’Tis the season: Hudson Valley holiday festivities

12/8: Holiday in the Village in Saugerties

Saugerties will host the annual Holiday in the Village on Sunday, December 8 from 12 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. For more information, e-mail billyosh@gmail.com or hotrodbob929@aol.com or visit www.village.saugerties.ny.us or www.discoversaugerties.com.

12/13: Highland Tree-Lighting

Highland will host a holiday tree-lighting and festivities at “Light up the Hamlet” on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Highland at Vineyard and Main Streets. The event will include hot chocolate, candy, toasted marshmallows, games, giveaways, caroling, the tree-lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call (845) 691-2144, extension 100, or visit www.townoflloyd.com.

12/13-14: Mendelssohn Club shows at Old Dutch Church in Kingston

The Old Dutch Church will present the Mendelssohn Club Christmas Concerts on Friday, and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. each night. The Old Dutch Church is located in the Historic Stockade District at 272 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-6759 or e-mail info@olddutchchurch.org.

12/13-15: Catskill Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker in Kingston

The Ulster Performing Arts Center at 601 Broadway in Kingston will host the Catskill Ballet Theater in The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on a magical adventure to the Land of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. The classical ballet will be performed in its entirety. For more information, visit www.catskillballet.org.

12/13-14: It’s a Wonderful Life live radio play in Rosendale

The Rosendale Theatre will present a live radio show production of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. The classic holiday film will be performed live as a 1940s-era radio play with live sound effects and music featuring five actors playing 50 roles. The cast includes Claudia Brown, Kimberly Kay, Brian Mathews, Jim Metzner and Doug Motel. The show is directed by Ann Citron with sound effects and music by Fre Atlast. General admission tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under, with proceeds benefiting the Rosendale Theatre. Advance purchase tickets are available at www.rosendaletheatre.org. For more information or to make a reservation, call (845) 658-8989.

12/14: Yuletide Tea at Wilderstein

Enjoy a festive afternoon with fine tea, homemade cakes, cookies and finger sandwiches in the Yuletide Tea on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at the Wilderstein Historic Site, located at 330 Morton Road in Rhinebeck. Historian and former New York State deputy commissioner for Historic Preservation Wint Aldrich will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (845) 876-4818 or visit www.wilderstein.org.

12/14: Holiday Open Houses at FDR & Val-Kill sites in Hyde Park

The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site at 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park will hold a Holiday Open House with live music and refreshments on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring readings from A Christmas Carol. The Roosevelt Home and Library will be decorated as they were for the holidays during the Roosevelt presidency, and the newly installed Museum exhibits will be available to view. A free shuttle bus will take visitors to Eleanor Roosevelt’s home Val-Kill for a Holiday Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be no on-site parking at Val-Kill on that day.

A Children’s Reading Festival begins at 12 noon in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Children’s book authors including John Bemelmans Marciano, who carries on the legacy of his grandfather’s Madeline books, will read from and sign copies of their books, which will be available for purchase. Santa will be available for free photos from 1 to 3 p.m., and children can make holiday cards for sailors on the USS Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt beginning at 12 noon. Admission is free to the Reading Festival and the Roosevelt Home. For more information, call (845) 486-7745 or visit www.historichydepark.org or www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

12/14: Shire of Coill Tuar Yule Feast in Highland

The Adonai Lodge at 48 Main Street in Highland will host the East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism for its sixth annual Yule Feast on Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enter an artistic or scientific creation or research at the A&S table, with prizes awarded. Youth submissions are welcomed and encouraged. The Medieval Games will offer competition with others, and a small stage will be available for performances all day. The Yule Feast will feature a menu of “beast, boar and fowl” with accompaniments. For reservations, call (845) 706-4722 or visit www.eastkingdom.org.

12/14: Kissing Ball workshop in Rosendale

Use fresh local greens, bright ribbons and creativity to create a “kissing ball” to hang near a doorway to welcome visitors at Victoria Gardens, located at 1 Cottekill Road in Rosendale, on Saturday, December 14 at 11 a.m. The cost for the workshop is $35 or $30 for members. Reservations are required by calling (845) 338-5614. For more information, visit www.ulstercountyhs.org.

12/14-15: The Nutcracker at the Bardavon

The New Paltz Ballet Theatre returns for a 16th season to present The Nutcracker featuring principal dancers from the New York City Ballet in two performances on Saturday, December 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. Join Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers, followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets cost $29 for adults, $26 for students and $24 for members. The New Paltz School of Ballet is located at 1 Bonticou View Drive in New Paltz. For more information, call (845) 255-0044 or visit www.nspballet.com.

12/20: Scrooged on the big screen at UPAC

The Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) will present the 1988 film Scrooged on the big screen on Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $6. The darkly comic modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stars Bill Murray playing the role of Frank Cross, a cold-hearted TV exec who is planning a live production of A Christmas Carol when his adaptation starts to mirror his own life. Things get worse when his dead former boss visits to tell him the error of his ways. Informed that he’ll be visited by three ghosts, Frank takes heed and starts immediately to make amends. Karen Allen co-stars, along with David Johansen, Carol Kane and Robert Mitchum. Tickets are available at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.bardavon.org.

12/20-21: Living Nativity at Old Dutch Church in Kingston

The Old Dutch Church will host the 64th annual Living Nativity on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. The Old Dutch Church is located in the Historic Stockade District at 272 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-6759 or e-mail info@olddutchchurch.org.

12/24: Santa comes to Woodstock’s Village Green – ah, but how?

Woodstock continues its threescore-and-12-year tradition when it welcomes Santa Claus to the Village Green at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. How Santa arrives is always a mystery, whether by horsedrawn sleigh, a firetruck, an elephant, a camel, a hot-air balloon or flying Volkswagen bus. While waiting for Santa, the crowd is serenaded by carolers and musicians in front of the Dutch Reformed Church.

After his grand entrance, Santa makes his way to the center of the Green and hands kids stockings filled with candy and other goodies – including Hanukkah treats. Santa’s elves are there to maintain order and make sure that each child gets a stocking.

12/31: New Year’s Eve in Uptown Kingston

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in a neighborhood-wide event complete with a ball drop, drinks, food, music and entertainment. For more information, e-mail mike@bsplounge.com.



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