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Christmas Events in NYC, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island for 2022

Christmas Events in NYC, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island for 2022

The best Christmas events going on in NYC, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island for the 2022 holiday season.

Now that you've polished off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, I think we can finally all agree: the holidays in NYC are here! After two years of the pandemic putting a damper on our seasonal fun, it seems the holiday celebrations are back in full swing for 2022. There's so many family-friendly holiday events going on in and around NYC this year, you won't know what to do first! 

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The Origami Holiday Tree

The American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park W., Upper West Side
November 21-January 9, Open daily, 10am–5:30pm
All ages
Included with admission: NY, NJ, or CT Residents pay what you wish; all others $16-$28

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Beautiful Bugs, featuring specially created models inspired by the upcoming Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium opening in Winter 2023. Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be intricately designed models of long-legged grasshoppers, brilliantly colored butterflies, and iridescent beetles, as well as those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and Tyrannosaurus rex. 

North Pole Express 2022

Top View Sightseeing, 42nd St. between 5th and 6th Ave., Midtown
November 24-December 31, See website for schedule
All ages
$149; $139 ages 2-12
Advanced Registration Required

Take a tour of Midtown Manhattan’s storied holiday lights as you listen to thrilling Christmas tales told by one of Santa’s Elves. End your journey at the North Pole to meet Santa Himself. Tell him your deepest Christmas wishes and get a sleigh bell as a good luck charm.


Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., Financial District
November 25-January 1, See website for schedule
All ages

View the mesmerizing display of colorful lanterns in Luminaries’ glowing canopy consisting of 640 twinkling custom lanterns that change in color and intensity. View a special light show at the top of every hour from 8am to 10pm, set to the following holiday songs: Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé, Silver Bells by Tony Bennett, Carol of the Bells by The Bird and The Bee, and Let It Snow by Pentatonix 

Harlem Night Market

La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave., East Harlem
Saturdays, December 3-17, 4-8pm
All ages
Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Come through to support local entrepreneurs and go home with some of the best eats, drinks & gifts in the neighborhood. D.J.s Stormin' Norman and Ted Smooth will be bringing you  back to the dance floor, with special guests to be announced. There'll be plenty of family fun -- including visits all three weekends with Santa, a bounce house and 360-degree photo booth. 

Holiday Creative Breaks at Little Island

Little Island NYC, Pier55 in Hudson River Park West 13th Street, Meatpacking District
December 3-17, Saturdays, 12-3pm
All ages

Make your own Holiday themed postcard and spread some joy by mailing your postcard to family, friends, or neighbors. (Postage will be provided).

Fifth Avenue for All

5th Avenue between 48th and 57th Streets, Midtown
Sundays, December 4-18, 12-6pm
All ages

For the first time ever, the iconic Fifth Avenue retail corridor will be closed to vehicular traffic to welcome visitors and provide a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for families, shoppers and sightseers of all ages. See the most iconic and spectacular part of Fifth Avenue transformed into a pedestrian-only promenade, allowing all who visit to enjoy the iconic holiday windows and celebrate the season with food kiosks, seating areas and live music. Fifth Avenue For All joins an exciting lineup of programming to spread holiday cheer to the over 10 million guests from around the world who visit Fifth Avenue throughout the holiday season. Kids, don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa to the oversized red holiday mailbox stationed on Fifth Avenue and 51st Street. See website for scheduled performances. 

Watson Adventures’ Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

Paley Park, 3 East 53rd Street, Midtown
Saturday, December 10, 10:30am-12:30pm
Ages 10 and older with an adult
Advanced Registration Required

Go on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to discover the best of midtown's lavish holiday displays, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, and other festive highlights. You'll also visit locations from famous holiday movies such as Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Living History: 18th-Century Winter Traditions

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
Sunday, December 11, 1-3pm
All ages
Included with admission: $22; $17 seniors; $13 student; $6 ages 5-13; free for ages 4 and younger

Did you know that decorating trees for the holidays wasn't a common practice until the mid-19th century? Hang out with historical interpreters and learn more fascinating facts about winter traditions in 18th-century America. Afterwards, create your own festive decorations!

