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  • storybookland-christmas-experience Experience Christmas Magic at Storybook Land

    The Christmas Fantasy with Lights at Storybook Land Experience Christmas magic right before your eyes at Storybook Land, as seen on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and recipient of USA Today’s “10 Best Theme Park Holiday Event.” Watch as Santa Claus appears in his giant chimney, waves his magic wand, and lights Storybook Land with over 1 million lights for the holiday season! The Christmas Fantasy with Lights has been a South Jersey tradition for over 30 years.  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy walking through a winter wonderland! The gift shop, rides, and snack bars are open so grab a hot chocolate and some holiday treats and enjoy the rides and the lights. The magic runs from November 19th to December 30th. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus until December 23rd. Discounted tickets available online at storybookland.com.  Tickets are not dated, do not expire, and are non-refundable. No reservations are needed or required; weeknight visits are encouraged due to historically large weekend crowds. Free parking is available. See www.storybookland.com for holiday hours. SPONSORED CONTENT BY STORYBOOKLAND

  • holidays staten island Holiday Happenings in and Near Staten Island for 2022

    For some, the holiday season does not truly begin until the Thanksgiving turkey is carved and eaten. For others, the magic begins the moment the Halloween decorations come down. We here at Staten Island Parent are definitely more the latter (we’ve already swapped out the apple cider for some eggnog). So although it’s still early, we just had to reach out to some of our partners to find out what they have in store for the most wonderful time of the year. Check out their holiday highlights below and be sure to stop by siparent.com all season long for TONS more holly jolly fun! Hearth & Harvest Festival Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue Saturday, Nov. 19, 10am-4pm Discover Indigenous culture and early American foods cooked over open hearths at our NEW Native Encampment and in the Historic Village! Enjoy special presentations of indigenous cultural dance and crafts, and taste dishes prepared in historic 19th century kitchens throughout the village. Staten Island Ballet Nutcracker Holiday Nicotra’s Ballroom Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave. 718-980-0500 siballet.org Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 pm & 4 pm A unique gift immersing you directly into the holiday spirit. Show and dining, $85 per person. Start with an elegant holiday meal amid palace guests, then follow dancers as the story unfolds in the land of enchantment. Tickets can be purchased by phone or online. St. George Theatre Family Shows 35 Hyatt Street, 10301 718-442-2900, [email protected] stgeorgetheatre.com The Christmas Show – Now in its 19th year, this two-hour production is a high energy, rhinestone-studded series of songs and dances that the whole family will enjoy. Willy Wonka – The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Baby Shark – This immersive experience will have fans of all ages dancing in the aisles as they join Baby Shark and friends for exciting adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers and so much more. Breakfast & Bowling with Santa at Rab’s Rab’s Country Lanes 1600 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305 bowlatrabs.com Santa Claus is coming to the premier destination for fun! Visit Rab’s Country Lanes on Sunday, December 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM for a magical morning of Bowling & Breakfast with Santa. The experience includes 1 hour of bowling, breakfast buffet, a photo with Santa, and special treats. Only $22 per person. Reserve your spot with Rab’s Elves at bowlatrabs.com. Christmas Fantasy with Lights Storybook Land 6415 Black Horse Pike (routes 40/322) Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 Storybookland.com Experience Christmas magic in real life! Watch as Santa Claus waves his magic wand and lights up Storybook Land with over 1 million lights! Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus until December 23. All rides and snack bars are open. Check the website for holiday hours. HERSHEY’S Melted Hot Chocolate Hershey’s Chocolate World Times Square,  47th St & 7th Ave chocolateworld.com/locations/times-square.html Warm up the holidays with a HERSHEY’S Melted Hot Chocolate. The signature recipe uses a full HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bar mixed with white milk and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, chocolate chips and a snack-sized HERSHEY’S Bar. Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595 wwinterwonderland.com Guests will be dazzled and delighted along the 1.2 miles of holiday lights by several new additions for 2022, including a new North Pole and live Santa display; breathtaking Kaleidoscope Corrido; cheerful Snowmen Caroling Corner; more electrifying lights surrounding the largest holiday Christmas tree in Westchester and a new 30-foot glistening star guests will be able to make their New Year’s wish upon! Tickets are $25 weekdays, $35 weekends per vehicle. Palisades Center- Shop Small 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY palisadescenter.com Palisades Center in partnership with the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce will host a special event highlighting small businesses throughout the mall! Meet the business owners, listen to live music, enjoy free giveaways, and more! Check Shop Small Saturday on November 26. Holiday Fun at Palisades Center 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY Palisadescenter.com Holiday events are taking place at Palisades Center! Check out Santa’s Arrival – November 19 (5 PM – 7 PM), Visits with Santa – November 18 – December 24, Santa Cares (sensory friendly event) – December 5 (9 AM – 10:30 AM) and Pet Night with Santa – December 11 (4 PM – 6 PM.)

