Christmas Weekend in NYC: Free & Fun Things to Do with Kids: Christmas Caroling, East Meets West Christmas Parade December 22-23
It's the final weekend before Christmas and while these days are bound to be full of last-minute shopping sprees and festive activities, our hearts are heavy due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. If your family is looking to do something to try to help the grieving community, our Connecticut site has some ideas, including a request from the Sandy Hook PTA for cut paper snowflakes that will be used to decorate the new temporary school. While we haven't heard about any vigils in NYC this weekend, families may find Judson Memorial Church's Greenwich Village Caroling Walk or the Church of the Intercession's annual reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas comforting and low-key ways to mark the season.
Two family favorites reopen this weekend after being closed since Hurricane Sandy: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, which is hosting a free kid-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol. Other weekend highlights include the annual East Meets West Christmas Parade, a no-cost screening of last year's big holiday hit Arthur Christmas at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab and seeing Santa before he says goodbye and hops in his sleigh.
All of our weekend picks are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide, which has info on the best things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and throughout holiday break.