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ROCKLAND COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS

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by Rebecca Forbes

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Saturday, December 1

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: An annual treat for the whole family. Meet Frosty and his friends after the show! 1pm. Grades PreK-3. $14. Riverspace Arts Center, 119 Main Street, Nyack. 866-811-4111. www.westcoproductions.org.

HOLIDAYS IN THE VILLAGE: Enjoy song and dance to celebrate the season. Visit the museum in brilliant candlelit splendor. Print a letter to Santa on the 19th century press. 4-8pm. All ages. $12 adults; $8 children. Museum Village, 1010 Route 17M, Monroe. 845-782-8247. www.museumvillage.org.

CIRCLE OF LIFE WREATH: Join an educator for a short walk to search for natural treasures. Then create a 6" mini-wreath from these treasures to take home. Fee includes all supplies for one wreath. Accompanying adult is FREE. Registration required by November 28. 10am, ages 5-12; 1pm, ages 12+. $7. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, 20 Kenridge Farm Drive, Route 9W, Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext.204. www.hhnaturemuseum.org.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: SEASON'S GREETINGS: Make your own live-action holiday cards. Liven up the winter with pop-up scenes of Wave Hill's winter wonders to send and share. 1-4pm. FREE with admission: $6 adults, $3 students and seniors 65+, $2 children 6+; children under 6, FREE. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.

Sunday, December 2

HOLIDAYS IN THE VILLAGE: 2-6pm. See December 1.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: The popular annual holiday show returns, with a 1900 Christmas, the History of Santa Claus, and Holiday Train Show. 1-4pm. All. FREE; donations requested. Orangetown Museum, Salyer House, Blue Hill Road, Pearl River. 845-398-1302. www.orangetownmuseum.com.

HARMONY HALL HOLIDAY SHOP: Fundraiser for the Friends of Harmony Hall and Sloatsburg Food Pantry. Shop for holiday crafts and decorations in a festive atmosphere of holiday music and a decorated 1848 mansion built by Jacob Sloat. See a restoration in process at this State and National Registered landmark. FREE parking and refreshments. After the holiday shop ends, enjoy a tree lighting and caroling; Harmony Hall is a stop along the caroling route. Contact Geoff Welch, 845-712-5220 or 845-536-4145 to donate holiday crafts and decorations (vintage & handmade). 12-5pm. All ages. FREE. Harmony Hall, 15 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg. 845-712-5220.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: SEASON'S GREETINGS: See December 1.

Monday, December 3

DROP N' SHOP: Drop off your child at the museum for anywhere from 1-4 hours as you get your holiday shopping done. Toys R Us is right next door, Paramus Park and the Fashion Center right around the corner. Children will be under the supervision of museum staff at all times as they play in the museum, make a craft to take home and eat snack provided or brought along. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Space is limited. Call for further information and registration. Afternoons. Children must be potty trained. $15 per hour for the first 2 hours; $10 each additional hour; $10 per hour per sibling. New Jersey Children's Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus. 201-262-2638, ext.10. www.njcm.com.

Tuesday, December 4

TOY DELIVERY TO HOSPITAL: Help hand out toys and bring smiles to the faces of children at Nyack Hospital. Meet at the hospital. Call to reserve. 4pm. All ages. FREE. Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, 6 Whitefield Road, Chestnut Ridge. 845-356-6686. www.chabadjec.org.

PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: First night of Chanukah. Experience a huge outdoor menorah lighting ceremony, with music and hot latkes and gelt for the kids. Special Chanukah Juggling Show. Local dignitaries will be in attendance. 6pm. All ages. FREE. Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, Braunsdorf Park on Main Street (next to the Pearl River train station), Pearl River. 845-356-6686. www.chabadjec.org/chanukah.

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.

