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HOLIDAY 2009- FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN ROCKLAND

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Rockland families need look no futher than our comprehensive family activity guide for holiday fun. Here you'll find kid-friendly events for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa for the child in your life.

 

Tuesday, December 1


FILM AND CRAFT: Stop by for a holiday film and simple craft. 10:30am and 1pm. Age: YE, AD. FREE. Rose Memorial Library, 61 East Main Street, Stony Point. 845-786-2100. www.rosememoriallibrary.org.


TREE OF LIFE: United Hospice of Rockland holds its annual fundraiser. Stop by all month to buy a star or sponsor a tree in someone's memory. Tree lighting ceremony on December 16 at 7:30pm (snow date December 17) with music by the Clarkstown High School North High School Chamber Choir. Light refreshments. 10am-8:30pm. Age: All. Prices vary to buy a star or sponsor a tree in someone's memory. Palisades Center Mall, Palisades Center, West Nyack. 845-634-4974. www.hospiceofrockland.org.


Thursday, December 3


HOLIDAY LIGHTING: The Village of Suffern lights up its town and welcomes Santa at this special celebration. Refreshments and visits with Santa will follow inside the community center. 7pm. Age: All. FREE. Suffern Village, Virginia Menschner Gazebo, Suffern. 845-357-7943. www.suffernvillage.com.

 


Friday, December 4


A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM: Shakespeare's timeless fairy classic re-imagined in a winter theme by The Children's Shakespeare Theatre. This version is set in the 1920s with flapper fairies, lovers under magic spells and whacky actors performing a burlesque comedy. 7pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. Adults $12, children $8, students $10, seniors $10. Palisades Presbyterian Church, 177 Washington Spring Road, Palisades. 845-365-9709.


A TASTE OF SHABBAT: Parents or grandparents and toddlers can welcome Shabbat with songs, stories and crafts. Pre-registration is requested. 12:30pm. Age: TOD, AD. Age: All. $5 JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org.


ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING: Enjoy warm refreshments by the fireplace while the Highland Falls Middle School choir performs the season's favorite carols. 6pm. Age: All. FREE. Thayer Hotel, 674 Thayer Road, West Point. 845-446-473. www.thethayerhotel.com.

 

Saturday, December 5

 


THE NUTCRACKER: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble's Junior Company presents its 29th annual production of The Nutcracker. This performance features children age 7 through 18 who perform alongside Broadway professionals and guest artists. 3pm. Age: All. $20 for front section seats, $18 for rear section seats. Clarkstown South High School, 31 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack. 845-624-7933.


GREATER HAVERSTRAW CHAMBER'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Chamber presents its annual holiday concert featuring the Rockland County Concert Band. Refreshments will be served. 2pm. Age: All. FREE. Central Presbyterian Church, Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-947-5646. www.haverstrawchamber.org.


HOLIDAY FIREWORKS: Celebrate the winter holidays with a colorful display in the night sky. Arrive early to see Santa in the Merry-Go-Round pavilion 4-8pm. 6:30pm. Age: All. Parking $7 per car. FREE. Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701. www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks.


A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM: See December 4.


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: Enjoy classic Christmas songs by strolling carolers. 1-3pm. Age: All. FREE. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Central Valley. 845-928-4000. www.premiumoutlets.com/woodburycommon.


HOLIDAY FESTIVAL: Stop by for entertainment, light refreshments and a special guest appearance. Snow date: December 7 at 6:30pm. 5pm. Age: All. FREE. Zukor Park, New City. 845-639-2000.



ST. NICHOLAS DAY FESTIVAL: Children can hear Dutch stories about the legend of St. Nicholas and see him make a special visit with his horse at this traditional Dutch celebration. Hot apple cider and ginger cream cookies will be served. Shows at 11am, 12:15 and 1:30pm. Age: All. FREE for under age 2. Adults $5, children $5, Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.


Sunday, December 6


VISIT WITH SANTA: Enjoy a brisk, winter walk in the park then warm up with hot cocoa, a ride on the Merry-Go-Round and a visit with Santa in the Merry-Go-Round pavilion. 11am-5pm, weekends only. Age: All. Parking $7 per car. FREE. Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701. www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks.


A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM: Shakespeare's timeless fairy classic re-imagined in a winter theme by The Children's Shakespeare Theatre. This version is set in the 1920s with flapper fairies, lovers under magic spells and whacky actors performing a burlesque comedy. 4pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. Adults $12, children $8, students $10, seniors $10. Palisades Presbyterian Church, 177 Washington Spring Road, Palisades. 845-365-9709.


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: See December 5.


