Within the Hudson Valley, the vacation season is extra than simply presents and tinsel—it’s an entire vibe. As December rolls in, a mixture of festivities come to life, turning the area right into a spirited playground of vacation cheer. Whether or not you’re into vibrant stage reveals, stay music that hits all the proper notes, or the hustle and bustle of road festivals, there’s a little bit one thing for everybody. So, toss in your coziest scarf, collect round with family and friends, and prepare for some memorable moments that’ll heat your winter days with these Hudson Valley vacation occasions.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Shadowland Levels | December 1-17
Jane Austen followers shouldn’t miss out on this hilarious sequel to Pleasure and Prejudice. Set two years after the tip of the novel, “Christmas at Pemberley” follows center sister Mary’s transformation from dutiful to defiant after an sudden visitor disrupts the household’s Christmas gathering at Pemberley. Catch the present on the primary stage at Shadowland Levels, operating Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets may be bought on-line.
Uptown Kingston Snowflake Pageant | December 1
Uptown Kingston can be getting a vacation makeover throughout its annual Snowflake Pageant. This free occasion hosts indoor and out of doors festivities for the entire household. Take a stroll to John Avenue for a horse-drawn carriage journey, or wander down North Entrance Avenue for enchanting shows of fireplace juggling, ice carving, and a tree lighting ceremony that includes Santa Claus. Wall Avenue can be welcoming the New York Photograph Bus and setting the stage for performances from teams like Uptown Swing and the Diamond Dance Co. The Snowflake Pageant begins at 6pm on Friday, December 1.
A Christmas Carol: Reside Radio Play on the Rosendale Theater | December 1-2
The Rosendale Theater’s stay radio rendition of “A Christmas Carol” is an audiophile’s delight. Step into the Nineteen Forties as 5 WRDL Radio Gamers, alongside Hudson Valley actors, carry Dickens’s timeless traditional to life in entrance of a stay studio viewers. The nostalgic expertise contains stay sound results, classic business breaks, and a musical rating. The present will happen on December 1 at 7:30pm and December 2 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets may be bought on-line and price $20 for basic admission, $18 for members, and $8 for youngsters underneath 12.
Winter Stroll Hudson | December 2
Hudson’s Winter Stroll is again for its twenty seventh yr, lighting up Warren Avenue with festive delights. This enchanting night occasion presents one thing for everybody alongside the historic mile-long road. Get together fans can be a part of The Pleasant Metropolis Inventive Membership for a photograph sales space and dance get together, whereas outdated souls can take a look at J C Rogerson Co. Inc.’s vintage practice show. Make a cease at Hudson Metropolis Corridor for a particular go to with Santa, the place each little one leaves with a gift-wrapped e book. For an entire rundown of distributors and sights, seek the advice of the net Winter Stroll Map. The occasion is ready to happen on December 2 from 5pm-8pm.
Arlington Vacation Pageant in Poughkeepsie | December 2
Through the Arlington Vacation Pageant, Poughkeepsie’s Raymond Avenue can be stuffed with vacation festivities. Drop in for stay music and leisure, varied native distributors, and even a petting zoo. At 2pm, The Satin Dollz—a classic WWII-style pinup music group—will grace the Backyard Arts Stage. And at 4:30pm, a parade will kickstart the shut of the competition. The occasion is free, however you possibly can help an area meals pantry by bringing nonperishable meals objects to Santa’s North Pole tent. The Arlington Vacation Pageant will happen on December 2 from 12-4:30pm.
“The Nutcracker” at The Culinary Institute of America | December 2-3
Get able to savor the magic of the season as The Culinary Institute of America brings again the timeless “Nutcracker” to the Ecolab Theatre on the Marriott Pavilion. Catch the performances on December 2 and three, kicking off at 1pm and wrapping up at 3:15 pm. The web gross sales have ended, however no worries! You possibly can snag your tickets on the door on present day for $35 every (money solely). For reservations, dial up The Hudson River Performing Arts Middle at 845-896-1888.
Judy Collins on the Bethel Woods Middle for the Arts | December 8
With a profession spanning six a long time, Judy Collins simply doesn’t stop. As a part of her Christmas live performance sequence, Collins will carry out a mixture of vacation classics and her personal originals on the Bethel Woods Middle for the Arts. This contains songs from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen alongside newer titles from Collins’s personal newest album, Spellbound. Get there early to expertise Bethel’s annual drive-through vacation gentle present, Peace, Love, and Lights. Costs for the Judy Collins live performance range by seating location, and tickets may be bought on-line. The live performance will happen on December 8. The doorways open at 7pm, and the efficiency begins at 8pm.
Season of Gentle by The Better Newburgh Symphony Orchestra | December 9
Get into the vacation groove with the Better Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Season of Gentle. This vacation medley will kick off with classics, comparable to Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” Pachelbel’s “Canon,” and items from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Then, brace your self for soul-stirring melodies from an expert choir of 10 vocalists, who will serenade you with vacation choices like “The First Noel,” “Let It Snow,” and “Eight Days of Gentle.” This efficiency will happen at Mount Saint Mary Faculty on Saturday, December 9 from 4pm-6pm. Take into account buying your seats within the balcony part now, as there can be a really restricted variety of tickets out there on the door.
