5 Festive Family Celebrations in the Valley This Week

Three holiday concerts, a kid-approved crafting workshop, and more from this week's top picks for things to do around the Hudson River.


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Gingerbread House Decorating

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie
December 22, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Get the little ones into the spirit of things with an afternoon of hands-on holiday crafting at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Register in advance if you’d like to attend, then look forward to constructing your very own frosting-filled home with the family. The gingerbread is supplied by a local bakery, and fresh icing and decorating candy come with the registration cost.

 

Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol

Cragsmoor’s Stone Church, Cragsmoor​
December 22, 7 p.m.

For a special evening rendition of the famous holiday tale, the famed Charles Dickens (as portrayed by Gregg Shutts) visits Cragsmoor to tell the story that brings to light the true meaning of the winter season. During the reading, the Cragsmoor Historical Society will serve hot cider and holiday treats in the festively decorated Stone Church. Bring family and friends to this one! The enchanting performance is not to be missed.

 

Newburgh Chorale Holiday Concert

King of Kings Lutheran Church, New Windsor
December 22, 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening, Newburgh Chorale comes to New Windsor to bring holiday tunes from the British Isles to the Hudson Valley. Tap your foot to melodies from Holst, Rutter, Archer, and Poston while you watch in wonder as the 30-voice chorus performs sweet seasonal songs for the community. P.S. If you can’t make it this weekend, mark your calendar for Saturday, December 30, when the chorus delivers an encore show at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Beacon.

 

Celebration of Lessons and Carols

Kinderhook Reformed Church, Kinderhook​
December 23, 4 p.m.

For the ninth year in a row, Kinderhook’s afternoon of carols brings visitors throughout the Hudson Valley to celebrate the most festive tunes of the December season. Readings, congregational choruses, and organ music color the celebratory experience, which attracted an audience of more than 350 attendees last year.

 

Classic Choral Society 59th Annual Winter Concert

United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove
December 23, 4 p.m.

Music lovers, this one is for you! Keep an open afternoon on Sunday in order to hit the end-of-year holiday concert with Hudson Valley Strings. Packed with a festive lineup of holiday tunes from top composers of past and present, the show is bound to be a delight for audiences of all ages. Admission is free, and any goodwill donations are accepted.


Related: Here's Where to Spend New Year's Eve in the Hudson Valley

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