’Tis the season: Hudson Valley holiday-related festivities

(Photo by JD Hancock)


Holiday tree-lighting in Kingston

Join Santa and friends at the tree-lighting in Academy Green Park in Kingston on Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and local entertainment from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (845) 331-1216.


Black Friday Soirée at Basilica Hudson

The Black Friday Soirée on Friday, November 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Basilica Hudson at 110 South Front Street in Hudson will feature live music, light fare and a variety of cocktail samples from select food and beverage purveyors. Admission is free.


Santa Claus at Walkway over the Hudson

Santa Claus will visit the Walkway over the Hudson on Friday, November 28 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. He will arrive with his elves via electric cart (his sleigh won’t fit in the new elevator to the Walkway). Photo ops will be available at the west side approach in Highland. For more information, visit www.walkway.org.


Santa at Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston

Visit with Santa at the Hudson Valley Mall at 1300 Ulster Avenue in Kingston on Friday, November 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be available for photos in Center Court, where the Ulster Ballet Company will perform excerpts from A Christmas Carol and distribute free balloons from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (845) 336-8000 or visit www.shophudsonvalleymall.com.


NOV. 28 - DEC. 28

The turret at Wilderstein. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Holiday tours of Wilderstein

Self-guided tours of the festively decorated mansion at the Wilderstein Historic Site will be offered on Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 to 30, and continue on all Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1 to 4 p.m. through Sunday, December 28. A docent will be stationed in each room for questions. 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.


NOV. 28 - DEC. 31

Gilded Age Christmas Tours at Mills Mansion

The Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer Gilded Age Tours of Mills Mansion from Friday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 31. Tour times are noon to 4 p.m. Check website or Facebook page for specific dates. Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located off Route 9 in Staatsburg. For more information, call (845) 889-8851, extension 300 or visit www.staatsburgh.org.



Green Friday in Uptown Kingston

Forsyth Nature Center in uptown Kingston will host the second annual Green Friday event on Friday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights include a Green Infrastructure tour at 11:30 a.m., Rain Barrel Class at 12:30 p.m. and guided bird walk at 1:15 p.m. Parking is available at the Dietz Stadium entrance or the Lucas Avenue entrance to Forsyth Park. Preregistration is welcome by calling (845) 481-7336, or visit www.kingstonparksandrec.org.


Sinterklaas Festival begins in Kingston

Sinterklaas festivities begin in Kingston on Saturday, November 29 with a sendoff celebration mirroring the original Dutch legend in which Sinterklaas leaves Spain by boat for Holland. The Hudson Valley recreation provides a day of activities in Kingston, ending with a parade to escort Sinterklaas to his boat for the ride across the Hudson River to Rhinebeck. For more information, call (845) 339-4280 or visit Sinterklaas Kingston on Facebook.


NOV.  29-30

Farm+ Flea in Hudson

Basilica Hudson at 110 South Front Street in Hudson will host the indoor/outdoor Farm + Flea on Saturday and Sunday, November 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The large-scale farmstand and flea market will feature quality artisan handmade crafts, vintage goods and collectibles and fine food products, along with educational workshops and cultural lectures. Admission costs $3 and is free for those under age 16. For more information, visit www.basilicafarmandflea.com.


Craft Fair at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie

The Dutchess Community College Foundation will host its 43rd annual Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday, November 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on the DCC main campus in Poughkeepsie. More than 100 artisans and specialty foodmakers will participate. There will be door-prize drawings and refreshments for purchase. Admission costs $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, staff and alumni and is free for under age 12. Those with special needs are invited to beat the rush by starting their shopping at 9:30 a.m. The event is held in Falcon and Drumlin Halls. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot D on Cottage Road, from which there will be shuttle service. For more information, call (845) 431-8403 or visit www.sunydutchess.edu.


