The holiday weekend is prime time for shopping, eating, and planning a trip to cut down your Christmas tree, but there are lots of other options, from taking the kiddos to a train show, or the out-of-town relatives to a historic home decorated for the holidays. Here are some suggestions:
Holidays on the Hill, Nov. 26, 27
This annual show at Lasdon Park features more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space that begins with a stroll through holiday exhibits leading to the Conservatory. Inside, trains are chugging along 12 multi-level tracks, over bridges, through tunnels, under waterfalls and by holiday scenes all framed with colorful seasonal plants and decorations. Lots of great opportunities for family photos, kids can visit with Santa, and there are some treats available from the Bona Bona Ice Cream truck. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors (62+); $10 children 2-12; children up to 24 months free. For available times, tickets and more info go to lasdonpark.org/hoh22. 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah.
Free Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 25
You’re not alone on the holidays if Bonnie Saran and Tom Sprague have anything to do about it. Both restaurant owners open their doors to any and all who need a meal and some fellowship on Thanksgiving. Sprague’s Bob’s Diner in Brewster is open to all wish to partake. 2-8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 27 Main St., Brewster. In White Plains, Saran’s Little Drunker Chef will offer meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature either a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, vegetables and mashed potatoes or a more Indian-focused one featuring chicken tiki masala, rice, salad and lasooni gobi (cauliflower florets in garlic chili sauce). Both include desserts. 91 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-615-9300
Frosty Day, Nov. 27
Frosty the Snowman, who came to life in Armonk, will have his homecoming, starting at noon, with the annual Frosty Parade scheduled for 4 p.m. The parade will be followed by the annual holiday lighting ceremony and sing-along at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park, and the tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. For more info, go to armonkfrosty.com
Makers Market, Nov. 27
Find handcrafted goods for everyone on your list including ceramics, cutting boards, chef’s knives, whiskey, beer, sourdough bread, and more at this Tarrytown market. While you’re at it, feel free to try a sample of beer or bourbon from local breweries and distilleries. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Makers Central, 84 Central Ave., Tarrytown.
Sleighbells on the Avenues, Nov. 26
Larchmont will be filled with the sound of sleigh bells, horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and tree lightings, among the free events planned. On Nov. 26, there’s a “Find Frosty” scavenger hunt. A schedule of free events are listed on the Larchmont Chamber’s website at larchmontchamber10538.org/holidayevents.
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“Nutcracker,” Nov. 26
A part of the World Ballet Series, the Nutcracker is performed live by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most beloved holiday tradition to life. A family-friendly experience accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, over 150 hand-sewn costumes, hand-crafted sets and classic Marius Petipa choreography. 7 p.m. Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill. For tickets, info, go to paramounthudsonvalley.com
“The Cake,” Nov. 25-27
Frosting will fly in this topical, multilayered, sweet comedy now at the Elmwood Playhouse. Della, a Christian conservative, faces a crisis of conscience when asked to make a wedding cake for the same sex wedding of her late friend’s daughter. This charming and heartfelt play calls to mind the playwright’s Emmy nominated work on TV’s award-winning show “This Is Us.” 10 Park St., Nyack. For tickets and more info, go to elmwoodplayhouse.com/tickets/
Victorian Christmas at the Octagon House, Nov. 25-28
Irvington’s restored 1872 historic Octagon House house will be filled with wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments on a grand Christmas tree inside the salon. The tour will run approximately 1 hour and is best suited for guests ages 7 and up. Parking is free but very limited; guests are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the tour. Tours at 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $29 at fareharbor.com. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is located at 45 W. Clinton Ave., Irvington. For more info go to armourstiner.com
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Great Holiday Train Show, Nov. 26, 27
The New Castle Historical Society, the 19th-century summer residence of Horace Greeley, is decorated for the holidays with running train displays in each of the period rooms. This year, the show will have a room devoted to the New York Central Railroad, curated by Jamie Comstock, a descendent of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Rich in history, the New York Central Railroad Company was one of the largest American railroads operating in the northeast. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 children 2-8, plus processing fees. 100 King St., Chappaqua. For tickets, time slots and more info, go to newcastlehs.org.
Greenburgh Nature Center train show, Nov. 26, 27
The Holiday Train Show features a special 12-by-18 foot display of model trains traveling through countryside scenes. The display includes detailed features such as a mountain with a train tunnel, a ravine with a train trestle crossing over it, a stream, a model village, railroad crossings, and much more. Tickets are $10, children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Manor House entrance on the day you attend. Show runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 26, 27; Dec. 3, 4.99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale. For more info, go to greenburghnaturecenter.org/holiday-train-show.
Watch The World Cup, Nov. 25
The Picture House in Pelham and Bronxville will show the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup match on the big screen. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door, and concessions, including beer and wine, will be available for sale. 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, 914-738-3161; 84 Kraft Ave., Bronxville, 914-961-4030, thepicturehouse.org
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Lumagica, Nov. 26, 27
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard will once again transform into an enchanted forest after apple-picking season is over, with more than 750,000 lights, whimsical creatures, and many surprises in this walk-through experience. 4-9 p.m. daily. For tickets, go to harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, Nov. 25-27
Stay in your vehicle for this 1.2 mile route filled with holiday lights and some new additions this year, including a new North Pole and live Santa display, a breathtaking Kaleidoscope Corridor, cheerful snowmen caroling corner; expanded Peace on Earth LED display with animated trumpets and angels and some extra lights surrounding the largest holiday Christmas tree in Westchester. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, Go to wwinterwonderland.com
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Down To Earth holiday display, Nov. 25-27
Explore a 10,000-square-foot showroom that has been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with life-like Santas, artificial pre-lit Christmas trees, friendly life-size reindeer, ornaments and decorations. Open daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday until 7 p.m. Down to Earth Living is located at 1040 Route 45, Pomona; 845-354-8500; dteliving.com.
Holiday Decor at Lyndhurst, Nov. 25-27
The Gothic Revival mansion is dressed up in period finery for tours, which include dozens of decorated Christmas trees within the rooms of the house; during this season only, curators bring out rarely seen items that belonged to Lyndhurst’s former owners. The one-hour tour visits the main two floors of the mansion. Tours are offered every hour from 9:30 am to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Tickets are $16-$24 and must be purchased in advance. Go to lyndhurst.org for more holiday events, COVID protocols and to purchase tickets. 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.
Start a new tradition with Eggbert, the talking egg, Nov. 25-27
If you’re not into Santa, bring the kiddos to New Windsor and they can share their wishes with Eggbert, a talking animatronic egg that was developed and built in 1930 by Cornell University to help promote the egg industry. He’s in residence at Devitt’s Nursery in New Windsor, which also includes festive displays, holiday shops and a bar serving adult beverages. Christmas on the farm with Eggbert runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and free for children under 3. Eggbert’s working hours are 3-7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Find more information, including hours for the holiday shops on the Devitt’s Nursery website, devittsnsy.com. The nursery is located at 56 Devitt Circle, New Windsor.