AWNY Mums & Bubs December Update: holiday fun for families in New York

Coordinated by Katherine Bruce

As 2014 draws to a close, New York really goes all out for the holiday season. All the fun and sparkly lights almost make you forget how cold it’s about to get! Some of our Mums have offered some ideas for what to do over the next few weeks below – a special thanks to Lara Knight for contributing most of these.

Mums & Bubs Dinner

Don’t forget our end of year holiday party on 2 December will be at Spring Kitchen on the Upper West Side. RSVP is essential as we already have 25 Mums coming and want to make sure we have a seat for everyone! Details and RSVP here.

Christmas in New York with KidsEmily Christmas 2013

This is our second Christmas in New York. We have tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and I can’t wait to check out Gingerbread Lane! Let’s hope my daughter Emily warms to Santa this year (this photo was taken at Santa Land Bloomingdales last year)…

Tips from Lara Knight:

Macy’s Santaland is great if you can get there early in the morning or if you register in advance for an Express Pass. They also let one person line up and when you get to the front of the line, join them with the kids. There is a cafe right near front of the line which offers distractions. Also, Bloomingdales Santa Land.

The NYC ballet usually offers a kids morning where they can do a workshop with dancers.

Holiday train show at Grand Central Station and botanical gardens are both great. If you go to the botanical gardens make sure you allow time to make a day of it as they have a lot of other kid friendly activities there also.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square with the lighting of their Christmas tree. You can get samples from food trucks of all the expensive restaurants in the area.

Gingerbread Lane: marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane, a 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, is a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit.

If you’re looking for just a weekend indoor activity, the JCC does Shabbat on Saturday afternoon where they offer free crafts and activities for kids. It’s a great way to fill the afternoon inside.