Your Awesome Westchester Weekend: December 23-26
It’s finally here: Christmas weekend! As we are all gearing up for the special day, there’s still many ways to soak in the magic of the season right in Westchester. Check out list of fun events and attractions below.
Check out where to see Santa in Westchester.
Thursday, December 22nd and Friday, December 22nd at 6:00pm and Saturday, December 23rd at 10:00am
SAVE SANTA! A Holiday Mystery by Peter Royston
Enjoy this interactive experience where kids of all ages have to help Santa from the grumpy Krampus monster. Guests meet Santa at the Tarrytown Music Hall (his New York headquarters) to begin the search! This includes a 45-minute interactive holiday mystery play as you are guided room-to-room! Along the way you’ll meet figures from holiday folklore from all around the world, like La Belfana the Italian Christmas Witch, the mischievous Yule Lads from Iceland, and the Mari Lwyd, the Christmas Ghost Horse from Wales! Each character will give you clues to find Santa Claus, with everything leading to a final exciting encounter between Santa and the Krampus! Tickets are $20 per adults and $15 per child (under 12). Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St Floor 2, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Friday, December 23rd from 9:30am-11:00am
Enjoy a beautiful tour of the Lyndhurst Mansion decorated for the holidays. This includes a one-hour tour where you will see dozens of beautifully decorated trees as well as a discussion of history, architecture, and art. Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Friday, December 23rd and Saturday, December 24th, various times
Christmas House Westchester
Immerse yourself in the world of all things Christmas at the Westchester Mall. This includes a 45-minute walk-through experience through 12 holiday-filled rooms. Some rooms include the first-ever Snow Room, The Buddy The Elf Room, The North Pole, and much more! Tickets are for various times. The Westchester, 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601.
Friday, December 23rd-January 1st from 4:30pm-8:00pm, daily
2022 Grand Holiday Illumination
Visit Untermyer Gardens for their annual Grand Holiday Illuminations. This free event features more than 10,000 lights in a fun walk-through experience as you see the beautiful architecture of the Untermyer Gardens dressed up for the season. Untermyer Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.
Friday, December 23rd from 6:00pm-9:45pm
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza
Enjoy the magic of the holidays warm in your car in this fun holiday drive-thru experience. You and your kids will see tons of attractions, such as the Fireside Forest, Winter Winds Way, Dove Drive, Christmas Tree Plaza with two thirty-foot snowflakes, Land of Packages, Magical Woods, Elf Disco, and of course the 100-feet tunnel with swirling colors that will transport you into the holiday season. As you watch the lights before your eyes, you and your kids can listen to holiday music, which will be playing through your car’s FM radio. Tickets are $25 per car on weekdays, $35 per car on weekends. For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit wwinterwonderland.com
Saturday, December 24th from 10:00am-2:00pm
Enjoy an interactive walk-through experience at Holiday Wish: Follow the Magic. Located in the Stamford Town Center, the experience features a beautiful holiday visual storytelling with gorgeous illuminated Christmas trees, an Elves’ workshop, reindeer, a live Elf on a Shelf, a six-foot-tall animatronic singing polar bears, and much more. Tickets are $27.50 per adult and $17.50 per child, excluding service fees. Children younger than two years old are free. Photos with Santa are $25.oo per person. Stamford Town Center, 100 Greyrock Place, Stamford, CT 06901, 5th Floor (Above Barnes & Noble)
Saturday, December 24th from 11:00am-2:30pm
Enjoy a reading at the Westchester Children’s Museum three times a day. This includes reading stories all about snowy, winter days. Free with museum admission. Westchester Children’s Museum,
Saturday, December 24th-Sunday, January 8th from 10:00am-3:00pm
The Great Holiday Train Show from the New Castle Historical Society
Join the New Castle Historical Society for this annual family holiday tradition. Families can see this historic 19th-century summer residence of Horace Greeley that is decorated for the holidays with running train displays in each of their period rooms. Visit the holiday gift shop to purchase train-themed items, candy, and more! Admission is $10 for members; $15 for non-members; and $8 for children ages 8 and under. New Castle Historical Society – Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514.
Monday, Dec 26, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Tuesday Dec 27, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Thursday Dec 29, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm, Friday, Dec 30, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Nutcracker Dream (White Plains)
Inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev, “Nutcracker Dream” is a one-hour and 15 minutes family-friendly adaptation of the seasonal favorite. This production was created by choreographer Carole Alexis, and performed by Westchester’s premier dance company Carole Alexis Ballet Theatre / Ballet des Amériques. Professional dancers from the company perform the featured roles of the ballet, while additional roles will be cast by audition among young dancers from across the area. The intimate performances will take place at KOI Creative Event Space at 169 Mamaroneck Avenue on the second floor above Lilly’s, a restaurant reminiscent of the great Victorian “gin palaces” that thrived in industrial cities of England and Northern Ireland. Lilly’s will be host to a unique Sugarplum Holiday Tea experience at 4pm each day during the week of performances except Tuesday. Lilly’s and its sister restaurant Hudson Grille also will be offering a complimentary drink to Nutcracker Dream ticket holders during the entirety of the performance run.
They also offer a Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package for $75 per person. This includes a meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and Marie after the performance and a picture with them on the Nutcracker Dream set. The Dream Package also includes: VIP seating, a complimentary beverage prior the performance, a swag bag filled with goodies including a special holiday treat, and a Nutcracker Dream t-shirt as a special memento. The funds from the Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package help to support this production and keep ticket prices affordable for all to enjoy the magic of this holiday classic. KOI Creative Event Space, 169 Mamaroneck Avenue, 2nd Floor. balletdesameriques.company/tickets