THE NUTCRACKER: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble's Junior Company presents its 29th annual production of The Nutcracker. This colorful and lively performance features children age 7 through 18 who perform alongside Broadway professionals and guest artists. Shows at 1 and 4pm. Age: All. $20 for front section seats; $18 for rear section seats. Clarkstown South High School, 31 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack. 845-624-7933.


DEBORAH KOENIG HANUKKAH CONCERT: Join Canadian musical performers and children's television personalities Judy and David as they tell the story of Hanukkah with a 12-foot menorah and giant dreidel. Audience participation is encouraged. 4pm. Age: All. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org.


FAMILY PROGRAM: COOKING FOR HANUKKAH: Families are invited to spend time in the JCC kitchen preparing for Hanukkah with yummy holiday treats. 2pm. Age: YE, TW, AD. $55 per family. JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org.


CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Stop by for a tree lighting and visit from Santa. Refreshments will be available. 2pm. Age: All. FREE. Haverstraw Brick Museum, 12 Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-947-3505. www.haverstrawbrickmuseum.org.


HOLIDAY CONCERT: This annual event features the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, under the direction of Rev. Alphonse Stephenson. Discount for groups of 10 or more. All tickets include the performance followed by a desert reception. 7:30pm. Age: All. $15 for ages 12 and under; $15 for pre-concert buffet. Adults $25, seniors $20. Hennessy Center Dominican College, 470 Western Highway, Orangeburg. 845-848-7406. www.dc.edu.

 

  


Thursday, December 10


CIRCLE OF CHAI - CELEBRATE HANUKKAH: Toddlers and their caregiver are invited to enjoy arts and crafts, snacks and activities while learning about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Reservations are required at least four days in advance of the program. 2pm. Age: TOD, AD. Age: All. $5. JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org.


HANUKKAH PARTY FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE: The synagogue will hold a special Hanukkah party for patrons of ARC and their families. 7:30pm. Age: All. FREE. Temple Beth Shalom, New Hempstead Road, New City. 845-638-0770. www.templebethsholom.info.

 

 

Friday, December 11


THE NUTCRACKER: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble presents its 29th annual production of The Nutcracker. This colorful and lively performance features children age 7 through 18 who perform alongside Broadway professionals and guest artists. 7pm. Age: All. $20 SUNY Rockland Community College, Cultural Arts Theater. 145 College Road, Suffern. 845-357-2251. www.debisdance.net.


REINDEER BALLOONS, GAMES AND MUSIC: Make Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer balloon hats, enjoy Christmas games and music. Prizes for everyone. Sign up begins November 25. 4:30pm. Age: YE, TW, TE. FREE. Rose Memorial Library, 61 East Main Street, Stony Point. 845-786-2100. www.rosememoriallibrary.org.


SHABBAT / HANUKKAH SERVICE: Celebrate Shabbat and the start of Hanukkah at this special family service, featuring music under the direction Cantor Sergei Schwartz. All are welcome. 7pm. Age: All. FREE. Temple Beth Shalom, New Hempstead Road, New City. 845-638-0770. www.templebethsholom.info.


Saturday, December 12


THE NUTCRACKER: See December 11. 3pm and 7pm.


A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM: Shakespeare's timeless fairy classic re-imagined in a winter theme by The Children's Shakespeare Theatre. This version is set in the 1920s with flapper fairies, lovers under magic spells and whacky actors performing a burlesque comedy. 4pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. Adults $12, children $8, students $10, seniors $10, Palisades Presbyterian Church, 177 Washington Spring Road, Palisades. 845-365-9709.


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: See December 5.


CELEBRATE WINTER: Celebrate winter with crafts and games. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. FREE. Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-3445. www.hkdpl.org.

 


Sunday, December 13


THE NUTCRACKER: See December 11. 1pm and 4pm.


VICTORIAN TEA: See December 11.


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: See December 5.


WINTER FAMILY CAMPFIRE: Families will gather around a campfire to learn about seasonal changes, listen to stories and roast marshmallows for s'mores. If the weather is inclement the campfire will be moved to the fireplace in the Nature Center's pavilion for have an indoor program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 5pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. Age: All. $10. Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ. 201-568-6093. www.tenaflynaturecenter.org.


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Children can enjoy breakfast with Santa in the mall's Santa Land. Parents must pre-register their children at the Customer Service Desk on Level 1. 10am. Age: YE. FREE. Palisades Center Mall, Palisades Center, West Nyack. 845-634-4974. www.palisadescenter.com.


CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Spend an evening at the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse that will be illuminated with candles and lanterns, fragrant with traditional sweets and decorated with festive greenery. Experience Dutch-American holiday traditions of the 1830's with 19th century music and song, docents in period costumes and seasonal refreshments. Reservations are required. Price includes admission to the 34th Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show: A Serendipity! 4pm. Age: All. $10 Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.


A CELTIC CHRISTMAS: Celebrate the Holiday season with festive Celtic winter songs, Irish blessings and carols. Celeste Ray sings and performs on the Bowed Psaltery, an ancient-styled harp-violin played with two bows. She will be accompanied by guitarist/vocalist Kath Buckell and Jill Austen on silver flute. Audiences also enjoy sing-a-longs and hands-on-experience with the unique instruments. 2pm. Age: All. FREE. Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, 10 West Ramapo Road, Garnerville. 845-786-3800. www.hkdpl.org.


YULETIDE AT MRS. KEARNEY'S TAVERN: Warm up with seasonal music, stories, adventures and more. 1pm. Age: All. Adults $3, children $1. Kearney House, Alpine Area, Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 2 to bottom of hill, NJ. 201-768-1360. www.njpalisades.org/kearney.htm.


Wednesday, December 16


MINI MITZVAH MAKERS: Volunteer for a variety of projects that help people in the community. 3:30pm. Age: All. FREE. JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org/jewishbookfestival.htm.


Friday, December 18


A TASTE OF SHABBAT: See December 4.


TIS THE SEASON TO BE SILLY: Join Mr. Kurt for some silly holiday cheer and a fun-filled show with karaoke for toddlers, shakers and drums for everyone, a variety of musical instruments, storytelling and a whole lotta bubbles. Sign up begins December 4. 5:30pm. Age: TOD, AD. FREE. Rose Memorial Library, 61 East Main Street, Stony Point. 845-786-2100. www.rosememoriallibrary.org.

 

Saturday, December 19


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: See December 5.


BEARY MERRY HOLIDAY: Bring the family to see the Zoo's resident black bears celebrate the holiday season by unwrapping gift boxes full of delicious holiday treats. Then discover how the rest of the Zoo's native animals prepare for winter. Rain date December 20. 11am. Age: All. $7 parking per car. FREE. Bear Mountain State Park and Zoo, Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 19 or Route 9W, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701. www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks.


JACK FROST: Join Jack Frost as he teams up with his winter friends to save a fair maiden. Enjoy the song, dance and costumes of this enchanting winter tale. 1pm and 3pm. Age: All. $12 Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River. 201-825-3366. www.saddlerivervalleyculturalcenter.org.


DEBI'S DANCE 'HOLIDAY WISHES' SHOW: Celebrate this holiday season with Debi's Dance of Suffern at their annual Holiday Revue. Audiences will be entertained with sounds of the season, dazzling costumes and fancy footwork. 12:30pm and 4m. Age: All. $15 SUNY Rockland Community College, Cultural Arts Theater, 145 College Road, Suffern. 845-357-2251. www.debisdance.net.


Sunday, December 20


VICTORIAN CAROLLERS: See December 5.

 


Tuesday, December 29

 


WINTER CAMP: MORNING SESSION: The Historical Society offers a Winter Wonderland Holiday Camp. At this session, children will learn how to make cornbread; churn butter; play games with jacks, marbles and tops and get an interactive tour of the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House plus a visit to the Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show: A Serendipity! Camp fee includes supplies and a snack. 9am-12:30pm. Age: YE. children $35, Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.


WINTER CAMP: AFTERNOON SESSION: The Historical Society offers a Winter Wonderland Camp. At this session, children will make a cake and do a winter craft such as pomanders and get an interactive tour of the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House and a visit to the Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show: A Serendipity! Camp fee includes supplies and a snack. 1:30-5pm. Age: YE. children $35, Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.


Wednesday, December 30


BOSSY FROG BENEFIT CONCERT: The Bossy Frog presents his popular, annual holiday show. This year's concert benefits the Rockland Parent Child Center. 10:30am and 12:30pm. Age: All. $10 Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-2600. www.nyackcenter.org.


WINTER CAMP: MORNING SESSION: The Historical Society offers a Winter Wonderland Camp. At this session, children will make a cake and do a winter craft such as pomanders and get an interactive tour of the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House and a visit to the Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show: A Serendipity! Camp fee includes supplies and a snack. 9am-12:30pm. Age: YE. children $35, Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.


WINTER CAMP: AFTERNOON SESSION: At this session, children will learn how to make cornbread; churn butter; play games with jacks, marbles and tops and get an interactive tour of the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House plus a visit to the Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show: A Serendipity! Camp fee includes supplies and a snack. 1:30-5pm. Age: YE. children $35, Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.

 

 

 


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