The Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in NYC

Every year it seems holiday light installations in New York City get more elaborate, making a visit to the top displays a must-do seasonal activity. These days there are even tour buses that will take you to some of the neighborhoods decked out for the season.

We've rounded up some of the best holiday displays in NYC. Some of these attractions are in the more far-flung stretches of the city such as Pelham Gardens in the Bronx, Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and Jamaica Estates in Queens, and there's even one spot on Staten Island. All are definitely worth the trip. We can vouch for it!

So start your own holiday tradition this year by checking out these spectacular sights when dusk hits. Find more seasonal fun, including more holiday lights, such as Midtown's holiday store windows, in our NYC Holiday Fun Guide.

Free Holiday Events for Chicago Kids

Free holiday fun for kids is around every corner in Chicago this month, from long-standing annual favorites like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo to hilarious modern takes on the holiday like the Ugly Sweater Skate at Maggie Daley Park. Menorah and Christmas tree lightings give dark winter afternoons a much-needed glow-up. And if you need another reason to blow past bedtime, you can spread out your blanket for a holiday movie screening with an indoor picnic.

Click through the the event listings for details, including times and location information, and keep an eye on our action-packed Event Calendar—there's always something new to do in the Chicago area.

18 Chicago Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

With famous hometown dishes, world-class restaurants, and a vibrant international food scene, Chicago is one of the best eating towns in the country. But buying your kids a nice meal at a restaurant only to watch them eat three bites and yell "Done!" would leave a bad taste in even the most die-hard foodie's mouth. We've rounded up 18 Chicago restaurants where the grownups can have a great meal while the kids eat FREE, for those nights when you need a break from cooking but don't want to shell out extra for grilled cheese or buttered noodles off the kids' menu.

True to the area's family-friendly vibe, Lakeview takes the prize for the Chicago neighborhood with the most restaurants where kids can eat free, but we've found a few spots downtown offering free meals for kids, as well as restaurants with deals for families in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and Evanston. Read on and eat up.

December GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Connecticut families looking for fun don't have to look far this December. There are lots of great shows, holiday festivals, Santa Claus visits, reindeer sightings, and holiday strolls in our GoList. So many that we've rounded up 28 of our favorite events. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events. And for even more holiday fun, including where to find that perfect Christmas tree, be sure to check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide. Happy Holidays!

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.

35+ Free December Activities for Westchester Kids

December is a magical time for kids, with the advent of winter fun and an abundance of holiday festivities occurring all month long. All this (plus gifts!) can cost families a pretty penny, so we've rounded up FREE ways to get out of the house and have fun. Your piggy banks—and kids—will thank us!

Read on for frugal fun that doesn't skimp on festivity. These are in addition to other resources we've already posted, like tree- and menorah-lighting celebrations and must-see holiday light displays. Also consult our December GoList and our Holiday Fun Guide for many more ways to savor the season!

Our Event Calendar is well-stocked with many more options to choose from, and more keep coming. You can also sign up for our FREE newsletters to get our picks delivered straight to your inbox!

December GoList: Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Month

No need to remind you of all that is going on in December. In fact, of our 12 monthly GoLists, it’s unlikely you’ll find one with more entertainment possibilities than December, assuming, of course that between shopping, and surfing (the Web), traveling, and cooking you have time to take advantage of them.

From light shows to train shows, tree and menorah lightings, Santa brunches, and even family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations, our gift to you this holiday season is 31 days of possibilities. So enjoy, and remember we are committed to being your source for the best seasonal entertainment on Long Island.

With so much to do, what’s the point of a lengthy introduction? Let’s move headfirst into the month’s must-do events. And for more great seasonal happenings, why not head to our Long Island guide to the holiday season or our Long Island events calendar.  As always, best to you and all those who matter to you from your friends at Mommy Poppins. 

December GoList: 25 Best Things To Do in NJ for the Holidays

The month of December is like one big jolly holiday. Santa's making his rounds via planes and trains, and even underwater. Local towns and Jersey's favorite haunts are glowing with holiday lights. Plus, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve round out the month-long festivities. 

If you and your kids are eager to celebrate the season, you're in luck—there are so many wonderful events and activities happening throughout the state every day this month. You'll find plenty of free things to do, as well as activities just for little ones. You can have breakfast with Santa, catch a seasonal show, and see at least one of the spectacular light displays around NJ.

We know you’re busy with things like shopping, baking, and figuring out what the heck to do with your Elf on the Shelf, so we’ve sorted through all of this month's happenings and picked 25 of our favorites.

For even more ideas, check out our Holiday Guide and Event Calendar. And sign up for our FREE newsletters so you can have our picks delivered directly to your inbox!

Happy Holidays!

December GoList: The Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

The holiday season has officially arrived. Everywhere you look, folks are decorating their houses, the air is getting colder, hats and mittens have come out of hiding, and the scent of evergreens are in the air! This month is full of holiday shows as well as breakfast, photos, and even train rides with Santa, and more. Have fun and enjoy a happy and warm holiday season!

Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to see our weekly roundups of events as well!

Best Hot Chocolate Spots Around Manhattan

A cup of molten chocolaty goodness is one of the best ways to thaw out and warm up—in fact, it's one of the best things about winter and the holiday season.

We took on the heinous job of running around Manhattan taste-testing hot chocolate (don't say we've never done anything for you) and narrowed it down to nearly two dozen of our favorites. These spots are definitely worth the brief trip out into the cold, so read on for our recommendations for cafes and restaurants that have turned hot cocoa sipping into an experience not to be missed.

By the way, we've also rounded up our favorite Brooklyn hot cocoa cafes and those in Queens. Find more great eats in our NYC Restaurant Guide for Families.

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