This holiday season, there’s no need to travel far to soak up the holiday spirit. Whether you are looking for something traditional or off the beaten path, here’s a roundup of some of Westchester’s best cultural arts events to delight the biggest Scrooges or the tiniest Sugar Plums.
1. Holiday Tea Musicale
Feel the magic of the season with Caramoor’s holiday tradition of classical concerts with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, a chance to sing-a-long, and tea service in the majestic Music Room.
2. Holiday Sing-along with the Chappaqua Orchestra
Robert E. Bell School, Chappaqua
Guest conductor Mina Kim leads the orchestra’s annual Holiday sing-along followed by the New Castle Historical Society tree lighting at the famous Horace Greeley House.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life
Bedford Playhouse, Bedford
Frank Capra’s heartwarming masterpiece continues to endure, and after 70 years, this beloved classic still remains as powerful and moving as the day it was made. Presented in 4K!
4. The Chordsmen: ‘Tis The Season Winter Concert
First Presbyterian Church, Ossining
The Chordsmen is an all-male chorus that sings in 4-part a cappella harmony, often in the barbershop style. This lively concert features a selection of seasonal songs by the entire Chorus and selected quartets.
5. Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol
This timeless event recreates the famous performance tour by Charles Dickens in 1867 with his classic tale bringing the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive.
6. Canadian Brass: Holiday Time is Here
Performing Arts Center, Purchase
Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning quintet delights with holiday favorites from classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.
7. The Magic Dreidels
White Plains Performing Arts
Center, White Plains
December 26 & 30
When young Jakob meets a goblin who offers him dreidels that work miracles, the boy and others learn the true meaning of Hanukkah. By Jenna Zark, adapted from the book by Eric A. Kimmel.
AND..A Nutcracker for Everyone!
8. Salzburg Marionette Theatre: The Nutcracker
Westchester Community College, Valhalla
From Austria with love, these marionettes have delighted children since 1913 worldwide. This original production features live actors with their marionettes bringing the famous holiday tale of The Nutcracker to sparkling life while set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
9. The Nutcracker Westchester Ballet Company
County Center, White Plains
Westchester Ballet Company’s crown jewel is its annual Nutcracker production. This classic is chock full of exquisite choreography, stunning costumes, and exciting special effects.
10. Nutcracker Short & Sweet
Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill
Only one hour long and fully narrated from the point of view of Clara, this show is sure to hold the attention of even the youngest ballet fan.