NYC is a magical place during the holidays (well, really all the time) but there is a special sort of splendor that comes with this time of year. We recounted our favorite places in NYC, and be sure to check out this recap that you will want to check out if you are here for the holidays:
1. A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show Presented by Citi: Making stops throughout the U.S, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live is making its way to NYC where you can your kids can enjoy favorites like I Like To Dance and Party In My Tummy. Expect lots of singing and dancing with DJ Lance, and an appearance by Biz Markie for a memorable holiday show that is sure to be mixed in with some special surprises. Yo Gabba Gabba Live! is playing at the Beacon Theater on December 20-22. The Beacon Theater is located at 2124 Broadway, New York, NY 10023.
2. The Grinchs Holiday Workshop at the Children's Museum of Manhattan: Based on Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, visitors will be transported into the story of how a grumpy Grinch, determined to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville, learns that generosity and the holiday spirit are not tied to gifts. With gallery walls draped in scenes from the book, including Cindy-Lou at the Who-ville holiday feast where the transformed Grinch carves the roast beast, the interactive exhibit is a great and fun way to promote creativity, a love of reading and draw upon the lessons learned by the Grinch.
New toThe Grinchs Holiday Workshop this year is a special indoor ice skating rink where kids can take off their shoes and skate in their socks. The synthetic ice rink is safe, fun and provides thrills without any chills. The Grinchs Holiday Workshop features daily and weekly programming. The museum is located atThe Tisch Building, 212 W 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave), New York, NY.
3. Nutcracker Holiday Brunch at Villard Michel Richard: Those visiting the tree in Rockefeller Center or holiday shopping at FAO Schwarz in the coming weeks will love the very special Nutcracker Brunch at Villard Michel Richard at the New York Palace. The themed brunch, which is $19 for kids 12 and under, is inclusive of entrée, dessert and beverages with fun dishes like the Toy Soldiers Mini Burger with cheese and French fries, Maries Berry Waffles with vanilla whipped cream, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairys Finale which is mini profiteroles with ice cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate covered grapes kids and parents will both want to devour this dessert! Adults can order from a lovely a la carte menu and can splurge with mimosas or bellinis. The gorgeous holiday decor of the restaurant and the hotel also makes a great family photo opp. Villard Michel Richard at the New York Palace is located at 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY.
4. Asellina Kids' Brunch: Get in the holiday spirit with Asellina on Saturday, December 21 from 1pm-3pm. Take a break from last minute shopping and bring family and friends to decorate gingerbread houses and meet Santa. Asellina is located at 420 Park Ave S. (between 28th and 29th Streets)
5. Breakfast with Santa at Stella 34 Trattoria: The modern Italian restaurant located on the sixth floor of Macys Herald Square, is bringing the holidays to life for any child with the magical experience of Breakfast with Santa. Children can dine with St. Nick in the home of the iconic Miracle on 34th Street. Afterwards, moms can head to the worlds largest shoe floor (located in Macys) for some holiday shopping. For $50 for adults, $35 for children (advanced purchase required at www.stella34holiday.com). The morning includes: an Italian breakfast feast from Chef Jarett Appell, with dishes such as Panettone French Toast, Breakfast Pizza, and Ricotta Pancakes, Table visits from Santa and his elves, Gingerbread and candy cane treats to bring home, A keepsake on Santas knee photograph with a digital download ($39.95 value at Macys Santaland) and special gingerbread and confections display by Pastry Chef Stefanie Morgado Stella 34 Trattoria hosts two seatings, at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., on December 19-24. Stella 34 Trattoria is located at 151 West 34th Street, NYC.
6. This Brooklyn hamlet is home to some of the most outrageous and expensive holiday decorations in the city. Forget about Macy’s-we say catch the D train, hail a cab or hop in your car on the BQE to this neighborhood where more is more when it comes to the holidays. The Dyker Heights’ families try to out-light each other in a good-natured competition. The visitors are the big winners. In addition to lights and displays you’ll get plenty of pumped in music.
Time your trip between 6 and 9 pm and plan to dress warm to walk through the neighborhood (some houses have characters dressed up as Santa or Mrs. Claus). Be sure to bring a stroller–the walk can be tiring for little legs. I’m not sure how the festivities began, but I’m glad I got tipped off to them a few years ago.
Location: Dyker Heights Brooklyn: 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street
Subways: D/M trains to 18th Ave; R train to 86th Street
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