What to Do on Christmas Day with Westchester Kids

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Looking for some Christmas Day fun? You might find yourself searching for a way to spend the afternoon after the presents have been ripped open—or maybe you don't celebrate Christmas and are looking for some fun activities for your kids. No worries, there are a few things to do in Westchester on Christmas Day.

Read on for some ideas for fun around town, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the holiday loop!

Check out holiday light displays: If you haven't found the time to visit the North Kensico Christmas Light Show, Christmas evening is a great time for a before- or after-dinner driving tour. The displays are stunning and lots of fun for little ones. Looking to go a little further? Check out the holiday light displays in the Hudson ValleyNYC and Connecticut.

And speaking of holiday lights: Check out the new Twinkling Lights on the Hill display at Ridge Hill. These light shows kick off at 5pm on Christmas.

See a movie: Movie theaters are open on Christmas Day, and this could be the day you take them to see The Last Jedi! Or enjoy a classic with It's a Wonderful Life at Jacob Burns Film Center.

Get Bricktacular: Yes, Legoland Discover Center is open from 10am to 5pm on Christmas Day, and it has given its Miniland a holiday makeover.

Go skiing: Some mountains are open on Christmas, including Mountain Creek in New Jersey. (Thunder Ridge will be closed.) Always, always, always check ahead to ensure conditions haven't forced them to change plans.

Commune with nature. If the weather cooperates, go for a family-friendly hike. Most parks and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. Or visit one of Westchester's beautiful nature centers. Although the indoor centers and manor houses will be closed on Christmas Day, most of the grounds and trails will be open. Greenburgh Nature Center's Discovery Playground is a great place for a Christmas Day romp.

Originally published December 2013 and updated for 2016.

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