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


Holiday lights in Albany, a Black Friday record store day celebration in Poughkeepsie, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.

Garrison Pottery Show

Garrison Art Center, Garrison
November 23 – November 29 (closed on Thanksgiving), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Garrison Art Center’s holiday pottery sale is a mainstay when it comes to kicking off the festive season in the Hudson Valley. Support over 30 local ceramic artists, jewelers, and other creative makers at this festive market in Putnam County. Book a time online to shop safely.

Dinner at The Thayer Hotel

The Thayer Hotel, West Point
November 26 (Thanksgiving), 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.

The gorgeous, historic hotel in West Point has been a destination for weddings and celebrations of any kind for generations. This year, The Thayer Hotel celebrates the magic of the season with several holiday-themed events, the first of which is a Thanksgiving feast. Reserve a table for one of the three times listed above to enjoy an intimate dinner with social distancing protocols in place.

Cider Tasting at the Orchard

Angry Orchard, Walden
Weekends 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hudson Valley apples have never tasted better than at the region’s much beloved cidery. Visit the home orchard and brewing site for one of the most popular cider brands nationwide. A new mural by local artists marks the signature Angry Orchard barn, a welcoming sight. Reserve a table online to sip a wide range of ciders outside, many of which are not available anywhere else. Food trucks and other sources of snacks make Angry Orchard the perfect weekend destination during autumn in the Valley.


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Black Friday Record Store Day

Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie
November 27, 9 a.m.

Christmas shopping for the music lover in your life? Darkside Records hosts its fourth Record Store Day event of the year with a host of new RSD releases. Coffee from The Poughkeepsie Grind fuels visitors during the early morning vigil of those eagerly awaited exclusive vinyl drops. To keep shoppers safe, Darkside implements strict social distancing guidelines, with masks required for all.


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Holiday Lights in the Park

Washington Park, Albany
November 27 – January 3, 6-9 p.m. (open until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays)

Get in the spirit of the season as soon as you’re done digesting all that turkey with a festive drive through Albany’s most scenic park. Thousands of dazzling lights tell classic stories and shine to the beat of seasonal tunes. This year’s theme is “hope,” as the displays seek to lift local spirits even in challenging times.


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Kevin McCurdy’s Winter Wonderland Walk

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
November 28 – December 27, Fridays 6-9 p.m., Saturdays 4:30-9 p.m., Sundays 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival has been a classic holiday celebration in Dutchess County for over 14 years. To make sure visitors stay safe, this year’s installment takes the celebration outside for the winter wonderland event, where a trip to the North Pole, walks through enchanted forests, and the search for misfit toys await.

Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Our fire tower hiking guide is a must for local fun, while our day trip guides offer tempting itineraries across the region. Plus, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for pre-Thanksgiving fun, holiday shopping, and outdoor adventures.

If you’re craving a jaunt outside, our sculpture park and stargazing guides are must-reads. On the adventure front, local explorers won’t want to pass up a scroll through our camping and rail trail guides. 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.