December GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

It's the time of the year when the Christmas decorations Target put on display in October are finally appropriate. The holidays are here! We have you covered with our guide featuring events and things to do around Houston this month from where to see holiday shows and The Nutcracker, FREE holiday events for the family, and places to take photos (or eat breakfast) with Santa.

There are tons of fun festivals in December, and lucky for us Houstonians, many of them have thousands of pounds of "snow" for kids to play in. As a native Houstonian, I didn't see snow until I was in my late teens, so at least you can still give your kids a white-ish Christmas. Also, events that started in November like Zoo Lights, Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, and Magical Winter Lights in La Marque are still up and running throughout December.

Make sure to keep an eye on our calendar for daily events, and if you haven't already, sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts and things to do around town. Read on for the best Houston events this month.

Boston City Hall Plaza Becomes a Winter Wonderland for Families

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to visit the North Pole? This year Boston's City Hall Plaza is being transformed into a winter wonderland with New England’s first custom designed outdoor skating path and a holiday shopping market. Open seven days a week, "Boston Winter Presented by Berkshire Bank" is a one-stop-shop of holiday attractions for kids and parents alike.

December GoList: The Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

The holiday season has officially arrived. Everywhere you look, folks are decorating their houses, the air is getting colder, hats and mittens have come out of hiding, and the scent of evergreens are in the air! This month is full of tree lightings, holiday shows and traditions, breakfast, photos, and even train rides with Santa, and more. Visit one of the many holiday markets and craft fairs to check some names off your shopping list, then check out one of these great events happening through the month of December. Have fun and enjoy a happy and warm holiday season!

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Where to Take Photos with Santa in Houston

My family's holiday traditions wouldn't be complete without the annual torture session that is photos with Santa. Whether your children are like mine and find Santa to be the most terrifying being they've ever encountered, or you are among the lucky few to end up with smiling faces, photos with Santa is a holiday staple. If you are interested in spending more time with the big man in red, check out an area breakfast or brunch with Santa. And for all things holidays in Houston, visit our activity and event guide.

Without further ado, here is where you will find Saint Nick this year in Houston.

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 see The Nutcracker and where to have breakfast with Santa. And with Hanukkah falling late in the month, we’ll soon follow up with our top picks for celebrating the Festival of Lights—though our Event Calendar is already populated with many of those highlights (plus many more events throughout the month).

Our top picks for the month include holiday highlights as well as a diverse assortment of other fun activities. For even more great options, be sure to peruse our Holiday Guide, full of yet more ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids. Also, sign up for our weekly newsletters to stay up to date on all kinds of fun—holiday and otherwise!

December GoList: Things To Do with Long Island Kids this Month

'Tis the season for tons of family-friendly events and activities. From holiday light displays and breakfast with Santa to watching The Nutcracker and ringing in the New Year, there is something merry and bright going on practically every day of the week this month on Long Island. So bundle the kids up and enjoy everything the season has to offer.

And for even more fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

Festive Store Windows Light Up NYC with Holiday Displays

Few things signal the holidays in New York City more than the unveiling of the decked out department store window displays throughout Midtown, from Macy's in Herald Square on up to Bloomingdale's. My family ushers in the season with an annual trek to see the various whimsical winter and Christmas scenes, peeking into the glammed up windows, every Thanksgiving weekend, and I have to say, taking a "windows walk" is one of those magical holiday experiences every kid should try at least once. Also, it's totally FREE.

The 2016 window display edition includes a number of gems that you won't want to miss, including Saks Fifth Avenue's Land of 1000 Delights—a sugary retelling of the Nutcracker Suite—and a fantastic light show, Macy's Believe—a celebration of Santa (with a real pinball game!), and Lord & Taylor's wintry, nature-filled wonderland.

Read on for details about this year's holiday displays and a sneak peek of what you'll see. Be sure to visit our Holiday Fun Guide before you go to find other activities and things to do along the route and throughout the season, including more FREE fun, tree lightings, and train shows.

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