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When looking for a cool new spot for your family to eat, play or shop, there's no better place to turn for recommendations than another parent.

FF Thrive2 WWith so many options in our area, it can be overwhelming to choose which museum to visit, the best vet for your pet or a fun spot for a date. So we asked our readers — many parents in the area — to weigh in.

Thanks to everyone who voted. With so many terrific places, programs and opportunities for kids and families, we wish we could have listed all of the recommendations. Those marked with an asterisk received the most votes and those following are runners up. Two asterisks in a category indicates a tie.

And the winners are...

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Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Christmas Village, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
ICE, National Harbor
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Hanover
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Santa at the Mall, Columbia
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:00AM
ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Lights on the Bay, Annapolis