Santa Breakfasts for Kids and Families Around Boston

One of the quintessential holiday activities for kids is meeting Santa and telling him their Christmas wishes. Make this tradition even better this year when you and your family attend a breakfast or brunch with the big guy in red. At these events, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious holiday meal, spend some extra time with Mr. or Mrs. Claus, and participate in other seasonal activities. Bring your camera to capture all of the festive fun and make your reservation early—spots at some of these events go quick!

25 Places to Have Breakfast with Santa

It's that time of year, when the kiddo's are ready to whisper their heart's desires in Santa's ear. But standing in the line at the mall for an hour for 10 seconds of laptime is horrible!  Better to plan ahead for a meet-and-greet with the Head Elf himself. These family-friendly holiday events not only give you QT with Santa, but serve up enough bacon, pancakes and hot cocoa to get that winter layer rolling. Tip: these breakfast with Santa events fill up fast! Book now to get the date and time you want. Then hurry back and make the rest of your holiday plans with our CT Holiday Fun Guide.

12 Family-Friendly Hotels Where Kids Stay Free

Traveling with family can be a serious investment. After shelling out for planes tickets, you still have to book a hotel and cover the cost of meals. Package deals and all-inclusive resorts can be a great way to save, but an even better bargain is when kids stay and/or eat for free at the hotel.

While early fall seems to be the best time to book such family travel deals, it's not too late to get in on the savings. Whether your destination is the Caribbean, Mexico, or a U.S. city, hotels that offer free rooms and meals for kids are a big budget saver. Here are our picks for some of the best family vacations around.

See Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation with Kids

Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn't be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you're eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, to watch the giants come to life, including the brand-new balloons for 2018.

While the balloon inflation isn't crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat dinner afterward. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

The Nutcracker: 28 Holiday Performances of the Classic Ballet Fit for Kids

Most of the year, most of us parents don't attempt to take our children to full-length ballet productions, but Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas without one good Nutcracker. And if one good Nutcracker begins to make it feel a lot like Christmas, then LA, Orange, and Ventura counties are evidently hitting Uber-Christmas in the coming weeks with more than two dozen professional Nutcracker productions.

Incidentally, we've got answers to the two questions posed most often by LA parents in search of a Nutcracker Ballet for their families: Yes, there is a condensed version staged specifically for kids, offered by the Festival Ballet Theatre down in Costa Mesa or Classical Ballet Theatre in Palos Verdes; and yes, there are local productions performed with full orchestra—​at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, the Broad Stage, the Dolby Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Grove of Anaheim. There is even the odd Nutcracker Tea or two—in case you were wondering.

And when you've had your fill of Sugarplum Fairies, we can direct you to some nifty Christmas train rides.

Nutcracker Shows and Other Holiday Performances Kids will Love in Boston

The Nutcracker Ballet: It's among the most enduring of holiday family traditions in these parts. And just as there are many kinds of Boston families, there are different Nutcrackers appealing to different tastes, from the Boston Ballet classic to a high-energy, hip-hop interpretation. But Tchaikovsky's beloved confection is hardly the only holiday-themed stage performance delighting kids across Boston this month and next. Families can carol with the Pops, root for the Whos, giggle at Elf, and more. All the shows are terrific, but tickets will go faster than cookies at Christmas Eve, so we'd advise booking sooner than later. Want to make a special day or evening of it? Reserve a table at one of these family-friendly restaurants nearby, too.

6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: An Overview for Philly Families

Every Philly family has its own special Thanksgiving traditions. This may include watching a Turkey Bowl Football game, running in a Turkey Trot, preparing for your family's Thanksgiving feast, or watching the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. However, if you are looking to change things up a bit this year and actually attend the parade, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has pulled together some helpful information so grown ups and kids alike can enjoy this Philadelphian experience.

Best Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows for New Jersey Kids

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for lots of things, including performances. Over the next several weeks, New Jersey theaters will come alive with dancing sugar plum fairies, singing elves, and more than a few Christmas ghosts. 

This season, you can dance and sing along with the Laurie Berkner Band or check out musical versions of holiday favorites like Elf and A Christmas Story

Charlie Brown and friends learn the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live Onstage, with productions taking place at multiple venues throughout NJ. And Ebeneezer Scrooge gets spooked into a change of heart in several productions of A Christmas Carol, including an area favorite at McCarter Theatre, as well as kid-friendly musical versions at Paper Mill and bergenPAC.

If your child is nuts about The Nutcracker, you don't have to go to New York City to see a great production—there are several top-notch companies performing the holiday fave right here in NJ, at multiple venues across the state, including American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, and Moscow Ballet. For a sweet twist on the classic, don't miss the Hip Hop Nutcracker at NJPAC. We couldn't list all of them here, so be sure to check out our event calendar for more!

Read on for a list of the best productions happening this holiday season.

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