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Giving Back: Holiday Toy Drives in Houston

The holidays are in full swing, and kids everywhere are dreaming of toys they want and are counting down the days until it's time to open presents. However, the holiday season is as much about giving as it is about receiving, and during this time parents have a unique window of opportunity to teach children the importance of volunteering and giving back to those in need. One way to do this is by donating toys to a local holiday toy drive, and we've rounded up several organizations in and around Houston that are dedicated to bringing holiday cheer to families unable to afford gifts this holiday season.

12 Days of Christmas Events on Long Island

The weather outside might be turning frightful but the amount of Christmas events and activities available on Long Island are just delightful. Check out our list of 12 Days of Christmas Events on Long Island -- starting on December 1 -- and perhaps you'll event find a partridge in a pear tree!

And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun 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.

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: December GoList

Santa isn't the only one making a list and checking it twice. Our carefully curated December GoList is packed with the absolute best things to do with kids in NYC throughout the month. Our top picks include FREE holiday gatherings such as the 20th annual Central Park Holiday Lighting by the Harlem Meer and the quirky Unsilent Night musical procession in Greenwich Village; seasonal concerts by Laurie Berkner and Grammy-winning kindie rocker Dan Zanes; and cool cultural offerings such as the Whitney Museum's Dreamlands Family Day and the exuberant Mother Africa circus at the New Victory Theater.

It's also worth rereading our November GoList since many of those festive picks continue through December, including the Dyker Lights holiday displays, Macy's Santaland, and the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show—and various Nutcracker performances around the city.

As always, keep checking our Event Calendar and Holiday Guide for the most up-to-date celebrations, including tree lightingsSanta sightings, and totally FREE holiday events for NYC kids.

Best Places To Visit Santa Claus with Westchester Kids

For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to visit Santa. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of places in Westchester where kids can have a meet-and-greet with the big guy, 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.

Top Places to See Santa on Long Island

Santa has the magical ability to be in several places at once and often for only a few hours. To help you pin St. Nick down, here is a selection of fun venues where he will appear on a regular basis throughout the holiday season. Do remember, though, that Santa sometimes has to take a break for milk and cookies, so build a little extra time into your schedule. And while some of the winter wonderlands are still open after Christmas, Santa always returns to the North Pole on December 24th. And for more fun this month, check out our Holiday Guide.

Independent Toy Stores in Houston

It’s that time of year where you're likely to spend lots of time shopping. We all know it’s a challenge to go shopping with kids and even more so if your kid has watched those YouTube kids' shows where they open a new toy every 10 seconds. My 3-year-old knows more about all the newest toys than I ever will. If shopping at big-box stores is overwhelming, or if you simply are a fan of shopping small and local, here are eight independently-owned toy stores in Houston to check out. Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids 2016

Get ready to gobble, gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. From Turkey Day Trots to an 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday and more, we are serving up several weekend activity options. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

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Macy's Santaland NYC: When to Visit, Beat the Line, More Tips

Few places to see Santa in New York City compare with Macy's Santaland. It's a magical experience for tourists and natives, so why not take your kids this holiday season?

'Tis the season for Macy's to open its 13,000-square-foot winter wonderland, which overflows with holiday cheer from its live "elves," to an enchanted forest, animatronic toys, and a train display. Santa holds court from Friday, November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving and the parade) through Christmas Eve. While the lines can be long, there's plenty to look at while you wait. A major bonus: There are great photo-ops along the way, as well as a way to skip the line almost completely. 

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