'The Three Bears
Through Dec. 30
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, 79th St. and West Drive, Children: $5, Adults: $8, 212-360-8281
This variety show celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The kids in the audience have the chance to join in on the performance during a group sing-along to "The 12 Days of Christmas."
Through Jan. 6, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., from $49, 212-239-6200
Follow Buddy, a young orphan, as he embarks on a Christmas adventure in this hysterical production that is suitable for the whole family. The story begins when Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa's sack and follows him to the North Pole. He then journeys to New York to discover his family and his identity.
The Grinch's Holiday Workshop
Through Jan. 6, Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., free with museum admission of $11,
Kids can explore a fully interactive exhibit based on Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which features walls covered in scenes from the book, a simulated sleigh ride with Max the Dog and storytelling sessions featuring Dr. Seuss favorites. Your little ones can also get creative and make their own "rhyming hats," Grinch masks and festive ornaments fit for a tree in Whoville.
Circle Line Santa Concert Cruise,
1:30 p.m. boarding time, Pier 83, 42nd St. and 12th Avenue, Children:?$15, Adults:?$20, www.circleline42.com
Take the kids on a holiday-themed cruise around New York Harbor with Santa: Children receive a free photo with the man himself and milk and cookies for a snack.
Gingerbread house display at Le Parker Meridien
Through Jan. 3, 119 W. 56th St.
$1 gives you one vote for the best house, $5 for 8 votes
Experience some of the most extravagant gingerbread houses you'll ever see, decorated by restaurants and bakeries from across the city. This year's theme is "Landmarks Around the World," and proceeds from ticket sales go toward City Harvest to help feed the homeless. View the houses and vote for your favorite for a chance to win a stay at Le Parker Meridien.
Eloise's Pop-Up Sweet Shop; Plaza Hotel Santa
Open through 2013, The Plaza Hotel Food Hall, 768 Fifth Ave.
Santa photos from $29
Try some of Eloise's favorite sweets at Eloise Rawther Sweet Shop, which is open for a limited time for the holiday season. All of the treats are decorated in the 6-year-old's signature colors -- pink, black and white. Santa is also at the famed hotel; photo packages with the jolly old elf range from a la carte photos (starting at $29) to the Santa's Plaza Sampler (starting at $99). This weekend, join in on gingerbread house decorating with William Greenberg at 1 and 3 p.m., across from Billy's (found on the concourse level) for $100.
‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular: The Rockettes Celebration’
Through Dec. 30, various times
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., from $46, 212-247-4777, www.radiocity.com
Experience the ultimate New York holiday tradition with the famed Rockettes as they celebrate 85 years. This year’s performance showcases various costumes from over the years and a new take on the popular 3-D display.