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TREELIGHTING IN WESTCHESTER

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   Tree lighting traditions take place throughout Westchester county this month, with visits from Santa, carolers, and festive traditions:

                                         

Horace Greeley House, Chappaqua

Saturday, December 1, 4:30pm

   A special community tradition marks the beginning of the holiday season at the Horace Greeley House. Choral groups will perform holiday selections before a visit from Santa and the lighting of the huge spruce tree. (Snow date, December 2). (914) 238-4666; www.newcastlehistoricalsociety.org.

Celebrate Peekskill!

Saturday, December 1, 5pm

   The tree lighting in downtown Peekskill features a visit from Santa and holiday carolers, plus free hot chocolate and prizes for all. And you'll find plenty of shopping in the city's unique stores, boutiques, and art galleries — all decked out for the season. 100 King Street. (914) 737-2780; www.PeekskillBID.com.

Patriots Park, Tarrytown

Saturday, December 1, 5pm

Santa visits, with treats for children. (914) 631-8347 


Mount Vernon City Hall Plaza

Monday, December 3

   Start the festive spirit with holiday tunes performed by The Mayor's Choir and Edward Williams Elementary School. Share hot chocolate and cider and candy. And watch for Santa, his merry elves and reindeers! Call or check website for time. One Roosevelt Square. (914) 665-2378; www.cmvny.com Email: SBrownlee@ci.mount-vernon.ny.us.


Larkin Plaza

Monday, December 3

  25-ft. tall holiday tree lighting as well as holiday music, candy canes, good cheer, and hot chocolate await visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus are also expected to make their annual appearance. Free parking for this event will be in the Larkin Plaza parking lot. 4:15-6pm. Across from the Metro-North train station in Yonkers, NY. 914-377-6439;
www.cityofyonkers.com.  


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