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Top 10 Christmas Towns and Villages That Absolutely Sparkle

When it comes to the best places to visit for Christmas as a family, there are plenty of holiday travel options. You can head to Rome and Vatican City to soak in the religion of it all. Vienna, beautifully drenched in festive lights, boasts first-rate Christmas markets and concerts. Head north to Lapland, Finland, to visit Santa’s official hometown. Or, if you want to lie beneath Christmas-lit palm trees, a Caribbean vacation might do the trick.

Yet, some of the best Christmas towns and bedecked Christmas villages are actually right here in the US, offering those traveling with small kids a way to save on money and time. These local destinations go all out for Christmas with unique holiday light shows, special performances, and plenty of opportunities to meet with Santa Claus.

Read on for some of our favorite Christmas vacation ideas for those looking to get into the holiday spirit in a big way, from New York City to Williamsburg, Virginia, to Newport Beach, California. Find even more ideas in our Family Travel Guide.

Visiting Philly: A Tourist Guide of Must-Do Things for First Time Visitors

Philadelphia is walk-able, easy to navigate, filled with kid-friendly attractions and museums, gardens and parks, restaurants and activities. It's full of rich history, and is the perfect destination for families. Whether you're planning a day trip or a long weekend (even a whole week) there's plenty to entertain and inspire the whole family. With so many awesome places to see, adventures to take, and things to eat, planning a trip to Philly can be overwhelming, so here's a few tips and ideas to get you started.

While you're in town, be sure to check out our event calendar to see a listing of all the special events happening.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Stories, Indoor Fun Feb 15-19

The chill of February can keep Philly families indoors. But it doesn't have to keep kids at home! Put on your coats, gloves, and hats to venture off to some wonderful and educational opportunities this week.

Listen to stories at Smith Playhouse, Neshaminy Mall's Barnes & Noble, or Bucks County Children's Museum. Learn about the anatomy of the heart at the Franklin Institute. If you have a budding artist, consider stopping by Exton Mall for its Mommy and Me session presented by Chester County Arts Association or Springfield Mall's Kids Crew featuring Community Arts Center of Wallingford.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Groundhog Day, Library Events Feb 1-5

During the cold month of February, it can be challenging to keep toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids busy. They never seem to get tired and are always looking for something to do, even after a long day at school. Channel that energy into some of the exciting activities that appear in our Events Calendar this week.

Check out a library program such as Eastwick Library's George Crum Potato Chip Tasting event, Haddington Library's African Mask-Making Workshop, or Haverford Library's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader session. Celebrate Groundhog Day at Elmwood Park Zoo or Norristown Farm Park. Afterwards, get crafty with help from our WeeWork Projects for Kids.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Art, Animals Jan 25-29

As we shovel the snow from the Blizzard of 2016, it is time to focus on the week ahead. Since many Philly families were cooped up inside over the weekend, both parent and child are ready to get out. Thankfully, our Events Calendar can provide many options for the week.

Explore Morris Arboretum's Tu B'Shevat program, make a craft with Chester County Arts Association at Exton Mall's Mommy and Me, enjoy a winter walk at Briar Bush Nature Center's Magic Mornings, or listen to a Book in the Nook at Delaware Museum of Natural History. Be sure to check out indoor play spaces in Philly, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, as they can provide a much-needed escape from home this time of year.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: MLK Jr., Museums, Nature Jan 18-22

Whether you have off on Monday, or it is just another typical week in January, our Events Calendar is ready to provide many ideas on what to do with the kids. This week, Longwood Gardens hosts its annual OrKid Day, which is filled with discovery stations and children's activities. Many local museums offer free or discounted admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day, such as National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. And, outdoorsy types can find nature hikes and animal experiences this week as well.

Be sure to plan out all your winter fun with the help of our recently published 25 Things We Want to Do with Philly Kids This Winter post and our Ski & Snow Sport Guide. Stay connected to Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy the week ahead!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Theater, Nature, Stories Jan 11-15

The month of January can be grey and dull. But, it certainly doesn't have to be. Make it lively and exciting by filling your week with activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, children can stay busy by learning about movement, taking in a theater production, or discovering interesting facts about owls. Or, take baby to a movie at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or bring the older kids to Bartram's Gardens for its Homeschooler Day.

To keep up with new events that are constantly added to our listing, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Make it a great week!

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