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5 Fun and Festive Events in the Hudson Valley This December

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From holiday mansion tours and light shows to seasonal concerts and more, these winter events in the Hudson Valley will lift your spirits.

SATURDAYS

LOCUST GROVE ESTATE HOLIDAY MANSION TOURS — Poughkeepsie

Depart on an expert-guided tour of artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse’s historic home. Meander through 25 rooms and view a collection of furniture, art, and heirlooms, plus beautiful holiday decorations that adorn the Italianate mansion in December.
lgny.org/calendar

ALL MONTH

ALBANY CAPITAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS — Albany

For the 25th year, the Albany Police Athletic League will decorate Washington Park with displays of nutcrackers, gingerbread houses, and more. If you’ve never been, now’s the time to go, as it is planned to be the last one ever! Tickets must be purchased in advance; all profits benefit the APAL’s juvenile crime prevention programs.
albanycapitalholidaylights.com

DECEMBER 18

HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC PERFORMS HANDEL’S MESSIAH — Poughkeepsie

Join the Bardavon at 2 p.m. for a celebration of Handel’s master work for the sixth year, led by guest conductor Christine Howlett (you might recognize her if you’ve ever seen the Vassar College Choir). The performance also features vocals from Capella Festiva, a showcase of talented local singers.
bardavon.org/shows

DECEMBER 18

JESSICA LYNN’S A VERY MERRY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS — Peekskill

Join country music singer Jessica Lynn for this beloved Valley tradition at The Paramount. A multimedia show featuring marching bands, choirs, dancers, and Santa himself, this must-see performance will be raising money and collecting donations for Toys for Tots.
jessicalynnmusic.org/shows

ALL MONTH

LUMAGICA AT HARVEST MOON ORCHARD — North Salem

Now that apple-picking season is (sadly) over, this orchard transforms into a walkthrough holiday lights park. Featuring a dazzling display of animal light sculptures and decorations by world-renowned LUMAGICA, the farm’s 350,000 LEDs make it the biggest and brightest in Westchester and Putnam counties! All month, excluding December 13–16.
harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/lumagica-light-show


Related: Where to See the Brightest Holiday Lights in the Hudson Valley

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