The holiday weekend is the best time to shop, eat and plan a trip to cut down the Christmas tree, but there are plenty of other options, from taking the kids to a train show or out-of-town relatives to a historical place. house decorated for the holidays Here are some suggestions:
Holidays on the Hill, November 26 and 27
This annual display at Lasdon Park features over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space beginning with a walk through the Christmas displays leading to the Conservatory. Inside, trains rattle along 12 multi-level tracks, over bridges, through tunnels, under waterfalls and festive scenes, all framed with colorful plants and seasonal decorations. Lots of great family photo opportunities, the kids can visit with Santa Claus and there are some treats available from the Bona Bona ice cream truck. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors (62+); $10 children 2-12; children up to 24 months free. For available times, tickets and more information, visit lasdonpark.org/hoh22. 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner, November 25
You’re not alone in the holidays if Bonnie Saran and Tom Sprague have a thing to do about it. Both restaurant owners open their doors to any and all who need a meal and some fellowship on Thanksgiving. Sprague’s Bob’s Diner in Brewster is open to all who wish to participate. 2-8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 27 Main St., Brewster. In White Plains, Saran’s Little Drunker Chef will offer meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, veggies, and mashed potatoes or a more Indian-focused one with chicken tiki masala, rice, salad and lasooni. gobi (cauliflower florets in chili and garlic sauce). Both include desserts. 91 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, 914-615-9300
Frosty day, November 27
Frosty the Snowman, who came to life in Armonk, will make his homecoming beginning at noon, with the annual Frosty Parade scheduled for 4 p.m. Park and tree lighting at 4:30 pm For more information, visit armonkfrosty.com
Manufacturers Market, November 27
Find handmade goods for everyone on your list, including ceramics, cutting boards, chef’s knives, whiskey, beer, sourdough bread and more at this Tarrytown market. While you’re at it, feel free to sample a beer or bourbon sample from local breweries and distilleries. Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Makers Central, 84 Central Ave., Tarrytown.
Sleighbells on the Avenues, November 26
Larchmont will be filled with the sound of sleigh bells, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and tree lighting, among the free events planned. On November 26, there is a “Find Frosty” scavenger hunt. A calendar of free events is included on the Larchmont Chamber website at larchmontchamber10538.org/holidayevents.
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“Nutcracker”, November 26
As part of the World Series of Ballet, the Nutcracker is performed live by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers assembled to bring the most beloved Christmas tradition to life. A family experience accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, more than 150 hand-sewn costumes, handmade sets and classic choreography by Marius Petipa. 7 p.m. Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill. For tickets, information, go to paramounthudsonvalley.com
“The cake”, from November 25 to 27
The frosting will fly in this sweet, multi-layered, topical comedy, now at the Elmwood Playhouse. Della, a Christian conservative, faces a crisis of conscience when she is asked to bake a wedding cake for the same-sex wedding of her late friend’s daughter. This charming and moving play recalls the playwright’s Emmy-nominated work on the award-winning television show “This Is Us.” 10 Park Street, Nyack. For tickets and more information, go to elmwoodplayhouse.com/tickets/
Victorian Christmas at Octagon House, November 25-28
Irvington’s restored historic 1872 Octagon House will be filled with wreaths, garlands and the glitter of ornaments on a large Christmas tree inside the parlor. The tour will take approximately 1 hour and is best suited for guests ages 7 and up. Parking is free but very limited; guests are requested to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the tour. Tours at 10, 11:30 am, 1, 2:30 and 4 pm General admission tickets are $29 at fareharbor.com. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is located at 45 W. Clinton Ave., Irvington. For more information, visit armourstiner.com
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Great Holiday Train Show, November 26 and 27
The New Castle Historical Society, the 19th-century summer residence of Horace Greeley, is decorated for the holidays with displays of running trains in each of the period rooms. This year, the show will have a room dedicated to the New York Central Railroad, curated by Jamie Comstock, a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Rich in history, the New York Central Railroad Company was one of the largest American railroads operating in the Northeast. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 children ages 2-8, plus processing fees. 100 King Street, Chappaqua. For tickets, time slots and more information, visit newcastlehs.org.
Greenburgh Nature Center Train Show, November 26 and 27
The Holiday Train Show features a special 12-by-18-foot display of model trains traveling through country scenes. The display includes detailed features such as a mountain with a train tunnel, a ravine with a train trestle running across it, a stream, a model town, railroad crossings, and much more. Tickets are $10, children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Manor House entrance on the day you attend.. The show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on the following dates: November 26 and 27; December 3, 4.99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. For more information, visit greenburghnaturecenter.org/holiday-train-show.
Watch the World Cup, November 25
The Picture House in Pelham and Bronxville will show the US Men’s National Team World Cup game on the big screen. There will be a $5 admission fee at the door, and concessions, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, 914-738-3161; 84 Kraft Ave., Bronxville, 914-961-4030, thepicturehouse.org
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Lumagica, November 26 and 27
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard will once again transform into an enchanted forest after apple-picking season ends, with more than 750,000 lights, whimsical creatures, and plenty of surprises on this ride experience. 4-9 p.m. every day. For tickets, go to harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com
Westchester Winter Wonderland, November 25-27
Stay in your vehicle for this 1.2-mile route filled with Christmas lights and a few new additions this year, including a new North Pole and live Santa display, a stunning kaleidoscope corridor, a merry Christmas carol corner snow; Expanded Peace on Earth LED screen with trumpets and animated angels and some extra lights surrounding the largest Christmas tree in Westchester. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, Go to wwinterwonderland.com
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Down To Earth Holiday Exhibition, November 25-27
Explore a 10,000 square foot showroom that has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with lifelike Santas, pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, friendly life-size reindeer, ornaments and decorations. Open daily, 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday until 7 pm Down to Earth Living is located at 1040 Route 45, Pomona; 845-354-8500; dteliving.com.
Christmas decorations in Lyndhurst, November 25-27
The Gothic Revival mansion is dressed in period finery for tours, including dozens of decorated Christmas trees inside the home’s rooms; During this season only, curators bring to light rarely seen items that belonged to Lyndhurst’s former owners. The one-hour tour visits the two main floors of the mansion. Tours are offered every hour from 9:30 am to 3 pm Thursday through Monday. Tickets are $16-$24 and must be purchased in advance. Visit lyndhurst.org for more holiday events, COVID protocols, and to purchase tickets. 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.
Start a new tradition with Eggbert the talking egg, November 25-27
If you don’t like Santa, take the kids to New Windsor and they can share their wishes with Eggbert, a talking animatronic egg that was developed and built in the 1930s by Cornell University to help promote the egg industry. Live at Devitt’s Nursery in New Windsor, which also includes festive displays, holiday shops and a bar serving adult beverages. Christmas on the Farm with Eggbert is from 10 am to 5 pm Tickets are $15 at the door and free for children 3 and under. Eggbert’s work hours are 3-7 pm on Fridays, 10 am-5 pm on Saturdays, and 10 am-4 pm on Sundays. Find more information, including holiday store hours, on the Devitt’s Nursery website, devittsnsy.com. The nursery is located at 56 Devitt Circle, New Windsor.