Tannersville Vacation Stroll | December 9
Tannersville’s vacation spirit is making a comeback. On December 9, the not too long ago resurrected Hunter Chamber of Commerce can be internet hosting a festive Vacation Stroll full of occasions. From 9am-4pm, Fromer Market Gardens will buzz with a vacation market, that includes over 20 reward distributors, stay music, and Santa photograph ops. At 6pm, be a part of the village’s pleasure with a tree lighting occasion, the place Fred’s Espresso & Donuts will host Santa in a festive trolley, providing free donuts and sizzling cocoa for the youngsters. The day wraps up with a Chanukah Menorah lighting at 7pm. Along with the vacation particular occasions, you too can go to any of the native retailers and eating places all all through the day.
Into the Gentle: Vacation Spectacular on the Rosendale Theatre | December 9-10
The Vanaver Caravan’s Into the Gentle: Vacation Spectacular is an uplifting journey appropriate for all ages. With assist from the Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, this present seamlessly blends big puppetry with world dance celebration. The efficiency follows Lucia, a younger woman who embarks on a fairy tale-like expedition to search out pleasure amidst darkness. Stagings on the Rosendale Theatre will happen on December 9-10 at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets can be found to buy on-line.
The Nutcracker on the Bardavon | December Sept. 11
The New Paltz Ballet Theatre can be presenting “The Nutcracker” on the Bardavon, Poughkeepsie’s 944-seat historic theater. Directed by Peter and Lisa Naumann, this rendition of the vacation traditional brings regional artists, designers, and technicians along with dancers from the New York Metropolis Ballet. Showings will happen on December 7 at 9:45am and 12pm and on December 8 at 12pm. Tickets for this occasion are $15 for adults, or $7 for youngsters, colleges, and Bardavon members. They are often bought by filling out a reservation type on-line.
Unsilent Evening in Kingston | December 15
Now in its fourth yr in Kingston, and its thirtieth globally, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Evening invitations you to be a part of a transferring boombox parade. On this free out of doors occasion, members obtain one in every of 4 music tracks on cassette, CD, or Mp3 and play them concurrently by means of completely different units whereas weaving by means of Kingston’s streets. Obtain the observe prematurely, carry a charged cellular phone and a Bluetooth speaker, and gown warmly in your greatest festive apparel. Unsilent Evening begins in Kingston at 6pm on December 15. The meetup location can be revealed per week earlier than the occasion on its Fb Occasions web page.
A Celtic Christmas on the Bardavon | December 16
The Bardavon will quickly be getting A Style of Eire! Immerse your self in A Celtic Christmas: the Irish group’s family-friendly dancing and singing extravaganza that follows the story of two star-crossed lovers. This tightly choreographed present will happen on December 16 at 7:30pm. Costs for this occasion range by seating location, and tickets may be bought on-line. For an in-person seat reservation, drop by the Bardavon Field Workplace in Poughkeepsie or the UPAC Field Workplace in Kingston.
Kwanzaa at Hudson Corridor | December 16
Hudson Corridor, in partnership with Operation Unite NY, can be internet hosting a day Kwanzaa celebration on December 16. This vibrant celebration will honor African-American tradition by means of charming dance performances, rhythmic drumming classes, and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony. The festivity extends a heat welcome to households with arts and crafts for youngsters. To have a good time Umoja—Kwanzaa’s first precept, which emphasizes the significance of unity—workshop dancers and members of the Gballoi Ghanaian Drumming and Dance group can be performing. This free occasion will happen on December 16 at 5pm.
The Talea Ensemble Performs “Solstices” at PS21 | December 21
Prepare for a one-of-a-kind musical journey from The Talea Ensemble, a gaggle of classically educated musicians based mostly in New York Metropolis. In full darkness, 10 members of the ensemble will carry out “Solstices,” a 75-minute piece by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich. “Solstices” explores microtones and overtones to create an immersive sonic expertise that mirrors planetary motion. The efficiency takes place on the PS21 Black Field Theater. It begins precisely at sundown, 4:26pm, on December 21. Tickets may be bought on-line.
Catskill Winter Solstice Stroll | December 21
Catskill Village’s annual Winter Solstice Stroll transforms Principal Avenue right into a festive haven. The night time kicks off with a ceremonial fireplace pit lighting and procession, the place revelers, adorned in solstice regalia, are invited to affix musicians like ukulele gamers and the Males’s Glee Membership. Amidst the music can be cookie adorning, face portray, and sizzling mulled cider. All of the Principal Avenue vacation retailers and eating places can be open throughout the occasion. The Winter Solstice Stroll will happen on December 21 from 6-8pm.
Vacation Home Excursions at Historic Manors | Via December 24
Any scholar of historical past will enjoyment of spending their vacation free time at a historic manor. Each the Franklin D Roosevelt Nationwide Historic Web site and the Vanderbilt Mansion Nationwide Historic Web site can be internet hosting one-hour ranger-guided vacation home excursions every single day by means of December 24. The Roosevelt excursions happen at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and three:30pm. The Vanderbilt excursions happen at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for a home tour are $10 and should be bought on website with a debit or bank card.