Festive Winter Activities for Kids

his time of year is filled with the flurry of shopping and baking. Yet, as you drive from the mall to grandma’s house, the beauty of the season shines through in the twinkling trees and evergreen-lined streets. Between now and the last day of the year, take the time out from the holiday schedule to get into the festive spirit with these four classic favorites:

Edaville Railroad is a classic family attraction just a one hour drive south of Boston. Lights, unlimited kid rides and train rides through enchanted forests makes this a family favorite. So much so, that when the almost shut down permanently a couple of years ago, the populace rallied and a buyer bought Edaville to continue the various family traditions.  It is expensive to attend, but many find it worth the cost. Make sure to visit the red building. Inside you’ll find Santa and a toddler play area. There are also bathrooms, a nursing station with a changing table, as well as a toddler area both upstairs and downstairs.

During the winter break and holidays, take a trip to one of these festive places.

A holiday family favorite is the Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. With figurines set in various stores and fronts, it is truly an enchanted places. Make sure to purchase one of the blueberry muffins—a classic that has been enjoyed for decades.

Don’t forget the Boston Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. There are also lots of restaurants in the area so arrive early for good parking and pass the time before the show with a dinner at one of the many family-friendly restaurants.

Another seasonal activity that has been around for generations is the Frog Pond Skating Rink. Rent skates or bring your own for a spin on the beautiful ice in the center of historic Boston Common. Hear the bells chime in the distance from the Park Street church while listening to holiday music in the rink. If skating is not your thing, sip on hot cocoa while watching skating talent put on their own shows. There are also a variety of related events, so make sure to check out the website for details.

Other notable activities include breakfasts and brunches, teas and photos, all around the area. There is a Nutcracker Breakfast at the Ritz Carlton and a Santa Breakfast at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. Lots of free Santa sightings at Patriot Place. There are Santa Teas at Gore Place in Waltham and a Santa Brunch in Sturbridge and Plymouth

Metrowest Mamas does its best to make the event information listed as accurate as possible, but event and venue information is subject to change without notice, and Metrowest Mamas is not responsible for erroneous information or the reliance upon it. Always call your destinations ahead of time to confirm dates, times, locations and admission fees.

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