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6 Magical Events to Check out in Westchester This December

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Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse

A visit with Santa Claus in White Plains, a wild circus act in Sleepy Hollow, and a virtual concert with Caramoor make the month unforgettable.

Photo courtesy of Purchase College, SUNY

Chamber Work

December 5

Those with a soft spot for classical music would be wise to log on for this unique virtual event. The Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s Virtual Chamber Music Festival will take place on YouTube this month. The screening of video performances recorded by Purchase’s chamber ensembles will feature students in the school’s Classical Chamber Music program presenting an evening of chamber duos produced over the course of the semester.

Booting Boredom

December 10

Looking for a lighthearted stage show that might inspire a few smiles? You’re in luck, as this month, the Tony/Grammy/Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots will be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse in a performance captured on the London stage. Telling the joyous story of a young man casting off a conventional life in search of his dreams, this exceptional musical, with songs by Cindy Lauper, is a guaranteed treat for local theater mavens.

Photo courtesy of Caramoor

Seasonal Song

December 12

No need to drop by Katonah’s gorgeous Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts to catch one of its most enjoyable winter performances. This month, TENET Vocal Artists will hold a live-streamed concert from the center that celebrates the holiday season, with songs based upon the Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols. Accomplished lutenist Hank Heijink will join TENET’s vocalists to perform a host of traditional carols, as well as works by Howells, Parry, and several others.

Photo by Stuart Berg

Circus Act

December 19

This unique band of art-folk and American performers formed in Sleepy Hollow nearly 20 years ago and today are an established musical force within the region. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will take to the Town Crier stage in Beacon for their A Very Slambovian Christmas holiday show. The group will also hold a live-streaming, ticketed New Years Eve-Eve show on Dec 30. The concerts represent a rare chance to get out of the house (or stay in) and support a truly singular band of local performers.

Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Playhouse

The Pig Show

December 20

It’s hard to believe that in 1995, a film about a talking pig who learns to herd sheep was not only nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but took home an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and became one of the most popular movies of the year. Babe did all that and more, and this month, local audiences have the chance to see why, when the beloved film screens twice in one day at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Gather the entire family and spend a few hours with a cast of uniquely loveable barnyard animals.

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Meet the Big Guy

December 24

Seeing Santa is a treasured holiday tradition for countless children, and The Westchester in White Plains is doing all it can to ensure it continues, even during this very unusual year. Through December 24, families are invited to visit the Santa Photo Experience at The Westchester, where they can meet St. Nick in a socially distanced environment that doesn’t skimp on good will or holiday cheer.