Dia's Top 10 NYC Event Picks of the Week (12/24 - 12/30)


By #myhood December 22, 2021

Check out the full calendar here! These are my Top 10 picks for events and activities happening in and around the Upper East Side this week. Don't miss out on all the fun, and please be sure to let them know you saw it in Macaroni Kid NYC Upper East Side! Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please confirm events before attending. 

TOP 10 for the Week

Friday, December 24th  

1. Grand Central Holiday Fair - The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair is one of the finest, longest-running indoor holiday fairs in New York City. Highly selective about the artists chosen to participate, planners spend the year looking for unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model. Since 1993, the Holiday Fair has been a must-shop destination during the holiday season.   

2. Holiday Time in Paleyland - The beloved Paley holiday experience returns with visits and photos with Santa, a stunning seven-foot menorah, character meet and greets, screenings of holiday classics on the big screen, LEGOMasters and American Girl demos, gaming stations, and The Paley Express, a magical winter wonderland holiday train display. The extravaganza provides visitors with 4 floors of experiential holiday exhibits and fun. Santa hours: 12-4pm.

Saturday, December 25th

3. North Pole Express - This holiday season, hop on a ride to the "North Pole" to meet Santa. During the ride, sing-along Christmas carols with Elf, and enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie. Kids on the nice list receive a sleigh bell as a present. As the North Pole Express travels through Manhattan, take amazing photos of the stunning holiday lights above the crowd. There's no better way to experience a holiday in NYC than the North Pole Express.

4. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Rink- The world's most famous ice rink opens for the season! Ice skating under the Christmas Tree on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s quintessential winter activities. It’s a tradition that has never failed to delight. The Rink is a gathering place for everyone, and you’re always invited to join in on the fun.

Sunday, December 26th 

5. Instagramable Moment at the Oculus Holiday Market:  Explore the Oculus Floor for many Instagrammable moments throughout the Holiday Market. Snap a pic next to some of our favorites: The Snowman family, Our Large Mirrored Snowman, Underneath the Evergreen Arches, Below the Clock Tower, In the Holiday Garden and Next to our Holiday Trailers. Tag us @WestfieldWorldTradeCenter and use #ShopsAtTheOculus for a chance to be featured!

6. Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights: This popular animal-themed light and lantern display is back at the Bronx Zoo. See 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species from around the globe. 79 new lanterns representing 30 new animal species will make their debut at the zoo. The Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights is more than a display: activities and entertainment include ice-carving demonstrations, stilt-walkers, puppet shows, a holiday train and even treats like s’mores. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  

Monday, December 27th 

7. Arts and Processes: The 67th Street Public Library is offering a FREE short storytime for preschoolers, followed by a session of art-making. Ages 3-5. Register in advance.


Tuesday, December 28th 

8. Toddler Storytime at Yorkville Library - Toddlers and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. Ages 18-36 months old (walkers) and their parents/caregivers.

Wednesday, December 29th

9. Storytime in Spanish  - The 67th Street Library invites you to read and sing in Spanish! ¡A leer y a cantar en español! Para 0-5 años de edad. Se permiten 10 menores y sus adultos. For ages 0-5. FREE.  Llamen al (212) 734-1717 para apuntarse. Call (212) 734-1717 to sign-up.

Thursday, December 30th

10. Storytime at the Met Museum - Look, listen, sing, and have fun with Storytime! Join us for picture-book readings connected to objects in The Met collection. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Free; Museum admission is not required. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Reservations for Museum admission do not guarantee program admission.