  • kids birthday party staten island 6 Amazing Birthday Party Places in Staten Island

    Birthday Party planning for parents raising kids in Staten Island can be right up there with trying to find the right daycare provider. Ok, fine, it isn’t that stressful. Yet, we want our kids to have a fantastic birthday experience, and if your kids are like ours, they may start bringing up their birthday at least ten months before the big day. So yes, there is a bit of pressure.  And, of course, all parents want their kids to have an amazing birthday party. Fortunately, we got you covered! What if we told you we could take a large chunk of that worry from your to-do list? We can, as we have six of the best spots to throw a birthday party in and around Staten Island. Check out six of the best places to start planning that birthday party! Fun Birthday Party Places in and Near Staten Island   American Dream 1 American Dream Way East Rutherford, NJ 07073 833-263-7326 Head to this fun spot for a memorable birthday party at the world-renowned indoor attraction American Dream for your child’s next birthday. Stay cool by the pool at DreamWorks Water Park or coast into thrills at Nickelodeon Universe! At the American Dream fun destination- the birthday possibilities are endless. Kids can enjoy visits with their favorite characters, customizable food & drink menus, face painting & glitter tattoos, Magic Memories photo & party favor packages, Candy raid, Graffiti wall and more.   Art Lab SI 1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301 718-447-8667 Art Lab’s spacious studios are the perfect place for a child’s birthday party. Parties are 3 hours: two hours for art, one hour for food/presents, etc. Projects can be tailored to fit the needs/wants of the group, or projects can be left up to one of Art Lab’s teaching artists. Pricing is $20 per child, birthday child is free and receives an Art Lab t-shirt. Minimum of 8 children. All children will make a project to take home with them.   Dream Wheel NJ 1 American Dream Way East Rutherford, NJ 07073 201-800-4261 [email protected] The new Dream Wheel NJ, at The American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ (a quick 20 minutes from Manhattan), offers a wide range of kids’ birthday party packages to make the special day unique and unforgettable! Private areas and café space paired with private “gondolas” to experience amazing views of the NYC skyline from almost 300 feet in the air. For yummy food, partygoers can eat at Deep Fried Love; the in-house carnival-type treats café. Munch on Deep Fried Oreos, Corndogs and cotton candy, and it is not a party if you don’t have four choices of flavored lemonade. Your party kid and friends will make memories that last forever! Psst… Check out The Best Retro Arcades In Staten Island And Nearby   Victory Gymnastics Center 3575 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-983-9090 Planning a birthday party for your little gymnast? VGC’s popular birthday parties consist of one hour of fun-filled, age appropriate gym activities followed by 45 minutes of celebration time in the refreshment area. Gym activities during your party may include relay races, obstacle course, rope swing, trampoline and other gymnastics, parachute games and more. All parties are led by staff members to ensure that the children and guests have a safe and exciting experience. Victory Gymnastics Center, Staten Island’s longest running gymnastics facility, has been providing safe, fun recreational classes, tumbling classes, private instruction, and, of course, birthday parties for over 40 years. In addition to parties, VGC offers classes for all age groups from Tiny Tots parent and child classes through Adult private sessions- there’s a little something for everyone.   Master Curry Karate 3896 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10312 718-979-7087 Master Curry hosts thrilling and affordable birthday parties for their students and neighbors in a very clean and safe environment. Your guests will enjoy a fun session with Master Curry, where all kids can participate in activities and earn prizes. Master Curry and his attentive, engaging staff chaperones and supervises your child’s party, creating a well-structured class full of fun, life lessons and, of course, karate – while parents sit back and relax! Children may choose to participate or sit back and enjoy the show.  A retired NYPD detective, Master Curry has been a pillar in the Staten Island community for over 30 years and has instructed thousands of students.   Staten Island Fun Park 215 Schmidts Lane Staten Island, NY 10314 [email protected] 718-788-2676 Want to host a party that your kid and all of their friends will never stop talking about? Create unforgettable moments at the Staten Island FunPark on your birthday and all the time! Show off your racing skills on the Go-Karts at Staten Island Raceway, try not to strike out at the batting cages, then meet up with your friends at the 19th hole snack bar after that hole in one! Guests also receive an exclusive party space with an overhead tent and four picnic style tables to celebrate their special event with family and friends.   SPONSORED CONTENT Wanna read more stuff like this? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

