11 Beautiful Long Island Landscapes for Christmas Card Photos

It takes time and planning to achieve the perfect family Christmas card photo — and one of the most important decisions you'll make concerns the location you choose as your backdrop. With so many beautiful Long Island landscapes from which to choose, the biggest challenge you'll face when deciding where to set up your holiday photo shoot is whether to pack up the kids and head to the beach, a lighthouse, vineyard, or even the aquarium. These 11 Long Island landscapes will make for stunning and memorable Christmas card photos.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Getty Fest, Beach Streets, Thanks-Gibbon, Nov 12 - 13

This weekend is for the birds. And the ocean. And the open Beach Streets of Long Beach. Oh, don't forget the gibbons. (We're pretty thankful for them). And magical boys and classic super heroes and cartoon mice.

It's also about getting ready for the holidays. Festive holiday tree lighting, anyone?

Of course, some of us may just sit this one out and have a drink. Or two. Cheers, America.

Keep reading for our picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: 1980s Flashback and Free Art, Nov 12-13

When I was eleven years old, I fell in love with a band and have been a fan ever since. That band is U2 (who's with me?) and this Sunday the Family Folk Chorale is presenting an energized afternoon to celebrate 40 years of U2. The audience is even invited to sing along with the intergenerational 65-member group. Also in the spirit of amazing things that came out of the 80's, the Footlight Club is presenting Big: The Musical! based on the classic 1988 movie with shows on Saturday and Sunday. If you are looking for some fun, free events happening this weekend, the Guild of Boston Artists is holding a two-part series of art discovery classes for children starting on Saturday, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is having its free second Saturday morning for families.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Fish, Skating, and Celebrating Veterans, November 12-13

With the heady business of the election behind us, I look forward to spending the weekend with my family, away from the TV, newspaper, and internet, and having some adventures that only the great state of Connecticut can provide. We're excited to check out the newly opened ice rinks at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and we have some super stinky sneakers that we've been saving up for the Rotten Sneakers Contest at the Imagine Nation Museum. The restaurant scene in Mystic has been beckoning us for some time, so now that the summer crowds are gone, perhaps we can drop the kids off for Nature Night Out at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center while we enjoy a proper meal.

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Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Shows, Art, Families November 12-13

Now that the election is behind us, Philly families can focus their attention on November and all the family fun that awaits. This weekend, the events calendar offers some great ways to spend quality time together.

Get into the holiday spirit early by catching The Media Theatre's performance of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tale during opening weekend. Create art at Philadelphia's Magic Garden's PECO Family Jam, the Delaware Art Museum's free Sunday Studio, or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Family Art Cart. Or, watch art demonstrations at the Kimmel Center's Craft NOW Create event. Rock out at a concert- World Cafe Live Philly features The Human Lard Dog & The Shy Band while World Cafe Live Wilmington hosts Lolly & YoYo. Learn about the Revolutionary War at Fort Mifflin's Siege Weekend.

Perhaps it's because Thanksgiving falls within the month, or it's because the cooler weather keeps kids indoors more often, but spending time together as a family is what November is all about. Keep reading to find our top family picks for the weekend ahead!

Weekend for LI Kids: Starry, Starry Night, Dream Catchers November 12-13

Immerse your family in culture this weekend with a live performance of James and the Giant PeachThe Jungle BookA Christmas CarolAlice in Wonderland or JigSaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown. Head to Jones Beach for some science and nature with an Owl Pellet Dissection. Or build your own Dream Catcher at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

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Weekend Fun: Escape Games, Circus Festival, Gingerbread Lane

Post-election, we're tuning in to our families, specifically family fun in NYC this weekend, which boasts three of our top event picks for November. Go on a whimsical, interactive journey with Pip's Island, celebrate kid lit at the Children's Book Fair, and catch the 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington with blacksmiths and soldiers going full-out 18th century style.

Also this weekend: go for some early holiday shopping with Neighborhood Toy Store Day that includes events all over the city at participating indie toy stores or festival fun including a Fall Fun Festival in the West Village, Generation to Generation Festival on the Lower East Side, and a circus fest in Long Island City.

If you're planning for out-of-town guests this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our Visitors Guide and Thanksgiving Guide for up-to-date details on what to see and do in NYC.

All of our top weekend picks are below. For more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and start making holiday plans with our Guide to NYC Holiday Events for Kids.


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