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Your Awesome New York Kids' Weekend: December 2nd - 4th
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Your Awesome New York Kids’ Weekend: December 2nd – 4th

With Thanksgiving over and December here, the holiday season is finally in full swing! Celebrate the arrival of December with these fantastic weekend events. Check out miniature golf while on vacation, catch performances of The Nutcracker, and check out tree-lighting events across New York.

Golf by Vacation Winter Putterland

Shipwrecked Miniature Golf | details

Have a holiday miniature golf experience as you play through this course complete with festive lights, decorations, music and special effects. This miniature golf course is packed with Instagram-worthy moments and is sure to be a fun time for all ages.

Take part in a Christmas tree lighting


Nothing rings in the holiday season like some tree lighting. There are many tree lights throughout New York to get you and your family off to the right start of the holiday season. Experience what a New York vacation has to offer.

Watch the parade on Rockaway

Hope New York | details

This 3-day Christmas extravaganza on Rockaway will feature amazing events such as unique food vendors, a winter village, Christmas exhibits, performances and more.

Check out our largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens on Friday, followed by Santa visits and a toy giveaway on Saturday and Sunday’s grand finale, the Million Light Parade at Rockaway.

Watch a performance of The Nutcracker


Nutcracker performances are a staple of the holiday season and there are plenty of ways to catch this timeless classic as Christmas approaches.

Whether you’re looking for a classical ballet or something more appropriate for younger children, there’s no shortage of Nutcracker performances in New York this season.

Celebrate St. Nicholas Day

Wyckoff House Museum | details

Learn about Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas Day, at the Wyckoff House Museum. Make crafts, enjoy tree lighting and stay close for a special visit from St. Nick himself. It’s a socially distanced outdoor experience perfect for the whole family.

Make art at UrbanGlass Open Studios

UrbanGlass | details

Glass shapes the world around us in many ways, and now you can get to know it up close with an afternoon of art and demonstrations at UrbanGlass Studios.

Enjoy a Christmas music festival

Hoff-Barthelson School of Music | details

Users over the holiday season with the annual Holiday Music Festival at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. The festival will include performances by students from the school. This annual tradition raises funds that support the school’s commitment to musical excellence and accessibility for all.

Visit the Brooklyn Navy Yard Christmas Market

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77 | details

This market’s 5th annual installation will feature over 80 artisans and small businesses, gift stations, children’s activities, food, music and more. Stop by on Saturday to enjoy handcrafted gift stations, or on Sunday for family day.