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Homes with Awesome Holiday Lights and Decor Around Boston

For some of us, it's a struggle to string our own little Christmas trees without losing a bulb (or our tempers). Others—including some of our Boston neighbors—are veritable pros at decking out their homes for the holidays. All over Boston and the 'burbs, there are spectacular public holiday light displays, but also families who've made a tradition of creating special sparkle on their own properties. So next time you have a free evening, pack some hot chocolate in a thermos, buckle up the kids, and take a road trip to see some of these joyful dwellings. It's sure to inspire holiday spirit (and maybe some ideas for your own abode). Note that some homes and neighborhoods might be still finalizing displays or take periodic days off...drop us a tip at boston@mommypoppins.com if you have any updates.

Minecraft Lovers Get Something New for Hour of Code 2017

The annual Hour of Code is entering its fourth year next month, and Microsoft is adding something for 2017 that your little Minecraft lovers will surely go nuts over. Whether your family is new to this free international mass coding phenomenon or you've explored it before, the 2017 campaign has new and exciting features for everyone—including coding projects about Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft.

Santa Sightings: Where To See Santa with Kids in and Around Boston

This time of year, kids can find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday events in the area, like tree lightings, craft fairs, and festive breakfasts. We've rounded up some of our other favorite places where the kids can see Santa in and around Boston. These visits pair well with holiday shopping or a fancy meal out...after all, children might be happy they're already wearing their holiday finest for a photo with the man of the hour. Parents only have to pay extra for photo packages, in some cases, not face time; all the kids have to do is be sure that they're good, for goodness sake! 

December GoList: Top Things To Do with Kids in Boston for the Holidays

Holiday celebrations kick into high gear in December, and the month brings the return of many beloved seasonal traditions like tree lighting ceremonies, performances of The Nutcracker, and outdoor ice skatingOur Event Calendar is packed with events for the holidays, family-friendly performances, and vacation week activities for the kids. With so much going on it's not easy to choose, but here are our top 10 picks for holiday activities and special events for all ages this month.

10 Holiday Events to Take Preschoolers to Around Boston

When it comes to holiday fun, the preschool stage may very well be the sweet spot: Kids are old enough to anticipate traditions, but still young enough to be totally enthralled with the magic of it all. That's why so many events around Christmastime and Hanukkah are geared toward 3- to 6-year-olds, including the following happenings over the next few weeks. Whether your child is into trains, baking, shows, or stories, there's sure to be something to get them excited about the season.

8 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks for Kids and Families in and Around Boston

Whether your family is hitting the rink for the very first time or your kids have already taken several ice skating lessons, gliding on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks around Boston can be a fun, affordable way for families to get outside and stay active in the wintertime. Read on for some of our favorite rinks in the Boston area, with offerings like gorgeous city views and snack bars where you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Coco: Pixar's New Day of the Dead Animated Film, a Parent Review

Mortality, legacy, and forgiveness. These are heavy subjects for an animated movie aimed at families but, once again, Pixar rises to the challenge. Coco is a visually stunning, thematically rich, and emotionally powerful film that resonates differently for various ages. Set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday honoring the dead—Coco is Pixar's first feature to focus on a character of color. Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old aspiring musician, is magically transported to a luminous afterlife where he uncovers long-buried secrets and realizes the importance of family.

Chances are this movie is on your kids' wishlist, but perhaps you're worried a flick focused on—let's be blunt—death might make for an upsetting experience, especially if you have tots in tow. Read on for everything you need to know before you go to this PG-rated release, as well as whether it's worth splurging on 3D.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Lights, Dancers, and Homemade Gift Making; Nov 25-26

Growing up, my family didn't really start decorating for the holidays until mid-December. Now that I have a family of my own, I'm eager to get the lights and holly up as soon as turkey day is a wrap. Luckily, lots of holiday events are starting up this weekend, including the always popular Nutcracker (including Boston Ballet and Jose Mateo), A Charlie Brown Christmas, and ZooLights.

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