’Tis the season: Hudson Valley holiday festivities

12/7-8: Santa Run at Trolley Museum in Kingston

Ride the trolley with Santa at the Trolley Museum in Kingston on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Santa Run along the waterfront costs $2. The Trolley Museum with rail-themed gift shop is located at 89 East Strand in the historic Rondout Waterfront District. For more information, call (845) 331-3399 or visit www.tmny.org.

12/7-8: Craft/Gift basket/Bake Sale in Saugerties

The Reformed Church of Saugerties at 173 Main Street will hold its annual Christmas Craft/Gift Basket/Bake Sale on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. A variety of arts and crafts as well as many different gift baskets will be for sale. Coffee and tea will be available both days, along with a bake sale, and on Sunday, there will be a soup-and-sandwich sale.

12/7-8: Unison Crafts Fair in New Paltz

Craftspeople and fine artists will display and sell their work at the 23rd annual Unison Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include handcrafted gift items, ceramics, jewelry, leatherwork, woodwork, children’s clothing, wreaths, blown glass and more. Admission costs $3 for adults and is free for those under age 16. The event, sponsored by the Unison Arts Center of New Paltz, will be held at the New Paltz Middle School at 2 South Manheim Boulevard in New Paltz. For more information, call (845) 255-1559, e-mail info@unisonarts.org or visit www.unisonarts.org.

12/7-8: “A Christmas Carol Experience” at Bevier House Museum

The Ulster County Historical Society (UCHS) will present a Victorian-style Christmas at the Bevier House Museum in Marbletown on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8. David Rubenstein, director of the Coach House Players in Kingston, will be the narrator in an abbreviated version of A Christmas Carol. The one-man-show lasts half an hour and will be performed four times each day at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $10, $8 for UCHS members or $5 for students and seniors.

Other entertainment includes performances by the SUNY-Ulster Clarinet Choir, Kingston City Schools’ J. Watson Bailey Strings, the Coleman High School Choir, violin students of Katie Jeannotte and trumpets John Barath and Myra Latumski. The house will be decorated in Victorian fashion, and a special nutcracker exhibit will be on display. There will be crafts for children, including the stringing of popcorn and cranberries to create a garland and making Victorian-era Christmas “crackers.” There will be a gift raffle with items donated by local businesses and handmade holiday refreshments. For more information, call (845) 338-5614 or visit www.ulstercountyhs.org.

12/8: Warm up at the Washingtons’ in Newburgh

Welcome in the holiday season with 18th-century flair at the Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site at 84 Liberty Street in Newburgh with “Warm up at the Washingtons’” on Sunday, December 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Step back in time to a quiet afternoon much like the kind that General and Mrs. Washington would have observed during the Yuletide season of 1782. Walk through the festively decorated rooms while being serenaded by the Salmagundi Consort. Historic interpreters will be in each room to answer questions and offer an overview about life during the winter of 1782. Finish by an outdoor fire sipping hot cider and sampling cookies. Admission is free for the day. For more information, call (845) 562-1195.

12/8: Holiday Party at Highland Public Library

Drop children off for an afternoon of games, crafts, holiday photos, snacks and a holiday movie at the Holiday Party at the Highland Library at 30 Church Street in Highland on Sunday, December 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. Take the afternoon off to go shopping while kids enjoy a visit with Santa and a celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Sign up at www.highlandlibrary.org. The cost is $20 per child and a can or bag of dog or cat food for the Safe Haven Animal Shelter. All proceeds benefit the capital campaign of the Library. For more information, call (845) 691-2275, extension 13, or e-mail jkelsall@highlandlibrary.org.

12/8: Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Winter Faire in New Paltz

The Mountain Laurel Waldorf School at 16 South Chestnut Street in New Paltz holds its annual Winter Faire & Outdoor Marketplace on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each grade in the school, from kindergarten to the eighth grade, contributes to the event. The indoor Waldorf Gift Shop and the outdoor marketplace will have a selection of jewelry, toys, collectibles, antiques, books, handmade crafts and ceramics from local vendors. There will be refreshments, demonstrations and a visit from the Pocket Lady, who carries trinkets in her pockets for children to retrieve for the price of a ticket. Admission is free, and the event goes on rain or shine. For more information, call (845) 255-0033 or visit www.mountainlaurel.org.

12/8: Holiday Open House at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park

The Vanderbilt Mansion, located at 119 Vanderbilt Park Road in Hyde Park, will host a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mansion will be decorated for the holidays, with refreshments provided by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Admission is free to the site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (845) 486-7745, (845) 229-6214 or visit www.historichydepark.org.

12/8: Into the Light! holiday show at Shadowland Theatre

The Shadowland Theatre at 157 Canal Street in Ellenville will host Into the Light! holiday pageantry produced in collaboration by the Vanaver Caravan, the Caravan Kids and Youth Company and Arm-of-the-Sea Theatre on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. The story takes place in a northern country where Lucia, the heart of her village, loses her inner light as the Sun’s light diminishes. Enchanting and festive dance, music and puppetry guide Lucia through the world’s communities to see how light is kept glowing through the darkest part of the year. The production touches on a variety of holiday traditions including Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Sankta Lucia (Sweden), the Winter Solstice and Yule, with special guest singers Barely Lace. Tickets cost $5 for children under age 12 and $8 for adults. Open-seated tickets are available the day of the performance. For more information, call (845) 256-9300 or visit www.vanavercaravan.org.

12/8: St. Nicholas Day Crafts Fair in Rhinebeck to benefit Astor Services

Holiday gifts, handmade items, baked goods, raffles, theme baskets and more will be available at the St. Nicholas Day Crafts Fair on Sunday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Astor Services for Children and Families, located at 6339 Mill Street in Rhinebeck. All proceeds benefit Astor’s family programs. The snow date is Saturday, December 14. For more information, call (845) 871-1000 or visit www.astorservices.org.

12/8: “Sounds of the Season” free concert in Saugerties

The Saugerties Community Band will perform “Sounds of the Season,” a free concert of holiday music, on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at the Reformed Church at 173 Main Street in Saugerties. Come early for the flute ensemble holiday selections at 2:45 p.m. Donations are welcome.

12/8: Red Hook Winterfest

The Red Hook Winterfest Celebration on Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Red Hook Village Municipal Lot adjacent to Village Hall will include ornament-making, a visit from Santa and a Holiday Gift Fair. The tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the Key Bank lot. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 758-0824, e-mail info@redhookchamber.org or visit www.redhookchamber.org.

12/8: Reindeer Ramble 5K run and walk benefit event in Kingston

The annual Reindeer Ramble 5K Holiday Road Race and Competitive Walk on Sunday, December 8 in Kingston benefits the YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Fund. The snow-or-shine event starts with registration on race day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The race begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for adult, $10 for student with $1 off for members of the Onteora Runners’ Club. The Santa-Pede event calls for team members to dress up and run tied together like reindeer, with minimum five and maximum seven participants per team. All Santa-Pedes must register as individuals. Prizes will be awarded to the first place age group finish, male and female and overall Santa-Pede at the post-party in the YMCA Main Gym. The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County is located at 507 Broadway in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-3810, e-mail sackermann@ymcaulster.org or visit www.ymcaulster.org.



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