NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Christmas may still be a week away, but there are already some great holiday events in the city.

Time Out New York Kids Executive Editor Rory Halperin joins CBS 2 live in studio with more details on this weekend’s family friendly events.


Where: Central Park Zoo

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: Free with zoo admission

Description: Families aren’t the only ones getting festive this time of year. At the Central Park Zoo, critters will receive wrapped gifts of their own or special snacks. Visitors can sip on hot chocolate as they take in holiday decorations, themed activities and performances from the Wildlife Theater group. All ages.

A Wonderfully Flat Thing

Where: 14 Street Y

344 E 14th St (between First and Second Aves) East Village

When: Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25 per family; $10 for individuals

Description: Based on a short story by Mark Twain, this innovative new show mixes dance, puppets and music. The story follows several animals, including an ostrich and an elephant prince, who look into a mirror and see unexpected reflections. Pay close attention to the puppets: Manju Shandler, who helped to create the phenomenal masks and puppets for Broadway’s The Lion King, had a hand in making these beauties as well. All ages.

For more information, call 212-780-0800 or visit the Web site:

Posadas y Pastorelas

Where: Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave

(between 103rd and 104th Sts)

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Description: Cold weather wearing you down? Take a mental vacation south of the border at this Mexican holiday happening. Kids can watch a pastorela (a short biblical play about the shepherds of Christmas fame), beat open a piñata and nosh on tasty regional treats. All ages.

For more information, call 212-534-1672 or visit

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