For those of you who haven’t already figured it out, Christmas is on a Monday this year, and that means we get to enjoy a whole weekend full of holiday wonderment before the big day. If you’re in the market for something seasonal to do that doesn’t involve marathoning the Die Hard franchise, take a look at some of these last-minute merry-makers.
In case you forgot, you still have quite a few chances to see Santa at Getty Square in Yonkers, and Benjamin Steakhouse in White Plains.
Music and Theatrical Performance
The Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown still has a few Saturday morning tickets left for their holiday tour, spanning the gorgeous living and entertaining spaces, decked out in extravagant and opulent decorations in the spirit of the Gould family itself.
In Mamaroneck, the Westchester Sandbox Theatre will perform A Fairytale Christmas Carol, which they describe as the “fractured fairy-tale” version of the holiday classic, with various folk characters taking on the roles of Dickens’ own (i.e., the Big Bad Wolf as Ebeneezer, his business partner Jacob Midas, the destitute Charming family, and an assortment of on pointe Ghosts of Christmas). Tickets for Friday and Saturday show times are $20 for adults and $15 for kids/seniors.
The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will host a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, a full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in a wintry colonial-period Yorktown. Complete with narration and gorgeous costuming, this production is suitable for all ages.
Jazz fans will want to head down to Peekskill’s BeanRunner Café for A Ray Blue Christmas, featuring Ray Blue on sax, Sharp Radway of keys, Sylvia Cuencas on skins, and Paul Beaudry on bass. Show runs 8 to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are only $10.
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester will continue to host its Holiday Bricktacular on Saturday and Sunday. There will be holiday builds, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to win a four-pack of annual Legoland passes. Tickets start at $15.95. All adults master builders must be accompanied by a child.
For the last-minute shoppers on your list, you can also drag the whole clan down to Tarrytown Music Hall for the final day (Friday) of the Music Hall Holiday Market. More than 50 artists will be selling unique, handcrafted gift items from local and regional artists, crafters, makers, and independent pop-up shops. Also, there’s a food truck, so no one’s going to be complaining if you want to just park them while you run off to find a stocking stuffer for great-aunt Martha who no one thought would actually come this year.
Nature and Wildlife
Head up to South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center for a Holiday Howl! Learn about the biology, ecology, and mythology of wolves, make gifts for “ambassador wolves” Atka, Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr, then get to watch the wolves tear them open to get to their goodies. Guests also get to meet endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children under 12. Multiple Saturday and Sunday reservations available.