  • Twinkling white Christmas Tree at night Christmas Tree Lightings Around Staten Island

    Celebrating the holiday season with lights and illumination is a signature Christmas tradition. This year, our community will be aglow at the many Christmas tree ceremonies on Staten Island. Many of these Christmas tree lightings on Staten Island host additional activities, too, including crafts, caroling and live music. Sometimes, even Santa stops by for a visit! Bring the whole family, and bask in the tradition of holiday lights together. And don’t forget to check out our calendar of events for more Christmas events and holiday fun! Christmas Tree Lightings in Staten Island Annadale Tree Lighting  WHERE: Annadale Park • Next to Richmond County Savings Bank at 820 Annadale Rd. WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 27; 5-7pm PRICE: Free 718-521-5556 Enjoy the South Shore BID’s tree lighting event, featuring bouncy houses, a train ride for the kids, live performance by Miss Caroline’s Dance Elite, DJ and photos with Santa.  Rab’s Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular  WHERE: Rab’s Country Lanes • 1600 Hylan Blvd. WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 27; 5-7:30pm PRICE: Free 718-979-1600 An evening of festive holiday fun to celebrate the Christmas season with entertainment, lights, warm drinks, children’s activities, Santa and more. Empire Outlets Holiday Tree Lighting  WHERE: Empire Outlets • 55 Richmond Terr. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3; 7-8pm PRICE: Free 718-679-9069 The festively fun event will feature a tree lighting, dance performance by Dance Xpress and refreshments. Santa and Frankie the Ferry Hawk will be there too!  Borough Hall Tree Lighting  WHERE: 10 Richmond Terr. WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 6; 6:30pm PRICE: Free 718-816-2000 The evening will feature Christmas carols, a dance performance, book giveaways, and appearance by Santa Claus and more.  Memorial Service and Tree Lighting  WHERE: Old Bermuda Inn • 301 Veterans Rd. W. WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6; 7pm PRICE: Free 718-356-6363 Hosted by John Vincent Scalia Funeral Home, this is a memorial service and tree lighting to honor those the funeral home has served over the years. Guests may bring a small personalized and non-breakable ornament to be placed upon the trees for loved ones. Historic Richmond Town Candlelight Tours WHERE: Historic Richmond Town 441 • Clarke Ave. WHEN: Weekends, Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18; Tour times are 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8pm PRICE: $25; free for children 5 and younger 718-351-1611 Evening tours illuminated by candlelight showcase more than 300 years of yuletide on Staten Island, where culture and food from many countries combine to create something that is uniquely New York. Conference House Grand Illumination  WHERE: Conference House Park • 298 Satterlee St. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4; 4:30pm PRICE: Free 718-984-6046 The traditional Grand Illumination will take place, and the historic house will be aglow in candlelight to start the holiday season. Enjoy free hot apple cider and cookies courtesy of the Auxiliary and Conference House Association. Pouch Camp Tree Lighting  WHERE: Pouch Camp • 1465 Manor Rd. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10; 6pm PRICE: $10 212-242-1100 Featuring photos with Santa Claus, crafts, carnival games and more. Christmas trees and wreaths will be for sale.  Staten Island Mall Photos with Santa WHERE: Staten Island Mall • 2655 Richmond Ave. WHEN: Daily, Nov. 11-Dec. 24; Book an appointment on the website PRICE: Call or check the website. Bring the kids to take photos with Santa Claus at this popular Staten Island event.  Port Richmond Strong Civic Association Tree Lighting WHERE: Information to come. WHEN: Information to come. 929-367-6945 Richmond Road Tree Lighting WHERE: In front of Casale Jewelers at 1639 Richmond Rd. WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7; 5-7pm PRICE: Free Hosted by SIEDC and the Richmond Road Merchants Association, you’ll meet live reindeer and enjoy refreshments and music. Victory Boulevard Tree Lighting WHERE: Corner of Westcott and Victory Boulevards WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 29; 5-7pm PRICE: Free See Santa and enjoy entertainment at the Victory Boulevard Merchants Association event. New Dorp Tree Lighting WHERE: New Dorp Lane bet. 10th Street and New Dorp Plaza WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 8; 4-6pm PRICE: Free SIEDC and the New Dorp Lane District host the 8th annual tree lighting and holiday event.   Read Next | Find Great After School Programs in Staten Island Wanna learn about more awesome family activities? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

