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Holiday events for kids in Rockland County, NY, including Christmas and Hanukkah festivals and activities in Pomona, Suffern, West Nyack, and just over the border in Paramus, NJ.


’Tis the season for gift-giving, show-going, menorah-lighting, and breakfast with the big guy in the red suit. You can find these holiday favorites and more right here in Rockland County without the stress of driving or parking in the city.


The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker

Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble presents an awe-inspiring performance of the classic ballet (pictured) at two locations this month.

Dec. 1-2: Clarkstown South High School, 31 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack

Dec. 7-9: SUNY Rockland Community College, Cultural Arts Theatre, 145 College Road, Suffern.


Silly Dilly BandSilly Dilly Band

JCC Rockland, West Nyack

Dec. 2

Kids can celebrate the Festival of Lights with this high-energy group that performs interactive music for the whole family.


The Polar Express

Barnes & Noble at Palisades Center, West Nyack

Little ones can listen to a reading of this seasonal story while they enjoy holiday refreshments. Dec. 7. 7pm. FREE!


Breakfast with SantaBreakfast with Santa

Break bread with the big guy at one of several Breakfast with Santa events happening this month:

Dec. 8-9 and 15-16: Platzl Brauhaus, 127 Call Hollow Road, Pomona.

Dec. 9: Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack. FREE!


Community Candle Lighting

JCC Rockland, West Nyack

Dec. 13

Celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with live music, children’s activities, latkes, and a screening of the movie Rockland JCC Maccabi GamesFREE!


Holiday with the Animals at Bergen County ZooHoliday with the Animals

Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ

Dec. 16

Watch the animals open their gifts and enjoy free train rides, refreshments, and costumed characters. FREE!


Holiday Workshops

Jill's Ceramics, West Nyack

Fridays in December

Stop in to paint a dreidel dish, menorah, or other Hanukkah-themed item on Friday afternoons throughout the month.


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