8 Holiday Festivals to Welcome December This Weekend
An egg nog crawl, a Sinterklaas celebration, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do in and around the Valley.
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November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Watch as Poughkeepsie comes alive for the holidays during its 25th annual Celebration of Lights Parade on Friday. The event, which kicks off in downtown Poughkeepsie, includes a parade and fireworks in town. Afterward, participants are invited to the Bardavon for a screening of Home Alone at 8 p.m.
December 1, all day
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a trip to Rhinebeck on Saturday to take part in the town’s annual Sinterklaas festivities. The colorful event lasts the entire day and includes storytelling, puppet plays, a dancing bear, multiple music performances, and so much more. Take a look at the lineup beforehand to plan your day, then get there early to find a parking spot and grab a bite to eat at one of the area’s cute cafes.
Levity Live Comedy Club, Palisades Center, West Nyack
December 1, 9-11 a.m.
Bring the kids to meet the man in red at Levity Live Comedy Club’s morning breakfast. The buffet features classics like bacon, eggs, and waffles, while the dance party spotlights seasonal tunes. Santa will be onsite throughout the event for meet-and-greets and photos with the family.
Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis
December 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This Saturday, OCNY West and Cedar Lakes Estate partner to host a holiday market packed with local shops by vendors like Soons Orchard and Cold Spring General Store. Throughout the day, workshops and tastings from businesses like Westtown Brew Works and Gina Michelle Beauty add to the holiday festivities. Families and couples can say “Cheese” for holiday photos at the estate’s amphitheater or with Lumberjack Santa (yes, it’s a thing). For the little ones, face painting and wonderland surprises provide endless entertainment from open to close.
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Jacob Blauvelt House, New City
December 1, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
History and holiday lovers alike will want to book a visit to Jacob Blauvelt House for the Historical Society of Rockland County’s annual St. Nicholas Day. During the 45-minute tours, families can explore the 1832 home to learn about longstanding Dutch traditions, listen to seasonal stories, sample holiday refreshments, and meet Saint Nicholas and his horse. All children who attend will receive a special gift from the saint, who hides treats in shoes, not stockings. Sunday tours are already sold out, so get tickets while you can!
Arlington District, Poughkeepsie
December 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Arlington’s fourth annual holiday fest brings the best of the winter season to the Vassar College region on Saturday. Beginning at 11 a.m., the event offers a full day of shopping from local vendors, a petting zoo, face painting, and arts and crafts for kids. From 12-4 p.m., a special Egg Nog Crawl brings visitors to local restaurants for sipping and sampling of the iconic holiday drink. Later in the day, a holiday parade, complete with an appearance by Santa Claus, a tree lighting, and carolers, provides a sweet finish to the celebratory occasion.
Harness Racing Museum, Goshen
December 1, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own home or are interested in sneaking a peek at some of the Hudson Valley’s stunning holiday displays, you’ll love wandering from one historic abode to the next during Goshen’s annual Christmas house tour. Check in at the Harness Racing Museum for light refreshments, then get wandering through Goshen’s decked-out, storied houses.
Hudson Hall, Hudson
December 1, 5-8 p.m.
During one of the most magical evenings of the year, the Hudson community takes to the streets for Winter Walk, an annual event that spotlights the best of the festive season. Beginning at 5 p.m., families are welcome to Hudson Hall to say hello to Santa and walk around Warren Street for performances and special acts. To add a sparkle to the night, fireworks light the sky for an 8 p.m. show.