Wednesday, December 5

PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: Second night of Chanukah. Experience a huge outdoor menorah lighting ceremony, with music and hot latkes and gelt for the kids. Local dignitaries will be in attendance. Chanukah party to follow at 6pm with fun for the entire family. 5:30pm. All ages. FREE. Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, 750 Chestnut Ridge Road, Pearl River. 845-356-6686. www.chabadjec.org/chanukah.

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.

Thursday, December 6

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.

Friday, December 7

FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SALE: Handcrafted gifts of wood, metal, pottery, hand-woven goods, candles, crystals, plants, garden, products, dolls and much more. 2-7pm. FREE admission. Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge. 845-356-8494. www.fellowshipcommunity.org.

NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble presents a performance of the classic holiday show. December 7-9. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 3 &7pm; Sunday, 1 &4pm. Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theatre, 145 College Avenue, Suffern, NY. 845-624-RYDE.

7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MODEL TRAIN AND DEPT. 56 VILLAGE DISPLAY: A model train display will be featured by the Rockland Model Train and Traction Club, as well as a Dept. 56 Village display, including New England Village, North Pole, Dickens Village and Christmas in the City. Seasonal fire prevention information available. 6-9pm. All ages. FREE. New City Fire Engine Company #1-Ladies Auxiliary, 15 Maple Avenue, New City. For more information, contact Ginny at 914-260-1425.

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.

Saturday, December 8

7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MODEL TRAIN AND DEPT. 56 VILLAGE DISPLAY: 1-4pm and 6-9pm. See December 7.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.

FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SALE: 10am-7pm. See December 7.

PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: Fifth night of Chanukah. Experience a huge outdoor menorah lighting ceremony, with music and hot latkes and gelt for the kids. Local dignitaries will be in attendance. 7pm. All ages. FREE. Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street (next to the Riverspace Arts Center), Nyack. 845-356-6686. www.chabadjec.org/chanukah.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Enjoy live Christmas music, a miniature train village, a multitude of Christmas decorations, a visit with Santa, a FREE gift, a photo with Santa (for a small additional fee) and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Call to RSVP. 9am. All ages. Adults $16; children $10. Platzl Brauhaus, 127 Call Hollow Road, Pomona. 845-354-2111. www.platzlbrauhaus.com.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: This spellbinding tale is packed with laughter, pageantry and gorgeous costumes. Treat the family to the theatrical magic of the classic holiday story and rediscover the true meaning of the season. 8pm. All ages. $36; under 18, $27. Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts, Country Route 13/Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287. www.kingstheatrecompany.org.

NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE: See December 7.

THREE IRISH TENORS—CHRISTMAS FROM DUBLIN: Celebrate the holidays with a genuine Irish Christmas. The Three Irish Tenors are Ciaran Nagle and Brian Dunphy from Riverdance, and Anthony Norton from La Scala Milan. 8pm. All ages. $28-$80. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, N.J. 201-227-1030. www.bergenPAC.org.


Sunday, December 9

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.

FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SALE: 10am-3pm. See December 7.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens' tale has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. Ebenezer Scrooge survives a merciless battery of revelations through visits by the ghosts of his own Christmas: Past, Present and Future. Performed by TheatreworksUSA. 1 and 4pm. All ages. $10-$28. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ. 201-227-1030. www.bergenPAC.org.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: The classic family tale of the miracle of love featuring a lame boy, his impoverished mother and the three wise men. By Gian Carlo Menotti (in English). 4pm. All ages. Call for prices. Opera Company of the Highlands, St. Mary's Church, 10 Fox Hill Road, Tuxedo. 845-913-7994. www.operacompanyofthehighlands.org.

NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE: See December 7.


Monday, December 10

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Tuesday, December 11

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Wednesday, December 12

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Thursday, December 13

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.

Friday, December 14

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: The classic family tale of the miracle of love featuring a lame boy, his impoverished mother and the three wise men. By Gian Carlo Menotti (in English). 7pm. All ages. Call for prices. Opera Company of the Highlands, St. George's Episcopal Church, 105 Grand Street, Newburgh. 845-913-7994. www.operacompanyofthehighlands.org.

