December GoList: Things To Do with Long Island Kids this Month

'Tis the season for tons of family-friendly events and activities. From holiday light displays and breakfast with Santa to watching The Nutcracker and ringing in the New Year, there is something merry and bright going on practically every day of the week this month on Long Island. So bundle the kids up and enjoy everything the season has to offer.

And for even more fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

Festive Store Windows Light Up NYC with Holiday Displays

Few things signal the holidays in New York City more than the unveiling of the decked out department store window displays throughout Midtown, from Macy's in Herald Square on up to Bloomingdale's. My family ushers in the season with an annual trek to see the various whimsical winter and Christmas scenes, peeking into the glammed up windows, every Thanksgiving weekend, and I have to say, taking a "windows walk" is one of those magical holiday experiences every kid should try at least once. Also, it's totally FREE.

The 2016 window display edition includes a number of gems that you won't want to miss, including Saks Fifth Avenue's Land of 1000 Delights—a sugary retelling of the Nutcracker Suite—and a fantastic light show, Macy's Believe—a celebration of Santa (with a real pinball game!), and Lord & Taylor's wintry, nature-filled wonderland.

Read on for details about this year's holiday displays and a sneak peek of what you'll see. Be sure to visit our Holiday Fun Guide before you go to find other activities and things to do along the route and throughout the season, including more FREE fun, tree lightings, and train shows.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Winter Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Teddy Bear Tea

With Thanksgiving behind us and our fridges stocked with leftovers, our attention is turning to peak holiday season festivities! Whether your family enjoys touring beautiful holiday light displays, taking in an exciting live performance, or even attending a teddy bear tea party, there are so many fun events for NJ kids and families this weekend. And if you’re in the mood for a celebrity sighting, Santa Claus himself will be a special guest at many of our favorite picks. For more things to do, be sure to check out our December GoList and Holiday Guide.

Top 10 Kids' Birthday Party Spots in Glendale

In some ways parents on the Eastside and in the Valley have it made. Birthday party options would be one of those ways. Take Glendale, for instance: without even leaving Glendale, families have an incredible assortment of options for hosting kids’ parties, from indoor to outdoor, retro to techno, large to intimate. We've pulled together 10 great Glendale party ideas, ranging from free parks to private affaires—options to make any child’s birthday wishes come true.   

Holiday Shows Other Than The Nutcracker for Boston Families

It's difficult to imagine a holiday season without the magic of The Nutcracker, but it's hardly the only show in town during the month of December. We've rounded up our top picks of other holiday shows and concerts, featuring everything from a musical spectacular (pictured) to a special stuffed rabbit to good old Ebenezer Scrooge. There's most definitely something for everyone!

6 Awesome Holiday Light Displays in the Lower Hudson Valley

We just can’t get enough of these holiday lights. Whether you live in the Hudson Valley or you’re taking a trip across the bridge, we’ve collected some of the best home holiday light displays in the area to visit with your family. There’s even a Guinness World Record winner in here! 

For more holiday fun, be sure to check our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook. Know of any other light displays we should check out? Drop us an email, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the loop. 

Holiday Train Rides With Santa in Connecticut

To be honest, I don’t know the last time I saw Santa in a sleigh.  Nope, over the past several years, I’ve seen Santa arrive to greet crowds of believers in a fire truck, a police car, a helicopter, and a Porsche (really, Santa??). 

So it was no surprise when my 5-year-old came home from school telling me her friend Abby saw Santa on a train.  And she’s absolutely right – there a few amazing Holiday Trains in Connecticut, where you and your kids can enjoy both your love of trains and the holiday season!  Watching the steam roll and waft in front of the train's headlight, while giant snowflakes fall will throw you back 60 years -- in the most wonderful, magical, 'It's a Wonderful Life' sort of way.  For more holiday fun check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms in the Philadelphia Area

Thanksgiving is over, and, while you might still be working on those leftovers, Christmas time is just around the corner. Between shopping, seeing all the lights, and taking photos with Santa, it might be tricky fitting in the time to find a good place to cut down your tree.

Create a new family tradition or continue a long-standing ritual by picking out an evergreen that’s going to be front and center for the month of December! Some of these local farms offer additional family fun, such as crafts, cider and hot cocoa sampling, or other treats.

Looking for even more fun this season? Check out our Holiday Guide and our Events Calendar for the latest events!

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