Things To Do In Rockland County NY Week of December 6

Lauren Fischer Rockland County

The Best Things to Do in Rockland County and Beyond…

Events Not To Miss:

What: The Nutcracker
Why: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble performs the classic holiday show.
When: Friday December 7, 7 pm, Saturday September 8-Sunday December 9, 1 pm and 4 pm
Where: Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd., Suffern

What: Pizza With Santa
Why: Kids work up an appetite boucing, making crafts and dancing to holiday music with Santa.
When: Friday December 7, 6-8:30 pm, advanced registration required
Where: JTS Center, 115 Torne Valley Rd., Hillburn

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

What: Jolly Jam
Why: Fun activities, crafts, treats and a visit with Santa and friends.
When: Friday December 7, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Romp n’ Roll, 28-29 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg

What: Holiday Gingerbread Workshop
Why: Decorate your own gingerbread man, plus a surprise visit from Santa.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 1-2:30 pm, 3-4:30 pm
Where: Young Chefs Academy, 59 S. Main St., New City

What: Orangeburg Fire Department Holiday Parade
Why: Watch the firetrucks and elves march down the street, then head to the firehouse for a visit with Santa.
When: Saturday December 8, 6 pm
Where: Parade route Dutch Hill Road, Orangeburg Firehouse, 61 Dutch Hill Rd., Orangeburg

What: Hanukkah Celebration
Why: Celebrate the festival of lights with live music, kids crafts and a kosher-style menu.
When: Saturday December 8, 7:30-10:30 pm
Where: Sixty5 on Main, 65 Main St., Nyack

What: 2nd Annual Community Crafting Event
Why: Create unique gifts and enjoy live music, apple roasting and activities.
When: Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, 1-5 pm
Where: Marydell Faith & Life Center, 640 North Midland Ave., Nyack

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: Holiday Victorian Tea
Why: Spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying holiday delights.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Where: Bricktown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 112 Hudson Ave., 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

: Toyland Holiday Show
Why: Check out historical toys and visit with Santa.
When: Sundays starting through December 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Sayler House, 213 Blue Hill Rd., Pearl River

What: Santa Cares
Why: Children with special needs hop on Santa’s lap for a private, quiet photo session.
When: Sunday December 9, 9 am-11 am
Where: Pailsades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Breakfast With Santa
Why: Take a pic with Santa, decorate an ornament and feast.
When: Sunday December 9, 10 am-12 pm
Where: Dave & Buster’s, Palisades Center, 4661 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Pet Night With Santa
Why: Dress your pup in his Christmas best for a pawe-some pic with Santa.
When: Sunday December 9, 7-9 pm
Where: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Pet Photos With Santa
Why: Take a pawesome pic with your furry pal and the big guy.
When: Sunday December 9, 7-8:30 pm
Where: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Dr., Nanuet

What: Glaze Storytime
Why: A new story every week with pottery painting to follow.
When: Mondays through December 17, 11:30 am
Where: Glaze Art Studio, 34 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg

What: Winter Wonderland Lights Display
Why: A fun and bright way to get excited for the holidays.
When: Thursday December 13, 6-7:30 pm, open daily through January 1, 5-9:45 pm
Where: Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrest Rd., Congers

: 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

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

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

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: Holiday Train Show
Why: Bring your train lovers to this fun model train display.
When: Weekends through Sunday December 16, 10 am-4:30 pm
Where: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale

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: The Rainbow Fish
Why: Brighten your day watching this colorful adaptation of the beloved children’s book.
When: Sunday December 9, 11 am and 1:30 pm
Where: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck

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: Holiday Movie Night & Santa Meet and Greet
Why: Come in pjs for the Polar Express and visit with Santa.
When: Friday December 14, 6-9 pm
Where: Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, 548 Western Highway, Blauvelt