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Tree Lighting and Holiday Events

Communities across the Hudson Valley are getting into the Christmas spirit

Christmas tree lightings and events
It's that time of year again. Communities across the Hudson Valley are getting into the holiday spirit with their annual tree lighting ceremonies, parades and other community events. We have rounded them up by county right here for you!

If you don't see your community event listed here e-mail to have it added.

Dutchess County

Nov. 25
Santa on the Walkway, Santa will make a surprise visit on the Walkway's West (Highland) approach. 1-3pm. Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Rd., Highland.

Nov. 26
7th Annual Holiday Light Parade, Parade line up at 6 pm, step-off at 6:30 pm from Elm St. Santa will arrive in Mesier Park by 7pm in time to light the tree. Be a part of this spectacular parade! Floats, boats, bikes, dogs, characters, carriages; the possibilities are endless. Trophies for the best floats will be awarded! To register for the parade, leave a message at 297-8773x7 or email  6:30pm. Mesier Park. East Main St.and South Ave. (9D), Wappingers Falls. 845-297-8773, ext 7.

Nov. 26
Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (aka “Spain”) after a full day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, and a Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to his destination there. After his send off, there will a Sinterklaas Soiree, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants. 11am-5:30pm. Hudson River Maritime Museum. 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-0071.

Holiday Spirit Festival, Kevin McCurdy's Holiday Spirit Festival is the Hudson Valley's original, one of a kind,  family  holiday event. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Holiday Spirit Festival is like no other event, offering your family a place to make new memories and relive old ones.From it's inception, The Holiday Sprit Festival. was designed to take you back to those days of yesteryear, with holiday tunnels and twinkling light displays, while adding a new twist. " Kevin’s ability to blend creativity  and good old fashioned fun, together with leading edge technology, make the Holiday Spirit Festival a truly magical family holiday experience for all ages”.  Fri, Sat and Sun through 12/23. 6-9 on Fri and 4:30-9 on Sat and Sun.. ImaginaArt Studios. 38 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-9627.

Dec. 3
Holiday Lighting at Tymor Park, Tymor Park is lit with over 150,000 colorful lights to celebrate the holiday season. Spend time with family and friends and come to Tymor Park to see this spectacular display. New features are added yearly so make sure to add a visit to Tymor Park to your holiday traditions list. The lights will be on daily from 4:00pm – 10:00pm during the season.Official Lighting 6:30pm. 6:30pm lighting ceremony and daily 4-10pm. Tymor Park. 8 Tymor Park Rd., LaGrangeville. 845.724.5691.

Dec. 3
Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, A day long, colorful celebration of dance, theatre and music. Children’s Starlight Parade at dusk. Various locations, Rhinebeck.  11am; parade at dusk. Village of Rhinebeck. various locations, Rhinebeck. 845-463-4000.

Dec. 3
Holiday Party and Tree Lighting, Petting zoo, refreshments, children’s crafts, Santa and more. 3:00 PM. VanWyck Hall. 1095 Main Street, Village of Fishkill. 845-897-4430.

Dec. 3
Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Locust Grove, Enjoy the mansion's glittering holiday decorations and search for antique toys hidden throughout the historic house. 12-4pm. Locust Grove. 2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500.

Dec. 10
Milk and Cookies with Santa, Santa Claus will be dropping by Soukup Farms on December 10th, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Parents can bring children of all ages to meet, talk, and take pictures with Santa. Craft area, reading corner, outdoor Smores' pit and food provided by JSK Cattle Company. Milk and Cookies will also be for sale!Stop by and have some family fun!! 10 am to 5 pm. Soukup Farms. 271 Halls Corners Rd, Dover Plains. 845-264-3137.

Dec. 10
Santa Celebration, Join Poughkeepsie Galleria for the Santa Celebration at Center Court.Visit with Santa! Performances by The Merry Minstrals.  Q92's Joe Daily, Fidelis Care and crafts for the kids!  12pm. Poughkeepsie Galleria. 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie.

Dec. 23
Children’s Holiday Gift Making Workshop, Pre-register and bring children in to create and wrap two gift/ projects for the holidays. 9am-12pm. Fishkill Recreation. 793 Route 52, Fishkill. (845) 831-3371.

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Orange County

Nov. 25
Santa Arrives at Minard Farm, Enjoy a hayride with Santa and his elves, play on the Tumble Bus, make your own Holiday apple cider donut ice cream sundae, make a gingerbread house or your own Christmas ornaments, enjoy sand art and face painting, make your own pizza, and have so much more fun! 1pm. Minard Farm. 250 Hurds Rd., Clintondale. 845-325-0222.

Nov. 26
Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Graeb Point. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and treats.  6-7pm. Graeb Point. Jersey Ave. and Front St., Port Jervis. 845-858-4000.

Nov. 27
Christkindlmarkt, Entertainment, food, shopping and traditional German holiday market. Lots of new things are coming to our Christkindlmarkt this year! Join us for our Jingle Bell Christmas rides between 12:00 and 4:00!Downtown, Front St., Port Jervis.(845) 856-1611 10am-6pm. Downtown Port Jervis. Front Street, Port Jervis. (845) 856-1611.

Dec. 3
Visit with Santa and the Alpacas, Visit with Santa at our alpaca farm and pose with him and our beautiful alpacas for a photo. Bring your camera for this festive event. Rain or Shine (or snow!)  11:30am-2pm. Rock Ridge Alpacas. 229 Gibson Hill Rd., Chester. 845-469-6196.

Dec. 3
Christmas in the Village at  Museum Village, Join Museum Village for a FREE event with a donation for Country Kids Food Pantry (soups and pastas needed!). 12-6pm. Museum Village. 1010 State Rte.17M, Monroe. 845-782-8248.

