Top 20 Things to Do in Winter in Westchester County

Top 20 Things to Do in Winter in Westchester County


Don't let the cold keep you and the kids cooped up at home in the winter. Keep this list of the top 20 winter activities in Westchester County handy for ideas to keep cabin fever at bay, including learning how to make maple syrup, cutting your own Christmas tree, and going ice-skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and skiing.


1. Go ice-skating.

Hit the ice for some classic winter fun at Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains, Westchester’s premier outdoor rink. The rink is typically open late October through mid-March. And check out this list of indoor and outdoor ice rinks in the area for more options. family ice-skating

2. See the Holiday Train Show.

Hitch a ride to tons of fun at the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, which boasts replicas of area landmarks made entirely from plants and is definitely worth the drive to the Bronx. The show typically runs mid-November through early January. Refer to our full list of nearby train shows and exhibits that you can visit throughout the year.

3. Attend a menorah or tree lighting.

christmas tree lighting Watch little eyes light up with holiday joy during a local tree or menorah lighting. If you’re looking for a big event, Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers holds both an annual menorah lighting and an annual Christmas tree lighting. Smaller community lightings are held throughout late November and early December.

4. Cut your own Christmas tree.

Make this Christmas extra-special with a trip to cut your own Christmas tree at Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs or one of the area’s other tree farms, most of which are open from late November through late December. cut your own christmas tree

5. Attend a holiday fair at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Create your own Christmas story in the Bronx at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s annual Holiday Family Day. Usually held in early December, this event includes  storytelling, shopping, crafts, and of course, pictures with Santa.

6. Eat breakfast with Santa.

breakfast with santa Start your day with a delicious breakfast, some arts and crafts, and a visit with jolly old Saint Nick. Each year in early December, the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains transforms its ballroom into a winter wonderland where kids can have Breakfast with Santa.

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7. See a holiday show.

Travel back in time with Jonathan Kruk’s masterful telling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol at Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow. The 17th-century church offers the perfect setting for the classic holiday tale. Performances begin in late November and run through late December. Get even more in the holiday spirit by seeing another holiday show in the area! christmas carol at old dutch church

8. See a local performance of The Nutckracker.

westchester ballet company's the nutcracker Visit the Land of Sweets in Westchester Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker at Westchester County Center in White Plains. Performances are usually held over one weekend in mid-December. 

9. Go skiing.

Grab your gear and pack up the kids for a day of skiing or snowboarding at one of the area’s family-friendly resorts.  kids skiing

10. Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.

legoland discovery center westchester Escape from the cold and head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers. Among its attractions, LEGOLAND boasts several themed building stations, rides, and MINILAND, a miniature replica of the New York metro landscape.

11. Go sledding.

Pull out your Flexible Flyer and get set for some downhill snow-day fun. Once there’s enough snow on the ground, Westchester’s six public golf courses open for sledding. child sledding

12. Spend a day with the wolves.

westchester wolf conservation center Hang out with wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. Each year on New Year’s Day, visitors can help Howl in the New Year while they enjoy hot beverages and learn all about these beautiful and endangered species.

13. See girls compete for Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA.

Cheer on the hundreds of young ladies competing to be called Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA at the Purchase Performing Arts Center in mid-January.

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14. Go snowshoeing.

Embrace the snow by hitting the nearly 15 miles of trails at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining for some snowshoeing. The trails are open from dawn to dusk, year-round. 

15. Volunteer with the family.

Give back to the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mid-January, which coincides with Westchester’s countywide Day of Service, by volunteering

16. View art with your baby.

Enjoy fine art as a family during Stroller Tours at the Katonah Museum of Art. Designed specifically for families of children younger than 2, these early-hours exhibition tours offer parents the chance to engage in conversation and explore intellectual themes with tots in tow.

stroller tour at katonah museum of art

17. Learn about birds of prey.

eaglefest at croton point park Celebrate our national bird at EagleFest in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson in early February. Learn all about these regal creatures through a series of all-day events and activities, including guided bird walks, close-up looks, stories, and displays.

18. Go to the circus.

Revel in old-fashioned family fun when the Royal Hanneford Circus returns to the Westchester County Center in White Plains in mid-February. With tigers, acrobats, clowns, and baby elephants, this big top show is sure to please. royal hanneford circus

19. Attend the Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair.

boy with binoculars Look ahead and start planning the perfect summer for your child at the Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair at Crowne Plaza in White Plains. Meet directors, learn about a wide variety of programs, and even win a prize or two.

20. Learn how to make maple syrup.

Learn all about maple sugaring at programs held in late February and early March at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, and other Westchester County orchards and nature preserves. maple sugaring at greenburgh nature center

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