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WESTCHESTER HOLIDAY EVENTS 2007

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by Rebecca Forbes

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Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's with our festive family events in Westchester!!

                                

December 2007

Saturday, December 1

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS CRAFT FAIR:
Over 100 vendors will be present. Children will be able to play games, make crafts, enjoy sand art and face paint. Food and drinks will be available throughout the day. Email for more information: [email protected]. 10am-4pm. All ages. FREE. Primrose Elementary School, 110 Primrose Street, Somers.

ESTHERWOOD BOUTIQUES: Shop the decked halls of the historic Estherwood Mansion, featuring 40 specialty vendors under one roof. A unique selection of jewelry, linens, handbags, home decor, gourmet foods, clothing and other holiday gifts are available. Proceeds benefit The Masters School. There will be a cafe with lunch and refreshments. 10am-5pm. All ages. $7, good all weekend. The Masters School, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry. 914-479-6440. www.themastersschool.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: International foods, music and holiday shopping offer something for the entire family. Antiques to contemporary handcrafted and costume jewelry, pottery, gift baskets, and hand-woven wool bags on sale. Silent auction. Fun and Fantasy Raffle for the younger set. International foods. Music by the Hoff-Barthelson Flute Clubs, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Festival Chorus, Symphonette, Wind Ensemble, Suzuki Strings and Jazz and Chamber Ensembles.  10am-4pm. All ages. FREE. Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. 914-723-1169.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: North White Plains Fire Company #1 will be holding a Christmas tree sale at their headquarters through the month of December as a fundraising event. Pick out a great tree and support this worthy organization! 9am-9pm. 621 North Broadway, North White Plains. 914-949-3575.

ST. NIKOLAUS PARTY: This holiday celebration will feature an appearance by St. Nikolaus, as well as holiday crafts, refreshments and carols. 2-4pm. All ages. FREE. John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 400 Jay Street, Katonah. 914-232-8119. www.johnjayhomestead.org or www.nysparks.com.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING: Have fun decorating a gingerbread house using candy, chocolate, icing, and other edible materials. Everyone will leave with an edible house that lasts 3 to 4 weeks. 12-1pm. Ages 4-8. $20; materials fee, $15. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. 914-738-2525. www.pelhamartcenter.org.

TAGHKANIC CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT: "GO FOR BAROQUE": The Taghkanic Chorale, under the musical direction of Steven Fox, with chamber ensemble and soloists, will perform Mozart's Te Deum Laudamus, Vivaldi's Gloria and Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri. 8pm. All ages. $24; seniors and students, $20; children 12 and under, $12. Valhalla United Methodist Church, 200 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla. 914-737-6707. http://taghkanicchorale.ontimeonline.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND VICTORIAN CRAFT WORKSHOP: Children of all ages can stop by at the Horace Greeley House to make a special decoration for the Museum's tree and one to take home for the holidays. (Snow date December 2). 1-4pm. All ages. FREE. Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua. 914-238-4666. www.newcastlehistoricalsociety.org

FAMILY ART PROJECT: SEASON'S GREETINGS: Visitors can make their 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. All ages. FREE with admission. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: Macy's holiday Santa enchants children, shoppers and audiences in this holiday season play. The story is about Kris Kringle, who gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. He causes an uproar when he tells everyone that he is, in fact, the real Santa Claus. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa and the importance of "believing in things when common sense tells you not to." 8pm. All ages. $24; $17; $12. Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. 203-329-8207.www.curtaincallinc.com.

Sunday, December 2

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: 2pm. See December 1.

ESTHERWOOD BOUTIQUES: 10am-3pm. See December 1.

HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: See December 1.

HOLIDAY CARDS: Visitors can make their own holiday cards. 1-3pm. All ages. FREE. Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers. 914-864-7282. www.westchestergov.com/parks.