Dec. 9
Jolly Jinglers: Downtown Holiday Caroling, Spread some holiday cheer amongst Middletown folks. 6pm. Festival Square. 37 West Main Street, Middletown. (845) 346-4180.

Dec. 10
Sugar Loaf Holiday Celebration, Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration with horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers and visit with Santa. 11:30am. Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts Village. 1371 King's Hwy  , Sugar Loaf. n/a.

Dec. 17
4th Annual Carols around the Campfire Holiday Celebration, Sing carols, make smores and create memories with friends.   4-9pm. Greenwood Lake Garden Center. 1197 Route 17a, Greenwood Lake. (845) 595-1579.

Dec. 17
An Afternoon with Santa, Make holiday crafts while listening to festive music and snap a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1-3pm. South Orange YMCA.  45 Gilbert St Ext, Monroe. 845 782 9622.

Dec. 17
Annual Santa Run, Join Santa and Mrs. Clause handing out candy canes throughout the village. 11am. Greenwood Lake Fire Department. 51 Waterstone Rd, Greenwood Lake. (845) 477-2236.

Dec. 20
Beary Merry Holiday at the Trailside Museum and Zoo, Come to the bear den at 10:30am to make a tasty holiday snack for the black bears. At 11am the bears will unwrap their gifts. Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park. 1 Herrian Dr, Highland Falls. 845-786-2701.

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Sullivan County

Dec. 3
Christmas in Callicoon, Children’s Christmas Party from 1-3 p.m. at the Delaware Community Center. Arts and crafts projects for holiday giving, cupcake decorating, photos with Santa for a nominal fee. 1-3pm. Delaware Community Center. 8 Creamery Rd. , Callicoon. 845-887-5155.

Dec. 3
Santa Claus at Livingston Manor Fire House, Visit Santa Claus and enjoy the Hoos Truck Co Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale and Raffle 1pm. Livingston Manor Fire House. 52 Main St., Livingston Manor. (845) 439-4490 .

Dec. 10
Dickens on the Delaware in Callicoon, Dickens on the Delaware showcases the retail community in the picturesque hamlet of Callicoon on the Delaware just in time for your Holiday shopping!! Retailers, galleries and restaurants will highlight their Holiday goods and dazzle town visitors with their Holiday Spirit. Shopkeepers will be dressed in Victorian garb, with stores, restaurants and the surrounding environs decorated to create the days of yore. 12-7pm. downtown Callicoon. , Callicoon. 845-887-9017.

Dec. 11
Holiday Christmas Concert and Sing A-Long, Holiday Christmas Concert and Sing a-Long with Anne and Mike Baglione Dessert and Hot Coco, Hot Cider will be served   3-5pm. D&H Canal Park Visitor’s Center. 58 Hoag Rd, Cuddebackville. 845-754-8870.

Dec. 17
Santa on the Fire Truck, Listen for the holiday music and greet Santa and his elves as he makes his way through town.  9-11:30AM. Ellenville Fire Department. PO Box 268 , Ellenville. (845) 647-8899.

Santa on the Fire Truck, Listen for the holiday music and greet Santa and his elves as he makes his way through town.  12:30-3 in Napanoch.. Napanoch Fire Department.  PO Box 202,, Napanoch. (845) 647-6830.

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Ulster County

Nov. 25
Santa and Elves Parachute in at Hurds Family Farm, 20+ outdoor activities for the family. At about noon Santa and his elves will be parachuting in to open the Christmas Tree season. Free hayrides and assistance with trees.  9am-5pm. Hurds Family Farm. 2185 State Route 32 , Modena. 845-883-7825 .

Select Date through December
Polar Express
, All aboard! Discover the magic of Christmas with hot cocoa, a reading of the classic book and a special treat from Santa. Times Vary.  Times Vary - check website. Catskill Mountain Railroad Co. ,  . P.O. Box 1415 , Kingston. (845) 688-7400.

Weekends through December
Frosty Fest, Visit an enchanted forest with animated light displays, glistening gardens and magical mansion. Santa's North Pole and Frosty's Adventures, a 3-D experience. Thirty-foot train, stage shows, food, cafes, gift shops and more. Fri. 6-8pm; Sat 4:30-8pm; Sun 4:30-7:30pm. Ulster Park. 778 Broadway (Rte 9W0, Ulster Park. 845-339-2666 .

Dec. 2-3
A Holiday on Huguenot Street: Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Held at the Deyo House. A Holiday on Huguenot Street will kick off on Friday, December 4, with caroling by members of the Reformed Church choir. Carolers will start at the Crispell Memorial French Church and make their way to the Deyo House, where our second annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 7 pm. After the tree lighting, join us at the DuBois Fort for cocoa and treats. 6:45-8pm. Historic Huguenot Street at the Deyo House. 74 Huguenot St, New Paltz. 845-255-1660.

Dec. 10
Frozendale in Rosendale, Festival to showcase the best local food, art, music and crafts. Check web for schedule 10am. Locations Vary., Rosendale. 845-658-3159.

Dec. 11
Winter Fair and Outdoor Marketplace, A Delightful Day of Crafts, Food, Song, Dance, Artisan Wares, Waldorf Gift Shop … and Indoor and Outdoor Activities. Make beautiful gifts from simple and natural materials, such as Translucent Window Stars, Wreath Decorating, Pomanders and more! Sip hot apple cider as you browse local artisan wares. Savor the outdoor barbecue while enjoying live music. Puppetry, children’s games, and more! VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE 11:00am to 4:00pm- Rain or Shine. Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. Call 845-255-0033 for further information.

Dec. 17
Kids Gingerbread Class, Create a gingerbread man by rolling the dough and adding your toppings. Must pre-register. 10:30am. Frida’s Bakery and Café . 26 Main St, Milton. 845 795 5550. 

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