We try to only celebrate one holiday in advance, but “Christmas comes early,” as they say, and frankly if we’re going to be out buying gifts in November anyway, we’re pretty all right with throwing up the tree and elves before we’ve had our Thanksgiving turkey. Cross County Shopping Center will consequently host the first tree lighting on our list this year, on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Music, ice skating, electric trian rides, carnival games, and strolling characters will all be part of the festivities to get you in the spirit for the official lighting scheduled for 7:45. Guests can even make a reservation to visit Santa online!
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland kicks off the holiday season with an opening tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza. (Event opens at 5 p.m.) Other activities include rides, the winter circus, ice skating, and visits by holiday characters including Santa! Family fun and food run straight through New Year’s Eve. Tickets and special event scheduling can be found on the website.
The Boyce Thompson Center in Yonkers lights up its tree at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Guests can enjoy live chroal music, free samples from some of the center’s favorite retailers, and even a few special discounts.
The Village of Mount Kisco will hold its annual Tree Lighting & Caroling at Fountain Park at the Village Green at 6 p.m. There will be caroling, refreshments at the library follwing the event, and even a visit from Kris Kringle himself.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Village of Irvington will host the Irvington Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the I.K. Community Center on Main Street. The lighting itself is scheduled for 5 p.m., with more music and refreshments to follow courtesy of the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department.
The Peekskill BID will team up with the City for its annual tree lighting at the Division Street gazebo, hosted by WHUD’s Kaey Morabito. Live musical performances and a visit from St. Nick (via Stella the Trolley) are all on the docket, as is hot cocoa and cookies provided by Kathleen’s tea Room. Kids under 14 will also be treated to a fun surprise while supplies last.
The New Castle Historical Society will once again dress its Horace Greeley House in period embellishments just as the namesake family would have in the 19th Century. Events will start with a Community Sing presented by the Chappaqua Orchestra at Robert E. Bell Middle School from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a crafts workshop at the Greeley House from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The official tree lighting (and accompanying visit from Santa) will commence at dusk, around 5 p.m. All events are free.
Tarrytown’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will once again be held at Patriot’s Park at 5 p.m.
The village’s annual Winterfest will be held this year in Depot Square, featuring pictures with Santa, hayrides, and caroling by the Asbury Summer Theatre. The tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m.
The Annual Holiday Electric Lights Parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., marching from Front St. down Commerce St. to the tree at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Bedford Rd.