NYC Holiday Events for Families

Holiday Events

Have a look at some fabulous family events taking place over the holidays in the city.


In Person
Sharks Exhibit at AMNH
December 15, 2021 – January 30, 2021
Open during regular museum hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm (the museum is closed on Christmas)
American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5102
Admission applies, free for members

Discover the incredible diversity of an ancient, fascinating, and misunderstood group of fishes. The new special exhibition Sharks at the American Museum of Natural History features dozens of life-sized models ranging from 33 feet to 5 inches long, fossils from the Museum’s collections, touch-free interactive exhibits that challenge visitors to hunt like a hammerhead, and more for visitors of all ages.

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In Person
Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
November 20, 2021 – January 23, 2022
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126
Admission applies

This beloved tradition returns for its 30th year with a miniature wonderland in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds.

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In Person
Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
November 19, 2021–January 9, 2022
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

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.

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In Person
Big Apple Circus
On from now until January 30, 2022 (no shows on January 5, 12, 19, or 26)
Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
From $25

Big Apple Circus has returned to New York City’s Lincoln Center, putting a modern twist on a beloved classic and performing throughout the holidays and into the New Year. This all-new production will feature Guinness world record holder, daredevil, Nik Wallenda and his fearless family of highwire walkers. Joining the Wallendas is an international cast of gold-medal-award-winning, world-class circus artists in this Reenergized, Reimagined, and Reinvigorated production of circus artistry. See these performers, previously on America’s Got Talent, The X-Factor, or YouTube, “live” in this up-close and immersive event.

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