Macy's Santaland NYC: When and How to See Santa at Herald Square

Few places to see Santa in New York City compare with Macy's Santaland. It's a magical experience for tourists and natives, so why not take your kids for the holidays?

'Tis the season for Macy's to open its 13,000-square-foot winter wonderland, which overflows with holiday cheer from its live "elves," to an enchanted forest, animatronic toys, and a train display. Santa holds court from Friday, November 24 (the day after Thanksgiving and the parade) through Sunday, December 24, aka Christmas Eve.

This year visitors are treated to a brand-new reservation system to hopefully foil those pesky long lines of the past. A major bonus: There are great photo-ops all along the way, so the kids barely have time to squirm or fuss.

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities for Philly Area Families

Ready to do more as a family this season? Sure, the holiday lights, must-see experiences, and other festivities are great, but sometimes it's nice to give back to the community. The Greater Philadelphia region is full of opportunities to volunteer and work together as a family. Build strong memories of sharing and caring this holiday season with this roundup of ways to give back!

Birthday Freebies for Long Island Kids on Their Big Day

What kid doesn’t like special treats on his or her birthday? There are plenty of places on Long Island that offer free meals and other goodies for your child on that special day. Many of these birthday treats can be cashed in anytime during the child’s birthday month, so the fun can be enjoyed before or after the birthday itself.

We love to support local small businesses when we can, but some of these chain-store birthday clubs are pretty sweet, and many have locations across Long Island so there's bound to be an outpost near you. Be sure to check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on how to make your child's birthday a day to remember, including information on venues, entertainers, and more.

Holiday Events That Are Perfect for New Jersey Preschoolers

Making holiday memories sometimes involves navigating long lines and jostling crowds, which can push the limits of our youngest holiday revelers. Take a breath and pass around the candy canes—we've found the best activities geared toward the 5-and-under crowd. From decorating gingerbread houses to rocking out at a holiday concert, we've got plenty of ideas that the whole family can enjoy.

You'll find even more ideas in our Holiday Guide, and for a complete listing of things to do this season, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Interstellar Cinderella: A Space Musical for the Whole Family

There’s a new version of Cinderella in town and it’s probably the most fun, the most feminist, and the only version that features the princess as a futuristic space engineer. I took my kids to the opening matinee of family musical Interstellar Cinderella, from the creators of Wanda's Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, and the results were out of this world.

Since it was my son’s first theater visit—and he’s not great at sitting still for more than a few minutes at a time—I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. This delightful, high-energy production has enough glowing spaceships, out-of-this-world costumes, and catchy musical numbers from the queen of kid rock, Laurie Berkner, to keep even a boisterous 4-year-old glued to his seat and wide-eyed for 50 minutes.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Trots, Holiday Lights, and Santa

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy the company of family and friends and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. 

After the turkey and stuffing are but a distant and delicious memory, we've got plenty of activities to keep you busy including holiday lights, outdoor fun, and a chance to visit with Santa in Greenwich, Bethel, Niantic, and more. As always, you can find our recommendations for kids of all ages in our event calendar, which is updated frequently this busy time of year. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss out on any fun. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Enchanted: Forest of Light Is Descanso Gardens' Christmas Walk in the Woods

If you are one of the many Angelenos whose paths rarely lead them through La Cañada-Flintridge, then perhaps you've never visited Descanso Gardens. It would be understandable; most of us need to drive a befuddling combination of highway numbers to get there. Well, 'tis the season to download Waze and get there, because Descanso's holiday light display, Enchanted: Forest of Light, is worth the drive and then some. Home holiday lights are lovely and cheery. Boat parades are delightful and so SoCal. But Descanso's holiday woodland light show is an experience unto itself and one to bundle up the kids and make time for.

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