  • Jewish family lights a menorah during Hanukkah Menorah Lightings & Hanukkah Events in and Near Staten Island

    Start frying the latkes — Hanukkah is coming! The Jewish Festival of Lights is from sundown on Dec. 18 to Dec. 26 in 2022 and there are many menorah lightings and Hanukkah events and activities planned throughout Staten Island and nearby for families and kids to enjoy. Each will be an opportunity to have fun and learn about the Hanukkah traditions and Jewish culture. From menorah lightings to crafts and musical performances and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Hanukkah 2022 in Staten Island and nearby with these fun events and activities for kids and families! Hanukkah Events on Staten Island  Chanukah Family Show and More! WHERE: Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC • 1466 Manor Rd. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 18; 1-2:30pm PRICE: $12 per child; adults attend for free Enjoy this Hanukkah celebration for families and children of all ages. Mainstages Theater will present a show, Maya’s Metaverse!, a Hanukkah adventure and interactive performance.  Borough Hall Menorah Lighting WHERE: 10 Richmond Terr. WHEN: TBA PRICE: Free 718-816-2000 Details to be announced!  Hanukkah Events in Brooklyn  Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah  WHERE: Grand Army Plaza WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 18; 4pm PRICE: Call for information. 646-298-9909 A kick-off concert begins at 4pm. Every night of Hanukkah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes and gifts for kids.  Kings Bay Y Hanukkah Celebration  WHERE: Kings Bay Y • 3495 Nostrand Ave. WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 18; 11am-2pm PRICE: Free Enjoy a carnival with inflatables, food stations, games, live performances, arts and crafts and more.  Hanukkah Events in New Jersey Menorah Lighting Ceremony  WHERE: Hall of Records • 1 East Main St., Freehold WHEN: Monday, Dec. 19; 5:30-6:30pm PRICE: Call for information. 732-333-0094 Enjoy this annual ceremony in Freehold.  Hanukkah Culinary Class WHERE: Barry’s Appliance & Culinary Kitchens • 565 Union Ave., Bridgewater Township WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9; 6:30-9pm PRICE: $50 Chef Barbara Markowitz will guide you in creating dishes such as tri-colored latkes and easy caramel apple upside down cake. There’s also a wine tasting (ages 21 and older.) More information and register online.  Hanukkah Dinner at Collingswood 2022 WHERE: 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood WHEN: Monday, Dec. 19; 5:30-7:30pm PRICE: $25-30 856-869-0111 Enjoy a dinner buffet with latkes, drinks and dessert. Light the candles, play dreidel and sing as Cantor Scott Borsky leads a Hanukkah holiday celebration. Wanna learn about more awesome family activities? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

  • Holiday train gliding through the snow 7 Top Holiday and Polar Express Trains in New York City and Nearby