NYSoM HolidayMania 2022

East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 2nd Avenue, East Harlem
Saturday, December 17, 2-6pm
All ages

HolidayMania 2022 will be a holiday extravaganza that features the NYSoM Gift Giveaway, Hanukkah Town with the Dreidelator, New Year's 2023 Jam Party with Lady New Year's,  Kwanzaa Village to see Papa Kwanzaa, Winter Wonderland where Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and more of your North Pole favorites will be spreading Christmas cheer! 


Holiday Train Show

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
November 19-January 16, Tuesdays-Sundays and Monday federal holidays, 10am-6pm
All ages
$35; $31 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $20 ages 2-12; free admission for children younger than 2

See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks.

Winter Wonderland

Bronx Terminal Market, 610 Exterior Street, Bronx
Saturday, December 3, 1-3:30pm
All ages

Meet Santa and his Elves, take pics in the photo booth, giveaways, music, and more!

Home for the Holidays Weekend

Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 12-4pm
All ages
Included with admission: $10; $6 students and seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6 and older

Let the garden, beautiful and intimate in winter, fill you with the joy of the season—and the holidays. Wreath workshops, artisan market, and live performances are just part of what you’ll find during this festive weekend. 

Family Day: Winter Wonderland

The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Saturday, December 10, 1-4pm
All ages

Celebrate the holiday season with the Bronx Museum and enjoy an afternoon filled with festive art activities for the whole family.

WBO Winter Wonderland

Williamsbridge Oval, 3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx
Saturday, December 10, 12:30-3pm
All ages

Bring the family out for arts & crafts, games and pictures with Santa! The center will be decorated to highlight holiday traditions from around the world, including; Christmas, Hanukkah, EID, Winter Solstice and New Year.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Thursday, December 15 and Saturday, December 17, 11:30am-1pm
Ages 3-5

Celebrate the season with a child-approved, bright, colorful, and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen, and a sing-along. 



Sinterklaas– Saint Nicholas Day

Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm
All ages

Enjoy a day full of craft activities, a tree lighting, and a special visit from St. Nick. Children will greet St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback and to tell the traditional tale of The Bakers Dozen. The children are invited to sign the Red Book. Sip hot cider, try their hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting that will close the day as the sun goes down.

Cookies with Santa 2022

FourFiveSix, 199 Richardson Street, Greenpoint
Saturday, December 3, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm
All ages
$20 kid ticket online; $30 at the door; $5 parent ticket

Bring your list & whisper your wishes! Santa's coming to Greenpoint!  Delicious, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, music, and, of-course, precious moments with Santa. A talented professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures for purchase.  And Queen Elsa may drop in for a special visit!

Shwick Holiday Market and Party

Weylin, 175 Broadway, Williamsburg
December 17 and December 18, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-7pm
All ages
Admission is free

Wear your best holiday outfit for a chance to win the $100 cash prize! Get some drinks during happy hour, then join the holiday parade throughout two floors of this historic landmark. Bring the kids to take pictures with Santa! Party all weekend with DJs, drinks, food, & more.


Parade on Rockaway

Hope NYC, 142-82 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica
Friday, December 2, 4pm: The LARGEST Christmas tree lighting in Queens
Saturday, December 3, 4pm: Visit Santa and get a FREE toy
Sunday, December 4, 4pm: Million-light Parade on Rockaway

Expect three full days of amazing events including one of a kind food vendors, an artisan holiday winter village, Christmas displays, a spectacular light parade, the largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens, Santa, toy giveaways, live musical and dance performances, and much more.

St. Nicholas Day

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing
Saturday, December 3, 12-4pm
All ages
$5; free for children younger than 12 
Advanced Registration Required

Take a photo with St. Nick and celebrate Dutch culture at this annual St. Nicholas Day celebration. 

