Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that means holiday events are back in swing.
From village holiday strolls in Nyack, Larchmont, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, to holiday theater (hello, Charlie Brown!) concerts and light shows, there’s something for everyone. Check out this list, and come back to lohud for updates:
Peace, Love & Lights, thru-Jan. 2
Bethel Woods Center for the Art’s Peace, Love & Lights drive through experience will return for the 2021 season with two added displays — New York and Holidays Around the World — joining Snowflake Alley, Christmas, Candy Cane Lane, Enchanted Forest and Groovy Way.
Tickets for the experience are $23.75 per vehicle Tuesday through Thursday in advance and $28.75 per vehicle for Friday through Sunday. On site tickets are $30 Tuesday through Thursday and $35 Friday through Sunday. On Tuesdays, cars can drive through the experience twice for the price of one time. For more information, go to bethelwoodscenter.org.
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Lumagica, Nov. 26-Dec. 30
This new event is a night time walking tour through the orchards at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem which will be illuminated by 500,000 LED lights. The result promises a “magical forest full of marvelous animal structures and festive decorations,” according to a release.
Details: Timed tickets are required and available now at harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/lumagica-light-show. Ticket are $31 per person, children 3-12 are $28 per person, under 2 are free. Walk thru experience takes about 45 minutes. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem.
Light Up Larchmont, Nov. 27
Larchmont will be filled with the sound of sleigh bells as horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and tree lightings illuminate the village with a series of free events organized by the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce. Have fun and then get your shopping done from the comfort of your couch, with the “Digital Downtown” online catalogue. The schedule of the free events are listed on the Larchmont Chamber’s website at larchmontchamber10538.org/holidayevents.
American Christmas ‘Illuminations,’ Nov. 27-Dec. 23
American Christmas, the Mount Vernon-based business which creates some of the most amazing Christmas light displays in New York, now has created this illuminated holiday light show. This family-friendly indoor event includes lights, decorations and the opportunity to take selfies with 15-foot-tall reindeer and walk through a maze of beautiful lights. To ensure the safety of all patrons, we will be requiring everyone to wear appropriate facial coverings and maintain social distancing. Details: Tickets are $5 per person; 100% of the proceeds will go to nonprofits to support Westchester communities. Dates: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 27, 28; then from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23. Reservations are required, go to uwwp.org/illuminations. 30 Warren Place, Mount Vernon.
Cross County Center Holiday Events, Nov. 19-Jan. 2
The Cross County Center in Yonkers is hosting a bunch of events throughout the holiday season. The events begin on Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. when a 40 foot tall Christmas tree with roughly 2 miles of string light strands is lit. At the same time, the pop-up holiday ice skating rink will open for the season, where it will be open from Nov. 20 until Jan. 2. The rink, which isn’t real ice but a synthetic floor, will be $10 per person for those ages 5 and older and includes an hour-long skate session and rentals. Also from Nov. 20 to Jan. 2, the Holiday Food Truck Market will take over The Green with a variety of food trucks. From Nov. 19 to Dec. 24, kids can visit and take pictures with Santa Claus. Reservations for photos with Santa are not required but are highly recommended. On Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. the Hanukah Menorah will be lit for the holiday. For more information, go to crosscountycenter.com.
Fire & Ice, Nov. 28
Chabad of the Rivertowns will celebrate Hanukkah with this outdoor event, held at Dobbs Ferry’s Riverfront Park, beginning at 4 p.m. It will include a huge ice menorah, a fire show, a gelt drop, along with latkes, doughnuts, and music. RSVP to attend at chabadrt.org
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Now in its eighth season, Westchester’s Winter Wonderland hosted at Kensico Dam in Valhalla, will once again be a drive-thru experience. New to the attraction this year is an “Elf Disco,” a display of children from around the world, a Peace on Earth LED display, and two snowflakes that stand at 30-feet tall.
Details: Tickets are $25 per carload during off peak times and $25 for peak times. A Wegman’s snack box can be added for $15 more. For more information, and most accurate times, visit wwinterwonderland.com.
“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 26
Directed by Yorktown resident Veronika Hindle, “A Christmas Carol — A Story of Hope,” is based on Charles Dickens’ classic book and it features a set that will transport attendees to the Christmas of 1843 in London, complete with cobblestone streets and high timber beams. Details: Shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 26, 27; 2 p.m. Nov. 28. Christmas show dates are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 31. Tickets range from $35 to $30 and they can be bought at the Yorktown Stage’s website, yorktownstage.org. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the performance required for all those over age 12.
New Rochelle Holiday Market, Nov. 27-Dec. 11
The New Rochelle Holiday Market will take over the New Rochelle Metro North Train Station from Nov. 27 until Dec. 11.
12th Annual Frosty Day, Nov. 28
Armonk’s annual Frosty Day returns for the 2021 season from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. Activities for the day include train rides, build-a-frosty, performances of music and dance in Armonk Square, clowns and more. At 4 p.m., the Frosty Day Parade filled with floats, characters, marching bands, and more will march through the hamlet. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a lighting ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, visit armonkfrosty.com.
- In Nyack, the menorah will be lit, music will be heard, there will be doughnuts and gelt and crafts for children. 4:30 p.m. at the Gazebo in Memorial Park. Hosted by Chabad of the Nyacks, chabadnyack.org.
- Bedford: 3 p.m. lighting, followed by the opening of the Chanukah Village at 4 Bedford Village Green. Each store downtown will have a treat.
- Pound Ridge: 6 p.m. across from 55 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge
- Yonkers: 6 p.m. The Cross County Shopping Center hosts the lighting along with Chabad of Yonkers. It will include music, treats and cultural dancing.
- Somers: 6 p.m. Chabad of Somers hosts; in front of the Elephant Hotel, 335 Route 202.