7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MODEL TRAIN AND DEPT. 56 VILLAGE DISPLAY: See December 7.

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Saturday, December 15

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: See December 14.

NATURE PROGRAM: A VERY BEARY HOLIDAY: The Trailside Museum hosts this holiday nature program for children. Call for more information. 11am-3pm. All ages. $1 adults; 50c ages 6 to 12; children 5 and under, FREE. $6 parking per car. Bear Mountain State Park, Trailside Museum, Palisades Parkway north to end; exit to Route 9W south; follow signs to Bear Mountain State Park entrance. Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701, ext. 265. www.friendsofpalisades.org.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: See December 8.

A NEW YORK HOLIDAY: Celebrate this Holiday Season with Debi's Dance at their Annual Holiday Revue. Audiences will be entertained with sounds of the season, dazzling costumes and fancy footwork. 1 &4pm. Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theatre, 145 College Avenue
Suffern. NY. 845-357-2251;www.debisdance.com.

NJ PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 'MESSIAH': New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra with New Jersey Concert Choir Conductor Nam Yun Kim. 8pm. All ages. $20-$50. Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ. 201-227-1030. www.bergenPAC.org.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: JUMPSTART THE HOLIDAY SEASON: As a warm-up to the holiday season, the Bronx Museum offers an exciting afternoon that includes hands-on activities, performances, guided tours, screenings, and many other surprises. 1-3pm. Ages 5 to 11 with parents and guardians. FREE with admission. Bronx Museum of Art, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Bronx. 718-681-6000. www.bronxmuseum.org.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: IT'S A WRAP: Make one-of-a-kind wrapping paper by printing repeating patterns inspired by Wave Hill's stately evergreens and other natural elements of the season. 1-4pm. FREE with admission: $6 adults; $3 students and seniors 65+; $2 children 6+; children under 6, FREE. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.


Sunday, December 16

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: 3pm.See December 14.

EILEEN IVERS AND IMMIGRANT SOUL: AN NOLLAIG-AN IRISH CHRISTMAS: Eileen Ivers, pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle, will perform her heartwarming holiday show, featuring traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites specially arranged by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul such as The Holly Tree, Don Oiche Ud i mBeithil (One Night in Bethlehem), Hark The Herald Angels (in traditional jig time), The Wexford Carol (12th century Irish Christmas Carol) and many others. 4pm. All ages. $25. Riverspace Arts, 119 Main Street, Nyack. 845-348-0741. www.riverspace.org.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Tours will be given of this 1848 mansion built by Jacob Sloat, a member of the founding family of Sloatsburg and the owner/operator of a cotton mill in the village. Visitors can enjoy decorated rooms, festive music, FREE refreshments and entertainment. See the restoration in process and view the newly revealed original 1848 structures hidden beneath various incarnations of overbuild. 1-3pm. All ages. FREE. Harmony Hall--Jacob Sloat House, 15 Liberty Rock Road, Sloatsburg. 845-712-5220.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: IT'S A WRAP: See December 15.


Monday, December 17

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Tuesday, December 18

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Wednesday, December 19

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Thursday, December 20

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Friday, December 21

BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT: A reverent and joyful version of the classic Christmas story, this unique holiday show presents a combination of theater and jazz. With original music by Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck, complemented by a 10-piece band including Cuban Congo master Candido. 8pm. All ages. $25; 17 and under, $15. Riverspace, 119 Main Street, Nyack. 845-348-0741. www.riverspace.org.

DROP N' SHOP: See December 3.


Saturday, December 22

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.


Sunday, December 23

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.


Wednesday, December 26

HOLIDAYS AT THE HQ: Experience an historical holiday with hourly tours amid 18th century decorations. FREE parking. 10am-3pm. All ages. $3 adults; $2 seniors; 12 and under, FREE. Knox's Headquarters, Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate. 845-561-5498.

