6 Awesome Holiday Light Displays in the Lower Hudson Valley

We just can’t get enough of these holiday lights. Whether you live in the Hudson Valley or you’re taking a trip across the bridge, we’ve collected some of the best home holiday light displays in the area to visit with your family. There’s even a Guinness World Record winner in here! 

For more holiday fun, be sure to check our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook. Know of any other light displays we should check out? Drop us an email, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the loop. 

Holiday Train Rides With Santa in Connecticut

To be honest, I don’t know the last time I saw Santa in a sleigh.  Nope, over the past several years, I’ve seen Santa arrive to greet crowds of believers in a fire truck, a police car, a helicopter, and a Porsche (really, Santa??). 

So it was no surprise when my 5-year-old came home from school telling me her friend Abby saw Santa on a train.  And she’s absolutely right – there a few amazing Holiday Trains in Connecticut, where you and your kids can enjoy both your love of trains and the holiday season!  Watching the steam roll and waft in front of the train's headlight, while giant snowflakes fall will throw you back 60 years -- in the most wonderful, magical, 'It's a Wonderful Life' sort of way.  For more holiday fun check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms in the Philadelphia Area

Thanksgiving is over, and, while you might still be working on those leftovers, Christmas time is just around the corner. Between shopping, seeing all the lights, and taking photos with Santa, it might be tricky fitting in the time to find a good place to cut down your tree.

Create a new family tradition or continue a long-standing ritual by picking out an evergreen that’s going to be front and center for the month of December! Some of these local farms offer additional family fun, such as crafts, cider and hot cocoa sampling, or other treats.

Looking for even more fun this season? Check out our Holiday Guide and our Events Calendar for the latest events!

Holiday Strolls in Fairfield County

For many, the end of Thanksgiving Dinner marks the official start of the Christmas season. It seems as soon as those plates are cleared the holiday shopping begins. And for others, Christmas began even before the table was set.  But, lucky for us, some Fairfield County communities have managed to slow us down a bit, make us savor the season and shop, not on Cyber Monday, but at their Holiday Strolls. You know, in a shop? There is something so very special when our quaint New England downtowns are all gussied up in holiday sparkle and the night air is filled with carolers, peppermint and hot cocoa. If you ask me, these are some very good reasons to take a stroll down the slower lane. Take a holiday stroll. Here is our roundup of the holiday strolls coming up in Fairfield County this Christmas season. And, for even more holiday happenings, visit our Holiday Guide.

Where to Meet Santa Claus in Fairfield County, CT

From the shopping mall to the shark tank, Santa is making plenty of special appearances this season. We have rounded up some of our favorite outings with Santa in Fairfield County. Ride a train, build a wooden boat or watch him make a daredevil descent from 22 stories above. Just don't forget your camera! To find Santa across the state check out our Top 25 Santa Activities in Connecticut and for even more seasonal fun, check out this year's Holiday Fun Guide.

December GoList: The 25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey for the Holidays

The turkey has been eaten, Santa has arrived at the mall, and people are driving around with trees strapped to their cars. There’s no denying it: the holidays have arrived. If you and your kids are eager to celebrate the season, you're in luck—there are so many wonderful events and activities happening throughout the state this month. You'll find plenty of free things to do, as well as activities just for little ones; you can have breakfast with Santa, catch a show, or hop aboard a holiday train. We know you’re busy with things like shopping, baking, and figuring out what the heck to do with your Elf on the Shelf, so we’ve sorted through all of this month's happenings and picked 25 of the best.

For even more ideas, check out our Holiday Guide and Event Calendar. Happy Holidays!

Breakfast, Brunch & More with Santa for Houston Kids

Ready or not, the holidays are here, and there are tons of events around the city for the whole family, including breakfasts, brunches, and cookies with Santa.

For more Christmas fun (and if Black Friday took a Santa-sized chunk out of your wallet), there are plenty of FREE fun events throughout December. Also, don't forget to check out our guide to all things Christmas, Hannukah, and holiday fun in Houston this year.

Breakfast with Santa Claus: Where LA Kids Can Share a Bagel with Father Christmas

Doing lunch might work for some LA types, but Santa Claus does breakfast. So before you take a train with Santa, light a tree with Santa, see The Nutcracker with Santa, do some holiday shopping with Santa, wave to Santa on a boat, call Santa on the phone, or take funky LA photos with Santa, first you, your kids, AND Santa all need a good breakfast. The holidays are a busy time of year after all.

Most (though not all) of the events below require reservations, and some fill up surprisingly early. It's worth making the effort, though, if for no other reason than to see how good some people's table manners can be when the man at the head of the table is wearing a red suit and wielding a list.

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