2019 holiday events in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam: list
Here's a look at some holiday season favorites, including those which sell out quickly. If you know of an event not listed here, email Karen Croke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Market at Lyndhurst, Nov. 29
The Gothic Revival estate in Tarrytown is decorated in period finery for tours, special events and the annual Holiday Market, Nov. 29-Dec 1, with 60 local and regional makers and artists, along with food and beverages available for purchase in a pop-up café. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Market is free with admission: $24, $22 students, seniors and military; $16 for children under 16.Tickets at lyndhurst.org/events. Lyndhurst is at 630 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.
Holiday activities through December also include:
- Daytime tours: Visit the first and second floors of the mansion bedecked with holiday decorations.
- Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol: Mr. Dickens’ tells the well-loved Christmas tale from the original 1867 script, complemented by Lyndhurst’s décor.
- Holiday Concert: ‘A Collective Christmas’ 2019 with Collective Brass: In the Lyndhurst Carriage House. Go to lyndhurst.org/events for dates, times and ticket information.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan 4.
Dazzling lights, the Winter Wonderland Circus, skating, music and food make up this annual spectacular at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Winter Wonderland will run 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 4-10 p.m. Saturdays, 4-9 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 29-Dec. 22. From Dec. 23-Jan. 4, it runs 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Closed Dec. 24, 25. All inclusive admission is $20 per person. Check www.wwinterwonderland.com.
Historic Hudson Valley, through Dec. 22
Christmas Carol: See master storyteller Jonathan Kruk’s dramatic performances of Dickens’ "Christmas Carol" at the historic Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. Performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at 3:30, 4:45, and 6 p.m. Capacity is very limited and tickets should be purchased in advance at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children under 18.
Holiday Boutique: The Philipsburg Manor Museum Shop is open Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 22 for local wares, including artisan foods, books about the region, winter solstice-scented candles, and handcrafted jewelry. Special events include Westchester-based picture book author Elle L. Stone reading from her popular Wickity Stitch series., Dec. 21. Go: 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, and is open Thursdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. through Dec. 22. The shop is closed on Thanksgiving.
Caramoor Tea Musicales, through Dec. 21
Caramoor’s annual holiday tradition of concerts, festive decorations, a sing-along and tea service in the Music Room always sells out. Tea includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, holiday treats, and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones). A special “I Spy in the Music Room” activity and kid-friendly sandwiches for children is an alternative to the full Rosen House tour designed for children 5 years old and up. Now-Dec. 21. 1 p.m. Tickets are $65 adults; $32.50 children 12 and under. Go: 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, caramoor.org.
Lasdon Park’s Holidays on The Hill, through Dec. 28
The annual train show takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends in December, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults. The park is at 2610 Amawalk Road, Route 35, in Katonah. Details on the Lasdon Park website: https://www.lasdonpark.org/
Grand Holiday Illumination, Dec. 11
Untermyer Gardens will be lit in splendor with the backdrop of seasonal music in the Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. Walled Garden will be lit from 4:30-8 p.m. through the night of Jan. 1. 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, untermyergardens.org, 914-613-4502.
Winter Wonderland at Congers Lake, Dec. 12-Jan. 1
The third annual Winter Wonderland on Congers Lake, hosted by the Town of Clarkstown, will light up Congers Lake Memorial Park starting Thursday, Dec. 12. Families can stroll through the light filled path passing Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday displays all while holiday music plays. The lights will be lit on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Also at the event will be horse drawn wagon rides, bounce houses, a Lego train display, s'mores, refreshments and a visit from Santa. The lights will shine from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1 from 5 to 9:45 p.m. On Dec. 26, fireworks will light the sky over Congers Lake at 7 p.m. Go: Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrest Road, Congers.