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!

Best Places To Visit Santa Claus with Westchester Kids

My kids, like most, love Christmas and love Santa. They’ve already written letters for the big guy and have debated over exactly what kind of cookies Santa will most appreciate on Christmas Eve. Interestingly enough, while they love catching a glimpse of him when we go shopping or attend holiday parties, they’ve never been keen on posing for pictures with Santa. So I try to find places and events where they can marvel from afar without getting too close for comfort.

There are several places to visit Santa all season long throughout Westchester, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. If you’re looking for a photo opp for your little ones (and your pets!), these Santa sightings are sure to delight you and your little ones this holiday season. Want an even more relaxed environment? Check out some of the breakfasts with Santa occurring throughout Westchester. 

For even more holiday activities, see our coverage on holiday tree lightings, live holiday shows and performances of the The Nutcracker, all happening in Westchester.

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).


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