Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Hanukkah, Santa Nov 30-Dec 4

Now that Philly families have made it through Thanksgiving and we don't have to worry about what we are fixing for dinner all week (leftovers anyone?), our attention can turn towards the fun and excitement of the winter holidays.

Our Events Calendar offers many opportunities to get into the spirit of the season. Bring your family, including your dog or cat, for pictures with Santa at the mall. Listen to Hanukkah stories at the library. Take an imaginary ride on the Polar Express at Brandywine River Museum. Or, attend Malvern's Victorian Christmas Celebration.

Below are our top selections for each day of the week. Be sure to browse through the December GO List and our entire calendar for all of your many options. Remember to narrow down your search by selecting your preference for type of activity, age and area. Enjoy the week ahead!

Cross Country Ski: Winding Trails in Farmington

Connecticut has the winter sports scene covered with everything from ski runs for the newbies to racing lessons for the aspiring Olympians. With the sun glistening over snow covered treetops and crisp white blankets draping the hills and valleys, the Hartford area offers a powdery playground for all ages and skill levels. A peaceful natural area, Winding Trails is a great day trip full of fun for the entire family.

A Visit to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex

In Eastern Connecticut, on the edge of the Connecticut River, a small unassuming building holds many archeological treasures, history lessons, nautical artwork, and a full-sized replica of the first American submarine. The 22nd Annual Train Show is a special seasonal attraction for visitors of all ages, and only a few minutes away, a ride on the North Pole Express awaits at the Essex Steam Train Station. 

Breakfast with Santa for Kids and Families in Westchester

Though Santa is busy preparing for his famous ride on Christmas Eve, he still somehow has time to break bread (or pancakes) with children in Westchester this holiday season. These cozy get-togethers have become increasingly popular, typically featuring a full breakfast and holiday activity, with added perks at some. The best part? Quality time and photo-op with St. Nick.

We’ve rounded up some top picks for Breakfast with Santa throughout Westchester to help you spread some holiday cheer. Advance registration is either required or recommended, so don't delay. And don't forget to bring your wish list! Be sure to click through the event listing in our calendar for full details.

If you're looking for more holiday activities, check out our coverage of holiday tree lightings, performances of The Nutcracker and other holiday shows—all happening in Westchester.

Christmas Trains: All Aboard the Polar Express for Kids in LA, Ventura, & Orange County

Trains in Los Angeles appear less often on train tracks than on ballots, which allows them to hold onto that wonderful Thomas-the-Tank-Engine, Polar-Express mystique far longer for LA kids than for urban kids who take the A train regularly. And for anyone who loves trains, Christmas trains offer the ultimate "old world charm" rail experience. Add an appearance by Santa Claus and a few Christmas trees, and you have the makings of a memorable holiday experience. All aboard the Santa Express!

December GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

The holiday season is so hectic, it’s easy to get caught up in the tasks of the season at the expense of the enjoyment. Luckily, there are many festivities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, so be sure to clear some time to savor the magic, the splendor and the thrill that families can enjoy together. 

So far, we've told you where to go for holiday tree lighting celebrationswhere to catch a live holiday show,  where to celebrate Hanukkah, where to see The Nutcracker, and where to have breakfast with Santa. Now we're rounding up your best bets for holiday fun around town. 

For even more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar, and don’t forget our Holiday Guide, full of yet more activities to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids. Also, sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to stay up to date on all kinds of fun—holiday and otherwise!


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