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Nutcracker Shows and Other Holiday Performances Kids will Love in Boston

The Nutcracker Ballet: It's among the most enduring of holiday family traditions in these parts. And just as there are many kinds of Boston families, there are different Nutcrackers appealing to different tastes, from the Boston Ballet classic to a high-energy, hip-hop interpretation. But Tchaikovsky's beloved confection is hardly the only holiday-themed stage performance delighting kids across Boston this month and next. Families can carol with the Pops, giggle at Elf, root for a red-nosed reindeer, and more. All the shows are terrific, but tickets will go faster than cookies at Christmas Eve, so we'd advise booking sooner than later. Want to make a special day or evening of it? Reserve a table at one of these family-friendly restaurants nearby, too.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Thanksgiving Concerts, Light Shows, and Kids' Cooking; Nov 18-19

With the holidays approaching but not quite yet in full swing, why not spend this weekend appreciating all the excitement of the season (and try to leave the stress behind)? Head to the birthplace of Thanksgiving for a jubilant three-day celebration, and swing by Artbeat to make your own Thanksgiving table decoration. The Enchanted Village (one of my favorites as a child!) is up this weekend along with Edaville's Festival of Lights

Upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Boston

Boston lights it up with dazzling Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall (pictured) and Christopher Columbus Park, and the festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.

It's not only about flipping the switch, of course. Tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa (and sometimes even Mayor Walsh).

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Holiday Volunteering With Kids in Boston

We all have our hands full with family and work obligations, and the pending holidays certainly don't lighten the load. And yet, it's the time of year when we're also inspired to count our blessings—and teach our children to do the same. To inspire my children to think about what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, we’re going to try one of the Fun Projects That Help Kids Give Thanks. But I also want my kids to think about other people and do something to make a difference in our community, and we've found some great opportunities for volunteering as a family during the holiday season. 

10 Things to Do with Toddlers and Preschoolers in Boston this Week

As the weather grows chillier and open-ended playground time seems less appealing, getting out and about with a younger child pre-nap or post-playschool takes a little more advanced planning. But don't fear: While holiday fun for all ages warms up across the region, this week, in particular, is full of easy and worth-it opportunities to get toddlers and preschoolers out of the house.  

10 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and Around Boston

This time of year, holiday markets are springing up all around the greater Boston area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted 10 fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like like food and live entertainment, and some even have Santa on hand for sharing holiday wishes! Take this opportunity to get into the holiday spirit; and find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, too.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Veterans Day Cruise, Art Making, and Cranberries, Nov 11-12

Veterans, we salute you! This Veterans Day weekend, take a trip to historic Fort Warren on Georges Island (vets ride free!) before heading to the Navy Yard for a special weekend long event at the Constitution. Budding artists and crafters have a bunch of activities to choose from including a mini maker faire, a gallery family day, and even a free way for kids to discover art. African Adventure Tales returns to the Puppet Showplace Theater and Star Wars is back at Legoland.

Ultimate Guide to Boston's Logan Airport for Families

“Hooray! It’s time to take the kids to the airport," said no parent ever. We all know bringing children and their bags and their feelings to the airport can be an absolute nightmare. But Bostonians are in luck: Logan is, without bias, one of the kid-friendliest airports in the country. It has comfy restaurants, clean play areas, lactation stations, and, yes, lots of good coffee that will make your wait or layover slightly less painful. Here are some tips for getting there on time, and finding the good stuff once settled (hopefully not for too long).

10 Reasons to Go to Plimoth Plantation over Thanksgiving and Christmastime

All elementary schoolers learn about the first Thanksgiving and early Native American and colonial life. But did you know that Boston kids are less than an hour away from a living museum where this era is reenacted almost everyday? Plimoth Plantation, located 2.5 miles north of modern-day Plymouth, is a wonderful place to visit anytime, but is particularly special during November and December when seasonal presentations and historic feasts bring the first holidays to life. Bundle up and make plans for a cozy, fascinating day on this bustling property; whether they share a meal with a "pilgrim" or play a traditional game with a member of the Wampanoag Nation, your kids will definitely leave Plimoth with a taste of how their New England forebears lived.

10 Turkey Trots and Holiday Fun Runs: Festive Foot Races for Boston Families

As the holidays approach each year, three things are always on my list: burn off the extra calories we consume during holiday feasts, find festive and fun activities the whole family will enjoy, and get the kids involved in giving back. I’ve finally figured out how to do all three at the same time: run together in a race.

These local turkey trots, jingle bell runs, and other holiday-themed races are kid-friendly (a few are also dog-friendly), festive, and even downright silly. They’re also for a good cause—so round up the family, sport your most cheerful running attire, and go for it!

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