Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings in 2015

You don't have to brave the Rockefeller Center commotion to witness a fabulous Christmas tree lighting in New York City.

We've rounded up some tree lightings (and menorah illuminations) that are much less crowded and every bit as hip. These community celebrations are festive and FREE, and there’s no need to stand on your car to glimpse the goings-on.

Read on for a host of holiday illuminations in New York City, and you can find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages and rain dates.

The Good Dinosaur: Parent Review of the New Disney Pixar Film

The latest Disney-Pixar flick comes roaring into theaters this week with astoundingly rendered background art; themes of family, friendship, and overcoming fear, and starring roles for those kid-favorite critters, dinosaurs. Though largely aimed at a younger crowd, The Good Dinosaur is rated PG, and some themes and moments may be a little too intense for more sensitive viewers. Read on to find out if this film is appropriate for your family (and why it's worth seeing at Hollywood's El Capitan for folks in LA this holiday season).

December GoList: 25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey for the Holidays

Now that the turkey has been consumed, it’s time to look forward to Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve and all the fun that comes with them. The holiday season is already in full swing, and New Jersey kids have so many activities and events to choose from; the only problem is having enough time to get to them all! So get your calendars out and choose something fun from our 25 favorite 2015 holiday activities in NJ.

A Laurie Berkner Christmas: A Parent's Review of Holiday Kindie Music

Kids and grown-ups of all ages turn up the Christmas music this time of year! After all, it’s one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. Most of us smile and sing along to the modern and age-old holiday music for a few weeks, but eventually, those songs wear out their welcome, leaving families searching for a little twist on festive tunes.

Enter Laurie Berkner, who families may recognize as a popular kindie music artist. My family recently saw her live holiday concert in Philadelphia—read on to find out more about why we loved the show.

10 Things to Do with Kids on Thanksgiving in NYC Besides the Parade

Looking for something for the kids to do on Thanksgiving besides hover in the kitchen? Sure, there's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but if you're forgoing the crowds and dinner doesn't start for another few hours, we have a few suggestions for family activities to keep everyone busy on turkey dinner.

In fact, we found 10 fun ways to spend Thanksgiving Day with your kids that don't involve eating turkey or watching giant balloons. Read on for our picks, and a Happy Thanksgiving to your family from all of the moms at Mommy Poppins NYC! Here's to a happy holiday season.

Lynch Family Skatepark: Cool, But Is It for Kids?

With the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark in East Cambridge near the Museum of Science, skateboarders and BMX bikers have reason to rejoice after waiting for 10 years. The new skatepark features an awesome design. The atmosphere is cool, the setting in uniquely industrial, and the people using it are friendly. 

However, unless children know how to shred on a skateboard, push their bike to the limits, or are particularly nimble on a scooter, they may be better off just watching.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Delaware County PA

Ready to make some good, old-fashioned Christmas memories? Families will cherish moments with Santa Claus and the oohs and ahhs that come when the local Christmas trees light up for the first time! Tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parade season is almost upon us. Delaware County, like much of the Philadelphia region, boasts its share of opportunities to get into the season right in your backyard. So get bundled up, pack your thermos of hot chocolate, and enjoy the show!

Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for even more festive fun!


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