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The Best Things to Do in Westchester This Week


We round up the best virtual, outdoor, and socially distant shows and activities to get you up off the couch and keep you from going stir crazy.

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!

Monday, November 23

The Rye Arts Center Holiday Boutique is moving online this year, with tons of local and regionally made art, keepsakes, jewelry, clothing, and more! Proceeds help fun the Arts Center and local creators, making it a fabulous way to support your community by keeping dollars local this holiday shopping season. (Plus, you don’t even have to leave the house on Black Friday!) The boutique will run through Tuesday, December 1.

Rye Art Center

If you’re looking to enjoy the crisp fall air this week, Lasdon Park is giving a great reason for a visit, one about 68 million years in the making. Lexi the T-Rex, a new virtual tour guide, will help shepherd guests through the Dinosaur Garden using the Zappar app. Stop by any time during the park is open (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) for a fun tour designed for preschoolers and their parents!

ArtsWestchester’s Visions 2020 Virtual Gallery is officially online now through the end of the year, showcasing artworks by recipients of local mental health services.

Tuesday, November 24

Home chefs will love the Virtual Cooking Series from Zwilling Cooking Studio. This week, sign up for a virtual “Perfect Paella” class on Tuesday, featuring recipes for a radicchio salad, paella Valenciana, “Rice with Things” (chorizo, bell peppers, shrimp, mussels, and clams), and crema Catalana. Class is $35 per person.

Wednesday, November 25

Farmers Market at the Valley ends this week at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights. Vendors include a mix of local farmers and other merchants, so come on down and enjoy the final offerings of the season.

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Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26

The Picture House Regional Film Center is currently running its 2020 NYICFF Kid Flicks and Holiday Art Breaks program through the end of the year. Each program — for ages 5+, 8+, and 8+ in Spanish — costs $12 to stream at your convenience and includes short films along with discussion questions and an activity corresponding to one of the films. It’s a great way to entertain children during the busy holiday season.

Friday, November 27

Hearts & Homes for Refugees is holding an interesting Black Friday sale you don’t even leave your house for. Local Scarsdale artist and board member Lori Kapner  Hosp has created a collection of 28 paintings called Glimpses of Places They Called Home, which will be auctioned off online. Proceeds will benefit the organization, which welcomes, assists, and advocates for refugee families living locally. The auction will be ongoing through December 6.

For a more traditional but still en plein air shopping experience, Cross County Shopping Center will kick off it’s holiday festivities with its annual outdoor skating rink ($10), Food Truck Market (a la carte), and 40-foot Christmas tree (which, by all accounts, has so far proven to be owl-free).

Westchester Winter Wonderland officially opens this week at Valhalla’s Kensico Dam Plaza at 6 p.m. The Wonderland experience this year has been reimagined as a drive-through with 1.2 miles of lights, displays, characters, and of course Saint Nick himself, along with simulcast holiday classics on their radios. Wonderland will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, December 20 and then daily (except for Christmas Eve and Day) through January 3. Tickets are $25 per car in advance. Call 914.231.5600 for reservations.

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Saturday, November 28

Finally, limited space is available for the Westchester Children’s Museum Rockin’ Holiday Kickoff Concert. All ages are welcome to join in the fun of learning about rhythm and melody with Rock Island Sound’s Andrew Wang starting at 11 a.m. Spots start at $9.

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