5 Family-Friendly Activities in Times Square, NYC During Upcoming Holiday Season & School Breaks

As the Crossroads of the World, Times Square, continues to welcome back more than 250,000 pedestrians on a daily basis and gears up for an exciting New Years’ celebration, families and visitors don’t have to wait till December 31 to enjoy the holiday season. Whether you’re bringing your family on the trip of a lifetime or looking for kid-friendly activities to enjoy over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, Times Square is the perfect destination with an array of holiday activities for the whole family. 


From giant snow globes and Broadway shows to the hundreds of local restaurants, businesses, and attractions in the neighborhood that have reopened, there is something fun for everyone.  Five family-filled fun recommendations and activities, courtesy of the Times Square Alliance, include:


·         Times Square Show Globes – As Broadway reopens, enjoy a preview of shows with giant snow globes offering a glimpse into some of the most spectacular Broadway Shows, including Lion King, Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, and Ain’t Too Proud, in the Broadway Plazas between 44th and 45th St. on display beginning November 3rd through December 26th.


·         Times Square Holiday Market – After catching your favorite show and enjoying the Show Globes, stop and shop at one of the City’s most prominent holiday markets, offering unique gifts and classic NYC souvenirs. Enjoy an authentic NYC outdoor holiday shopping experience in this open-air market on the Broadway Plaza between 47th and 48th St. Thanksgiving through Christmas. 


·         Take in Family Day on Broadway – Enjoy a family day on Broadway with a Disney classic like the Lion King or Aladdin, or another kid friendly Broadway Show like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wicked or Mrs. Doubtfire, just to name a few. Purchase tickets directly from theater’s box offices, or explore Special Family Offers from The Broadway League. Make the experience extra special by heading to Times Square’s iconic Red Steps that house the beloved TKTS Booth, offering discounted tickets to dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Another option: take a walking tour with Broadway Up Close for a backstage look at Broadway’s past and present.


·         End a family-filled day with family-style pasta at Carmine’s or Tony Di Napoli in the heart of the neighborhood. 


·         Enjoy a holiday sweet snack at Krispy Kreme, Hershey’s Chocolate World or M & M World. 


For a complete list of activities, attractions, shows and businesses in Times Square, visit www.timessquarenyc.org, and if you need any additional information, interviews or photos, please feel free to let us know.