Get Lit at These Hudson Valley Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Start the holiday season with festive parades, mesmerizing firework displays, and twinkle light spectacles.


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It’s that time of year again...leaves are off the trees, snow is starting to falland holiday shopping lists seem endless. But before the hustle and bustle of getting last-minute gifts and ingredients for holiday dishes overwhelms you, take a moment to enjoy the season by attending one of the Hudson Valley’s spectacular light-filled events.   


Albany County 

Christmas Tree Lighting

Silliman Park, Cohoes 
November 305 - 7 p.m. 

Come out to Cohoes for a special tree lighting ceremony at Silliman Park. With music from B95.5 and a visit from Santa, the free event features food and a giveaway as well.   



New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting

Empire State Plaza, Albany 
December 8, 12-8 p.m. 

The New York State Holiday Tree is ready to be lit at Empire State Plaza with a full firework celebration. Make it a holiday-themed day trip by attending the Taste of NY Holiday Market, which falls on the same day.    



Columbia County 


Ancram Town Hall, Ancram
December 7, 3-6 p.m.

Dive headfirst into holiday fun at Ancram's Winterfest. The seasonal event features holiday music by Mark Rust, a cookie decorating workshop, and free food from the Ancram Fire Department. In addition to the tree lighting, visitors can stick around for a visit from Santa at 5:30 p.m.



Dutchess County 

Town Decorating Day and Parade of Lights 

Pine Plains
November 30, 3-6 p.m.

Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and a special visit from Santa at this Pine Plains event. Spend the afternoon decorating the town with friends and family members, then stick around for the parade with Santa himself.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pohill Park, Beacon
November 30, 4-6 p.m.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Beaconites come together to light the tree at Pohill Park. Beginning at 4 p.m., locals can celebrate the season with ornament making, holiday carols, and a visit from Santa. After munching on cookies, donuts, cider, and hot cocoa, everyone can reconvene at dusk for the grand lighting.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

East Fishkill Community Center, East Fishkill
December 1, 5 p.m.

A true community happening in East Fishkill, the tree lighing includes music from the East Fishkill Community Chorus and a visit from the man in red. Kids and families can munch on hot cocoa and snacks throughout the evening as well.



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Village Light Parade and Annual Tree Lighting

Mesier Park & Homestead, Wappingers Falls
December 1, 5-7:30 p.m.

Head to Mesier Park on the first day of December for the annual tree lighting and parade in the Village of Wappingers Falls.


Pawling's Annual Tree Lighting

December 6, 5 p.m.

Savor the spirit of the season at Pawling's annual tree lighting in town. The festive event unites the community, with music by Pawling High School's band and chorus, hot chocolate from Trinity-Pawling School, cookies from Hannaford Bros., soup from The Grand, and hot dogs from the Central Baptist Church of Pawling. In addition to the countdown to the tree lighting, the fest features a visit from Santa and his elves on a horse-drawn wagon.


2019 Parade of Lights

December 6, 6 p.m.

Venture to charming Millbrook for a celebratory parade and tree lighting in town. After the parade lines up beginning at 5 p.m., everyone marches along Franklin Avenue to the Thorne Building area. No registration is necessary, so arrive on time if you want to participate.



Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks 

Downtown Poughkeepsie  
December 6, 6:30 p.m.  

Celebrate Christmas with a very special tree lighting in partnership with the Bardavon. Now in its 26th year, Poughkeepsie's light-bright ceremony includes a parade and fireworks, plus a screening of Sandlot at the Bardavon at 8 p.m. 



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5th Annual Holiday Festival

Arlington Business District, Poughkeepsie
December 7, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Arlington's holiday fun fest returns to the Hudson Valley on December 7. Swing by early to participate in the egg nog crawl from 12-4 p.m., then stroll through the holiday shopping village for wares from local vendors. At 4:30 p.m., the parade kicks off and features an appearance by Santa Claus on his sled at the end. To top it all off, a tree lighting with caroling and musical performances goes down at 5:30 p.m.


