New York City’s annual transformation into a holiday wonderland is pure magic no matter your age, though holiday activities and Christmas events are always more magical with little ones in tow. While NYC’s zest for the holidays never gets old, the crowds at Christmas activities can be daunting—and the average toddler or preschooler tends to have limited patience for lines and lots of noise.
To that end, we’ve rounded up amazing holiday events and Christmas activities for preschoolers in NYC. These picks are just right for the 2-to-5-year-old set and include events that take their limited attention span into account without cutting back on the holiday fun. Our top picks for little kid Christmas activities include our very own FREE Holly Jolly Holiday Party, plus Christmas trains, Santa visits, abridged performances of holiday shows, a little gingerbread mania, and lots of interactive events and workshops.
Find all our top picks for seasonal fun for all ages in our New York City Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities.