Your Weekend: Tree Lighting; Breakfast with Santa; Holiday Happiness

The holiday season kicks off this weekend with Christmas tree lighting, Santa appearances, two Christmas Carol options and more.

Local events in Yorktown and Somers:

Yorktown Lions and American Legion Breakfast with Santa

When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Yorktown American Legion, located at 235 Veterans Road.

Why Go: Enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch with Santa, Mrs. Clause and Frostie. There are three available seatings – 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to participate in holiday activities and tell Santa their Christmas wish list.

Price: $7 for children ages 3 to 12 and $9 for children ages 13 and over.

Contact: All tickets are sold in advance and you must make a reservation. To purchase your ticket call Maria Marks at 914-962-9390 or email maria.yorktownlions@yahoo.com

Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Appearance

When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Jack Devito Field in Yorktown

Why go: The town of Yorktown Parks and Recreation Department along with the Yorktown Heights Fire Department will host its First Annual Holiday Lights Parade. After the parade, you can enjoy the Yorktown Christmas tree lighting, holiday singing by the Lakeland and Yorktown Girl Scouts and the movie "The Santa Clause" sponsored by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.

Boeing Boeing in Yorktown

When/Where: Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the The Eclipse Theatre Company, 2051 Baldwin Rd, Yorktown Heights

Why Go: The Infinity Rep Theatre Company celebrating its 10th Anniversary will present the first play of their season, the classic French farce Boeing Boeing written by Marc Camoletti. This production kicks off the first of many at the new Eclipse Theatre at the former French Hill School. Boeing Boeing will open on Nov. 30 and run through Dec. 2. Click here for more details.

Price: Tickets on the website are $12 adults and $10 students. The tickets at the door are $15 adults and $12 students. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

'Holiday Happiness' Craft Fair in Somers

When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Primrose Elementary School in Somers.

Why go: Start your holiday shopping with the largest Craft Fair at Primrose Elementary School in Somers. There will be more than 100 vendors, lots of activities for the kids, bakes sale, tag sale, silent auction and raffles. Parking and admission are free.

Westchester Oratorio Society "Scratch Messiah"

When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 331 Route 100, Somers

Why Go: Singers and concert-goers will have several opportunities to join the Westchester Oratorio Society during the holiday season beginning this Sunday when the group holds its first annual "Scratch Messiah," –an audience participation sing-along of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at St. Luke's Church in Somers. 

The following Saturday, December 8, 2012, the oratorio society will be appearing as part of the holiday festivities at Muscoot Farm in Somers in a sing-along of seasonal favorites. The program, which begins at 5 p.m., is free. Click here for more details.

Price: $10

The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown’s Annual Christmas Concert

When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, 2880 Crompond Rd, Yorktown 

Why Go: The 12th annual Sunday afternoon Concert Series will present its annual Christmas concert The Best of Christmas, featuring Handel's Messiah (Part I, the Christmas Portion) and contemporary Christmas favorites. It will feature guest professional soloists, adult choir and the orchestra of the Instrumental Ensemble Concertino New York under the direction of Simona Frenkel. The second half of the concert will feature contemporary popular Christmas selections for soloists, small ensembles and choir.

Price: The concert is open to all, and a contribution of $20 is suggested.

Contact: Reservations and preferred seating can be assured by contacting the church office at (914) 245-2186

"Once Upon A Mattress" at Lakeland High School

When/Where: Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakeland High School auditorium in Shrub Oak.

Why Go: If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. The musical was rescheduled from earlier this month.

Price: Adult Tickets are $10 ($9.99 online) and students are $8. You can purchase tickets online or make reservations by calling (914) 528-0600, ext. 231. Tickets will also be available at the door subject to availability.

Yorktown High School Presents 'A Christmas Carol'

When/Where: Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Yorktown High School

Why Go: Yorktown High School students will present a dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Michael Wilson for three performances. From Christmas Eve to Day, Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed from a man of business to someone who is concerned about humanity. The show is recommended for families of students in grades K-12.

Price: $8. Tickets will be sold in the high school cafeteria the week prior to the show and at the door.

