The Top Residential Holiday Light Displays in the Philadelphia Area

Decorating the home for the holidays is a tradition that brings families together. Finding those houses that really outdo themselves every year is a traditional family activity to look forward to every Christmas.

While organized light displays from farms are delightful, there's something really special about checking out some awesome houses around the neighborhood. And there are quite a few neighborhoods that really go all out. The best part is, they're all free! We've got your ticket to some of the best residential light displays to check out.

No-Car Skiing Day Trips: Ski Bus Deals and Packages from NYC

Don’t let the lack of a car keep you from hitting the slopes this winter. Nearly all of the big (and small, for you first-timers) ski resorts nearby offer bus or train package deals from New York City. These packages are convenient, wallet-friendly, and often include discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals.

Even if you own a car, these deals are worth considering: After a hard day on the slopes, it's wonderful to kick back and relax while someone else battles traffic back to NYC. These destinations, in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, offer ski packages to get your family to the mountains.

Find more ski and snow sports fun in our Family Ski Guide, covering the tri-state area and beyond.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in New Jersey

Too pooped to put on Christmas this year? Not to fret! There are plenty of restaurants in New Jersey where you can pull up a chair on Christmas Day. So, once all the presents under your Christmas tree have been unwrapped and the stockings scavenged, you can lounge in your PJs, sip your coffee, and watch the kids play with their gifts and goodies without having to worry about cooking and cleaning before guests arrive.

We’ve rounded up 11 of New Jersey’s best haunts to feast on festive fare. Call ahead to secure your spots at the table, and then start mapping out the holiday light displays you can catch after dinner. You won’t have to build in extra travel time, because chances are you’ll have the roads all to yourselves. Merry Christmas!

Best Restaurants Near Rockefeller Center for Families

Some of those who visit regularly or work near Rockefeller Center admit they find the dining choices less than exciting. But whether you're there over the holidays to see the famed Rockefeller tree, ice skate, check out the holiday windows, or to enjoy one of the other fun experiences in this action-packed complex, you'll need to eat eventually, and there are some good restaurant options if you know where to look.

Here are our top picks for kid-friendly eateries near Rockefeller Center, and for more family-friendly restaurant options in NYC, check out our Restaurant Guide.

Chicago’s Best Indoor Play Spaces for Keeping Kids Busy this Winter

Get out of the house this winter and explore a new-to-you indoor play space for kids in Chicago. There’s a climate-controlled play zone for every age, every interest, and every kind of kid. Does your toddler love fire trucks? Head to the kid-sized play town at Little Beans. Got a grade schooler who won’t stop doing gymnastics on your couch? She’ll love the climbing structures at Present Place. Need a spot where your older kid and your preschooler can play happily while you get some work done? Take a Break Playcare is your wish come true. Many play spaces around the city even offer coffee, wi-fi, and snacks for grateful parents, so you can catch up on email (and caffeine) while your little ones get their sillies out. Here are 14 places to play when the weather’s cold and gray.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Aquatic Santas, Get Crafty, and Spin Like a Dreidel

Is your holiday to-do list spinning out of control? Holiday cards, decorating your tree, cookie swaps, and . . this time of year can be so stressful. Thankfully, this weekend offers Connecticut families plenty of opportunities to create a hand-made gift, snag an awesome “card-worthy” photo, and enjoy some holiday magic. This weekend, we are going to enjoy some quality family time driving around to look at Christmas Light Displays, and perhaps even enjoying a Breakfast with Santa.

Queen Mary Christmas: A New Holiday Tradition To Chill with this Year

Christmas at the Queen Mary is a great place for a family to chill. That said, if you're looking for Chill with a capital C, the ship's hitherto popular holiday extravaganza, well, that is just so last year. This year, the vintage ocean liner debuts an all-new Christmas event, based entirely on board The Queen Mary. While in previous years the entertainment was spread out on the adjacent tarmac, featured against the backdrop of the photogenic floating monument at the heart of Long Beach, this year all the festive action is located right on the art deco decks of the beloved ship.

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