Holiday Tinker Festival: Santa's Workshop & Tree Lighting

Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St, Flushing
Saturday, December 3, 2:30-4:30pm
All ages
Advanced registration required.

LLHM will be sharing homemade milk and cookies, hosting fun winter activities that children of all ages can enjoy, and lighting the tree! Test out mini winter experiments at the North Pole, build an edible snowman at the Elf Tinker Shop or enjoy gingerbread arts and crafts with Mrs. Claus.

December Kids Zone: Reindeer Stable or Gingerbread House

Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
Saturday, December 10, 11am-12pm
All ages

During the December Kids Zone event, kids will have a choice to make a Reindeer Stable or Gingerbread House. Kids also receive a collector’s pin, and a special lanyard to hold their Kids Zone pins. Mom & Dad receive a special coupon offer that can be combined with other coupons on that day.

Kids Holiday Event

31st Avenue between Steinway Street and 38 Street, Astoria
Saturday, December 10, 12-4pm
All ages
Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Meet and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, see special performances by the Christmas Matters holiday carolers, Penny and the Puppetts, The Bindelstiff Family Circus, Reflexion Dance, Art House Astoria, and the Fiddle Foxes. There will also be balloon art, caricatures, arts & crafts, and more! 

Santa Visits the New York Irish Center

New York Irish Arts Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Sunday, December 11, 1-3pm
All ages
Advanced registration required

The Center opens its doors to welcome local children from across our diverse community, and throughout the Boroughs, for a chance to conference with Santa Claus ahead of the Big Day. Tea, coffee, and snacks will be on hand! And each child who walks through the door receives a free gift!

The Governor's Victorian Holiday Ball

King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
Saturday, December 17, 4:30-7pm
Ages 5 and older

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of historic cocktail making, Victorian dancing, collages, etching, generous hors d'oeuvres, period music, raffles, and much more! Formal dress code is suggested and Victorian Period attire is encouraged!

O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi Reading

Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
Saturday, December 17, 1-2pm
All ages

Queens County Farm Museum will host a special outdoor holiday reading of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. This special program is designed to enrich the holiday season. Renowned actor and raconteur, Queens native Kevin R. Free will lead story time in the farm's 3-acre pasture. First published in 1905, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry tells the story of struggling newlyweds so eager to give each other a Christmas gift that each sells the one thing the other holds most dear. O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi at Pete's Tavern, New York City's longest continually operated bar and restaurant. Since 1905, this story has secured its place among the American literary canon and has become synonymous with the Christmas season.

Holiday Art Party

Art Strong NYC, 43-67 11th Street, Long Island City
Sunday, December 18, 10am-12:30pm
18 months and older
Advanced registration required

Children will enjoy festive sensory play, messy art making, collaborative activities, and a take home project for everyone to create something special of their own.


Staten Island

Winter Lantern Festival

Staten Island University Hospital Community Park, 75 Richmond Terr.
Fridays – Sundays, 5-9:30pm through Jan. 8, 2023; Dec. 26-29, 5-9:30pm
All ages
$28.99, plus a service fee; Kids $17.99. Parking on site is $10. 

Wander through a world inspired by Chinese myths and legends at the NYC Winter Lantern Festival. The festival’s theme this year is “Journey to the East” and features more than 1,000 illuminated displays of hand-made Chinese lanterns. 

Breakfast & Bowling With Santa 

Rab’s Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd.
December 18 from 9am-12pm 
Santa Claus is coming to the premier destination for fun! Visit Rab’s Country Lanes on Sunday, December 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM for a magical morning of Bowling & Breakfast with Santa. The experience includes 1 hour of bowling, breakfast buffet, a photo with Santa, and special treats. Reserve your spot at

A Christmas Show

St. George Theater, 35 Hyatt St.
Dec. 9, 7pm; Dec. 10 & 11, 3 pm & 7 pm
All ages
Tickets starting at $15

Now in its 19th year, this two-hour production is a high energy, rhinestone-studded series of songs and dances that the whole family will enjoy.  Featuring an all-volunteer cast of over 100 performers, the show features performances from local favorites like Vinnie Medugno, Marcus Simeone, Bill Newstad, Jenny Kelly, and Carmen Stone, an excerpt from “The Nutcracker”, and the fabulous Richmondettes comprised of superstars from various dance companies across Staten Island.

