The Nutcracker Ballet: Performances, Teas, & Twists for Families in Philadelphia

The Nutcracker just may be the most classic of all holiday traditions. The beautiful sets, magnificent costumes, graceful performers and Tchaikovsky's remarkable score all contribute to the magic of this timeless ballet.  

Here in the Delaware Valley, we are fortunate to find many variations on the enduring fairytale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker throughout the Christmas season. We have listed full-length professional productions, tea with the Nutcracker ballerinas, and comedy twists on the classic. Whether it is your family's first experience with the Nutcracker, or they've seen it a dozen times, you are certain to find an event on our list that they will enjoy.

Tree Lighting Celebrations To Kick off the Holidays around LA & OC

Carols, cocoa, and the Claus family deck the Southland halls in the coming weeks from the Westside to the Valleys and back down to Orange County. As the holidays get rolling, there are plenty of opportunities to snap photos with Santa, take in a boat parade, and marvel at some Angelenos' lawn decorations, but the best way to kick it all off is with a good old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony. Communities all over Los Angeles and Orange County have their own traditions—not to mention unspoken competitions for whose tree is the largest and whose lights up the earliest. It's all in good cheer, so pick whichever of the locations below is nearest to you, and go rock around a Christmas tree, SoCal style!

We'll keep adding more below as communities make their plans. Check our events calendar and sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep up with the latest info.

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!

Turkey Takeout! 10 Places to Pre-Order your Thanksgiving Meal in New Jersey

It's Turkey Lurkey time! Well, almost. Thanksgiving may be a day to bond with your family and maybe watch some football, but let's face it: it's also a heck of a lot of cooking, cleaning, and organizing – with the kids running amok, of course. If the thought of playing host or hostess this holiday season stresses you out, why not call in some reinforcements and order a pre-made Thanksgiving meal that can be delivered or picked up? Sure, you could eat out – but if you'd rather stay home without the fuss of cooking, try ordering a homemade Thanksgiving meal from one of these local, or online, shops.

Tree Lighting Celebrations to Kick Off the Holidays in Westchester

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to herald its arrival than with a grand (or cozy) holiday tree lighting? You don't have to head to Rockefeller Center to enjoy that holiday magic. Many events in Westchester have live music, toasty refreshments, a visit from Santa himself and—in some cases—some exra bells and whistles.

We’ve rounded up several tree lighting festivities, starting as early as next weekend(!) and ranging from grand celebrations to cozier small-town affairs. 

Looking for more seasonal fun? Check out our November GoList and be sure to browse our Event Calendar. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on our latest info.

9 Picture-Perfect Holiday Day Trips Near NYC

New York City is magical during the holiday season. However, if you're looking to experience some holiday happenings not too far from home, we've rounded up some great options for family day trips, where kids can see Santa, dazzling holiday lights, and even a North Pole village.

From right-in-our-backyard picks to rustic Christmas fun in Mystic, Connecticut and Hudson Valley, here are nine holiday outings—listed from nearest to farthest from Midtown—worth a drive or train trek.

10 Great Places to Learn Gymnastics in and around Philly

Finding the right activities for kids can be challenging, especially with everthing from art to dance classes available. Gymnastics is a popular choice, one that peaks in popularity every four years, just as it did this year after parents and kids watched Simone Biles' spectacular performances during the Olympics. This list includes both recreational gymnastics facilites as well as places where training for competition is the goal. 

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities for Houston Families

Many children worry about whether they are on Santa’s naughty or nice list. One way to help your little elves feel confident about their spot on the nice list is to encourage them to do volunteer work. Doing volunteer work as a family is a great way to teach children that the holidays are about more than just presents while also creating a fun and meaningful family holiday tradition. The holiday season is a busy time for many families with so much shopping, cooking, and socializing to do, not to mention all the exciting winter festivals and other seasonal events, so we’ve rounded up a variety of easy ways your family can volunteer locally or through national organizations, there are even some options for ways you can contribute without leaving home.

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