10 best ways to celebrate the season

House tours, tree lightings, shows and so much more to keep the season bright!

Posted: Monday, December 01, 2008

Love the tree lightings, the music and shows, or just like to say bah humbug to the whole thing? Mark your calendars now for the best holiday happenings, because the season will be over before you know it.


1. Catch a community festival.

Pawling Decemberfest. Tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon, music, holiday decorations. Free. Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845-855-0500. www.pawling.org Dec. 5 (5pm-9pm).

Rhinebeck Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. Music, performances, vendors, parade (6pm), tree lighting. Free. Village of Rhinebeck, East Market St., Rhinebeck 845-876-5904. www.RhinebeckChamber.org Dec. 6 (10am-6pm).

Festival of Lights. Craft exhibits, live reindeer, music, food, tree lighting (5:30pm). Free. Tymor Park, Town of Union Vale, 249 Duncan Rd., Unionvale / Lagrangeville. 845-724-5691. www.unionvaleny.us Dec. 6 (10am-6pm).

Holiday in the Village. Carolers, sleigh rides, and more. Main St., Saugerties. 845-246-5956. www.village.saugerties.ny.us Dec. 7 (11am-5pm).

Holiday Caroling. Bring your voices and instruments and stroll the streets singing seasonal songs. Main St., Saugerties. 845-338-8587. www.heritageconcerts.com Dec. 14 (3pm).


2. See the holiday classics.

“A Christmas Carol.” Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm. Fee. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. www.CenterforPerformingArts.org Dec. 5-21.

“A Christmas Carol”. Performed by Ulster Ballet Company. Fri.-Sat. 8pm; Sat. 2pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. www.upac.org Dec. 5-7.

“A Christmas Carol.” Lycian Centre, Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287. www.lyciancentre.com Dec. 11 (7:30pm).

“The Nutcracker”. Performed by Catskill Ballet Company. Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. www.upac.org Dec. 12-14.

“A Christmas Carol.” Presented by American Family Theater. Aquinas Hall Theatre, Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh. 845-569-3179. www.msmc.edu Dec. 14 (2pm).


3. Let the music play.

Dutchess Community College Choral Holiday Concert. DCC Chorus and Madrigal singers perform. Free. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie 845-431-8050 or 8000. www.sunydutchess.edu Dec. 4 (12:30pm).

13th Annual Welcome Yule. Choral concert by Ars Choralis and Hudson Valley Youth Chorale. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wurts St., Kingston. 845-679-8172. Dec. 6 (7pm) & 7 (4pm).

A Rita Coolidge Christmas. Performance with a local youth chorus. Lycian Centre, Kings Hwy., Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287. www.lyciancentre.com Dec. 7 (3pm).

Hudson Valley Holiday. West Point Concert Band and Jazz Knights perform. Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point. 845-938-2617. www.westpoint.edu/band Dec. 13 (7:30pm) & 14 (3pm).

The Mansion Series Christmas Concert. Traditional troubadour Harvey Reid performs. Morrison Mansion, SUNY Orange County Community College, Middletown. 845-343-3049. www.friendsofmusic.net Dec. 13-14 (8pm).

Classical Choral Society Winter Concert. Dec. 14 (4pm) at Blooming Grove United Church of Christ & Dec. 20 (7pm) at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen. 845-928-6462. www.classicchoralsociety.org

4. Get a load of the lights.

Menorah Lighting. Daily at 3:15pm; Shabbat lighting 5:30pm Fri. Main Mall across from the courthouse, Poughkeepsie. 845-463-5801. Dec. 4-12.

Tree Lighting at Thayer Hotel. Refreshments, Highland Falls Middle School choir performs. The Thayer Hotel at West Point. 845-446-4731. www.thethayerhotel.com Dec. 5 (6pm).

Christmas Tree Lighting. Caroling, cookies & good spirits. Free. Rte. 97/Hwy. 55, Barryville. 845-557-6500. Dec. 6 (7pm).

Chester Historical Society Tree Lighting. 1915 Erie Railroad Station, Chester. 845-469-7645. www.chesterhistoricalsociety.com Dec. 7 (5pm).

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. County Court House, Monticello. Hanukkah dinner follows (5pm) at Temple Sholom, Rte. 42 & East Dillon Rd., Monticello. 845-794-8731. Dec. 9 (4pm).


5. Tour historic homes.

Twilight Holiday Tour and Dinner. Special holiday tour and dinner. Fee. Locust Grove, Morse Historic Site, 2683 Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie 845-454-4500. www.LGNY.org Dec. 6 (5:30pm).

Christmas Tour of Homes. Village of Saugerties. 845-246-9529. www.saugertieshistoricalsociety.com Dec. 6.

Yuletide High Tea. Traditional holiday cakes, tea sandwiches and seasonal music, followed by mansion tour. Fee. Reservations necessary. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. www.wilderstein.org Dec. 6 (1pm).

Christmas Open House. Candlelight tours, music, entertainment, refreshments. John Kane House, 126 E. Main St., Pawling 845-855-5355. www.PawlingHistory.org Dec. 6-14.

