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Need Ideas for Winter Break?

There’s nothing like New York City during the holiday season! (Photo credit: Andrew Dallos, via Flickr)

With NYC public schools closed for Winter Break from December 25 – January 2, City students and their families have the wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the many holiday-themed events and festivities that take place in NYC throughout this time of year. And with the free IDNYC card, City families can visit many of the various venues that are hosting holiday activities and events throughout the City free of charge.

If you and your family members are staying in the City during Winter Break, consider checking out some of the following websites to get information about events and activities that are taking place between now and January 2, 2018:

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s Events Page:

This website is a wonderful place to start when it comes to finding holiday-themed events and venues to participate in and visit throughout all five boroughs. From gingerbread house crafting, to kid-friendly book readings, puppetry, and winter holiday celebrations, the City’s parks are a great destination for cheap and/or free family fun this holiday season.

 

Winter Village at Bryant Park
(Holiday Marketplace & Ice Skating Rink – Market Open Until Jan. 2)
Bryant Park (bet. 40 and 42 Streets, Fifth & Sixth Avenues, Manhattan)
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Featuring a European-inspired open-air holiday market and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, the Winter Village at Bryant Park is sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit. The market features local crafts, artisanal food, and goods from around the world.

Cost: Free admission to the Holiday Market and to the ice skating rink. Skate rentals are $20, while helmet rentals are $6. Check out the Winter Village website for more information regarding the ice skating rink.

 

Snow Globes: Winter Wonderland
(Event, Dec. 30; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Museum of the City of New York:

Take the family to the Museum of the City of New York and learn how zoning has impacted the height, width, and design of the buildings that make up our City’s views. Then make your own New York City-inspired snow globe to display the parts of the City that are iconic in your life!

Cost: Free with Museum admission ($18 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for members and attendees aged 19 and under); registration is suggested.

 

The Holiday Train Show
(Nov. 22 – Jan. 15)
New York Botanical Garden:

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Botanical Garden’s enchanting model train exhibition. Trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials, under the twinkling glow of the Botanical Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers, including new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Cost: (Dec. 18 – Jan. 1 & Weekends)  — $30 for adults, $28 for seniors (aged 65+), $28 for students (w/valid ID), $18 for children aged 2–12, and free for Garden members and children under 2 years old.

(Weekday Pricing after Jan. 1) — $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (aged 65+), $20 for students (w/valid ID), $10 for children aged 2–12, and free for Garden members and children under 2 years old.

Advanced reservations are strongly recommended by Garden staff.

 

New York City Service

For many, the holiday season is the perfect time to give back to those in need. If you are interested in volunteering your time for a great cause, check out the NYC Service website to see how you and your family can help your fellow New Yorkers throughout this holiday season and beyond.

 

We hope these suggestions help to jumpstart your Winter Break plans. On behalf of the DOE, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday break!