Ok, so you can’t quite make it to the North Pole, although that would be pretty cool. Good thing in New Jersey the North Pole can come to you—on wheels, no less! Check out these holiday train rides with Santa Claus and book your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your spot on these special train rides--they sell out incredibly fast. And don't forget to check out our fun Holiday Activity Guide, too. Happy holidays from everyone at Mommy Poppins!
Little electric trains whiz by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries and leaves at this elaborate show. The 2015-2016 edition of the annual spectacle includes 3,000 extra square feet of tracks, trains and bridges, as well as a multi-sensory finale in the Conservatory's Reflecting Pool, plus a brand-new model of the New York Public Library. The landmarks and nearly a half-mile of train track of years past will also be on display.
My family and I make it a point to go every year as it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience. There's a reason it's No. 53 on our list of the top 100 things to do with kids in NYC.
Read on for important tips, new photos and the scoop on everything there is to see and do at the 2015 Holiday Train Show, plus info on other seasonal train exhibits in NYC.
Black Friday is known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers try to lure us in with deep discounts on everything from toys to electronics. Let's face it, though, dragging the kids to the mall isn't the most fun way to kick off the holiday season. This year, why not look for a family activity that will make everyone merry? From holiday shows to winter festivals, we've come up with a great list of things to do on Black Friday that are far away from the busy shopping centers. Be sure to check our Events Calendar regularly for even more great holiday activities throughout November and December.
With Thanksgiving a week away, that festive holiday spirit is definitely in the air! Get the whole family excited for Turkey Day with A Discovery Museum Thanksgiving at the Garden State Discovery Museum or take the kiddos to make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For an early dose of holiday fun, check out the opening weekend of Christmas Fantasy with Lights at Storybook Land or the Holiday Model Train Show hosted by the Ramapo Valley Railroad. Looking for more late autumn outings? Bundle up for a Fall Bird Walk at Liberty State Park or drop by the Princeton Art Museum for their monthly Art for Families program. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.
Hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing light displays throughout the state. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies here. These spectacular displays are sure to wow even the Scrooge in your family. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! And for more holiday-themed fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
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