'The North Pole Adventure' a DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westchester's Ridge Hill - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers
This interactive holiday experience is designed by Westchester's Ridge Hill and DreamWorks Animation to revolutionize a visit to Santa and eliminate long waiting lines. The walk-through starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and seamlessly blends storytelling with cutting-edge technology. The unique, family adventure will culminate in a private, personalized meeting with Santa, complete with photos in the classic style. Bonus: no long lines! Families will be able to schedule visits through a dedicated smartphone app seven days a week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24.
About Westchester's Ridge Hill
Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open.
Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.
Christmas Eve Ice Skating - Bear Mountain Ice Rink
December 24, 2014 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain outdoor ice rink opens this week for special holiday hours. The rink is uncovered so dress appropriately. Lockers and refreshments are available. Public sessions are weather permitting. Skates available for rental for $4 per pair. Skate sharpening for $5 per pair. Parking (weekends and holidays), parking $8 per car.
Photos with Santa - The Shops at Nanuet
Through December 24, 2014 - Nanuet
Stop by The Shops at Nanuet to get your official holiday photos with Santa.
Bossy Frog Band Concert - Gerrard Berman Day School
December 24, 2014 - Oakland
Gerrard Berman Day School invites children ages 2-7 to celebrate Hanukkah with the Bossy Frog Band songs and activities. Nut-free snacks for children and coffee for parents will be served. Registration required. Call 201-337-1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Central Unitarian Church
December 24, 2014 - Paramus
The church hosts this Christmas Eve Candlelight Service featuring lessons, carols, choral music, and jazz.
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art - Hudson River Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Yonkers
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters.
Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d'art in the home.
The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art.
Paintings and decorative objects for the home present concepts of beauty symbolized by the luxurious bird and its famous fan of feathers, from the 19th-century's Gilded Age and 1920s Art Nouveau and Art Deco, until Modernism's ethos of "less is more" caused a brief decline in the peacock's popularity. As the contemporary art world re-embraces beauty in a new "Gilded Age," the peacock struts its way back into the art world.
Among the highlights of The Peacock in Beauty and Art are images of women bedecked in peacock feathers, such as Robert Henri's full-length portrait of Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance, 1913; William Baxter Palmer Closson's Feeding the Peacocks, 1910; and Aubrey Beardsley's The Peacock Skirt, created for Oscar Wilde's Salome. The bird itself receives its own glamorous portraits in paintings like Louis Rhead's Peacocks, 1897; Jesse Arms Botkes' Black Peacock, c. 1930; and sculptures like Anna Hyatt Huntington's Peacocks Fighting, 1914.
Peacock feathers are extracted into beguiling geometric patterns in the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany and gilded Crown Derby porcelains. The peacock also appears to whimsical effect in parade costumes, pictures of Elvis, strutting peacock-style, and images of silent-era Hollywood starlets ready for their close-ups. The peacock's origins as a bird of the Indian jungles comes to the fore in Charles R. Knight's (famed for his murals at the American Museum of Natural History) fearsome Bengal Tiger and Peacock, 1928.
Contemporary artists show the peacock's gift of line: Laura Ball, Barbara Takenaga, and Federico Uribe find inspiration in the bird's striking feathers, brilliant coloration, and the sensuous s-curves of its body. Two Westchester-based artists highlighted in the show are Tricia Wright from Irvington, and Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag from Tarrytown.
The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art.
Bartholomew F. Bland, the museum's director of curatorial affairs, and Laura L. Vookles, chief curator of collections, are co-curators for the exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated 200-page catalogue co-published by the museum and Fordham University Press, and distributed nationally by Oxford University Press.
The exhibition and the accompanying catalog have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
River Vale Winter Market - River Vale Community Center
Through March 21, 2015 - River Vale
Check out the River Vale Winter Market for local vendors selling fresh baked goods, olive oil, pizza, sauces, soups, empanadas, pickles, wine, gluten-free products, breads, and prepared foods.
Nyack Winter Farmer's Market-Season Opening - Nyack Center
Through March 26, 2015 - Nyack
Nyack's famous farm market moves indoors for the winter. Shop for gourmet baked good, coffee, locally-made wine and cheese, and more. The market will continue every Thursday except for Dec. 25 through March 2015.
'Shabbaba' Shabbat - Orangetown Jewish Center
Through June 27, 2015 - Orangeburg
This Saturday morning service is geared towards families with children up to age 5. The program follows an interactive and musical format that encourages both children and adults to explore the spiritual aspects of Shabbat. Through June 27, 2015.
Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 27, 2015 - Cornwall
Join a museum educator to meet the live "animal of the week" each Saturday and Sunday. Families can learn characteristics of the animal and how it came to live at the nature center. Afterward, check out the nature center's current Mastodon and Brook Trout exhibits. Nature Center hours are Friday through Sunday, 12-4pm.
Children's Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Through December 30, 2015 - Nanuet
Stop by the store's children's department for weekly storytimes. This ongoing event is held every Wednesday morning and afternoon. Call the store for information about special holiday events or costume character appearances.