2019 Holiday Fest and Christmas Tree Lighting

Town of Dover Recreation, Wingdale
December 7, 5-8 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus get the party going at the Town of Dover Recreation's holiday fest. Not just a tree lighting, the to-do includes arts and crafts for kids and a parade for the whole community.


Hyde Park Tree Lighting

Hyde Park Town Hall, Hyde Park
December 8, 4:45-6 p.m.

For a magical evening this December, head to Hyde Park's tree lighting and candlelit walk. Arrive at 5 p.m. to pick up candles at Methodist Church and carol your way to Town Hall. Once there, everyone can listen to live music and readings before the tree lighting, then step into town hall for refreshments and a visit from Santa himself.



Greene County

Windham's Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration 

The Centre Church, Windham 
December 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.  

The Catskills are a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but especially during the holiday season. This Greene County celebration includes hot chocolate, carriage rides, toys, food, and, of course, a visit from Santa. After the ceremony at Centre Church, take a trip into town and visit the small shops.  



Orange County



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Middletown Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade 

Festival Square, MIddletown
November 29, 6-8:30 p.m.  

The City of Middletown and The Business Improvement District host an annual tree lighting ceremony and parade for the community. The parade ends in Festival Square, where Santa lights the tree. After the ceremony, a free screening of It’s a Wonderful Life shows at the Paramount Theatre.


Cornwall Tree Lighting 

Main St, Cornwall   
December 1, 3-5:45 p.m. 

Spend the afternoon in Cornwall participating in holiday-themed events before the lighting of the tree. To-dos include horse and carriage rides, treats at businesses along Main Street, and musical performances and caroling. End the evening with Santa at Highland Engine Company and enjoy refreshments while you are there.  



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Holiday Tree Lighting  

Pine Island Town Park 
December 4, 5 p.m. 

Visitors to the Pine Island Christmas tree lighting can spend time eating cookies and sipping on hot beverages while awaiting the lighting of the tree. Anyone who enjoys caroling can join the carolers in the singing of seasonal classics.   


Woodbury Common Tree Lighting 

Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, Central Valley
December 6, 6 p.m.

Most visit Woodbury Common around this time of year for Christmas shopping, but the outdoor shopping center is also home to a spectacular tree lighting ceremony. Watch holiday performances, eat and drink refreshments, even get a chance to meet Santa while awaiting the lighting. 



Putnam County



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Holiday on the Lake: Parade and Tree Lighting 

December 7
Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and lighting starts at 7:30 p.m.  

This all-day event is packed with a holiday pancake breakfast, crafts, sing-alongs, hayrides, face painting, live music, and a parade and tree lighting. The Parade of Lights has over 40 floats and groups participating, while the tree lighting includes caroling and special guest to light the tree.  



Rockland County



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Tree Lighting at Shops at Nanuet 

Fashion Dr, Nanuet  
November 21

Live entertainment, fun-filled activities, and food trucks await visitors before Santa’s arrival on a fire truck to light the 30-foot Christmas tree.  


Holiday Lights 

15 Cedar St, Nyack  
December 7, 4 - 6 p.m. 

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce puts on another spectacular event, this time with hot chocolate, a visit from Santa, music by a live band and caroling group, and a tree lighting. Santa will be on hand to give presents to children at the end of the ceremony.   



Ulster County

Kingston’s Annual Tree Lighting 

238 Clinton Ave, Kingston 
November 29, 6 - 8 p.m.  

Firefighters of Kingston partner with Santa to kick off the holiday season with the lighting of Academy Green’s Christmas Tree. The man in red arrives at 6:15 p.m., and raffles and snacks will be available throughout the evening.



New Paltz Community Tree Lighting  

Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz 
December 6-7

This two-day event features tours of Historic Huguenot Street, horse wagon rides, farm animals, a cookie parade, and a craft fair. The Paper Lantern Light Parade starts at the Reformed Church and makes its way to the Deyo House where the tree lighting ceremony begins. Afterward, visitors can stick around for photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Related: Pick Your Perfect Pine at a Hudson Valley Christmas Tree Farm

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