Nothing says Thanksgiving like quality time in the kitchen with your family. Even kids can get in on the action decorating easy, fun and quite adorable turkey cookies. These sweet treats are perfect for your Thanksgiving day desert, or a thoughtful take home favor for your guests. Or they can be a great way to use up scraps of leftover pie dough. Thanks to our friends at Taste Buds Kitchen for sharing this cute idea.
Like many people, I've had a lifelong love affair with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I spent many a holiday watching with my grandmother. Now as a parent, I get up early every year so my kids and I can stake out a great viewing spot on the Upper West Side. So being invited to Macy's Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey for a behind-the-scenes look at this year's brand-new floats and giant balloons was a totally priceless experience.
'Tis the season to get the gang all dressed up to see some holiday shows. While there are certainly lots of spectacles to splurge on beyond the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, if you've got young children you may not want to blow all of your bucks on theater tickets. That's why our roundup includes six inexpensive, low-key shows, perfect for fidgety preschoolers, as well as six extravaganzas that are worth the splurge. Bonus: We've got the scoop on how to save money to a few of the higher-priced offerings.
From live stage adaptations of beloved seasonal TV specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to festive puppet shows, to high culture like kid-friendly mountings of The Nutcracker and opera, here are our top 12 holiday shows for NYC families. You can find lots of other seasonal fun in our NYC Holiday Guide.
Boston lights it up with dazzling holiday tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November, lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park, and the festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.
It's not all just about flipping the switch, of course. The tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations, with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa himself.
Add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table with something hand made with these acorn inspired napkin rings. Guests will go nuts for these kid creations that are easy to make and look great on a holiday table. Get creative and add other fall themes to create individualized rings for each place.
These local turkey trots, jingle bell runs, and other holiday-themed races are kid-friendly (a few also dog-friendly), festive, and even downright silly. And they’re for a good cause. So, grab the kids, sport your most festive running attire, and go for a run together.
'Tis the season for plenty of yummy treats. Instead of doing all of the hard work by yourself, why not get the kids in on some of the action? In fact, the holidays are a great time to get your kids in the kitchen, learning to bake pies, cookies and other goodies. And there are a few classes on Long Island where children can take their cooking skills to the next level, including learning how to create some holiday delights. And for other fun ideas and activities during the season, be sure to check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.
With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s easy to get lured in by the mega-sales, sparkling lights, and shiny wrapping paper. Even for those of us who try our best to be good to the Earth during the rest of the year, the holiday season can completely derail our efforts as we endeavor to please everyone, outdo our neighbors, and make Christmas magical for our kids. Celebrating Christmas in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way doesn’t mean taking the fun out of the party. Here are tips to help you go green (and maybe even save some green) this Christmas in Boston and beyond.
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