2021 Christmas Activities for Families

‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

WHEN: Dec. 9-27, see website for schedule
WHERE: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue at 32nd Street, Midtown
WHAT: Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, “‘Twas the Night Before…” is a flurry of Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters, while introducing audiences to the magic of Cirque du Soleil and helping families create new holiday traditions.
WANT TO GO? $50 and up. Advanced registration required.

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

WHEN: Dec. 10-Jan. 2, 2022, see website for schedule
WHERE: New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., Midtown West
WHAT: Based on Jim Henson’s beloved television special, this tuneful tale takes us to Frogtown Hollow where Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. Advanced registration required.

“A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa”

WHEN: Dec. 22-Jan. 2, 2022, see website for schedule
WHERE: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., East Village
WHAT: It’s an adaptation of Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness, featuring more than 30 puppets including a quartet of Rockettes in Slovak, Moravian, and Ruthenian folk costumes, and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew, and Swahili.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; $10 kids. Advanced registration required.

FREE 2021 Washington Square Christmas Eve Caroling

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 24, 5-6pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park Arch, Washington Square North, Greenwich Village
WHAT: This is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes. The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart.
WANT TO GO? FREE

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets

WHEN: Through Jan. 2, 2022: Saturday-Sunday, 12:30pm and 2:30pm (No show Jan. 01)
WHERE: Puppetworks, Inc., 338 6th Ave., Park Slope
WHAT: See two holiday classics The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Nutcracker Sweets featuring Tchaikovsky’s ‘Land of Sweets’ dances.
WANT TO GO? $11; $10 children.

Lightscape

WHEN: Through Jan. 9, 2022: See website for schedule
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Prospect Leffert
WHAT: This winter, explore Brooklyn Botanic Garden like never before at the after-dark, illuminated spectacular Lightscape. Join with family and friends to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on this enchanting trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound.
WANT TO GO? $34; $30 members; $18 children ages 3-12; $16 members ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Advanced registration required.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival: Illuminate The Farm

WHEN: Through Jan. 9, 2022: See website for schedule
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
WHAT: This experience will be a dazzling display of festive holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, your favorite farm animals, and many many more.
WANT TO GO? $24.99; $29.99 Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2022; $16.99 children ages 3-12. Advanced registration required.

Madison Theatre Christmas Celebration

WHEN: Dec. 18-19, Saturday-Sunday, 2pm, 3pm, and 6pm
WHERE: The Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
WHAT: This Christmas spectacular will have you singing along to your favorite Christmas tunes. Featuring Broadway’s own exceptional performers and designers! Come share in the joy of Christmas with this annual tradition.
WANT TO GO? $40-$55. Advanced registration required.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival: A Bug’s Night Drive-thru Adventure

WHEN: Through Jan. 9, 2022: See website for schedule
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
WHAT: A Bug’s Night will dazzle your friends and family as you roll through more than 20 acres of vivid lanterns and holiday lights! This luminescent experience will be an unforgettable display of festive holiday lights, projection mapping, and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, bugs, animals, and more!
WANT TO GO? $34.99 Monday-Friday; $49.99 Saturday-Sunday; $59.99 Dec. 24-Jan. 2, 2022. Advanced registration required.

LuminoCity Festival Holiday Lights

WHEN: Through Jan. 9, 2022: See website for schedule
WHERE: Whitney Pond Park, 7 Community Drive E., Manhasset
WHAT: Set upon a world lit up with towering luminescent sculptures, LuminoCity Festival will take you to a dazzling new world with Lumi, the LuminoCity mascot, as your guide. The immersive outdoor event will be a festive, and timed entry experience for guests of all ages!
WANT TO GO? $76 VIP; $38 general admission; $27 kids ages 3-12. Advanced registration required.

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