Guide: Holiday events in the Hudson Valley

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Whether it is a tree or menorah lighting or a winter festival, here is a guide to some fun, holiday events. Check before heading out, as times and dates are subject to change.
NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please follow all health restrictions and guidelines.
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Holiday Food Truck Market
Nov. 19-Jan. 1, 2023
Cross County Center
8000 Mall Walk
Times: Varies
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Pop-up Holiday Ice Skating Rink
Nov. 19-Jan. 1, 2023
Cross County Center
8000 Mall Walk
Times: Varies
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Peace Love and Lights
Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 2023
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Note: There is no drive-thru on Mondays - only walk-thru; there is a partial schedule from Nov. 25-Dec. 11; then daily Dec. 15-Jan. 1, 2023
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Westchester's Winter Wonderland
Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 2023
Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway
Times: Varies
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Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens
Dec. 9 - Jan. 1, 2023
945 North Broadway
Time: Opening night 5:30 p.m.; every day after from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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Cross County Center Tree Lighting Celebration
Nov. 19
Cross County Center
8000 Mall Walk
Time: Starts at 6 p.m.; tree lighting at 7:30 p.m.
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Meet Santa and Helpers
Nov. 24
Jeff Bank
4864 State Route 52
Time: 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Middletown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade
Nov. 25
Festival Square
35-37 West Main St.
Time: Parade starts at 6 p.m. on North Street; ends at Festival Square for festivities and lighting
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Town of Mamakating Tree Lighting
Dec. 1
Town of Mamakating Park
27-29 Mamakating Road
Time: 6 p.m.
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2022 Town of Wappinger Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 3
Schlathaus Park
All Angels Hill Road
Wappingers Falls
Time: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Goshen Christmas House Tour: Lights! Around Town
Dec. 3
John S. Burke Catholic High School
80 Fletcher St.
Time: Check in from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.; homes lit from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Annual Washingtonville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Dec. 3
Parade route runs along Main Street; Tree lighting at E.J. McLaughlin Square
Time: Parade starts at 5 p.m.; Tree lighting at 7 p.m.
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Jingle Bell Run 
Dec. 3
Manhattanville College
29 Purchase St.
Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m.; Race starts at 10 a.m.
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Holiday  in Hurleyville
Dec. 3
218 Main St.
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Candy Cane Run with Santa
Dec. 10
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Schedule of stops:
9:00 a.m. - Oakridge Shopping Center
9:15 a.m.- West Road at Upland Court
9:30 a.m. - East Street at Soundview Loop
9:45 a.m. - Silver Spring Road at Hastings Court
10:00 a.m. - Lockwood Road at Reservoir Road
10:15 a.m. - Glen Drive at Lorraine Road
10:30 a.m. - Elmwood Road at Wakeman Road
10:45 a.m. - Elmwood Road at Onatru Farm
11:00 a.m. - West Lane at Stonewall Court
11:15 a.m. - Meadow Pond Elementary School
11:30 a.m. - Kitchawan Club House
11:45 a.m. - Vista Fire Department
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5th Annual Holiday Family Drive-thru Dinner
Dec. 13
New Hope Community
5 New Hope Community Drive
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
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Maccabees & Menorahs: A Family Hanukkah Celebration
Dec. 14
JCC Rockland
450 West Nyack Road
West Nyack
Time: 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.
*For JCC members only; registration required
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It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec. 2-18
The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
661 Route 308
Phone: (845) 876-3080
Times: Friday/Saturday at 7 p.m; Sunday at 3 p.m.
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Town of Bethel Children’s Holiday Party
Dec. 17
Kauneonga Lake Fire House
3574 State Rte 55
Kauneonga Lake
Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Registration required.
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Menorah Lighting 
Dec. 19
Cross County Center
8000 Mall Walk
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Note: The menorah will be located near H&M and Forever 21. 
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Santa Photos at the Cross County Center
Nov. 17-Dec. 24
Cross County Center
8000 Mall Walk
Times: Varies
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Sullivan County Kindness Drive
Nov. 21-Dec. 26
Dropoff Locations:
Government Center lobby
Sheriff’s Office (patrol)
Social Services lobby
Community Services lobby
Public Health lobby
Phone: (845) 807-0458
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Holiday Spirit Festival
Nov. 25-Dec. 23
38 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: (845) 297 9627
Time: Fridays - 6 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., Saturdays - 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays - 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Reservations only.
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A Frosty Fest
Nov. 25-Dec. 23
778 Broadway, Route 9W
Ulster Park
Phone: (845) 339-2666 ext. 10
Times: Fridays start at 6 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.
Reservations are strongly recommended
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The Wonderland of Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 25
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6636 U.S. 9
Times: Dates & times vary; closed on Nov. 28-30; Dec. 5-7 & Dec. 12-14
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Sullivan County Holiday Concerts
Dec. 8-22
Government Center Lobby
100 North St.
Times: Vary
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Catskill Christmas Express
Nov. 18- Dec. 28
Westbrook Lane Station in the Kingston Plaza
55 Plaza Road
Phone: (845) 332-4854
Times: Vary
Information: The Catskill Christmas Express will take passengers on a 60 minute trip through the Catskill Forest to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole.
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