DEAN FRIEDMAN'S CHANUKAH CONCERT FOR KIDS: Popular recording artist and renowned performer of fun songs for kids, Dean Friedman, hosts this Chanukah extravaganza featuring a giant dancing potato latke with a Yiddish accent, other puppets, colorful costumes, silly Hebrew school songs, and lots of audience participation. 1pm. Ages 2-8. $15. Bendheim Performing Arts Center, 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale. 914-472-3300, ext. 403. www.thebendheim.org.

TAGHKANIC CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT: "GO FOR BAROQUE": The Taghkanic Chorale, under the musical direction of Steven Fox, with chamber ensemble and soloists will perform Mozart's Te Deum Laudamus, Vivaldi's Gloria and Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri. 4pm. All ages. $24; seniors and students, $20; children 12 and under, $12. Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 South Highland Avenue (Rte 9), Ossining. 914-737-6707. http://taghkanicchorale.ontimeonline.com.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

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

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Join the astronomy department to learn the possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. 3pm. Ages 5+. $3; children $2. Stamford Museum and Nature Center/Planetarium, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.


Monday, December 3

PRE-CHANUKAH CONCERT: The Jewish Women's Circle hosts an evening of heart and soul, music and song in honor of Chanukah, featuring Australian singing sensation Rivka Krinsky, one of the hottest new Jewish female performing artists, who just released her hit CD, "The Light of Zion." Her repertoire includes a wide range of Jewish music both contemporary and classical in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The event will be held in a private home in Irvington. Chanukah food and refreshments served. All welcome. Call to RSVP. 7:30pm. $18. The Jewish Women's Circle, Irvington. 914-693-6100.

Wednesday, December 5

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: An annual treat for the whole family. Meet Frosty and his friends after the show. 10:30am. Grades PreK-3. $14. Rochambeau Theater, 228 Fisher Avenue, White Plains. 914-761-7463. www.westcoproductions.org.



Thursday, December 6

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: See December 1.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: See December 5.

CHRISTMAS FROM DUBLIN: Three Irish Tenors, Ciaran Nagle, Brian Dunphy and Anthony Norton, singing traditional songs of the season with the warmheartedness and charm of the Emerald Isle. Special guests: The Irish Divas. 8pm. All ages. $25-$33. Stamford Center for the Arts-Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. 203-325-4466. www.stamfordcenterforthearts.org.

 

Friday, December 7

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: See December 5.

MAN OF LA MANCHA: See December 1.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: See December 1.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.

 

Saturday, December 8

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN: 11am. See December 5.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: 2 and 8pm. See December 1.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Candlelight tours bring an 1850s Christmas to life. Visitors are escorted down a lantern-lit path to the cottage decorated with holly, evergreens, and real candles. Excerpts from Washington Irving's Christmas tales and family letters are the theme of the evening. Visitors are invited to join in song while a costumed guide accompanies on the 1830s piano. The tour concludes in the kitchen yard, where hot cider is served beside a roaring fire. Reservations required. Tours begin at 4pm; last tour begins at 8pm. All ages. $12; $6 children 5-17; children under 5, FREE. Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-631-8200, ext. 618. www.hudsonvalley.org.


CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

GINGERBREAD FARM ANIMALS: Decorate delicious farm animal gingerbread cookies. Create a fluffy coat for a cookie sheep using creamy icing, give a chicken multi-colored gum drop eggs, and create a card to give to that special someone this holiday season. Five cookies and a blank card and envelope are included in the program. 1-2pm and 3-4pm. Ages 3+. $15. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills. 914-366-6200. www.stonebarnscenter.org.

SANTA EXPRESS!: Take a ride with Frosty and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their special coach. Admission includes historic train ride; historic 1903 Railroad Station exhibits and displays; operating layouts; coloring station; temporary tattoos; hot chocolate; small gift for children. Trains run every 1/2 hour. Reservations recommended. 12-4:30pm. All ages. $8; under 2, FREE. Danbury Railway Museum Yard, 120 White Street, Danbury, CT. 203-778-8337. www.danbury.org/drm.

 

Sunday, December 9

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: 2pm. See December 1.

SANTA EXPRESS!: See December 8.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS—SUNNYSIDE: See December 8.

DUKE IN DECEMBER: NOT JUST A NUTCRACKER: Local students perform alongside the professional MariaColacoDance Company for a fresh take on a traditional favorite— a celebration of holiday traditions around the world as experienced through a young girl's storybook dream. Taking Duke Ellington's jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite as its point of entry, the audience travels around the world to experience an enchanting and off-beat new world, set in motion by modern dance choreographer Maria Colaco. The work also incorporates Wynton Marsalis' "T'was a night before Christmas." 4pm. All ages. $20. United Methodist Church, 300 Main Street, Mt. Kisco. 917-520-5755. www.edtheater.bravehost.com.

COMMUNITY MENORAH LIGHTING: Celebrate the miracle of lights as a community. Enjoy latkes, Chanukah gelt, dreidels and fun-filled family entertainment. 4-5pm. All ages. FREE. JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale. 914-472-3300, ext. 351. www.jccmidwestchester.org.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 2.

FESTIVALS OF LIGHT: HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: Learn about the story of Hanukkah and sing songs with Rabbi Fish. 1:30pm. All ages. $8; children under 1, FREE. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 203-899-0606 ext. 247. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.


Thursday, December 13

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.

Friday, December 14


CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.


Saturday, December 15


CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

GINGERBREAD FARM ANIMALS: See December 8.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS—SUNNYSIDE: See December 8.

SANTA EXPRESS!: See December 8.

PINOCCHIO'S CHRISTMAS: An interactive cultural children's Christmas party featuring a holiday craft workshop, games, songs and dances with the participation of Pinocchio, from the original book created by Carlo Collodi in 1881. Children will enjoy traditional holiday dolci. 3pm. All ages. $25. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe. 914-771-8700. www.wiccny.org.

CANDLEMAKING: Visitors can learn a little bit of candle making history and then make their own hand-dipped candle. Registration required by December 14. 11am. Ages 5+. $2 per candle. Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. 914-666-8448. www.westmorelandsanctuary.org.

CANDLE MAKING FUN FOR KIDS: Arrive with a smile, leave with some candles. Families welcome. 1pm. All ages. FREE. Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-862-5297. www.westchestergov.com/parks.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS: Visitors can make all their own Christmas crafts. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration required. 1pm. All ages. $5 per child. Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains. 914-428-1005. www.westchestergov.com/parks.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: JUMPSTART THE HOLIDAY SEASON: As a warm-up to the holidays season, the Bronx Museum offers an exciting afternoon that includes hands-on activities, performances, guided tours, screenings, and many other surprises. 1-3 pm. Ages 5-11. 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. All ages. FREE with admission. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org

 

Sunday, December 16

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

SANTA EXPRESS!: See December 8.

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 2.

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

HOLIDAY BIRD COUNT: Part of the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Experienced and beginning bird watchers are encouraged to join in. Help at home and in the field! Call to see how to be a part of this nationwide citizen science project. All day. Ages 10+. FREE. Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. 914-666-8448. www.westmorelandsanctuary.org.

HOLIDAY ORGAN CONCERT: A recital of classical music and seasonal favorites, by distinguished concert organist in residence Dr. Jan Piet Knijff, on the 1833 pipe organ, one of the oldest organs in America. Arrive early, at 1pm, to hear Christmas tales and legends, by storyteller Stephanie Mita. Hot cider and cookies served. Concert at 2pm. All ages. FREE. St. Paul's Historic Church, South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon. 914-667-4116. www.nps.gov/sapa.

DECORATING GINGERBREAD COOKIES FOR KIDS: Have fun decorating gingerbread cookies. 1-3pm. All ages. FREE. Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers. 914-864-7282. www.westchestergov.com/parks.

CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF THE MUSEUM: Enjoy the mansion in its holiday spirit and view the decorations in the soft twinkle of candles. Listen to tour guides as they share the home with visitors, then finish with warm cider and festive snacks. 5-7pm. All ages. $10; $5 senior/students; children under 6, FREE. Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx. 718-885-1461. www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org.


Thursday , December 20

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.

Friday, December 21

CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Experience a late 18th-century celebration of "Twelfth Night." Decorations made of holiday greens and fruit adorn windowsills and mantles, live music is performed in the parlor, and the tables set with Van Cortlandt family china are laden with intriguing 18th-century desserts. A stroll through the orchard, lit by candle-lanterns, takes visitors to the tenant house to meet the Lord of Misrule. As visitors approach the ferry house, a celebration is under way, and guests dance to the lively strains of the fiddler and drink a toast to the season. Tours start at 4pm; last tour begins at 8pm. All ages. $12; $6 children 5-17; children under 5, FREE. Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-631-8200, ext. 618. www.hudsonvalley.org.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 4-8pm. See December 1.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Take a break from holiday preparations for a relaxing program in front of the fireplace. For millennia, humans of many cultures pass away the longest night of the year huddled for warmth and listening to traditional folk tales. Follow the luminaries to the fire circle to hear tales of the winter season. Warm up with hot cider, cocoa, tea and coffee in front of the fireplace. Take a brief, brisk night hike to see how the animals are faring in the cold weather. Make a craft and enjoy some home-baked goodies. Event held rain or shine. 6-8pm. All ages. $10 per person; $25 per family. Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Road, Rye. 914-967-5150. www.ryenaturecenter.org.

Saturday, December 22

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

GINGERBREAD FARM ANIMALS: See December 8.

SANTA EXPRESS!: See December 8.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS-VAN CORTLANDT MANOR: See December 21.

FESTIVALS OF LIGHT: CHRISTMAS, HANUKKAH & KWANZAA: Join The Mythmakers for a multicultural celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa with stories and songs from around the world. 1:30pm. All ages. $8; children under 1, FREE. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 203-899-0606, ext. 247. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org


Sunday, December 23

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: See December 1.

SANTA EXPRESS!: See December 8.

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 2.

SAND CANDLES: Create a mold out of sand to make a unique candle design. Visitors can add items from nature such as leaves and seeds, pour in the wax and wait for it to cool. Register by December 20. 1pm. Ages 7+. $4.50. Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. 914-666-8448. www.westmorelandsanctuary.org.

Thursday, December 27

FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAM: Historic games, activities, music and demonstrations, designed for children on vacation from school, as well as parents, adults and others. 10am-4pm. All. FREE. St. Paul's Historic Church, South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon. 914-667-4116. www.nps.gov/sapa.

 

Friday, December 28

CANDLELIGHT TOURS—VAN CORTLANDT MANOR: See December 21.

FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAM: See December 27.

 

Saturday, December 29

CANDLELIGHT TOURS—VAN CORTLANDT MANOR: See December 21.

HAPPY (EARLY) NEW YEAR WITH CLIFFORD!: Ring in the New Year with everyone's favorite red canine. Bring cameras for photo ops and New Year's resolutions to count down to 2008, and then celebrate with a craft, a special story time and more. 3pm. All ages. FREE. Scholastic Store, 450 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale. 914-725-7201. www.scholasticstore.com.

FAMILY ART PROJECT: CALENDAR CREATIONS—HELLO 2008!: Visitors can paint their favorite view onto a calendar. 1-4pm. All ages. FREE with admission. Wave Hill, Kerlin Learning Center, 675 West 252nd Street, Bronx. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org.

 
Sunday , December 30

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 2.

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

Monday, December 31

FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAM: See December 27.

NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH: Kids want to party, too! Dress up, sip cider and dance the afternoon away. Celebration includes kid-friendly munchies, activities, party favors, music and dancing. Call for reservations. 4-6pm. All ages. $100 per family, up to 6 family members; additional guests $20. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 203-899-0606, ext. 228. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

 

 


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