Holiday events in the region
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Peace, Love and Enlightenment
Bethel Woods sets up for the holidays with a magical light display spanning over a mile! Discover new themes like Snowflake Alley, Candy Cane Lane, The Enchanted Forest and more. Children can also dine with Santa Claus during an all-you-can-eat buffet on certain evenings. You can enjoy the exhibitions from your car, or for a special experience, guided tours will take place on Mondays. Peace, Love and Lights will open from November 1 to January 2, go to the website for tickets and time, https://www.ticketmaster.com/peace-love-lights-tickets/artist/2765458. Go: 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 583-2000.
Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival
Get into the holiday spirit with Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival! There will be animated and bright exhibits, tunnels and holiday characters, picture sessions, so much to see! New this year is the Winter Wonderland Walk where you can enjoy the legend of the frost fairies, holiday trains, a scavenger hunt for unsuitable toys and more. Holiday Spirit Festival will open on November 26 and run until December 26, Friday. 6-9 p.m., Sat 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For more ticket information, visit http://holidayspiritfestival.com/dates—admission.html. Go: 38 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls. 297-9627.
Catskill Christmas Express
Go on a 60-minute trip through the Catskill Forest and visit Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. From November 26 to December 23 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can board open-top flat cars, so bring a blanket and dress warmly. Each will receive a cookie and a small gift. You can find more information at catskillmountainrailroad.com/event/2020-holiday-train/. Go: Catskill Mountain Railway, 55 Kingston Plaza Road, Kingston. 332-4854.
A frozen festival
There will be plenty of attractions at Frosty Fest! Some attractions include Bubbles the Christmas Bear with a must-see gift, a huge forest snowman, a talking reindeer, a lively musical light show, gardens and an enchanted forest that light up, and much more more than what can be listed here! After a day of fun, visit the gift shop to purchase tasty treats and gifts. Opening from November 26 to December 19, tickets can be purchased at https://afrostyfest.com/tickets. Go: 778 Broadway, Route 9 West
Ulster Park. 339-2666, ext. Ten.
The annual Snowflake Festival will take place on December 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lots of entertainment and performances with twirls, a group of stilts, fiddlers and dancers, ice sculpture and much more. There will also be the lighting of the Christmas tree and a Santa Claus will be there too. Go: North Front and Wall Streets, Kingston.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol” will be held at the Center for Performing Arts December 3-19, Fri and Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm Tickets are $ 25 and can be purchased at https: // centerforperformingarts.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=429. Go: 661 Route 308
The magic of Christmas
Jimmy Sturr will be at the Paramount Theater on December 4 starting at 3 p.m. ET. Special guests will be Jay Siegel’s Tokens, as well as the Jimmy Sturr Singers, Matt and Elaine Dancers and more. Tickets range from $ 39 to $ 45. Visit middletownparamount.com for more information. Go: 17 South Street, Middletown. 346-4195.
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Rest Haven
Take the kids to see Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus fly by a helicopter landing on December 4 at 10:30 a.m., then head to Rest Haven from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy a band and line up battery. You can find information at helenkellermonroeny.com/community-events.html. Go: Rest Haven, 236 High Street, Monroe.
Holiday festival and tree lighting
The whole family will enjoy the holiday festival and tree lighting, with vendors, food trucks, performances and photos with Santa Claus. The fun takes place on December 4th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Go: 51 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake.
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The Bryant Park Winter Village, now in its 20th season, returns just before Halloween. The village will have The Rink, an outdoor ice rink with free entry, the Holiday Market with over 170 traders, and The Lodge, a “skate escape” where guests can relax with drinks, food and people-watching. . The holiday market will run from October 29 to January 2 while the rest will remain open until March 6. For more information, visit bryantpark.org.
Go: Winter Village in Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.
Radio City Christmas Show, November 5 – January 2
After their hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rockettes are back for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The show will last 90 minutes without an intermission. Tickets are on sale and range from $ 49 to $ 225. Ticket holders are advised to check the website for the most recent COVID-19 protocols, as New York State and music hall policies are subject to change.
Rockefeller Center ice rink, opens November 6
The Rockefeller Center ice rink, where people can ice skate under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, will reopen on Saturday, November 6. The ice rink will be open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight. Tickets to skate on the rink are on sale now and their price ranges from $ 20 to $ 54, changing depending on the time and date, so it is advisable to check the website for the most accurate prices. . Lessons, memberships and skate rentals are also available.
