9 Dazzling Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Westchester

Kick off the holiday season right with these Christmas tree lighting ceremonies throughout Westchester County.

It’s officially the time of year to sing Christmas carols, sip hot chocolate, and get overly excited to see Santa Claus. Lucky for you, we rounded up the top places to celebrate the holiday season in Westchester with magnificently sparkling tree-filled festivities.


November 17, 6 p.m.
Cross County Center, Yonkers

The Cross County Center hosts its tree lighting this Friday. Families can enjoy live music, an electric train ride, entertainers, and even a visit from Mrs. Claus. The lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree will be at 7:30 p.m. Not only does this mark the beginning of the holiday season, but also the opening of the center’s pop-up holiday ice rink. Admission is $10 per person for an hour of skating.

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November 26, 6 p.m.
Bedford Road, Katonah

The Chamber of Commerce’s tree and menorah lighting will be held the Sunday after Thanksgiving at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Bedford Rd.


November 26, 12-5 p.m.
Main Street, Armonk

Did you know the song “Frosty the Snowman” is supposedly based on Armonk? Now, whether that’s true or not, the town celebrates like it is with a big village parade and a tree lighting ceremony. From 12:30-3:30 p.m., there will be entertainers, train rides, magicians, clowns, and arts and crafts. The holiday parade kicks off at 4 p.m. followed by the tree lighting at 4:30 p.m.

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Mount Kisco

December 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Green, Mount Kisco

The Village of Mount Kisco will hold its annual tree lighting and caroling at the Village Green from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be caroling, festive refreshments, and even a visit from Kris Kringle himself.


December 2, 4 p.m. — December 3, 1 a.m.
The Barley Beach House, Rye

The Barley Beach House will hold its Christmas tree lighting and holiday market on Saturday, December 2. The event starts at 4 p.m. with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, candy canes, and 50 holiday market vendors. The tree lighting will be at 7 p.m.

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December 2, 2-9 p.m.
Patriots Park, Tarrytown

Tarrytown’s annual holiday tree lighting and holiday market will be held at Patriots Park on Saturday, December 2. The TaSH Holiday Market will be open from 1-6 p.m., while tree lighting and performances by Tarrytown Music Hall Academy will begin at 4:15 p.m. Guests can take the Holiday Trolley between Patriots Park and Downtown Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow for local shopping, performances, and visits to Santa between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


December 2, 3-8 p.m.
Depot Square, Tuckahoe

The village’s annual Winterfest will be held this year in Depot Square and feature pictures with Santa, train rides, a magician, and a face painter. The tree lighting will commence at 5 p.m.


December 2, 5:15 p.m.
Jack DeVito Veteran Memorial Field and Track, Yorktown

On Saturday, December 2, Yorktown will hold the 12th annual holiday electric light parade and tree lighting.

New Rochelle

December 9, 4:15 p.m.
Memorial Plaza, New Rochelle

New Rochelle is celebrating the holidays with a holiday lighting ceremony at Memorial Plaza. There will be music, snacks, hot cocoa, photo ops with Santa, as well as a tree and menorah lighting.

White Plains

December 10, 5-6 p.m.
Renaissance Park, White Plains

White Plains City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights tree lighting takes place on Sunday, December 10 at Renaissance Park. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season as the Mayor lights the holiday tree, which also marks the start of the city’s holiday market.

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