Long Island - Nassau

A Christmas Carol - Experiential

Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
November 25-December 30, See website for schedule
Ages 5 and older
$9 with $15 museum admission; $12 performance only

Meet the Cratchit family, Mr. Scrooge, and the ghosts of past, present and future in this classic story of acceptance and understanding. The cast weaves music, humor, and puppetry into this interactive show. The audience helps tell the story! Celebrate the change of seasons through this classic literary tale. Limited seating available.

Santa's Magical Workshop

Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway
Saturday, December 10, 10am
All ages
$35 per child; $5 per adult
Advanced Registration Required

Santa Claus and his elves invite you and your family to his magical workshop. Ticket price includes a meet and greet with Santa, unlimited photos with Santa from professional family photographer Jodi Applebaum, holiday craft activities, cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar and more.

Festival of Games: A Holiday Shopping & Gaming Event

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
Saturday, December 10, 10am-7pm
All Ages
$20 ($25 at the door); $15 kids ages 2-12 ($20 at the door)

Shop a variety of local small businesses for retro video games, toys, comics, and collectibles and enjoy a slew of unique retro gaming experiences. Admission includes free unlimited gameplay in the Arcade Age Exhibit featuring over 70 arcade classics plus dozens of retro gaming console setups with competitive tournaments and holiday-themed games.

Catch the Sleigh 5K

Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd, Seaford
Saturday, December 17, 9:30am, Kiddie Dash; 10am-12pm, Race
All ages
$30; free kiddie dash

Run the paved roadways of Cedar Creek Park for an unforgettable 5K! Catch up to Santa's sleigh and walk away with some jolly ol' treats from All Round Foods. FREE Kiddie Dash 30 minutes before.

Cookie Decorating with Santa

Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville
Wednesday, December 21, 4-6pm
All ages
Price TBA
Advanced Registration Required

Join Broadway Commons for cookie decorating with Santa! What’s Cooking Culinary School will be there and provide delicious cookies.

Long Island - Suffolk

Winter Wonderland

Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville
November 19-December 23, Wednesdays-Thursdays, 12-6pm; Fridays, 12-8pm; Saturdays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm
All ages
$20; free admission for ages 2 and younger

This year the winter wonderland is bigger and better than ever. Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden has almost doubled the size of the airstream area and added more festive lights, the Ice Skating Rink is ready to go and they added more holiday photo opp out in the field for the entire family to enjoy. Visitors can warm up by the fire, roast marshmallows and sip on hot cocoa while listening to holiday music by the Vintage Airstreams. When it gets dark, cozy up by the fire and watch holiday movies on the big screen. Play a round of mini golf and visit the animals all while taking in the beautiful decorations at the farm. This year Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden is excited to introduce the Christmas Carol House of Lights in the greenhouse. Journey through Scrooge’s nightmare and visit with the 3 spirits and learn the true meaning of Christmas. After the House of Lights, guests can meet the Tortoises in the greenhouse and say hello to Finn and his friends in the Goat pen. 

The 26th Annual Charles Dickens Festival

Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, 121 W. Broadway, Port Jefferson
Saturday, December 3, 11am-8pm and Sunday, December 4, 12-5pm
All ages

Gather to celebrate the beloved author as this quaint seaport village is transformed into a living Dickens stage. The Artisan Square, shows how hand-crafted works were made in Victorian England. The restaurants offer Dickensian-inspired fare, while the wide range of shops in the village stays open for extended hours for holiday shopping. The Village, once again, will be rich with their troupe of Dickens’ Street Characters and alive with a host of musical, magical, and theatrical presentations sure to delight the Scroogiest of curmudgeons.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station
December 7-20, Wednesday, December 7, 10:30-11am; Wednesday, December 14, 4-4:30pm; Tuesday, December 20, 10:30-11am
All ages

'Tis the Season! Gather 'round for a special Christmas story, read by Mrs. Claus herself. 