NOV. 29-DEC. 7

Babes in Toyland at Woodstock Playhouse

The Woodstock Playhouse will present Babes in Toyland on Friday, December 5 and Saturdays, November 29 and December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays, November 30 and December 7 at 2 p.m. The cast includes emerging professional actors from the Playhouse’s summer stock season, along with some familiar local faces from the New York Conservatory for the Arts. Tickets cost $32 to $40. The Woodstock Playhouse is located at 103 Mill Hill Road in Woodstock. For tickets or information, call (845) 679-6900 or visit www.woodstockplayhouse.org.


NOV. 29-DEC. 13

Holiday Gift Fair at ARTspace in Germantown

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the ARTspace Holiday Gift Fair. The fair will also be held on Sunday, November 30, Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 and Saturday, December 13 at 71 Palatine Road in Germantown. For more information, call (518) 537-4469 or visit www.germantownartspace.com.


NOV.  29-JAN. 17

Holiday Salon Show at Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz

The Mark Gruber Gallery in the New Paltz Plaza in New Paltz will host an opening reception on Saturday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the 38th annual Holiday Salon Show. The exhibit remains on view through January 17. A variety of artists and styles are represented (many in affordable smaller sizes). Participating artists include Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Paul Abrams, Eric Angeloch, James Cramer, James Coe, Carolyn Edlund, Staats Fasoldt, Thomas Kegler, Eric Koeppel, Vince Natale, Nadine Robbins, Ron Schaefer, Christie Scheele, Robert Sedestrom, Marlene Wiedenbaum, Hardie Truesdale and Leonie Lacouette. For more information, call (845) 255-1241.



Christmas around the World concert in Round Top

The Altamura Center for the Arts at 404 Winter Clove Road in Round Top will host a Christmas around the World dinner theater on Sunday, November 30 at 1 p.m. Happy hour, hors d’oeuvres and dancing begin at 1 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and performance at 2 p.m. Pianist Renee Guerrero will accompany her 17-year-old daughter Sydney and 14-year-old son Quintin, both of whom have appeared with professional opera companies. Tickets cost $45; beer and wine are not included. For more information, call (518) 622-0070.


Village tree-lighting in Rhinebeck

The village of Rhinebeck will host a tree-lighting at the Rhinebeck Bank parking lot on East Market Street on Sunday, November 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (845) 876-5904 or visit www.rhinebeckchamber.com.



Ulster Ballet’s A Christmas Carol for students and seniors

A special performance of the Ulster Ballet’s A Christmas Carol with reduced ticket prices for area students and seniors will be held at Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Thursday, December 4 at 10 a.m. The snow date will be Friday, December 5 at 10 a.m. For information, call Michele Szynal at (845) 283-3809 or e-mail [email protected].



Woodstock Holiday Open House in Woodstock

The 33rd annual Woodstock Holiday Open House will take place throughout the village of Woodstock with holiday music, carolers, treats, holiday window displays, raffles and more on Friday, December 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (845) 679-6234 or visit www.woodstockchamber.com.


New Paltz Unwrapped

Visit downtown New Paltz in all its holiday finery and enjoy special discounts and giveaways at participating stores on Friday, December 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Holiday windows will be unveiled. Stroll with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday treats under a tent on Church Street from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit New Paltz Downtown Unwrapped on Facebook.


Christmas caroling in Gardiner

Dress warmly and meet at 7 p.m. at Gardiner Gables for a stroll through town. The caroling concludes at Town Hall for a visit with Santa, refreshments and the lighting of the tree.


Snowflake Festival in Kingston

The annual Snowflake Parade and Festival in the Stockade District of Uptown Kingston will happen on Friday, December 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring special performances, horse-and-buggy rides and holiday treats. The parade starts at Dietz Stadium at 5 p.m., concluding with a tree-lighting at the intersection of Wall and North Front Streets. For more information, visit www.kingstonuptown.org.


Art and Craft Fair at Bard College

An Art and Craft Fair will be held at Bard College on Friday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Campus Center on campus. For more information, visit www.bard.edu/conservatory.




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