Go: The ice rink at Rockefeller Center, between 49th and 50th streets and 5th and 6th avenues, Manhattan; 212-771-7200; [email protected]; rockefellercenter.com.
Cross County Center Holiday Events, Nov 19 – Jan 2
The Yonkers Cross County Center hosts many events throughout the holiday season. Events begin on November 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. when a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree with approximately 2 miles of fairy lights is lit. At the same time, the holiday pop-up ice rink will open for the season, where it will be open from November 20 to January 2. The rink, which is not real ice but synthetic floor, will cost $ 10. per person for ages 5 and over and includes a one-hour skating session and rental. Also from November 20 to January 2, the Holiday Food Truck Market will take over The Green with a variety of food trucks including Mac’s Meatballs, Abeetz Pizza, Crazy Taco Mex, Sloppie Joe’s, Leila’s Crepes, Leila’s Empanadas and Waffle Box. From November 19 to December 24, children can visit and take photos with Santa Claus. Reservations for photos with Santa Claus are not required but are strongly recommended. On November 28 at 6 p.m., the Hanukkah Menorah will be lit for the holidays. For more information, visit crosscountycenter.com.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, Nov 26 – Jan 2
Now in its eighth season, Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, hosted at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, will once again be a driving experience. New to the attraction this year is an “elf disco,” an exhibit of children from around the world, a Peace on Earth LED screen and two 30-foot-tall snowflakes.
Tickets cost $ 25 per car during off-peak hours and $ 25 for peak hours. A box of Wegman’s snacks can be added for an additional $ 15. For more information and the most precise times, visit wwinterwonderland.com.
“It was the night before … Cirque de Soleil”, from December 9 to 27
Cirque du Soleil’s version of the beloved Christmas tale is about the wonders of sharing and friendship. The production marks Cirque du Soleil’s very first Christmas show. It will take place at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden for 28 performances from December 9-27, 2021. Tickets start at $ 40 and can be purchased online at www.msg.com/cirque. Service charges apply to Internet orders.
New Rochelle Holiday Market, Nov. 27-Dec. 11
The New Rochelle Holiday Market will take place at the Metro North station in New Rochelle from November 27 to December 11.
Holiday Train Show, Nov 20-Jan 23, 2022
The Holiday Train Show returns to the New York Botanical Garden for its 30th year. Visitors will find an exhibit of over 175 New York City landmarks, each recreated from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit nybg.org.
GLOW, Nov 24 Jan 22, 2022
The New York Botanical Garden has announced the return of its popular Holiday Light Show AND the return of the Holiday Train Show, which was open to members only last season. GLOW, an experience of color and light in the illuminated landscape of the Botanical Garden, has been extended to 1.5 miles with additional displays. You will also find music, dancing and dining options. GLOW will take place from 5 p.m. to 10:25 p.m. from November 24 through January 2. The Holiday Train Show opens to the public on November 20 and runs until January 22. Tickets are on sale now for both; check the website for COVID restrictions, prices, times and information on special packages: nybg.org.
12th Annual Frosty Day, November 28
The annual Armonk Frosty Day returns for the 2021 season from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 28. Daytime activities include train rides, builds-a-frosty, music and dance performances in Armonk Square, clowns and more. At 4 p.m., the Frosty Day Parade filled with floats, characters, bands and more will parade through the hamlet. At 4.30 p.m. there will be a lighting ceremony starting at 4.30 p.m. For more information, visit armonkfrosty.com.
Light up the night, December 9
In New Rochelle, Lincoln Park will host a Celebration of Lights on Thursday, December 9.
White Plains Holiday Market, December 5-19
There’s a new location and new sellers for this holiday popup that started last year as an alternative to indoor shopping during the pandemic. This year, the pop-up market – and its iconic glass shelters – will move to Court Street, between Main Street and Martine Avenue. The market will take place from December 5 to 19. There are over 56 confirmed providers, with more on a waiting list. Some vendors who will not be setting up shop for the duration of the market will be in the KOI Creative retail space, a coworking space on Mamaroneck Avenue. An arboreal farm where visitors can choose their family Christmas tree will also be returning to the Renaissance Plaza Holiday Market. For more information, visit wpbid.com/holidaymarket.