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.

Weekday Picks: Christmas Tree Lights, Holiday Shopping, Snoopy on Ice November 30 - December 4

There is nothing I enjoy so much as a brilliant display of holiday lights. That said, there were quite a few lighting ceremonies on our calendar in November, yet you didn’t hear about them from me. As far as I’m concerned, the acquisition and lighting of Christmas trees belong firmly in the month of December. Anything before that is just a sneaky way to push the holiday shopping agenda. Well, here we are in December, and I’m happy to report that there are still plenty of chances to celebrate the next four weeks of shopping with a lighting ceremony, whether you head west to Santa Monica , east to Downtown LA, or south towards Hermosa or Long Beach.

It is likely that you are well on your way with the toy shopping, but don’t forget that Tuesday and Wednesday are free LEGO days: a perfect stocking stuffer or spoonful of sugar on sock night. For more grown up gift ideas, Montana Avenue’s annual holiday walk in Santa Monica is this week.

Pershing Square outdoor ice rink welcomes Snoopy and friends for a mini preview of Knott’s Merry Farm’s Merry Christmas Snoopy this week. Those Peanuts never get old, especially when they have a new movie. 'Tis the season for many celebrations; there is much more to do on our Daily Events Calendar and in our Holiday Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Gingerbread Wonderland, Scuba Santa, November 30-December 4

December has arrived, and so has the official start of the holiday season. Get in the holiday spirit at sensational, seasonal events that include Christmas Celebration: Scuba Santa, Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. Treat the family to kid-friendly theatrical performances of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, A Christmas Story and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Meet Santa, Smiling Snowpeople, Dickens Festival, November 30-December 4

There is plenty of holiday cheer this week. Kids can meet Santa and his reindeer at Hicks, make smiling snowpeople at LICM and enjoy a bevy of holiday-related activities at the Dickens Festival. And for even more, take a look at our Holiday Guide.

For even more activities, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Tree Lightings, Little Mermaid & Holiday Pops, November 30-December 4

After a lovely (and filling) Thanksgiving, my family is finally ready to prepare for the next round of holidays. We always like to catch one of the local tree lightings, and there are a couple of great ones this week, including the spectacular on the Common. We're also down to the last days before Hanukkah begins, so make sure to check out our rundown of local celebrations, including a special story time this week.

Don't forget that many holiday activities and shows also run during the week with less of a crowd. My girls and I just saw Fiddlehead Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid (pictured), and it absolutely captivated us from the moment Ariel swam onstage (yes, swam!). From eye-popping sets to the familiar Disney songs to fantastic new ones sung by a fabulous cast, this is definitely one you don't want to miss.

As always, keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for more great upcoming events.

Weekday Fun: Free Nutcracker, Santa Sightings, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

Santa Claus flies into NYC this week with a flip of the calendar to December. You can find the St. Nick taking photos and dining with kids, and popping up at seasonal celebrations and tree lightings all around town. Speaking of tree lightings, Rockefeller Center's enormous blue spruce will light up this week. While standing in the crowds as the lights are switched on for the very first time is on our list of 21 once-in-a-lifetime holiday activities, you can also opt to stop by later in the season to take it in. 

Other highlights for the week of November 30-December 4 include two of our favorite holiday lighting celebrations: the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park and Lincoln Square's Winters Eve. You can also catch a FREE performance of New York Theatre Ballet's Nutcracker or see a one-day-only holiday exhibit at the South Street Seaport. We have also rounded up some fantastic winter wonderland day trips if you're looking to skip town with the kids.

Find more family activities in our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Holiday Shows, Ceremonies and Activities, Nov. 30-Dec. 4

As we segue from November to December, the number of events for Westchester families ratchets up a notch. Fun holiday events are piling on, including holiday performances such as David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown, Hanukkah celebrations like Chanukah Fun House and Gift Shop and tree-lighting ceremonies like the Bronxville Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting (which includes a caroling procession to the grand opening of Santa’s Workshop).

Read on for our top picks for each weekday and visit our Event Calendar for even more options. In addition to planning the coming week, take a glimpse at our December GoList to get a heads-up on the whole month so you can strategize about how to take in all the holiday grandeur! 

18 Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids in LA and Orange County

However you spell it—Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukah, Chanukah, or Channuka—SoCal is a great place to be for the Festival of Lights. Home to a Jewish population larger than that of Jerusalem, Los Angeles is all about "lighting candles, wearing sandals, by the sea" (at least, that's why Tom Leher spent Hanukkah in Santa Monica). Giant menorahs light up open spaces from The OC to the Valley. Two of the season's biggest events are at the Skirball Center and the Shalom Institute, but these major festivals are just the tip of the dreidel; local events and candle lightings burn the sunset oil all week long...


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