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    With narration and dance to the music of Arcangelo Corelli, The Snow Queen tells a valuable lesson about holding strong to your beliefs. Using larger-than-life puppetry and masks, the artists of the Hudson Vagabond Puppet Theater are clad in black, borrowing from the traditional Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry as they become mere shadows of the enormous figures they bring to life. Sunday, December 30, 1 and 2:30pm. Tickets are $12 and $10. Riverspace Arts Center, 119 Main Street, Nyack. Info: (845) 348-0741. www.riverspace.org.

    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 8 and 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.

     The 32nd Annual Miniature & Dollhouse Show fills two galleries at the Historical Society of Rockland County in New City, and continues through January 27, 2008. Dollhouses, both antique and modern, horse drawn carriages, dolls, early airplane models and much more will be on display. Admission of $6 adults, $3 children under 12 includes free admission to the Jacob Blauvelt House (on Sundays, noon-4pm). Catch the dollhouse show Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm. 20 Zukor Road, New City. Info: (845) 634-9629. www.rocklandhistory.org.

    Experience the holidays 19th-century style at area historic sites:
—On December 8-9, 15-16, sip hot cider at Sunnyside, 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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