New York City is at its finest during the holiday season.  Holiday lights and special activities run rife throughout the city from Thanksgiving through to the end of the year.  As a result, New York City’s Mad Science website produced an article to list several family activity suggestions for the holidays. First, the site mentions their own Mad Science programs; for the holidays, there is a specific Winter Wonderland program.  These sessions allow for a dose of science and holiday fun.  In terms of location, the sessions are held at the Scarsdale Teen Center, in a partnership with Scarsdale Recreation. The content of the programs is the result of a partnership between the James V. Harmon Community Center in partnership with Hastings Recreation and the Rye Recreation Center.

The article then moves in to more traditionally known avenues for holiday fun in New York City.  Various companies and organizations throughout the entire holiday season perform the Nutcracker, a holiday classic.  Some versions are specifically for children as well. 17 Holiday light displays are spread throughout the city as well, with several locations that provide a magical experience.  In Queens, there is a display entitled “Santa’s Corner” on the corner of 166th Street and 23rd Avenue.  “The Christmas House” is located in the Bronx, specifically at 1605 Pelham Parkway N. and Westervelt Avenue.  Brooklyn has two locales; the first is “The Holiday Light Spectacular,” located at 310A 22nd Street.  Additionally in Brooklyn is the world famous “Dyker Heights Christmas Lights.”  The display has earned its own documentary and a stock of YouTube videos; as a result, it can tend to be busy.  Dyker Heights is located at 11th to 13th Avenues, between 83rd and 86th Streets.  However, the most noted set of lights sits upon the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; the tree is typically lit from early December to early January.  Also in Rockefeller Center is ice skating—another very popular family holiday activity.  There are several rinks throughout the city, in addition to the one located at Rockefeller—Central Park, Chelsea Piers and Bryant Park.

A holiday train show can also be an exciting adventure for all family members.  Annually, the New York Botanical Garden holds a Holiday Train Show. The show is very popular; book tickets early, as they tend to sell out.