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A Mom’s Guide to Westchester County :: December 2017

DecemberWelcome to Westchester County Moms Blog’s December events calendar! Halls are decked, good cheer abounds, and our county has no shortage of festive family events to attend. And if you can’t get enough of Christmas lights, scroll down for a village tree lighting schedule. Nothing better than a beautiful light display you aren’t paying the electric bill for.

Saturday, 12/2, Scarsdale: Greenburgh Nature Center kicks off the annual Holiday Train Show, for three weekends in December. Yonkers Model Railroad Club puts a lot of work into the displays! My son is a train enthusiast, and this show is always on our to do list!
Go: 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. More info at greenburghnaturecenter.org

Saturday, 12/9, Hastings-on-Hudson: Do you love independent bookstores as much as I do? Every year Galapagos Books of Hastings-on-Hudson hosts a huge author signing at the community center. Galapagos Books is tiny gem, selling a very well curated selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Some marvelous books on offer, and you and the kids get to meet the authors! Go: James Harmon Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, 12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. More info at galapagosbooks.com

Saturday, 12/9, White Plains: Animal Embassy will be at the Galleria Mall with two interactive shows for little ones to learn from “Preparing for Winter” and “Amazing Ambassadors.” Go: Galleria Mall, Main Street, White Plains, 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. More info at animalembassy.com

Sunday, 12/10, Yonkers: The Hudson River Museum is hosting a live radio theater reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in the great hall of Glenview! My 14 year old just asked me who Charles Dickens was. Why are my kids experts on YouTube celebrities but not literature? I’m using this show to educate her. Wish me luck. And God bless us, every one! Go: 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, 2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. More info at hrm.org

Sunday, 12/10, Yonkers: My kids have a few favorite Christmas movies, and Gremlins is on the top of the list. You remember Gremlins; those adorable furry creatures that, when exposed to water, become as destructive and evil as a 2 year old child. This showing includes a discussion from the creators and a party! Go: Alamo Drafthouse, 2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets at drafthouse.com/yonkers

Tuesday, 12/12, Purchase: You’ve seen Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer every year on TV, and here is your opportunity to see it performed live! The national tour of Rudolph the musical comes to the Purchase College Performing Arts Center for one night. Go: Purchase College Performing Arts Center, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. 7:00 p.m. Tickets at artscenter.org

Saturday, 12/16, Tarrytown: Tarrytown Music Hall is running a special showing of A Christmas Story. Super educational. Your children will never lick a frozen flagpole again. Well, maybe they will. My kids will. Go: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, 3:00 p.m. Tickets at tarrytownmusichall.org

Sunday, 12/17, Chappaqua: “You sit on a throne of lies.” One of the best movie quotes ever, from one of the best holiday movies ever. Elf is playing at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center at 2:00 p.m., and also on my living room TV on a constant loop. Go: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua. 2:00 p.m. Tickets at chappaquapac.org

Sunday, 12/17, Tarrytown: LAURIE BERKNER BAND. Did I write that with enough emphasis? I have three kids who all know her songs by heart. The band is playing a holiday concert at Tarrytown Music Hall. Rock out to Victor Vito! Shake your shaky eggs! And please, please enjoy it while it lasts; in a few years your kids will move on to Justin Bieber concerts. Or K-Pop. Go: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, 3:00 p.m. Tickets at tarrytownmusichall.org

Friday, 12/22, Pleasantville: Most schools are out on Friday for holiday break. Take the kids to the Jacob Burns to see the matinee showing of the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart. Donna Reed. If you can’t make the Friday show, it plays again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Go: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville. 12:00 p.m. Tickets at burnsfilmcenter.org

Saturday, 12/23, Rye: The Westchester Children’s Museum has programming for little ones every weekend, but none quite as sweet or as appropriate for the season as their Good Deed of the Month Club. A monthly event, it starts with a good deed themed story time, followed by a group good deed project. It’s a marvelous way to start the holiday vacation. Go: 199 Playland Parkway, Rye, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. More info at discoverwcm.org

Sunday, 12/31, White Plains: I grew up in Westchester, and I have fond memories of seeing the Harlem Globetrotters with my family. It’s part athletics, part silly comedy, and a really fun and family friendly show. They are on the court at the Westchester County Center twice on the 31st. Spend the last day of 2017 laughing out loud with your little ones. We all need a laugh. Go: Westchester Community Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tickets at countycenter.biz

Can’t get enough of holiday lights? Here’s a handful of village lighting ceremonies to check out!

Friday, 12/1: Bronxville, Leonard Morangue Square. 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 12/1: Hastings-on-Hudson, James Harmon Community Center. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/2: Pound Ridge, Scotts Corners, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/2: Tuckahoe, Depot Square. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/2: Dobbs Ferry, Corner of Cedar and Main Streets. 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12/2: Yorktown, Commerce Street. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/3: Rye, Recreational Park. 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/3: Katonah, St Luke’s Episcopal Church. 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12/3: Mamaroneck, Harbor Island Park. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, 12/4: Scarsdale, Town center, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/6: Port Chester, Lyon Park. 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/6: New Rochelle, Memorial Plaza, 5:30 p.m.

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