’Tis the season: Hudson Valley holiday festivities

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Wilderstein Historic Site in yuletide regalia. (photo by Dion Ogust)

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The 32nd annual Woodstock Holiday Open House will be held on December 6 from 6-10 p.m. (photo by Dion Ogust)

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Saugerties will host its annual Holiday in the Village on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 6 p.m. It will include a Holiday Market, music, toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, entertainment and surprises.

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Highland’s annual tree lighting “Light up the Hamlet” will take place on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

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The 20th annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks will kick off the holiday season in Poughkeepsie on Friday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and continue on Saturday, December 7 at Dongan Square Park with Family Day.

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Santa Claus comes to the Village Green in Woodstock on Christmas Eve. How Santa arrives is always a mystery. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Wilderstein Historic Site in yuletide regalia. (photo by Dion Ogust)The 32nd annual Woodstock Holiday Open House will be held on December 6 from 6-10 p.m. (photo by Dion Ogust)Saugerties will host its annual Holiday in the Village on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 6 p.m. It will include a Holiday Market, music, toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, entertainment and surprises.Highland’s annual tree lighting “Light up the Hamlet” will take place on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (photo by Lauren Thomas)The 20th annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks will kick off the holiday season in Poughkeepsie on Friday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and continue on Saturday, December 7 at Dongan Square Park with Family Day.Santa Claus comes to the Village Green in Woodstock on Christmas Eve. How Santa arrives is always a mystery. (photo by Dion Ogust)

 

Here’s an overview of some great local yuletide events to help you plan your holiday season. Please call ahead to confirm details.

11/29: Santa Claus photo op at Walkway over the Hudson

Santa Claus will visit the Walkway over the Hudson on Friday, November 29 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at 87 Haviland Road in Highland. Sit on Santa’s sleigh surrounded by Hudson River views. Photos can be taken with Santa, available afterward online at www.walkway.org, or visitors may take their own photos. Photo opportunities will be available on the Walkway West approach in the Town of Lloyd throughout the day as well. For more information, visit www.walkway.org.

11/29: Holiday festivities at New Paltz’s Downtown Unwrapped

Visit downtown New Paltz in all its holiday finery and enjoy special discounts and giveaways at participating stores on Friday, November 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Holiday windows will be unveiled. Enjoy cider, cookies, goodies and events in stores. Take a self-guided walking tour of the participating downtown shops using information picked up at downtown stores. For more information, visit New Paltz Downtown Unwrapped on www.facebook.com.

11/29: Holiday Tree-Lighting in Kingston

City of Kingston mayor Shayne Gallo will kick off the holiday season by lighting the tree in Academy Green Park in Kingston on Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, local entertainment and a visit with Santa and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Kingston Professional Firefighters’ Association. For more information, call (845) 331-1216.

11/29: Christmas caroling in Gardiner

With Gardiner’s new streetlamps, participants in the annual holiday caroling through the hamlet this year can leave flashlights at home on Friday, November 29. Dress warmly and meet at 7 p.m. at Gardiner Gables, the small building complex on Route 44/55. The caroling concludes at Town Hall for a visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.

11/29: Santa parasails into Hurds Family Farm

Santa and his Christmas elves, portrayed by professional skydivers from the Blue Sky Ranch in Gardiner, will be making an unusual 11 a.m. entrance by parasail landing at Hurds Family Farm, located on Route 32 in Modena. Word has it that Santa’s pack is brimming with small, special gifts, one for each child. This will be a great photo opportunity for Mom and Dad. Choose and cut your own Christmas tree, take a cow train ride, toast your toes and roast s’mores at the big campfire, visit the new Christmas shop for warm drinks and food. Hand-decorated wreaths and other holiday items will be available for sale. An on-farm hiking trail and kids’ corral activities are available, weather permitting. A farm hayride will transport families to the new Christmas tree site. Admission is free. Note the change of location from the past three years.

11/29: Santa Claus visits Hudson Valley Mall

Join Ulster Ballet and Energy Dance to welcome Santa as he arrives at the Hudson Valley Mall at 1300 Ulster Avenue on Friday, November 29 at 11 a.m. Santa will be available for photos in Center Court. For more information, call (845) 336-8000 or visit www.shophudsonvalleymall.com.

11/29-12/29: Holiday tours of Wilderstein Historic Site

Tours of the festively decorated mansion at the Wilderstein Historic Site will begin Friday, November 29 and continue on all Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through Sunday, December 29. Some of the rooms at Wilderstein will showcase modern holiday displays, while other areas of the mansion will take visitors back in time with period décor. Tours cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and are free for children under age 12. For more information, call (845) 876-4818 or visit www.wilderstein.org.

11/29-30: “Crowns and Branches” workshops to prepare for Sinterklaas

Free workshops to create the crowns and branches used in Sinterklaas festivities will be held on Friday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, located at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston. Kids will wear finished crowns and branches on Saturday to participate in the afternoon children’s parade at 4 p.m. For more information, call (845) 338-0071 or visit www.hrmm.org or https://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/.

11/30: Sinterklaas Festival begins in Kingston

Sinterklaas festivities begin in Kingston on Saturday, November 30 with a day of open houses, musical performances, a march down Broadway and puppets galore. Shuttle-bus service is available throughout the day. After the 4 p.m. children’s parade, Sinterklaas and his white horse will receive a grand sendoff from in front of the Arts Society of Kingston on a tugboat across the river to Rhinebeck at 4 p.m. After his departure, enjoy a Tree Lighting Ceremony and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants on Lower Broadway and throughout the entire waterfront district in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 339-4280 or visit Sinterklaas Kingston on www.facebook.com or https://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/.

11/30: Holiday Gift Fair featuring items from India

Find unusual items from India for gift-giving on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shanti Mandir, located at 51 Muktananda Marg in Walden. Proceeds benefit various charities. For more information, call (845) 778-1008, e-mail shanti@twcmetrobiz.com or visit www.shantihastkala.org.

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