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These Are the Best Things to Do in Westchester This Week

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Get ready for a week jam-packed with festive holiday activities, concerts, winter markets, and even legendary comedian Lewis Black.

Westchester has always been home to loads of fun things to do. Whether you’re looking for a fun weeknight activity or something to do once your day off rolls around, we’ve got your shortlist for must-hit plans this week.

Tuesday, November 30

It’s #Giving Tuesday, so we’re focusing on ways to help our local communities today!

The Wainwright House Giving Tuesday Fundraiser will let locals experience some of the programming at the house, as well as light refreshments, all day. A suggested donation of $50 gets you two free classes from qi-gong and yoga to sound baths and meditation, with funds raised helping to create more programming throughout the year.

The Westchester County Association’s annual Fall Leadership Event will also take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, honoring local businesses and partners who have strived to push the county forward this year. Remarks will be followed by a networking and dinner reception. Tickets are $300 or $250 for WCA members.


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Thursday, December 2

Ready for a fun winter hobby that can also double as some heartfelt (and inexpensive) gifts this year? Stop by the Speak Easy 10562 co-working space in Ossining at 6:30 p.m. for Introduction to Sourdough Making. An entry fee of $75 will get you a two-hour class teaching the basics of making your own crusty, chewy, utterly delicious sourdough bread, including ready-to-bake dough by the end of the night and your very own sourdough starter to live in your fridge!

For some holiday music, Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre will present the Orchestra 914 Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Prefer classic rock? Try Yellow Brick Road, a tribute to the music of Elton John on Friday night (tickets start at $37.50) or Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown of vying tribute bands on Saturday (tickets start at $30).

Friday, December 3

Get ready to have a holiday ball with Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in A Charlie Brown Christmas, live at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Tickets start as low as $25, and performances run through December 19.

More of an Alan Menken fan? (Who isn’t?) A Christmas Carol: The Musical premiers tonight at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, with shows running through December 30. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., dates vary, and tickets start at $39.

The New Choral Society will perform Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. Friday night at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, with a follow-up performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. and virtual screening options for those who can’t make it out this year. Tickets start at $20.


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Saturday, December 4

Learn to make your very own Holiday Wreaths at Untermyer Gardens’ workshop today, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The three-hour class provides all materials, but guests are welcome to bring their own additions. Class is $480.

If you’re feeling the holiday blues or just feeling a bit ticked at, well…gestures at literally everything…head to nearby Stamford where Lewis Black, everyone’s favorite irate uncle, will be performing his beloved and animated standup at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

For something a little more lighthearted, Grammy-winning American roots musician Sarah Jarosz will perform a benefit concert in support of the Caramoor Music Room at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $125. Or, try Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre for A Rockapella Holiday. The beloved vocal group (and definitive Folger’s Coffee jingle singers) hits the stage at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $40.

The Yonkers Downtown Winter Market will take place today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with music, food, activities, local vendors, and all kinds of family fun.


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Sunday, December 5

Take a trip to Port Chester’s Capitol Theater for the annual Central Park Dance presentation of The Nutcracker. Performances take place at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and tickets start at $25.

Monday, December 6

Down south, cruise by Untermyer Gardens again for the annual Menorah Lighting ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

Up north, Verplanck’s Shopping, Sweets, & Santa goes down at Mt. Carmel Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy snacks, crafts and activities, and a visit with Santa Claus, as well as donating new, unwrapped gifts for the holiday toy drive. Elves will read T’was the Night Before Christmas and, after the event ends at 4:30 p.m. you can stick around to see the town’s tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Ongoing

Westchester Winter Wonderland, the beloved county tradition, runs through January 2, allowing local families a drive-through wonderland experience featuring thousands of colored lights along a 1.2-mile track. See bright displays and fan-favorite characters, and wave to Santa Claus himself! Tickets are $25 per car off-peak or $35 during peak times, with a Wegmans snack box available as a $15 add-on. Proceeds benefit the Westchester County Parks Foundation.

‘Tis the season for extravagant light shows! Creators of some of NYC’s most iconic window displays, American Christmas is hosting its own light displays through December 23 in Mount Vernon. For just $5, you can snap a selfie with 15-foot reindeer or tour the glittering light maze. It’s even indoors so you won’t have to worry about the weather, and all proceeds are being donated to community nonprofits.

Head north to Harvest Moon Orchard in North Salem for LUMAGICA, a merry and bright walking tour of over 500,000 LED lights in beautiful and awe-inspiring holiday displays and installations, making it the biggest light park in Westchester and Putnam counties! LUMAGICA will be open Friday through Sunday through December 12, and then daily the 23rd and 26-27. Tickets start at $28.

LEGOLAND Discover Center Westchester’s annual Holiday Bricktacular runs through January 2. Visit the winterized mini-land for a scavenger hunt, create some celebratory LEGO sculptures with the Master Builders, build your own ornament to hang on the six-foot LEGO Christmas Tree, enjoy the hot chocolate bar, and much more. Tickets start at $24.99.

The holiday fun continues at Cross County Center in Yonkers all month long, with ice skating, food trucks, and daily visits from St. Nick.

Get a holiday-themed tour of the iconic Armour-Steiner Octagon House in Irvington through December 27. Tours are offered by the current owners Friday through Monday for $29 per person.

Feel like a more challenging hike? You can also get out and enjoy all that Westchester County has to offer without the kids. If you need some suggestions, you can always cross a few destinations off our list of the best hiking and biking trails in Westchester.

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