Fun and Free Things To Do Hanukkah Weekend with LA Kids, December 5 - 6

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah. Again. And againHanukkah is enjoying its moment in the spotlight in a torrent of latke and donut-filled celebrations, with all manner of creative takes on menorahs (tiles, LEGO, sculpted of ice). I bet there's enough Hanukkah fun to fill eight crazy nights!

Actually, this weekend is filled with a lot of a lot of things. Santa BreakfastsParades. Parades of boats. SoCal snow. Victorian takes on Christmas. Tree LightingsScreenings of Elf. You name it; we've got it. A lot of it. And you are going have to choose what to do and what to miss. (I don't envy you.)

This is going to be our story until the end of December, by the way. With more ballets than you can shake a Nutcracker at, and a whole chorus of Hallelujahs, the seasonal fun just keeps coming. And we wouldn't have it any other way!

Keep reading for a seasonal abundance of weekend fun...

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Breakfast with Santa, Menorah & Gingerbread Workshops, December 5-6

With the turkey talk long gone, it's high time to focus on the next batch of holidays. From luminous light displays in Jones Beach or Long Beach to gingerbread decorating to Hanukkah celebrations, check out this weekend's go-to event guide. And for more seasonal fun, visit our Holiday Guide.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Hanukkah, Trains & Holiday Shows, December 5-6

The Boston area is lighting up this weekend with the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday! We've found plenty of ways for families to celebrate, including taking a tumble, attending a musical service or waiting for a gelt drop. Families can also check out a special Hanukkah art project at locations around Boston throughout the holiday.

Tons of other festive activities abound this weekend as well. Young train fans have their pick of the Bay State Model Railroad Museum Open House or one of the many Polar Express trains in the area. Speaking of your pick of activities, the month of December boasts some of the best choices of shows and concerts all year. I'm looking forward to seeing Velveteen Rabbit with my kids, and Tara says Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is dazzling. There's also a free winter concert (pictured) this weekend to help usher in the season. 

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Holiday Concerts, Festivals, Hanukkah Dec 5-6

For many throughout the Delaware Valley, the first weekend in December means preparing for the winter holidays with special family traditions. Cutting down your own Christmas tree, sharing Hanukkah stories, taking in a Nutcracker performance, and attending the town's tree lighting ceremony are all ways Philly families get into the spirit of the season.

Even though traditions are important in making the holiday familiar, consider creating a new one this year. Schedule breakfast with Santa. Climb aboard for a winter train ride. Attend the annual Dickens Festival. Or, celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa at a benefit concert.

Read on to find our top picks for the weekend, and be sure to stay connected with Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have fun making memories with old and new traditions alike!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Hanukkah, Winterfest, Santa’s Workshop, Dec. 5-6

This weekend marks the beginning of Hanukkah and continues our travels through the holiday season toward Christmas. Our top picks for Westchester and Hudson Valley families are celebrations of this season.

Many towns and villages come alive with holiday tree-lighting celebrations, such as Tuckahoe's Winterfest. The appeal of period charm enhances several events at historic sites, including the St. Nicholas Day Celebration, and a multicultural spin is offered at Newpoli: A Traditional Italian Christmas. For more rousing holiday fun, take in A West Point Holiday, while options for Hanukkah fun include Lights on Ice Chanukah Celebration.

Read on for further details, visit our December GoList for our top picks of the month, and be sure to consult our Event Calendar, which is bursting with fun events every day of the week! 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Lights, Chocolate, Basketball, and Theater December 5-6

December nights are made for dazzling lights, and plenty of them are twinkling across the state. An annual tradition in the New Haven area is the Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park. Drive through a mile-long display featuring dancing bears, penguins, dragons, turtles, ducks, and so much more. Not only will you enjoy the show, but your admission fee will benefit charity. If you’re not close to the shoreline, check out the (free!) Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden, Holiday Light Fantasia in Hartford, or The Christmas House in Torrington.

7 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks for Kids and Families in and Around Boston

Whether your family is trying ice skating for the first time or your kids have already taken several ice skating lessons, gliding on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks around Boston can be a fun, affordable way for families to get outside and stay active in the wintertime. Read on for some of our favorite rinks in the Greater Boston area, with offerings like gorgeous city views and snack bars where you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Weekend Fun: Chanukah Fests, Tree Lightings, Holiday Fair, Bushwick Santa Train

This weekend in New York City brings six of our top kid event picks for the entire month and plenty of family holiday fun like the New York Public Library's Holiday Open House.

Catch a ride on a Santa train in Bushwick, the acrobatic Pedal Punk at the New Victory Theater, a FREE production of the Nutcracker, a holiday fair in the West Village and a kiddie holiday sing-along with Dan Zane and Friends.

Of course, Santa is listening to wish lists all across town and the city's Christmas trees and giant menorahs are being illuminated during special seasonal fêtes. Yup, the holiday season is in full swing!

All of our best bets for the weekend of December 5-6 are below. Find additional options in our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide. If you're looking to plan ahead, read the December GoList, which highlights the absolute best things to do with kids this month.


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