Christmas in NYC Bucket List (Toddler Friendly)


The holiday season is my favorite, even more so than Fall, mainly because it last longer.  The Holidays in NYC are next level! Seriously, there is so much to do and see, the city really is magical.  And if you're lucky, you wake up on a Saturday morning, to snow covered streets, like we did today (I'm seriously kicking myself that I haven't got Jayden a snowsuit yet). As much as I've always loved the holiday, this year is even better, having a little toddler to share it with.  There is so much we wanted to do/see and introduce Jayden to this year, that I decided to make a Christmas in NYC Bucket List and share it here with you, including fun things to do in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx (sorry Staten Island).  The obvious, ice skating in central park and the Rockettes, I left off this list as Jayden is still a little too young for those.  And there are also tons of shows/productions that would be fun too, but I think waiting till at least 2yrs is best.  So here is our list... Perfect for anyone young or old in NYC and all Toddler friendly.

2016 Christmas in NYC Bucket List

(Toddler Friendly)

  1. The NYBG Holiday Train ShowHoliday Train Show Tickets and info.

  2. Visit Santa at Santaland, Macy's Herald Square Make sure to get a free express pass before hand to skip the long lines and don't forget to pick up a year stamped ornament as a moment.

  3. Bryant Park Winter Village Bryant Park Winter Village details, plus a bunch or other fun events and a carousel.

  4. Union Square Holiday MarketFor unique gifts and delicious treats at the Union Square Holiday Market.

  5. Rockefeller Center Christmas TreeRockefeller Christmas Tree... the biggest and best around!

  6. 5th Ave Holiday WindowsOne of my favorite parts of the the holidays. Make sure not to miss Bergdorfs, which never disappoint and the lightshow at Saks 5th Ave.

  7. Grand Central Holiday Train Show Smaller than the NYBG but still tons of fun for the kiddies at this Holiday Train Show.

  8. Gingerbread House in Madison Square ParkMake-believe your Hansel and Gretel and check out this life-size Gingerbread House.

  9. Dyker Heights Christmas LightsIt's been a couple of years since I've gone, but I can't wait to take Jayden this year. Dyker Heights really gets into the Christmas spirit!

  10. Holiday Express: Toys and Trains, at the New York Society Museum We stumbled upon this by accident but ended up having so much fun at the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains.

  11. The Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural HistoryA unique Origami Holiday Tree, at one of my favorite museum.

  12. Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of ScienceMore Gingerbread House fun...

  13. A date with your toddler, just the two of you–hot apple cider required! Pick your place, any place and have fun date with your little one and a warm cup of apple cider or hot chocolate, if that's your thing. We love 51st Bakery and Cafe in LIC for this! ;)

Here's a little vlog that I put together of our trip the NYBG Holiday Train Show, which Jayden LOVED!

I'll be keeping this list updated over the next week and crossing off the things we are able to get to.  What are your favorite things to do in NYC during the holidays (that are toddler friendly)? Did I miss something, that I need to strongly consider??

Only 8 days till Christmas!!! Let's do this...