Westchester’s Winter Wonderland kicks off at Kensico Dam Plaza

Posted: Updated:
VALHALLA -

Westchester's Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla opened for the season Friday night.

During the summer, the plaza hosts fireworks and festivals, but during the past four winters, it's played host to a candy-cane forest and other seasonal attractions.

Westchester County Parks Department Commissioner Kathy O'Connor says this year there's a new ride, the Winter Wonderland Slide and, for the first time, a county-owned circus tent.

There's also new food, including a Cinnabon truck. 

And there are ponies, as 4-year-old Sophia Pinto learned.

The girl, whose mother says she was born with the equivalent of half a heart, recently underwent her third open-heart surgery in the care of doctors at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. Friday, she was well enough to go on her first-ever pony ride.

Admission costs $15 a person, and children under 3 enter free. Winter Wonderland runs until New Year's Eve.

  • Food & Fun PhotosMore>>

  • Your 2017 Hudson Valley Holiday Photos

    Your 2017 Hudson Valley Holiday Photos

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:23 AM EST2017-12-14 16:23:50 GMT
    The March of the Wooden Soldiers @ the CTS in Hartsdale, NYThe March of the Wooden Soldiers @ the CTS in Hartsdale, NY

    Check out all of the photos this holiday season! Send us yours using #WCHolidayPics or #HVHolidayPics. 

    Check out all of the photos this holiday season! Send us yours using #WCHolidayPics or #HVHolidayPics. 

  • Lunch With Lisa Photos

    Lunch With Lisa Photos

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 11:23 AM EDT2017-10-11 15:23:24 GMT
    News 12's Lisa LaRocca finds a lunch that doesn't break the bank at the Westchester Burger Company in Rye Brook.News 12's Lisa LaRocca finds a lunch that doesn't break the bank at the Westchester Burger Company in Rye Brook.

    News 12's Lisa LaRocca goes in search of lunch spots that won't break your bank.

    News 12's Lisa LaRocca goes in search of lunch spots that won't break your bank.

  • Tasty Tuesday Photos

    Tasty Tuesday Photos

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-09-06 19:14:28 GMT
    Get your taste buds ready, News 12 has some tasty dishes to try across the Hudson Valley.Get your taste buds ready, News 12 has some tasty dishes to try across the Hudson Valley.

    Check out some photos of food and restaurants from our Tasty Tuesday series!

    Check out some photos of food and restaurants from our Tasty Tuesday series!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."