The Riverhead Holiday Bonfire and Parade

Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead
Saturday, December 10, 3pm, Parade; 4-6pm, Bonfire and Santa House
All ages

Frosty temps are no match for Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Holiday Parade + Bonfire. No matter what holidays you celebrate, all are welcome! Watch the Riverhead Lions Club 70th Annual Holiday Parade then head to Riverhead BID’s 22nd Annual bonfire. Enjoy free hot chocolate and a community campfire that crackles, pops and lights the winter sky. Santa awaits in the town’s Gingerbread House, stop by to hand him your wish list and snap a photo with the jolly fella! BYOT (bring your own thermos).

Medford Christmas Parade

143 Tremont Ave., Medford
Saturday, December 10, 4:15pm
All ages

See the Medford Christmas Parade with grand marshal Anthony Pelella of Axis Church Medford, and Head Elf Vinny of Vinny’s Minis. After the parade, head to Medford Memorial Park for live entertainment provided by Elegant Dance Studio, Christmas caroling, tree lighting, menorah lighting, vendors selling goods, cookies, hot chocolate, awards, photos with Santa and more!

Holiday Princess Tea Party

Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road , NY, Ronkonkoma
Saturday, December 10, 1pm
All ages

Performing live on stage Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Santa and more. Bring your camera to take your own photos with the Princesses and Santa. After the performance, join the Princesses and their friends for a Tea Party. Refreshments included. 

Snacks with Santa

Southold American Legion Hall, 51655 Main Road, Southold
Monday, December 12, 4-6pm
All ages

The Southold American Legion Auxiliary Griswold Terry Glover Post 803 invites North Fork children to enjoy afterschool snacks and activities with Santa. In addition to snacks and a visit and photo opportunity with Santa, the event will feature a story time, a holiday craft activity and coloring.


The Great Holiday Train Show

New Castle Historical Society - Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua
November 19-January 8, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm; Closed 12/25; Open 12/26-12/30
All ages
$15; $10 members; $8 ages 2-8

Discover the historic 19th-century summer residence of Horace Greeley, festively decorated for the holidays with running train displays in each of the period rooms.

Holiday on the Hill Train Show

Lasdon Park & Arboretum, 2610 NY-35, Katonah
November 26-December 31, See website for schedule
All ages
$20; $15 seniors 62 and older; $10 children 2 – 12; free admission for children younger than 2

Celebrate the season with these iconic and immersive exhibits that will delight audiences of all ages. This year, visitors will be surrounded by the magic of the season as they stroll by colorful characters and enchanting holiday scenes. With more than 5,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space that begins with a stroll through whimsical holiday exhibits leading to the Conservatory. Once inside, you will be surrounded by trains chugging along twelve multi-level tracks, over bridges, through tunnels, under waterfalls and by quaint holiday scenes all framed with colorful seasonal plants and decorations!

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains
Friday, December 2, 5:30-7:30pm
All ages

Come out for a Cookies & Cocoa event with Santa on Retail Level 1 near Nordstrom. The event will feature a DJ, live entertainment, cookie decorating, LEGO building, giveaways, and more! 

Holiday Music Festival

Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 10am-4:15pm
All ages

Hoff-Barthelson Music School ushers in the holiday season with the annual Holiday Music Festival – a weekend of music and fun for the entire family featuring performances by more than 265 students of all ages in ensembles large and small. 

