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Here’s What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

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Ice skating, a board game night, a spectacular light show, and more top this week’s picks for things to do in the Hudson Valley.

Please call ahead or check online to confirm events due to potential cancelations and updates to COVID-19 protocol.


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Ridge Hill on Ice

Town Square, Yonkers
Through January 29

Get into the spirit of the season with a day of ice skating in Westchester! Excepting Christmas, the rink is open for family-friendly fun every day between now and the end of January. Ridge Hill can accommodate some walk-ins, but it advises skaters to reserve a spot ahead of time. Adults skate for $18, whereas children 12 and younger can skate for $14; admission includes skate rentals.

Board Game Night

Angry Orchard, Walden
December 8, 4-8 p.m.

A free event with Angry Orchard cider and board games. What more could you ask for? Attendees can bring their own board game to play or select from Angry Orchard’s collection, which includes Battleship, Operation, Jenga, Guess Who?, and Connect 4. Better still, the event overlaps with the cidery’s “Angry Hour” from 4-6 p.m., meaning all drafts are discounted $1. If you can’t make it out to Board Game Night, look ahead to a holiday movie-themed trivia night the following day at 5 p.m.

Stand Up NY

HudCo, Dobbs Ferry
December 8, 7 p.m.

The holidays can be a stressful time for us all—what better remedy than laughter? At this installment of Stand Up NY, comedians Ahri Findling, Katie Hannigan, and Adam Mamawala will take the stage at HudCo, a coworking space in Westchester. You may recognize the comedians from their appearances on Comedy Central, Netflix, or even The Late Show With Steven Colbert, but don’t miss your chance to see their sets live.

Grand Holiday Illumination

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, Yonkers
December 9, 5:30 p.m.

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is one of the most gorgeous sites in the Hudson Valley year-round, but it feels even more magical when illuminated with more than 100,000 holiday lights. Since 2015, the Conservancy’s Grand Holiday Illumination has been a hallmark of the holidays in Westchester and beyond, promising a perfect soundtrack for your stroll in the way of music from Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu cultures.


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Paige Turner’s “Drag Me to Christmas”

Poughkeepsie, Rosendale, and Albany
December 9-11

Ring in the holiday season with “an evening full of jokes, songs, and yuletide cheer” from Paige Turner, one of New York City’s premier drag queens. She’ll perform original songs as well as classics by Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby at Poughkeepsie’s Revel 32 on Friday, the Rosendale Theater on Saturday, and Albany’s WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio on Sunday. Guarantee yourself a spot by purchasing your tickets online ahead of the show.

Jersey Boys

White Plains Performing Arts Center, White Plains
December 9 – January 8

Grab tickets to the opening weekend of Jersey Boys at WPPAC to find out why the show won Best Musical at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards. The musical follows Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons through four decades of friendship as they ascend from a blue-collar background to pop stardom.

Looking for more things to do in the Hudson Valley this week? Our day trip guides offer tempting itineraries across the region. Plus, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for December events, including plenty of family-friendly outdoor events, farm fun, and seasonal activities. Seeking a rural escape? Visit one of our many beautiful farms throughout the seasons. 

For foodies, our recipe index has everything from beautiful breakfasts and lunches to divine desserts straight from Hudson Valley chefs. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.

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