Here's What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

A holiday tea in East Fishkill, a winter parade in Valatie, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.




Bella’s Home-Baked Goods Holiday Open House

125 Vineyard Ave, Highland
December 12-14, 3-7 p.m.

Discover where the biscotti-making magic happens at Bella’s Home-Baked Goods’ annual open house. With free samples and shopping galore, the event is a must for every Hudson Valley sweet tooth. P.S. The owner is one of our Women in Business for 2019!


The Nutcracker

RCC Cultural Arts Center Premium, Suffern
December 13-15

Don’t let December fly by without catching a live performance of The Nutcracker by Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble. At each of the showings on Friday through Sunday, audiences fall headfirst into the sugar plum world of holiday wonder, with music by Tchaikovsky.



Holiday Open House

FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park
December 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Throughout the day on Saturday, the Roosevelt Library and the Home of FDR National Historic Site open their doors to the community for free holiday happenings. Not only are both locations decked out in seasonal splendor, but they’re also the place to go for the annual Children’s Reading Festival from 1-4 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center. After listening to excerpts from featured stories, attendees can stick around for live music, free photos with Santa, and card-making for soldiers aboard the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Annual Holiday Tea

Brinckerhoff House Historic Site, East Fishkill
December 14, 1-4 p.m.

History and the holidays come together at Brinckerhoff’s seasonal teatime on Saturday. At each seating, held at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively, locals can sip teas and munch on finger sandwiches and sweets while enjoying period music and décor.



Christmas With Cows and Cocoa

Freedom Hill Farm, Otisville
December 14, 2-6 p.m.

It doesn’t get much better than four-legged friends and festive hot cocoa! That’s why Freedom Hill Farm pairs the two at its Saturday afternoon shindig. With free photos alongside Santa Claus, holiday crafts, and milking demonstrations, the event is ideal for families with little ones. P.S. Did we mention the farm is serving up toasty, gooey s’mores, too?


WinterWalk and Winter Parade

Main St, Valatie
December 14, 5-9 p.m.

Meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus during Valatie’s Winter Parade on Saturday. After the kickoff at 5 p.m., participants can march through town alongside decorated firetrucks and carolers. Later, the festivities continue with shopping, holiday food, and live music from performers like Side Show Willie and McDermott Duo.

Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Check out our complete December calendar of events for The Nutcracker at the Bardavon and a holiday concert from the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. Otherwise, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for a WinterFest in Chatham and a truffle dinner at The Culinary Institute of America. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.

Related: Your Complete Guide to Arts & Events in the Hudson Valley

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