Santa Needs Your Help

The Picture House Pelham, 175 Wolfs Lane, Village of Pelham
Saturday, December 10, 10am
All ages

Santa Claus needs you to help him get ready for Christmas! You pick the clips from Santa’s video library. You help Santa with live games and songs. You ask Santa anything you want during the Q&A. And after the show, you get your photo with Santa. It’s a one-of-kind show with you in a starring role! This family-friendly event is hosted by Emmy-nominated writer Kevin Maher, who will share his new book Santa Doesn’t Need Your Help.

Holiday Music, with Harp & French Horn

St. Paul's Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon
Saturday, December 10, 1pm
All ages

A performance of Holiday music, with Alyssa Reit on Harp and Peter Reit on French Horn, featuring a talk, at intermission, exploring the centuries-old history of the site.

Holiday Howls

Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem
December 17-26, Saturday 12/17, 11am, 2pm and 5pm; Sunday 12/18, 11am and 2pm; Monday 12/26, 11am and 2pm
All ages
$14; $11 children younger than 12
Advanced Registration Required

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will enjoy watching gray wolves Alawa and Nikai tear open “wolfy” presents! Guests will also potentially behold some of the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves.



LGBTQ+ Family Holiday Craft Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop, 171 Main Street, Nyack
Saturday, December 3, 10:30am-12pm
All Ages
Advanced registration required

Celebrate the holiday season with Joe Garreffa and other LGBTQ+ families, make crafts, and play games!

Village of Suffern Holiday Parade

Lafayette Avenue, Suffern
Saturday, December 3, 6:30-8:30pm
All ages

Celebrate the season at this Holiday Parade!

2022 St. Nicholas Day

Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm
All ages
$5; $10 per box for at-home/pickup program
Advanced Registration Required

The Historical Society of Rockland County is opening the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House to welcome children of all ages to celebrate Saint Nicholas as they've done since 1961. This traditional program is a highlight of the holiday season, and many adults who enjoyed this event in the past, as children, now bring their own families. Join in the traditional Dutch celebration: see shoes magically filled with goodies; hear wondrous and joyful stories; enjoy holiday refreshments; meet Saint Nicholas and his beautiful horse! Each child receives a special treat in his or her shoe from Saint Nicholas, and everyone can visit with Saint Nicholas and his horse!

Holiday Open House at the Historic Salyer House

Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives, 213 Blue Hill Road, Pearl River
December 4-18, Sundays, 1-4pm
All ages

The Historic Salyer House is the perfect venue to grab some holiday cheer in this beautifully decorated homestead. With carols, Mary's mulled cider and the friendliest Santa in town, join them for a special look at the magnificent additions to the museum's collection of Dutch masterworks.

Holiday Gift Bazaar & Kids Gift Workshop

Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Rd., Palisades
Saturday, December 10, 12-6pm
All ages
Admission is free

Enjoy shopping and eating under twinkly lights when the sun goes down. Shop inside and out for hand-crafted items and a wide range of vintage offerings. Jewelry, pottery, candles, soaps, knitwear, vintage totes, jewelry and household items, hand-made cards, crystals, and much more. Kids will have their own special market inside where they can buy, make, and wrap gifts that they can pick out for mom, dad, and family members. Gifts range from $1-$5. Santa will make a visit at 3:30-4pm for photos and join in on the Carols Sing-a-Long for all ages. Sheet music supplied.

Beary Merry Holiday

Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain
Saturday, December 17, 10am-4pm
All ages
Suggested donation of $1 per person

Visit the Bear Den at 10:30am to make tasty snacks for the black bears. Celebrate the holiday season at 11am when the bears come out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats!


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Shara Levine


Shara Levine, originally from Brooklyn, is the Events Manager for NYMetroParents. As a lifelong New Yorker, and mom of four raising her kids on Long Island, Shara knows her hometown well and brings her love of all things fun to NYMetroParents by sharing the best in kid friendly events, festival, concerts, and performances in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland. When not helping parents plan their family's day out, Shara enjoys making random Seinfeld references and going on late-night Target runs. 

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