Holiday Season in New York City

Santaland Open til 8pm, through Dec 24
Santaland is incredible; if you have a chance to babysit during the hectic holidays, I'd recommend checking it out. On December 24th, Santaland closes at 5:00 PM. At Macy's (34th St btwn 6th And 7th Aves). Call (212) 695-4400 for more information.

Photos with Santa through Dec 24
The seaport's traditional, old-fashioned Santa will stroll the property throughout the day. Children and adults alike can bring their cameras and pose for a complimentary photo opportunity at stations located throughout the Seaport. At South Street Seaport. Call the special event hotline at (212)SEA-PORT for more information on current and upcoming events.

Holiday Garden Railways
Two of the most magnificent holiday events at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx the annual Holiday Garden and Train Show and Holiday Reflections festival of lights, both at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory raise the curtain in November on six weeks of activities for children and adults. At the New York Botanical Garden. Call (718) 817-8700 for more information.

Big Apple Circus
The Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts institution committed to kids and their families. Each year in the fall the Big Top comes to town, bringing the intimate and interactive environment of a one-ring circus to New York audiences. FMI call (212) 268-2500.

Unsilent Night
This trippy musical performance piece, dreamed up by composer Phil Kline, is downtown’s decidedly arty, secular answer to Christmas caroling. Boom-box–toting participants gather under the Washington Square arch

Halloween may be over in a week's time, but the real horror show hasn't even started. SantaCon, the absolutely bananas gathering of alcohol-loving St. Nick-enthusiasts. A parade of drunk Santas, reindeer and snowmen will gallivant through the city.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey returns to the Beacon in which the singer will run through the holiday hits from her 1994 seasonal smash, Merry Christmas and many more

A Christmas Carol at Merchant's House
John Kevin Jones plays Charles Dickens in this account of the novelist's classic holiday ghost story. The Merchant's House Museum, formerly the home of a wealthy 19th-century family, provides an atmospheric setting for Jones's fourth annual engagement.

A Murray Little Christmas
Drag comedian Murray Hill, also known as Mr. Showbiz, will ring in the holidays at Joe’s Pub with a variety show including burlesque, cheesy holiday music and more.

Winter Jam
Winter Jam is a free winter festival chock full of events for New Yorkers of all ages. Upstate ski destination Gore Mountain will blow fresh snow into the heart of Central Park. Enter at 72nd St and Central Park W or 72nd St and 5th Ave