- Mount Kisco: The Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation and Bet Torah will again host their annual Menorah Lighting on Sunday at 6:30 pm on the font lawn of Mount Kisco Village Hall.
- Yonkers: 4 p.m. at Ridge Hill in the Town Square opposite the Apple store. Menorah lightning, chocolate gelt drop, donuts, live music with the Mr. Shabbos band. For info go to Chabad of Yonkers, JewishYonkers.com
- Briarcliff: Chanukah Family Event and menorah lighting, 3:30 p.m. at at the Briarcliff Manor Pavilion. Bring along winter gear to decorate the “Menorah of Warmth” to be donated to the needy following the lighting. For info go to chabadbriarcliff.com.
- Pearl River: The menorah will be lit in Braunsdorf Park on Central Avenue in Pearl River at 6 p.m. Hosted by Chabad of the Nyacks
Chabad of the Rivertowns has scheduled the following menorah lightings. For more info go to chabadrt.org:
- 5 p.m. Hastings on Hudson (in front of VFW)
- 6 p.m. Irvington (in front of the Fire station)
- 7 p.m. Ardsley ( corner of Ashford Ave. & Saw Mill River Road.
- Piermont: The menorah will be lit in Piermont, at Piermont Village Hall, 478 Piermont Ave. at 6 p.m. Nov. 30
“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live,” Dec. 3-19
This new show, which will debut at the Palladium Times Square, Dec. 21-24, this stage show will have its first run at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all the favorite characters to life -all set to the original special’s dialogue as well as the classic Vince Guaraldi musical score. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. Details: Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now at ACharlieBrownChristmasLive.com and Ticketmaster. Theater is at 480 N. Bedford Road, Chappaqua.
Holiday Train Show, Nov. 20-Jan. 23, 2022
The Holiday Train Show is back at The New York Botanical Garden for its 30th year. Visitors will find a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to nybg.org.
Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow Winter Stroll, Dec. 4
Kick off the Holiday season with the first-ever Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Winter Strol. Extended shopping hours, outdoor dining, holiday treats, carolers, ugly sweater contest, live entertainment and other special events hosted by the Historical Society and local shopkeepers. For more details:sleepyhollowtarrytownchamber.com
Victorian Holiday Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House, Dec. 5
The Victorian Holiday at Harmony Hall-Jacob Sloat House will be decorated for the holidays from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be live music, hot mulled cider, hand-made crafts, sweet treats, and a visit from Santa. The event is free to attend, though a $5 donation is appreciated. Masks are mandatory. Go: 15 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg; FOHH.com.
Nyack Holiday Promenade, Dec. 11
From noon-8 p.m. downtown streets will be closed so shoppers and strollers can browse the village.
Jessica Lynn’s a Very Merry Country Christmas, Dec. 18
Enjoy a Broadway-style holiday spectacular in Peekskill with Jessica Lynn performing over a dozen holiday classics such as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Let It Snow” and more. Details: Tickets are $25 to $35 and can be purchased at jessicalynnmusic.org/shows. The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.
Light the night, Dec. 9
In New Rochelle’s Lincoln Park will host a celebration of lights on Thursday, Dec. 9.
White Plains Holiday Market, Dec. 5-19
This year, the popup market — and its signature glass sheds — will move to Court Street, between Main Street and Martine Avenue. The market will run from Dec. 5-19 with over 56 vendors. A tree farm where visitors can pick out their family Christmas tree will also return to the holiday market in Renaissance Plaza. For more info, go to wpbid.com/holidaymarket
In the city
Winter Village: Bryant Park’s Winter Village, now in its 20th season, is returning right before Halloween. The village will have The Rink, an outdoor ice skating rink with free admission, the holiday market with over 170 merchants, and The Lodge, a “skate escape” where guests can relax with drinks, food and people watch. The holiday market will run from Oct. 29 until Jan. 2 while the rest will remain open until March 6. For more information, go to bryantpark.org.
Go: Winter Village at Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.
‘Twas The Night Before … Cirque de Soleil,’ Dec. 9-27: Cirque du Soleil’s spin on the beloved Christmas tale is about the wonders of sharing and friendship. The production marks Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show.
Go: It will run at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden for 28 performances from Dec. 9-27, 2021. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online at www.msg.com/cirque. Service charges apply to internet orders.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, thru Jan. 2: Tickets are on sale and range from $49 to $225. Ticket holders are advised to check the website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols, as New York state and the music hall’s policies are subject to change.
Go: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York; 866-858-0007; rockettes.com/christmas.
GLOW, Nov. 24-Jan. 22, 2022
The New York Botanical Garden announced the return of its popular holiday light show AND the return of the Holiday Train Show, which was open only to members last season. GLOW, a walk-thru color-and-light experience in the Botanic Garden’s illuminated landscape, has been expanded to 1.5 miles with added displays. Guests will also find music, dance and food options.
Go: GLOW will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on 25 nights starting Nov. 24 and running through Jan. 2. The Holiday Train Show opens to the public on Nov. 20 and runs through Jan. 22. Tickets are on sale now for both; check website for COVID restrictions, prices, times and info on special packages: nybg.org.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center: The Rink at Rockefeller Center, where people can ice skate beneath the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Rink will be open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight. Tickets to skate the rink are on sale now and range in price from $20 to $54, changing based on time of day and the date, so it is advised to check out the website for the most accurate pricing. Lessons, memberships, and skate rentals are also available.
Go: The Rink at Rockefeller Center, between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan; 212-771-7200; email@example.com; rockefellercenter.com.
Wollman Rink NYC: The Wollman Rink in New York City’s Central Park opens for the winter season on Nov. 14. Public ice sessions will be Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go to wollmanrinknyc.com.
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