Random Farms Kids' Theater Presents 'Hansel and Gretel'

When/Where: Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights, 

Why Go: The production of "Hansel and Gretel" is a musical version of the well-known fairy tale made popular by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s. The show is being performed by kindergarten through second-graders in a family-friendly theatrical experience. The production is the culmination of a 10-week musical theater training program for kindergarten through second-graders who are divided into six casts. More than 85 children from Westchester County will perform as Hansel, Gretel, the wicked witch and other characters from the fairy tale.

Price: $6. Tickets are on sale in the lobby.

Caring Santa Event at Jefferson Valley Mall

When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jefferson Valley Mall, 600 Lee Blvd, Jefferson Valley.

Why Go: Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families who have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa. This environment is likely to include:  

  • Turning off in-mall music and dimming the center's lights for the duration of the event.
  • Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system, whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
  • Special activities and stories geared toward the needs of the child during the “wait” period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit. 

Contact: Participants are encouraged to RSVP for the Caring Santa event at Jefferson Valley Mall by going towww.AbilityPath.org.

Events from around the area:

Christmas Tree Sale

When/Where: Weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 60 Haines Rd, Bedford Hills (Bedford Hills Park)

Why go: The Northern Westchester Rotary Club is holding a Christmas tree sale. Proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, polio plus and local scholarships.

Price: Free to browse

Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol

Where/When: Lyndhurst, 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown; performances are held weekly now through December: Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Additional performances are held at 2pm and 4pm December 26, 27 and 28.

Why Go: A theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens’ own readings of the classic tale tbrings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. This spirit is brought to life in this adaptation, which takes place throughout the Lyndhurst mansion. Working from Dickens’ actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion “meeting” the different spirits and characters.

Pricing: $40, reserve here.

Dickens's Christmas Carol

When/Where: Saturday, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22; shows at 4, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45pm. At the Old Dutch Church 381 North Broadway Sleepy Hollow; parking at Philipsburg Manor & Kykuit Visitor Center, 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow across the street.

Why Go: Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like you never have before! Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic.

Pricing: Adults, $16; Children under 18, $12
 Members: $5 discount per ticket; to reserve click here.

Chanukah Fair/Latkepalooza

Where/When: Sunday, December 2, 2012, 9 am to 3 p.m. Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Ave, Tarrytown.

Why Go: The Annual Chanukah Fair features returning vendors and new ones,
too. Do your 
holiday shopping early. Offerings include: fabulous accessories, jewelryup-cycled home goods, Bar/Bat Mitzvah favors, bake sale, book fair, raffle basket of vendor-donated
items, make a Menorah contest, arts and crafts activities, PJ Library Story time and latkes. Please bring your donation of oil
and onions for the food pantry.

Pricing: Free

Hudson Crafts Collective Holiday Craft Show

Where/When: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11 am to 5 p.m. Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown; parking in the rear of the church.

Why Go: Hundreds of wonderful items, all handcrafted by local artisans.  Come see their latest creations, meet and chat with the artists, enjoy some complimentary refreshments and find some great holiday gifts. Handcrafts in the show include pottery, lampworked and fused glass; handwoven fibers; knitware; felted artwork; woodwork; mosaics; handmade soap; collages, and handcrafted jewelry of many kinds including metalwork, polymer, beaded, wire wrapped, and crocheted wire. This is a juried show and includes the work of several guest artists along with members of the Collective.

Pricing: Free

Holiday Fair at The Weaving Center

Where/When: Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Weaving Center, 32 Warren Ave, Tarrytown.

Why Go: Don't miss the many beautiful and unique handcrafted and woven articles for sale at The Weaving Center's Holiday Fair. All are made by the Friends of the Weaving Center and just in time for holiday gift giving.

Pricing: Free

Christmas Tree Sale

Where/When: The United Methodist Church of Pleasantville on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m.

Why go: The United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Christmas tree sale with trees brought in from Quebec, along with wreaths, roping and more. Profits from the sale go to Chappaqua Boy Scout Troop 1 and the Pleasantville High School International Association.

Pricing: Free to browse


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Plamena Pesheva (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (377 East Main Street, Shrub Oak) is holding its Christmas Fair and Wreath Sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
lynn December 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Aww I'm so sad to have missed all this great fun!


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