Things To Do In Rockland County NY Week of December 20

Lauren Fischer Rockland County

The Best Things to Do in Rockland County and Beyond…

Events Not To Miss:

What: Food Truck Lane
Why: Refuel at a sweet or savory food truck while you shop.
When: Fridays-Sundays through December 30, 12-8 pm
Where: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Dr., Nanuet

What: Christmas Rocks With Ekkquinox
Why: Live steel pan music to get into the holiday spirit.
When: Saturday December 22, 12-8 pm
Where: Palisades Center, Best Buy, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Milk and Cookies With Santa
Why: Bring your toddler for bouncing, milk and cookies with Santa Claus.
When: Saturday December 22, 9 am
Where: Launch Trampoline Park, 260 West Nyack Road, West Nyack

What: Star Wars Baking & Decorating
Why: Ages 8 to 12 play pastry chef and make Star Wars shaped cookies, plus a free gift.
When: Saturday December 22, 10 am
Where: Sur La Table, 5101 Fashion Drive, Nanuet

What: Beary Merry Holiday
Why: Make tasty treats for the black bears and celebrate as they unwrap their gifts.
When: Saturday December 22, 10:30 am
Where: Trailside Museums & Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Dr., Bear Mountain

What: Fire Departments Visits With Santa
Why: Santa makes his way around the neighborhoods of Suffern to say hi with the firemen.
When: Saturday December 22, 9 am-2 pm
Where: Local neighborhoods, Suffern

What: Christmas Caboose
Why: Take pics with Santa and enjoy hot yummy treats.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 23, 10 am-3 pm
Where: Haverstraw Caboose, 1 Railroad Sq., Haverstraw

What: Breakfast With Santa at Bear Mountain
Why: Enjoy a yummy breakfast with Santa, plus gingerbread cookie decorating.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 23, 8 am and 11 am
Where: Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Tomkins Cove

What: Live Candy Cane Making Demo
Why: Watch candy canes being made, and deliver letters to Santa in the mailbox for a free treat.
When: Weekends through Monday December 24, 12 pm and 3 pm
Where: Lucas Candies, 6 Main St., Haverstraw

What: Toyland Holiday Show
Why: Vintage toys on display plus a special greeting from Santa.
When: Sunday December 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Salyer House, 213 Blue Hill Rd., Pearl River

What: Santaland
Why: Get ready for the ho-ho-holidays with a pic with Santa.
When: Through December 24, 10 am-9:30 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday
Where: Palisades Center, East Court Level 1, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Santa Photo Experience
Why: Take you family holiday photo, and skip the line by booking your time in advance.
When: Now through Monday December 24, 12-8 pm
Where: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Dr., Nanuet

What: Bear Mountain Ice Rink Opening
Why: Lace up the skates for a cool family day on the rink.
When: Open through March 3, check website for session times
Where: Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Route 9W N, Bear Mountain

More Things to Do in Rockland County and Beyond.….

What: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Why: Bring some holiday spirit into your life with this classic musical.
When: Now through Sunday December 30, check schedule for times
Where: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, NYC

What: Holiday Lights in Bloom and the Holiday Boutique
Why: Stroll along garden-themes light displays including flowers, animals and a 9/11 Memorial Garden.
When: Open Fridays-Sundays through December 30, 5-8 pm
Where: Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, State Route 416, Montgomery

What: Westchester’s Winter Wonderland
Why: Holiday circus, ice skating, Santa, kids rides and magical lights.
When: Now through Monday December 31, Thursdays and Sundays 5-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 5-9 pm
Where: 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla

What: Bergen County Winter Wonderland
Why: Ice skating, Santa’s North Pole, kids activities and more fun.
When: Now through Tuesday January 1, 4-7 pm, $15
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus

What: 17th Annual Holiday Train Show
Why: A dazzling display of model trains that travels from NYC to the North Pole.
When: Now through Sunday February 3, Monday-Friday 8 am-8 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
Where: New York Transit Museum Gallery & Store, 89 East 42nd St., NYC

What: Holiday Train Show
Why: Model trains make their way through Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn bridge to Rockefeller Center in this huge display.
When: Now through Monday January 21, 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Sundays
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

What: Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
Why: Show some love to the original Disney icon with over 16,000 square feet of Mickey paraphernalia, art and history.
When: Open now through Sunday February 10, 10 am-8 pm
Where: 60 10th Ave., NYC

What: Candytopia
Why: Visit this sweeeeeet wonderland of tasty delights, brought to life through art installations.
When: Open through Sunday January 6, 10 am-8:30 pm
Where: Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W 32nd Street, NYC

What: Dreamworks Trolls the Experience
Why: Dancing, singing and plenty of hug time with Poppy and friends.
When: Open through Sunday May 12, 10 am-9 pm weekdays, 9 am-8 pm weekends
Where: 218 West 57th Street, NYC

What: Dickens’s Christmas Carol
Why: A new take on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, 3:30 pm, 4:45 pm and 6 pm
Where: Old Dutch Church, 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow

What: A Frosty Fest
Why: Endless holiday fun includes candy cane lane, Frosty’s magical adventure and enchanted forest.
When: Fridays 6-8 pm, Saturdays 4-8 pm, Sundays 4-7 pm through December 23
Where: Headless Horseman Hayrides, 778 Broadway Route 9W, Ulster Park

What: Holiday Spirit Festival
Why: Visit the winter wonderland, hop on the train adventure or take in a holiday show.
When: Now through Saturday December 29, Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays 4:30-9 pm, Sundays 4:30-8:30 pm
Where: 38 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls

What: Disney’s Beauty and The Beast The Broadway Musical
Why: Be a guest at this classic tale of finding love and beauty from within.
When: Now through Sunday January 13, 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor, White Plains

What: Holiday Bricktacular
Why: The holidays take over with a holiday scavenger hunt, holiday miniland, holiday performances and more seasonal fun.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 30, 10 am-9 pm Saturdays, 10 am-7 pm Sundays
Where: Legoland Discovery Center, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers


What: The Bossy Frog Winter Holiday Extravaganza
Why: An award-winning interactive concert that lets kids get down with a frog, monkey, crab and plenty of instruments.
When: Friday December 28, 11 am-12 pm
Where: The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., Nyack

What: String Art at Matisse
Why: Make a string art letter, then dip and decorate a delish cookie.
When: Saturday December 29, 2:30-3:45 pm, register in advance
Where: Chocolatier Matisse, 32 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg