Top Things to Do With Your Family in Rockland in December

Top Things to Do With Your Family in Rockland in December

We've picked the most fun things to do with your family in Rockland in December, including exciting indoor and outdoor events, seasonal fun, entertaining shows, and more!

Holiday Lights in Bloom FREE
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 30, Friday-Sunday, 5-8pm
WHERE: The Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park State Route 416, Montgomery, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors will be amazed by the lit trees, gardens filled with an assortment of flowers, and patriotic decorations.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can spy garden-themed light displays in the the forms of flowers, animals, and insects before stepping inside for free hot cocoa.
WANT TO GO? 845-615-3830. orangecountygov.com.

Westchester's Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, Thursdays, 5-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 5-10pm; Sundays, 5-9pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza featuring a Santa Experience, skating on an outdoor ice rink, a circus, rides, food trucks, and nightly magic shows!
WHY WE LOVE IT: There's something special for children of all ages at this seasonal must-see.
WANT TO GO? $20; free for children ages 3 and younger. 914-231-4600. wwinterwonderland.com.

Santa Breakfast & Dance Party!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9-11am
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a delicious buffet including, bacon, eggs, sausage, waffles, and more, all while listening to the sounds of the season with live entertainment.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A special chance to meet Santa and join him in a parade back to Santaland.
WANT TO GO? $22; $20 children ages 3-12. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.

Hanukkah Laser Light Show
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: JCC of Rockland, 450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack, Ny
AGES: All
WHAT: Wear your PJs and bring a blanket for this breathtaking extravaganza of lasers, lights, Hanukkah, and science.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Doughnuts will be served to enjoy during the show!
WANT TO GO? $36 for a family of four; $5 per additional family member. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org.

'Toyland' Holiday Show FREE
WHEN: Dec. 2 - 23, Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives, 213 Blue Hill Road, Pearl River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A roomful of 19th- and 20th-century American toys will be on view and Santa will be there!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will love comparing their modern-day marvels with traditional trinkets.
WANT TO GO? 8453981302. orangetownmuseum.com.

The Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration Concert
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2pm
WHERE: Bergen PAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: The Laurie Berkner Band will celebrate the holiday season with traditional songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie's album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can also expect fan favorites from Laurie's recently released greatest hits album, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection.
WANT TO GO? $29 and up. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.

Toddler Drive In Movie: 'Frozen' Sing-along FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 13, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Pearl River Library, 80 Franklin Ave., Pearl River, New York
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Toddlers are invited to watch Frozen (the sing-along version) and enjoy popcorn.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Who doesn't love a roomful of tots singing "Let It Go?!"
WANT TO GO? 845-735-4084. pearlriverlibrary.org.

Literary Lions Series: Sunday Afternoon with Distinguished Authors
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S. Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Topics will include the aspirations of small business owners, the community’s commemoration of underground-railroad conductors, and a local playwright’s celebration of Nelson Mandela.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Nyack residents will appreciate a bit of local history.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 students. 8453580877. rocklandartcenter.org.

Winter Solstice Celebration
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 21, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about some of the different solstice celebrations from around the world, burn a yule log, and finish with an evening hike to Pfister’s Pond.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's the perfect after-dark seasonal adventure for families.
WANT TO GO? $5 members; $10 non-members. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.

Happy Noon Year's Eve Party FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 29, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Albert Wisner Public Library, 28 Railroad Ave., Warwick, New York
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Celebrate a Noon Year's Eve party with stories, songs, a craft, party hats, favors, and food.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Parents can enjoy NYE early with the kiddos.
WANT TO GO? 845-986-1047. albertwisnerlibrary.org.

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