Holiday Train Shows in NYC for Kids: Botanical Garden and More

Trains are a way of life for most New Yorkers, but there's something particularly special about the little engines and cabooses that take center stage during the holiday season. The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train show is one of New York City's top seasonal attractions for families, with electric model trains whizzing by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, and leaves. My family and I make it a point to go every year—it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience. There's a reason it's on our list of the top 100 things to do with kids in NYC.

But, the big NYBG display isn't the only train-centric show in town. Read on for more details on this annual spectacle, as well as a roundup of the other train shows the city has to offer this holiday season. And for an extra special holiday treat, take the kids on a full-size train ride with these nearby Polar Express and Santa locomotives.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Trains, Nature Walks, Santa's Arrival

After you cast your vote today, take your mind off the election (or try to, anyway) by looking ahead to the weekend. There are plenty of seasonal activities on offer, including apple cidering in Chatham, an old-fashioned Thanksgiving in Morristown, and a hibernation-themed guided hike in Short Hills. There are also tons of events happening in museums throughout the state, as well as little hints of Christmas popping up here and there – a production of A Christmas Story at the Count Basie Theatre, for instance, and St. Nick's arrival at Storybook Land. For even more fun things to do this month, be sure to check out our November GoList, and look to the Events Calendar for a more complete picture of what's happening this weekend and beyond. 

Soho Restaurants for Family Eats While Shopping

With the holidays upon us, the NYC shopping season is in full swing. If your travels take you to one of the city's top shopping mecca, Soho, you're bound to need a break and a bite to eat. Like the neighborhood residents, the food options are diverse, offering everything from fancy teas to pizza, rice pudding to crepes, and the ever-popular cronut. It's also home to three of our favorite cups of hot chocolate in Manhattan.

So whether you're searching for a sit-down meal or just a sweet treat, here are the most kid-friendly dining spots in Soho and the surrounding areas. Don't forget, you can find more great NYC eats in our Kid Restaurant Guide.

9 Holiday Shows for Families on Long Island

The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace the arts and treat your family to a spectacular theater performance on Long Island. While there's never a good excuse not to enjoy a classic performance of A Christmas Carol, traditional shows are just one of the many options you'll have if you stay close to home this season. Here are 8 amazing holiday shows for families on Long Island. And don't miss the Nutcracker -- with productions all around town

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.

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