    This holiday season, hop on a holiday train ride or polar express train in New York City or nearby and head into a magical winter wonderland of snow, garland, reindeer and Christmas cheer, all arranged by Santa himself. These whimsical train or trolley rides are the perfect Christmas events to put your family into the spirit of the holiday season. There are many Christmas- and Polar Express-inspired train and trolley rides planned in New York City and nearby this winter. Most feature an hour-long journey complete with live entertainment, hot cocoa, festive snacks and more, all en route to meet Santa at the North Pole. While many holiday train rides are heavily inspired by “The Polar Express,” a classic Christmas tale written by Chris Van Allsburg, other excursions have added their own unique elements of holiday fun. Either way, a holiday ride to the North Pole is sure to delight kids – and adults! – of all ages. So book your ticket, get on board for fun and immerse yourself in the holiday season! Finish out the day skating in Rockefeller Center, stop by New York Botanical Garden’s Train Show, or heading back to Staten Island to do some holiday shopping. Also, be sure to call or check each train’s website for specific on-boarding instructions. Polar Express and Christmas Train Rides in NYC North Pole Express 2022 Where: 42 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan When:  Nov. 12-Jan. 1, various times Price: Tickets start at $69, adult; $65 child 212-664-0300 Facebook • Instagram Ready for a festive NYC holiday adventure? Top View Sightseeing is back with a festive spin on its sight-seeing tours. Take the North Pole Express to re-live a magical childhood Christmas experience. This double-decker trolley travels through the city as passengers enjoy caroling, meeting Santa, storytelling and lots of holiday-themed activities for kids. Ride through the city to see beautiful light displays that are the signature of the season. Standard and enhanced packages available. Polar Express and Christmas Train Rides in Ulster County  Catskill Mountain Christmas Train When: 55 Kingston Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY When: Call for information. Price: Call for information. 845-332-4854 Facebook Did you know that there’s a route through the Catskills to get to the North Pole? Check it out during a 60-minute train adventure through the majestic Catskill Forest to Santa’s Workshop up north. Passengers will enjoy live entertainment and receive a free cookie and small gift. Polar Express and Christmas Train Rides in Long Island  The Polar Express Trolley Ride Where: 96 Main Rd., Riverhead, NY When: Nov. 25-Dec. 23 on select dates. Hours vary. Check the website for the full schedule. Price: Check the website. 631-369-3031 Facebook •  Instagram Hop on a vintage trolley and enjoy the magic and beauty of Christmas as you relive the enchanting tale of The Polar Express. Santa and his helpers are on board the whole time to greet passengers and give them the first gift of Christmas before characters lead festive onboard entertainment. Lots of activities for kids are part of the fun, and each child will receive a keepsake sleigh bell to take home (reminiscent of the classic tale). Visit the online gift shop where you can purchase gifts after booking your tickets. Staff will have the gifts ready for you when boarding.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by North Fork Trolley (@northforktrolley) Polar Express and Christmas Train Rides in New Jersey Polar Express Whippany Where: 1 Railroad Plaza Whippany, NJ When: Nov. 4-Dec. 30; various times. Price: Tickets start at $50; $43, children ages 2-11 973-419-6255 Facebook Get whisked away to a magical land on a one-hour train ride to the North Pole. The fun begins as soon as you board. Car hosts work their way through the cars to punch your golden ticket before serving delicious hot chocolate and shortbread cookies. Throughout the trip, there’s a reading of the classic story, caroling and other festive onboard entertainment. Passengers take home a keepsake sleigh bell reminiscent of the story. Value, standard and premium packages are available. The Santa Train Where: Route 23 Transit Center, Wayne, NJ When: Saturday, Dec. 10 (times vary) Price: $31; $26 children ages 11 and younger 973-656-0707 Facebook  The Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc., returns in 2022 with its annual Ride with Santa in Wayne, NJ. Set in a modern, climate-controlled train, the excursion is an hour long holiday-themed ride where passengers are treated to on-board entertainment including caroling, music, a cast of costumed characters and more holiday fun. The Polar Express in Phillipsburg Where: 99 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, NJ When: Check the schedule online.  Price: $42; $32 children ages 2-12 877-872-4674 Facebook Board the Polar Express at the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, operated by the New York Susquehanna and Western Technical and Historical Society. The experience is set to the music of the motion picture version of The Polar Express. Passengers will be treated to hot chocolate, cookies, live entertainment and more. Santa boards the train and visits with children along with his elves. Each child receives a bell from Santa. Santa Express Where: 80 Stangl Rd., Flemington When: Nov. 20-Dec. 4, various times Price: $31.99; $29.99 ages 3-11 908-782-6622 Facebook The Santa Express features lots of holiday fun. New this year, passengers can take a photo with a 6-foot-tall wreath at North Pole Station. Passengers will meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on board the train. Kids receive a sleigh bell gift to take home. Various ticket packages are available.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Eric Meyer (@eric_b_meyer) Read Next | Find Great After School Programs in Staten Island Wanna learn about more awesome family activities? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.


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