HOLLY DAYS: Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and see the rooms where American history was made. Enjoy tours and more for the holidays. Call for more information. 10am-4:30pm (last tour at 3pm). All ages. FREE. Washington's Headquarters, Liberty Street, Newburgh. 845-562-1195. www.friendsofpalisades.org.


Saturday, December 29

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: See December 2.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: CALENDAR CREATIONS—HELLO 2008!: Capture the delights of Wave Hill for the new year. Visitors can paint their favorite views onto a calendar that will make a great gift or look terrific throughout the year on a wall at home, school or work. 1-4pm. FREE with admission: $6 adults; $3 students and seniors 65+; $2 children 6+; children under 6, FREE. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.

Sunday, December 30

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW:
See December 2.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: CALENDAR CREATIONS—HELLO 2008!: See December 29.

ONGOING THRU DECEMBER

GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW: All aboard for the magic of the New York Transit Museum's annual Holiday Train Show. Model trains begin their journey in a living room on Christmas morning and travel through a miniature New York City before heading to the North Pole. Pick up the perfect gift for your special train buff at the Transit Museum store, see the new laser light show on the ceiling of Grand Central's Main Concourse, and visit the Transit Museum's new booth at the Holiday Gift Fair in Vanderbilt Hall. Through January 13, 2008. Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, Grand Central Terminal (42 Street and Lexington Avenue), New York. 212-878-0106. www.mta.info/mta/museum/general.htm.

BRONX ZOO: Holiday Lights Shine!Ring in the season with the return of the Bronx Zoo's New York family holiday tradition. The Zoo lights up nights throughout the season and provides festive entertainment to celebrate. FREE with admission; $14 adults, $12 seniors (65+); $10 children (2-12 years); children under 2, FREE. Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; weekends 10am-5:30pm. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. 718-367-1010. www.bronxzoo.com.

GINGERBREAD, YUM!: We all love to eat it, but do we know what's in the gingerbread we shape into little men and mold into houses? "Gingerbread Adventures" at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden beckons kids to smell, touch, and taste the spices and other plant parts that make up a gingerbread recipe. They'll discover that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree, ginger root from an underground stem, and cloves from the bud of a clove tree. They can also grind spices, make sachets, and decorate gingersnap cookies. The exhibit, complete with gigantic topiary bunnies and a kid-sized gingerbread house, runs through January 13, 2008. Tuesday-Friday 1:30-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Monday. Admission; $6 adults, $2 children 2-12, FREE under 2. The Garden is located at 2694 Dr Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, Bronx. Info: (718) 817-8700, www.nybg.org.

JERSEY WONDERLAND: The New Jersey Children's Museum will be transformed into a winter holiday wonderland in December. Enjoy holiday stories, holiday crafts, and holiday hand painting. Meet Santa on Saturday, December 8and Sunday December 9 from 1-4pm, and get a special goodie bag to take home. The museum is open daily from 10am-6pm, but will be closed on December 25 and on New Year's Day will open at noon. Admission is $10. The museum is located at 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ. Info: (201) 262-5151. www.njcm.com.


Old-Fashioned Holidays: Experience the holidays 19th-century style at area historic sites:

—On December 8-9, 15-16, sip hot cider at Sunnyside (pictured), 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-631-8200 x618; www.hudsonvalley.org.  And experience farm life at The Hill-Hold Museum in Campbell Hall, 128 Route 416, Campbell Hall. 845-291-2404;www.friendsofpalisades.org.

—On December 9, enjoy costumes, singing, and Dutch-American traditions at the Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-9629; www.rocklandhistory.org.

—On December 21-22, 28-29, join a Twelfth Night celebration at Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-631-8200, x618; www.hudsonvalley.org.

—On December 22, there will be candlelight tours and music at Knox's Headquarters, Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate. 845-561-5498; www.friendsofpalisades.org.


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