While Christmastime in the city is pretty magical, get to the suburbs and country this year for Santa, drive-though light displays, markets and more.

See our map to, plan your adventures plus non-holiday happenings and ideas for volunteering with kids to truly celebrate the season.

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Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department’s Carnival & Fireworks Display


Enjoy classic carnival rides, food, and fanfare in a pretty park overlooking the Long Island Sound (with a great playground and small beach). Supports the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department July 4th fireworks in will begin after sunset around 9:15pm/9:30pm. Starting at 8 pm, St. Thomas Orchestra will play works by Aaron Copland, Leonard…

Fireworks at Playland Park


Follow up a day of rides at an old-fashioned amusement park with a dazzling display of color and glittering explosions set to music.

Starting July4th weekend and on every Friday following.






New Jersey

American Dream

East Rutherford

This indoor mega-mall has towns over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day. Gets crowded, so go early.

* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).

* Swim, splash and slide with…