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17 Hot Happenings in the Hudson Valley This December

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Tree lightings, a meet and greet with Santa, holiday treats, festive music, and The Nutcracker are a handful of festive happenings in December.

Snowflake Festival — Kingston

December 2, 6–8 p.m.

Head to the historic Stockade District to join the people of Kingston for a festival of holiday-themed entertainment, activities, and goodies. There’s also the opportunity to sponsor a new bike before the big day, which will be gifted to a local child. kuba.network/snowflake

By Doug Baz

Sinterklaas! — Rhinebeck

December 3, 10 a.m.

Rhinebeck’s annual celebration of this Netherlands tradition, the Sinterklaas Festival, includes a holiday pageant, a children’s starlight parade, fun crown- and sceptor-making workshops (a highlight of the day), and more to honor the area’s Dutch roots. sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

The Laurie Berkner Band: A Live Holiday Concert — Tarrytown

December 3, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Bring the kids to celebrate the season with The Laurie Berkner Band at Tarrytown Music Hall, where she’ll perform a mix of holiday classics and fan-favorite originals. tarrytownmusichall.org

Holiday on the Lake — Carmel

December 3, 3 p.m.

This annual celebration in the historic hamlet kicks off with the unveiling of a Christmas village and continues into the early evening with live music, a parade, tree lighting, and Santa Stroll benefitting the American Cancer Society. putnamcountyny.com

Jimmy Sturr Presents the Spirit of Christmas — Middletown

December 3, 3 p.m.

Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre will host a night of holiday polka by Grammy-winning Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra. Special guests include The Coasters, The Pokolenie Dancers, and more. middletownparamount.com

Winter Walk — Hudson

December 3, 5 p.m.

Take a stroll down Warren Street and you’ll be greeted by unique art installations, performances, holiday shopping, local food and drink, and more family-friendly activities along the mile-long stretch. hudsonhall.org

Rock This Town Orchestra Christmas Spectacular — Pawling

December 3 and 4, 7–11 p.m.

This Brian Setzer Orchestra tribute band will take over Daryl’s House Club for two nights, paying homage to both the musician and the holiday season with hits such as “Rock This Town,” “Jump Jive & Wail,” and a swinging version of “Jingle Bells.” darylshouseclub.com

Troy Victorian Stroll — Troy

December 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

A tradition that began in 1982, the Victorian Stroll celebrates both the holiday season and the city’s deep ties to the 1800s and the Industrial Revolution. Learn more about the history of Troy and this annual event on page 72. victorianstroll.com

Victorian Holiday Event at Harmony Hall — Sloatsburg

December 4, 1–5 p.m.

The Jacob Sloat House—an 1800s Greek revival listed on the National Register of Historic Places—honors its Victorian history for the afternoon. Enjoy music, period décor and garb, and appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Free admission. friendsofharmonyhall.org

The Magic of Christmas — Albany

December 4, 3–5 p.m.

This annual show at the Palace Theatre by the Albany Symphony is a Capital Region favorite; you’ll enjoy carols and dance performances from local talent, plus an appearance from Santa! palacealbany.org

Courtesy of Albany Symphony

Chatham Winterfest — Chatham

December 10

A free all-day event, Chatham will transform into a winter wonderland with decorative store fronts and special events held throughout downtown. Details and times TBA. visitchathamny.com

Calmus: Christmas A Cappella — Katonah

December 10, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Get set for a beautiful evening. This award-winning German a cappella quintet brings two operatic performances of Christmas favorites—spanning the 14th century to present—to Caramoor’s intimate music room. caramoor.org

Christmas in the Village — Monroe

December 10–11

For one winter weekend, Monroe’s replica 19th-century Museum Village is taken over by groups of carolers, local artisans, and even Santa and Mrs. Claus to ring in the holiday season. museumvillage.org

The Nutcracker — Poughkeepsie

December 10–11, multiple show times

Returning for its 23rd season at the Bardavon after a two-year absence, the New Paltz Ballet Theatre—featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet—performs the holiday classic at two matinees and one evening slot. bardavon.org

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By Jacques Luigi

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays — Bethel

December 11, 8 p.m.

Don’t miss Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love sing holiday classics including “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” in the indoor Event Gallery. bethelwoodscenter.org

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Courtesy of Darlene Love

Adult Night: Holiday Bricktacular Edition — Yonkers

December 15

Head to the Legoland Discovery Center’s last scheduled Adult Night for the year to compete in a series of Lego challenges. Also included in admission: 4D movies, raffles, and access to a cash bar. No kids tonight—must be 18 or older to attend. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester

Albany Pro Musica: The Many Moods of Christmas — Troy

December 18 3–5 p.m.

Join the APM Concert Chorus and the Orchestra Pro Musica for an afternoon of traditional carols at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. troymusichall.org

Related: Pick Your Perfect Pine at a Hudson Valley Christmas Tree Farm

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