Must-Do Holiday Experiences for Westchester Kids

The holiday season is officially upon us, and Westchester families are fortunate to live in an area with so many different ways to ring it in.

We know it can be difficult narrowing down the choices, but planning ahead of time makes sense because many of these popular events require reservations—and they fill up very quickly! We’ve gathered a list of can’t-miss holiday events and activities in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley that we know are a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.

Looking for more holiday fun? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Top 20 Must-Do Holiday Experiences in the Philadelphia Area

When the most wonderful time of the year arrives in the Delaware Valley, Philly parents must be ready with plenty of ideas to celebrate the season with their kids. Of course, the holidays bring twinkling lights, mesmerizing train gardens, and a jolly old elf from the North Pole. However, living in an area rich with tradition and history, there are so many different and unique experiences that await. So, check out our top 20 must-do events to make this year the best fun-filled family holiday yet.

25 Places to Have Breakfast with Santa

It's that time of year, when the kiddo's are ready to whisper their heart's desires in Santa's ear. But standing in the line at the mall for an hour for 10 seconds of laptime is horrible!  Better to plan ahead for a meet-and-greet with the Head Elf himself. These family-friendly holiday events not only give you QT with Santa, but serve up enough bacon, pancakes and hot cocoa to get that winter layer rolling. Tip: these breakfast with Santa events fill up fast! Book now to get the date and time you want. Then hurry back and make the rest of your holiday plans with our CT Holiday Fun Guide.

12 Family-Friendly Hotels Where Kids Stay Free

Traveling with family can be a serious investment. After shelling out for planes tickets, you still have to book a hotel and cover the cost of meals. Package deals and all-inclusive resorts can be a great way to save, but an even better bargain is when kids stay and/or eat for free at the hotel.

While early fall seems to be the best time to book such family travel deals, it's not too late to get in on the savings. Whether your destination is the Caribbean, Mexico, or a U.S. city, hotels that offer free rooms and meals for kids are a big budget saver. Here are our picks for some of the best family vacations around.

Nutcracker and Other 2018 Holiday Shows for Kids on Long Island

Ring in the holiday season by taking in a theatrical performance. Kids of all ages will enjoy the magic of music, storytelling, and dance in a classic performance of The Nutcracker or another holiday show.

Here are some amazing holiday shows for families on Long Island in 2018. Be sure to check out our events calendar for more holiday family fun.

This post is updated annually.

See Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation with Kids

Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn't be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you're eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, to watch the giants come to life, including the brand-new balloons for 2018.

While the balloon inflation isn't crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat dinner afterward. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

The Nutcracker: Pick One of these 28 Kid-friendly Holiday Performances of the Classic Ballet

Most of the year, most of us parents don't attempt to take our children to full-length ballet productions, but Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas without one good Nutcracker. And if one good Nutcracker begins to make it feel a lot like Christmas, then LA, Orange, and Ventura counties are evidently hitting Uber-Christmas in the coming weeks with more than two dozen professional Nutcracker productions.

Incidentally, we've got answers to the two questions posed most often by LA parents in search of a Nutcracker Ballet for their families: Yes, there is a condensed version staged specifically for kids, offered by the Festival Ballet Theatre down in Costa Mesa or Classical Ballet Theatre in Palos Verdes; and yes, there are local productions performed with full orchestra—​at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, the Broad Stage, the Dolby Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Grove of Anaheim. There is even the odd Nutcracker Tea or two—in case you were wondering.

And when you've had your fill of Sugarplum Fairies, we can direct you to some nifty Christmas train rides.

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