By Michelle Gillan Larkin
Friday, November 20
Kick off the holiday season in Yonkers at the Cross County Shopping Center with a parade at 6:30 pm featuring holiday characters, marching bands, dance groups, and a big guy in a red suit. The beat goes on with face painting, live music, and strolling entertainers, until the evening is complete with the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree at 8 pm amid a dazzling fireworks display.
Saturday, November 28
Gather ’round Armonk’s tree in Wampus Brook Park at 5 pm for illumination and Christmas carols, marking a festive end to the annual Frosty Day activities that take place in town from noon to 4 pm. Arrive early and join in the parade as Frosty the Snowman leads revelers from the streets of downtown to the big tree in the park.
Sunday, November 29
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at the City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights celebration at Tibbets Park in White Plains from 4 to 6 pm. The mayor will flip the switch on the tree and Santa will be on hand to spread the holiday cheer. The evening also features carolers, music, and refreshments. (Snow date: Sunday, December 6)
Wednesday, December 2
Christmas will be in the air at Vasallo Park in Croton-on-Hudson when the evergreen is lit at 6 pm. Get there half an hour early to sing your heart out with other holiday carolers.
Tree Island is the place to be in Pleasantville (Manville Road and Great Oak Lane) for a community sing-along and tree lighting from 7 to 8 pm.
Friday, December 4
In Bedford, assemble at the firehouse at 7 pm to warm up with hot chocolate right before the tree is lit on the Village Green. The evening is hosted by the Bedford Village Business Association, and it kicks off the annual Jingle Pass Weekend that boasts discounts and treats from local merchants.
Mount Kisco’s annual tree lighting and caroling ceremony takes place in front of Village Hall at 6 pm. Afterwards, enjoy cookies and cocoa with Mr. Claus across the street indoors at the American Legion.
Scarsdale’s Christmas Tree will light up to the Hoff Barthelson Girls Choir at 5 pm. Santa will visit between 5 and 6:30 pm, at Boniface Circle in Scarsdale Village. Free hot cocoa and candy canes.
Join Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for the annual tree lighting festivities in Getty Square from 4 to 6 pm.
Saturday, December 5
For Ardsley’s annual Christmas tree lighting, meet at the firehouse at 6 pm and walk over to the tree by American Legion Park. Refreshments will be served at the Community Center afterwards, with live music from Ardsley High School and a visit from old St. Nick.
Expect holiday cheer galore at the Bedford Hills train station for the annual tree lighting extravaganza beginning at 5 pm. Fresh-baked cookies, hot chocolate, Santa, and caroling led by Bedford Hills Elementary School and the Antioch Baptist Church will make for a jolly, good night.
Step back in time at the Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua for the annual holiday open house. Kids of all ages can make old-fashioned Christmas crafts, like cornhusk dolls and paper chains, from 1 to 5 pm. As darkness falls, the tree lighting celebration gets underway and includes a visit from Kris Kringle.
Dobbs Ferry’s tree lighting ceremony takes place at the corner of Cedar and Main Streets at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served at the firehouse right afterwards, and Santa will be on hand to pose for pictures.
Holiday music will be in the air at Irvington’s annual tree lighting ceremony at the I.K. Benjamin Community Center on Main Street. Festivities begin at 4:30 pm and the tree lights up at 5 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the volunteer fire department.
The 16th annual holiday tree lighting in Tarrytown takes place at Patriot’s Park at 5 pm. Afterwards, walk over to Warner Library for Christmas music and pictures with Santa Claus.
Tuckahoe’s tree lights up at 6 pm on the first night of Winterfest, held annually in Depot Square. The event runs from 5 to 8 pm and includes music, ice-skating (BYOS — Bring Your Own Skates!), caroling led by the Asbury Summer Theatre, and food vendors. Winterfest continues on Sunday from noon to 5 pm with more skating, hayrides, pictures with Santa, and food vendors.
Yorktown holds its 4th annual Holiday Electric Lights parade at 6:30 pm, culminating with the illumination of the Christmas tree at the Jack DeVito Memorial Field. Line up on Front Street at 5:30 pm, and bring a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves to benefit local food pantries and Yorktown Community Help. (Snow date: Sunday, December 6)
Sunday, December 6
Music, food, and fun kick off at 6 pm at Katonah’s annual tree lighting festival at St. Luke’s Church on Bedford Road.
Bundle up for the annual Tree Lighting Social in Mamaroneck from 4 to 6 pm at Harbor Island Park, complete with music, refreshments, and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Scotts Corner in Pound Ridge will be transformed into a glittering winter wonderland for the 13th annual Christmas tree lighting celebration from 5 to 6 pm. Gather at the firehouse to catch a glimpse of Santa and to be dazzled as the community tree lights up the night.