Decorated Holiday Tours. Self-guided tours of Morse's historic Italianate villa. Locust Grove, 2683 Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500. www.LGNY.org Weekends Dec. 6-21 (Noon-4pm).

Christmas Tour at Glebe House. New interpretation of Tory residence, updated tour and refreshments. Free. Glebe House, 635 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-0605. www.DutchessCountyHistoricalSociety.org Dec. 7.

Candlelight Tours. Candlelight tours of home dressed in old-fashioned finery. Hill-Hold Museum, 128 Rte. 416, Campbell Hall. 845-291-2404. Dec. 13 (3-7pm) & 14 (Noon-4pm).

Candlelight Tour of Newburgh Historic Homes. Tour of private homes highlights Newburgh’s rich architectural history. Starts at Captain David Crawford House, Montgomery St., Newburgh. 845-561-2585. www.newburghhistoricalsociety.com Dec. 14 (1-5pm).

Christmas with the Ellisons. Candlelight tours, costumed interpreters and period music. Knox Headquarters, New Windsor. 845-561-5498. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org Dec. 20 (5:30-8:30pm).


6. Go see a show.

New York Conservatory for the Arts Holiday Show. Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm. 120 Schildknecht Rd., West Hurley. 845-339-4340. www.nyca.org Dec. 5-7.

Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point. 845-938-4159. www.ikehall.com Dec. 6 (8pm).

Holiday Spectacular with Hotflash and the Hormones. Funny, sassy, and irreverent musical production. Bodles Opera House, Chester. 845-469-4595. www.bodles.com Dec. 6 (8:30pm).


7. Shop locally (and handmade).

Holiday Craft Fair. Handmade crafts. Marbletown Elementary, 12 Pine Bush Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-4433. Dec. 6 (10am-4pm).

Tivoli Craft Fair. Handmade crafts. Free. Lasher Garage, Montgomery & Broadway Sts., Tivoli. 845-757-2021. www.tivoliny.org Dec. 6 (10am-4pm).

Holiday Craft Fair. Handmade crafts. Marbletown Elementary School, 12 Pine Bush Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-4433. Dec. 6 (10am-4pm).


8. Get in the spirit with spirits.

Wreath Fineries at 10 Wineries. Tour wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail and receive ornaments at each winery, tastings and more. www.shawangunkwinetrail.com Dec. 6-7 13-14, 20-21 (10am-6pm).

Holiday Celebration. Free wine tasting, holiday food and music. Benmarl Winery, Marlboro. 845-236-4265. www.benmarl.com Dec. 27.


9. Get out with the grandkids.

Hanukkah Jubilee. For the whole family. Fee. Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-0570. Dec. 2 (5:30-7:30pm).

Story of Scrooge. For the whole family. Fee. Mariapolis Luminosa of the Focolare Movement, 200 Cardinal Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-0230, ext. 133. www.focolare.us Dec. 6 (7pm) & 7 (2:30pm).

Santa’s Run. Ride the trolley with Santa. Trolley Museum, Kingston. 845-331-3399. www.tmny.org Dec. 6 (Noon-4pm).

Open House on the Farm. Gingerbread houses on display, hot cider. Free. Rogowski Farm, Glenwood Rd., Pine Island. 845-258-4574. www.rogowskifarm.com Dec. 6-7.

Mooseltoe, A New Musical. Colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale for young children. Lycian Centre, Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287. www.lyciancentre.com Dec. 13 (10am & Noon).

Light Up the Hamlet. Children’s parade, visit from Santa, tree and street lighting at dusk. Highland. 845-691-6070. www.townoflloyd.com Dec. 7.

Hanukkah Bowl Sunday Funday. Kiamesha Lanes, Rte. 42, Kiamesha Lake. Fee includes shoes, games and lunch. Reserve by Dec. 3 at 845-794-8470. Dec. 9 (11:30am-1:30pm).

Holiday Fireworks 2008. Music, tree lighting, Santa, and public skate sessions (6-10pm). Fireworks (8pm). Skating 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm. Merry-Go-Round 4-10pm. Bear Mountain State Park. 845-786-2701. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org Dec.


10. Be a bah humbug.

Catskill Fiber Celebration. Juried show and sale of fiber art, clothing, yarns and more. Woodstock Firehouse, Zena Rd., Woodstock. 845-246-2203 or 657-8475. Dec. 6-7.

A Visit to the Two Polar Regions. Adventures of a visit to Arctic and Antarctica. Mohonk Preserve, Rte. 44/55, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. www.mohonkpreserve.org Dec. 7 (3-4pm).

Catskill Cabaradio. 13 show with poets, local personalities, live music, local history and more. Free. Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. 845-254-5469. www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org Dec. 13 (6-9pm).

Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Staged in individual galleries with specifically developed scores. Reservations suggested. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100, ext. 44. www.diaart.org Dec. 6-7 (2pm).

Pharmacogenomics and the Future of Drug Discovery. Monthly meeting of Hudson Valley Science Café. Diana's, Rte. 207, New Windsor. 845-731-3616. www.cafescientifique.org Dec. 17 (7pm).

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