Zip through tunnels, see familiar skyscrapers; and visit subway stops by viewing model trains. The layout Lionel Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains along with a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal is a great way to spend the holidays. 8 am to 8 pm.
Presented by Macy’s the 89th annual event heralds the holiday season with a fun parade. The 2.5 mile march kicks off at 77th Street and ends in front of the store at Herald Square. 9 am to noon.
Children are encouraged to explore science through slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, sand boxes, and more, weather permitting. 9:30 am–5 pm.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will ride Hallyu (the Korean Wave) with a new exhibit that brings modern-day South Korea to New York City. 10 am to 5 pm.
A beautiful, huge crystal nautilus shell with 30 grand luminescent fish, takes riders on an aquatic journey. 10 am to 10 pm.
The most valuable doll house ever and the finest miniature in the world will be on display this holiday season. Come and visit the house that contains over 30,000 miniatures including beds, pianos, and even champaign buckets - The house was designed and built by miniaturist Elaine Diehl and took over 2 years to create. 10 am –9 pm.
The exhibit features the works of transit workers and delivers a perspective on recent major events, including the attacks of 9-11; Northeast Blackout, the Blizzard of 2010, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy with images, artifacts, oral histories and multimedia experiences. 10 am to 4 pm.
Through the power of theatre children learn how they can face up to bullies, find courage in friendship, work together and prevent discrimination with colorful fish puppets and the enchanted landscape deep beneath the sea. The musical is suitable for children in pre-K to second grade. Presented by the ShadowBox Theatre. Reservations required. 10:30 am.
Pierogi’s newest exhibition showcases the work of 10 artists, including Meredith Allen, Lana Abu-Shamat, Nadja Bournonville, David Kramer, Sean Mellyn, and more. 11 am–6 pm.
An exhibition of celebrated Puerto Rican-Born painter Francisco Oller in transnational context, with paintings and works on paper by Oller, his predecessors, and his contemporaries in the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. 11 am–10 pm.
Pitch the tents, the Big Apple Circus is returning for the 38th season. The GrandTour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on their own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance. Various times between 11 am and 6:30 pm.
The annual event returns with more trains and more tracks with an additional 3,000 square feet of exhibition space. Displays include: Grand Central Terminal, Radio City Music Hall, the historic Hudson River Valley houses, Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center. 11 am – 5 pm.
"The Raft" is a multi-channel video and sound installation by artists Rico Gatson and Chris Larson, who perform on top of a moveable platform measuring 10 square feet. Surrounded by various detritus, they play records from their personal collection spanning the legacy of popular music. Noon–6 pm.
Steven Cogle’s exhibition of paintings, "My Art Looks Back, Lest I Forget," is a reflection of Cogle’s past and identity: tribal Africa crossed with urban blight, a mix of hope, fantasy, survival, loss, confusion, and prayer. Noon–7 pm.
BHS’s photography and correspondence collection reveals the personal stories of Brooklyn soldiers and their families during the American Civil War, uncovering tales that are often moving, light-hearted, and tragic at the same time. Noon– 5 pm.
Two large installations from Karin Giusti ("Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm") and Michael Kukla (“Jeskyne”) are on display. Noon–6 pm.
City Reliquary illustrates the history of the Ascenzi brothers, who have a small park in Williamsburg named for them. Noon–6 pm.
Brooklyn Historical Society’s exhibition tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical look at four corners of Kings County: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island, and Fort Greene. Noon–5 pm.
Abstract painter Liz Holly’s watercolor works are exhibited in "Here. There. Everywhere." With a blend of calligraphy and watercolor paints, Holly’s work reaches to represent the landscapes of everywhere from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn. Noon–9 pm.
An installation of sculptures and paintings from two Detroit-born artists. 1–6pm.
An exhibition of work made of or on paper by 59 members of the American Abstract Artists, exploring the circular form. 1–6 pm.
The National Invitation Tournament kicks off with Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Villanova’s basketball teams. 2 pm.
The flop film series presents the historical epic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 2 pm.
Clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. 3 pm and 6 pm.
Videology celebrates Thanksgiving with endless repeats of Stanley Kubrick’s film about a family trapped together in a hotel. 6 pm–2 am.
New York Methodist Hospital’s Department of Pastoral Care offers a bereavement support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 6:15–7:30 pm.