10 Family Friendly Holiday Activities to Do in New York City

With the winter months officially in full swing, you may be wondering what you can do with your family in New York City if you’re visiting for a trip or are from the area yourself. Colder and harsher weather may lead some to think that there are less family-friendly activities to do, but in a city like New York City, it’s far from the case. When the weather gets colder outside, the activity in the city warms up, with tons of options whether you prefer to stay indoors or head out and brave the elements.

Feeling adventurous? Try some outdoor activities to enjoy the beauty of our city, but be sure to dress in layers to stay warm! Of course, stopping for a cup of hot chocolate along the way doesn’t hurt either!

Outdoor Family Winter Activities to Do in New York City

Visit Central Park and take in the sights – Central Park is a must visit for most traveling to New York City during the warmer months, but it can also be beautiful when decorated for the holidays and blanketed in snow. Bundle up to stay warm!

Check out a holiday market – Pick up some unique items at a holiday market, like the Union Square Holiday Market or the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Grab some new handmade jewelry or gifts and grab a snack while you’re at it.

Take a tour of the holiday lights in Dyker Heights – Love holiday lights? Grab a bus tour of the area or take a guided tour of the area to take in all the decorations with your family.

Ice skating at the Winter Village in Bryant Park – Don’t have your own skates? Rent a pair from the rink, and afterward, warm up with some hot cocoa, great food, and wonderful shopping!

Not feeling like braving the weather? In New York City, there are plenty of things for families to do indoors to keep more than busy during the holiday and winter seasons, from shows to indoor exhibits.

Indoor Family Winter Activities to Do in New York City

Visit the New York Botanical Gardens – Enjoy a break from the crowds and explore the gardens. After exploring outside, you can head inside to check out the Holiday Train Show, showcasing New York City monuments, all in natural materials like bark and leaves.

Visit Macy’s Santaland – A totally unique experience you can only get in New York City! Explore the displays, stop and get a snack and have a visit with Santa before you head back out.

Check out one of the many holiday shows – See The Nutcracker or Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or indulge in another Broadway show. There are plenty of kid and family friendly options (think Aladdin, Anastasia, or Frozen!), and you’ll be able to warm up and beat the cold.

Visit Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science – Be amazed at the Guinness Book of World Record’s holding displays, located in Corona Park in Queens. With everything being made by hand, it’s surely going to amaze the entire family.

Visit the FAO Schwarz store in Rockefeller Plaza – Dive into aisles of toys, soft stuffed animals, or take a walk on the famous oversized piano. Knock out some last-minute holiday shopping, or just window shop!

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum – A unique experience for the whole family! Take a walk inside a giant snow globe, sled down a slide, or watch some of the daily live performances, all while beating the cold.

No matter where the holidays take you in New York City, there is plenty for you and your whole family to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Take advantage of all that New York has to offer and have a wonderful and safe holiday season!