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ParentMap's guide to the holidays: 2009

Published on: November 17, 2009

Holiday guide


baby girl with santa hat Holiday fun is upon us - and so is holiday stress! We can help. Our in-the-know editors have pulled together a great list of all things holiday to help you navigate this winter season.

Looking for fun Christmas gifts, meaningful Hanukkah events, or a great place to see Santa? It's all here, along with links to some of the most popular holiday outings around, like Christmas shows, Winterfest and holiday lights - plus, ideas for getting out and about, with winter sports at Snoqualmie and Whistler, and an indoor getaway to Great Wolf Lodge. 

Read on for great holiday events, gift ideas, and downright wonderful wintertime fun!


Things to do

We've compiled a list of the most fun things to do as a family this holiday -- ideas for adventures, Christmas lights, family vacations, holiday activities, great shows and plays, and even fun in the snow. You'll find 2009 Christmas activities as well as Hanukkah events to help you round out your holiday activities.

Holiday activities



Outdoor winter fun

Winter getaways

Animals, animals


Stuff to buy

ParentMap editors have selected the hottest toys and gifts for this holiday season. You'll find our top picks for kid toys, including educational toys and other ideas for kids' presents. Our gift guides contain many ideas for Christmas and Hanukkah.

Articles to read

Feeling a little frazzled? We've got some great ideas for holiday traditions, tips for traveling with your kids, and how to simplify your holiday.  


Are we missing something? Email us and we will add it.

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