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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: A Christmas Carol, Nutcracker, Science of Snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah, as evidenced by the abundance of holiday happenings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

The recurring holiday events taking place throughout the month are now supplemented with a fresh batch of holiday fanfare, including Dickens' Christmas Carol. For a nature-themed holiday excursion, learn about the science of snowflakes. Holiday performances continue, including one by the centuries-established Vienna Boys Choir, and a multifaceted exploration of art forms (both performing and visual) awaits at the free Family Day. Also free is a three-day event full of charm (and Santa) at the Thomas Paine Cottage

Read on for all our top picks—then be sure to consult our Event Calendar for the full panoply of options. Don’t forget to check out our Holiday Fun Guide to plan the remaining days of the season and our December GoList for our top picks for the month (including events that are unrelated to holiday fanfare). 

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Free and Cheap Kids' Ski Programs in the Northeast This Winter

Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.

Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations offer free or mostly free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, even if you're not a resident of that state. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, be accompanied by a paying adult. There are also "processing fees" attached to several, but it breaks down to a very discounted ticket if you use it more than once. But for avid skiers and riders, or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.

Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. (Note: Connecticut has a residents-only program for free ski passes for kids at Mohawk Mountain.)

Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.

6 Outrageous Holiday Light Displays in the Lower Hudson Valley

‘Tis the season for checking out all the awesome holiday light displays in the area. And we’ve got some great ones for you: Along with a some decked-out houses in Westchester, the Lower Hudson Valley has its own share of festive light shows—including a house with over half a million (!) lights, a drive-through Christmas Wonderland and even some brightly lit bugs.   

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. 

35 Free December Activities for Westchester Kids

December is a magical time for kids, with the advent of winter fun and the abundance of holiday festivities occurring all month long. All this (plus gifts!) can cost families a pretty penny, so we've rounded up free ways to get out of the house and have fun. Your piggy banks—and kids—will thank us!

Read on for frugal fun that doesn't skimp on festivity. Also consult our December GoList and our Holiday Fun Guide for many more ways to savor the season!

Our Event Calendar is well-stocked with many more options to choose from, and more keep coming. 

12 Hotels Around the World That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

When planning a family getaway, where you stay can easily be as exciting as the vacation destination. Amazing hotel suites, bungalows, and villas abound, offering one-of-a-kind experiences for kids and families—they may even end up becoming the main attraction!

We've rounded up 11 splurge-worthy options from across the globe—and one more that's coming soon. These rooms are designed to spark imaginations and ignite adventure for kids of all ages, with plenty to offer for mom and dad, too. For more travel ideas, check out our Family Travel Guide.

December GoList: The Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

The holiday season is so hectic, it’s easy to get caught up in the tasks of the season at the expense of the enjoyment. Luckily, there are many festivities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, so be sure to clear some time to savor the magic, the splendor and the thrill that families can enjoy together. 

So far, we've told you where to go for holiday tree-lighting celebrations, where to catch a live holiday performance and where to have breakfast with Santa. Our Event Calendar is positively bursting with activities for kids every day of the week.

Our top picks for the month include holiday highlights as well as a diverse assortment of other fun activities. For even more great options, be sure to peruse our Holiday Fun Guide, full of yet more ideas to help you get the most out of the holidays with kids. Also, sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on all kinds of fun—holiday and otherwise!

Minecraft Lovers Get Something New for Hour of Code 2017

The annual Hour of Code is entering its fourth year next month, and Microsoft is adding something for 2017 that your little Minecraft lovers will surely go nuts over. Whether your family is new to this free international mass coding phenomenon or you've explored it before, the 2017 campaign has new and exciting features for everyone—including coding projects about Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft.

Must-See Holiday Light Displays in Westchester and Putnam

It’s about that time again: Families all over Westchester and the Hudson Valley are decking their halls—and their houses—with holiday decorations. And while you can drive through neighborhoods and spot pretty lights, festive wreaths and lots of Frosty inflatables, there are certain houses that merit a trip all their own.

Here, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite light displays, perfect for getting your crew into the holiday spirit. (May we suggest stopping by one of these delicious places to pick up a hot chocolate for the road?) 

If you're looking for even more holiday happenings, check out our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Sinterklaas Family Day, Winterfest

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you’ve come to the right place for kicking off a season of holiday fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

Town charm is tangible at the elaborate Sinterklaas Family Day, which is produced by the same organizer as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, to give a sense of scope. New Paltz also glows with its two-day Holiday on Huguenot Street, and Tuckahoe comes alive with its annual Winterfest. In addition to a production of The Nutcracker and other holiday performances, another production worth noting is the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Farewell Tour. The St. Nicholas Day Celebration, featuring reflections of a traditional Dutch holiday, is one of many programs this weekend that are free.

With so many exciting events happening this weekend, we couldn’t include them all in our top picks below. Also refer to our Event Calendar for numerous options happening daily, and rely on our newsletters to organize and prioritize the whole holiday season!

13 of the Best Places for Families to Get Pizza in Westchester

Whether your family likes to kick it old-school when it comes to pizza—or you prefer a gourmet take on the tried-and-true formula of crust, sauce and cheese—Westchester has plenty of pizza options. Slices, pies and more can be found in this baker's dozen of pizzerias—there's even a mobile pizza truck!

For more great ideas on places to dine out with the family, check out our Westchester Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide and sign up for our newsletters

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