selling children's book series comes to life in this family musical from Vital Theatre Company. Fancy Nancy can't get enough of the wrapping paper, decorations and sweets that Christmas brings—after all, the holidays are the fanciest time of year! When things go awry while her family is busy decking the halls, Nancy learns that, with a little teamwork, Christmas can still be splendiferous.

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Grand Central Holiday Fair
Nov
26
to Dec 24

Grand Central Holiday Fair

 Now - Dec 24, 2016

Refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/event/grand-central-holiday-fair/2145475695

The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair is one of the finest, longest-running indoor holiday fairs in New York City. Highly selective about the artists chosen to participate, planners spend the year looking for unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model. About 40 vendors will take over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall for almost six weeks to sell artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s/women’s accessories, children’s clothing/toys and home goods. A range of products and price points guarantees that New Yorkers, commuters, and tourists alike can find interesting gift items for others as well as covet-worthy items for themselves. Since 1993, the Holiday Fair has been a must-shop destination during the holiday season.

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Union Square Holiday Market
Nov
26
to Dec 24

Union Square Holiday Market

Now – Dec 24, 2016

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market/

Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.  Now with an upgraded look, exciting new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station, a kid’s craft studio by our partners at CMA, live music, and the best vendor selection in the Northeast, Union Square Holiday Market is the holiday destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

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Second Annual Gingerbread Boulevard
Nov
26
to Dec 22

Second Annual Gingerbread Boulevard

Now – Dec 22, 2016

Madison Square Park

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/gbblvd

Four adorable faux-gingerbread houses have again been erected by Taste of Home in Madison Square Park. These life-sized buildings correspond to different regions of the country and include a ski chalet, farm (above), beach shack and houseboat. While you can't climb inside these sweet dwellings, you can download the FREE shazam app on your smartphone to explore them using augmented reality. 

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The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show
Nov
26
to Jan 16

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show

Now – Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Please refer to website below for exact times.

http://www.nybg.org/hts16/

The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train show is one of New York City's top seasonal attractions for families, with electric trains whizzing by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, and leaves—it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience.

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