Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC: Parade, Santaland, Holiday Lights

Turkey might be the main course, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the centerpiece, but holiday events for New York City kids immediately shift into December-mode on the final weekend of November. Macy's Santaland opens, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Catch the opening days of the annual, out-of-this-world holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday, you can attend tree lightings in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Glendale, Queens, and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a Flatbush Farm or take a ride on a throwback subway train (on the way to Sunday events).

For stuff to do on Thanksgiving day itself, look no further than our guide to 10 things to do on Thanksgiving with NYC kids, and of course, our 100 Top Things to Do in NYC with Kids list is always at the ready for school holidays and staycations.

We also have the full 411 on Santa Claus brunches, teas, and cruises, more neighborhood Christmas Tree lightings, and our guide to 21 NYC Holiday Activities Every Kid Should Try Once. This is also the weekend cut your own Christmas tree farms traditionally open, and of course the holiday shows and theater are beginning now with The Magic Flute for Kids at the Met OperaGeorge Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Carol kicking off this long Thanksgiving weekend.

As always, you can support your holiday planning with Mommy Poppins mainstays like our November GoList, our event calendar, and our action-packed Holiday Fun Guide.

Frosty Day: Free Holiday Fun for Westchester Families

Westchester’s Armonk has staked a claim as the home of Frosty the Snowman and celebrates this claim to fame with its annual Frosty Day. Community pride is clearly apparent at this multi-venue, well-attended festivity. We’ve attended Frosty Day and have the inside scoop to share with our readers.

Read on to learn how to join in Frosty’s homecoming and what to expect for your family. For many (many!) more holiday happenings, refer to our Event Calendar and stay up to date by signing up for our  newsletters.

Thanksgiving Weekend for Long Island Kids: Holiday Lights, Trains, Santa

Get ready to gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. Exercise before the feast in a Turkey Day trot. Be transported back to days of old at Old Bethpage Village Restoration's 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday. Marvel at the colorful Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and get ready for full holiday fun, including those seasonal model train shows and holiday light displays.

The Bayville Winter Wonderland is open, and Santa is popping up all over the island this weekend, including at Polar Express Trolley Ride in Riverhead, with his Reindeer at Old Westbury, at the Port Jefferson Santa Parade and Workshop, and in children's holiday theater. He'll even join us for brunch soon, so make your reservations!

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide, and close out this holiday weekend with our final top event picks in the November GoList.

Thanksgiving Weekend for New Jersey Kids: Santa, Lights, Festivals

Bring on Turkey Day, tree lightings, and Santa visits! It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season on this long, festive weekend. 

On Black Friday, skip the mall and kick off the weekend at holiday celebrations in Red Bank, Rahway, Nutley, and Princeton. Santa makes his rounds in New Jersey at events like Country Christmas with Santa, Santa’s Arrival Celebration, Christmas Festival at Morristown Green, and even the Jersey Shore Christmas Comic Book Show.

This weekend, you can also catch performances of The Nutcracker, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Annie, and other holiday shows. Have breakfast with Santa, or take a drive to see some spectacular holiday lights!

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar and Holiday Guide. Happy Thanksgiving!

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Houston

Gathering around the table with family and friends to enjoy a festive meal is a hallmark of the holiday season, and one that is often enjoyed multiple times throughout the November and December months due to Thanksgiving and Christmas occurring in rapid succession. However, having two big holidays so close together can become overwhelming for even the most dedicated cook, and there's no shame in needing a break from the kitchen come Christmas Day (and no judgment on our part if you treated yourself to a Thanksgiving dinner out, too!). We've rounded up a variety of restaurants around Houston that are opening their doors on Christmas Day, spanning everything from fancy brunches to low-key diners, so you can take a break from the kitchen and enjoy a meal out with the family. And don't forget to check out our holiday guide for more events and things to do during the season.

Best NYC Holiday Shows for Kids: Elf, Charlie Brown, and More

'Tis the season to get the gang all dressed up to see some holiday shows. While there are plenty of spectacles to splurge on like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and all those Nutcrackers, if you've got young children you may not want to blow all of your bucks on theater tickets.

That's why our roundup includes a range of productions, from inexpensive, low-key offerings perfect for fidgety preschoolers, to extravaganzas that are worth the investment. Bonus: We've got the scoop on how to save money on a few of the higher-priced offerings.

From live stage adaptations of holiday classics such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the movie Elf, to tot-friendly fairy tales and Hanukkah tales, to amazing magic tricks, here are our top 14 holiday shows for NYC families.

Light It Up! The Best Holiday Light Shows in Philly and The Suburbs

Every Christmas season, the Philadelphia area comes alive with stunning holiday lights and decorative displays. Festive light shows can be found everywhere, including on the Delaware River, at parks, farms, gardens, and even theme parks. We've picked some of the best events in the city and the suburbs for families, many professionally choreographed to Christmas music. While most of these events are free, others are so spectacular that they are well worth the price of admission!


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