Things To Do In Rockland County NY Week of November 29

Lauren Fischer Rockland County

The Best Things to Do in Rockland County and Beyond…

Events Not To Miss:

What: Tree Lighting & Santa Fire Truck Arrival
Why: Live entertainment, family activities and food trucks as the tree is lit and Santa makes his way to the shops.
When: Friday November 30, 6-9 pm
Where: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Dr., Nanuet

What: Holiday Lights
Why: Music, tree lighting and a visit from Santa get the holiday season started.
When: Saturday December 1, 4-6 pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 15 Cedar St., Nyack

What: Breakfast With Santa & Dance Party
Why: Eat, dance and be merry with Santa.
When: Saturday December 1, 9-11 am
Where: Levity Live Comedy Club, 4210 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Hanukkah Laser Light Show
Why: Come in pjs for lasers, lights, Hanukkah and science.
When: Saturday December 1, 6:30-8 pm
Where: JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack

What: The Nutcracker
Why: The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble performs the classic holiday show.
When: Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2, 1pm and 4 pm and 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: Santa Breakfast & Dance Party
Why: Eat a hearty meal from the breakfast buffet then work off thos cals with a dance party with Santa.
When: Saturday December 1, 9-11 am
Where: Levity Live, Palisades Center, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401, West Nyack

What: South Orangetown Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting
Why: Vendors, family activities and caroling make for a happy holiday season.
When: Saturday December 1, 3-7 pm
Where: 32 Old Tappan Rd., Tappan

What: Christmas Parade
Why: Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Christmas parade featuring floats, bands and more holiday festivities.
When: Saturday December 1, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: 41 Washington Ave, Suffern

What: Holidays in Haverstraw
Why: Stroll the shops for food specials and candy-making demos, and stay for the tree lighting, carolers and supper with Santa.
When: Saturday December 1, check schedule for store times, tree lighting at 4 pm
Where: Various shops, tree lighting at Haverstraw Community Center, 50 W. Broad St., Haverstraw

What: Sled With Reindeer
Why: Kids design and decorate a model sleigh.
When: Saturday December 1, 9 am-12 pm
Where: Home Depot, 43 Hutton Ave., Nanuet

What: St. Nicolas Day
Why: Visit the historical house for storytime, a visit with St. Nick and special treat.
When: Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2, 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm
Where: Jacob Blauvelt House, 20 Zukor Rd., New City

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 starting Saturday December 1 through Sunday December 23, 8 am and 11 am
Where: Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Tomkins Cove

What: Piermont’s Holiday Festival
Why: Shop for gifts, enjoy carolers, and stay for the arrival of Santa.
When: Sunday December 2, 12-7 pm
Where: M&T Bank, 527 Piermont Ave., Piermont

What: Pet Night With Santa
Why: Dress your pup in his Christmas best for a pawe-some pic with Santa.
When: Sunday December 2, 7-9 pm
Where: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Holiday Gift Fair
Why: Shop local from a variety of jewelry, art, clothes and more.
When: Sunday December 2, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., Nyack

What: Toyland Holiday Show
Why: Check out historical toys and visit with Santa.
When: Sundays starting December 2-December 23, 1-4 pm
Where: Sayler House, 213 Blue Hill Rd., Pearl River

What: Santa’s Toy Shoppe at Build-A-Bear Workshop
Why: Show the kids a beary good time at Santa’s Toy Shoppe where they can pretend to be an elf for the day.
When: Monday December 3, 10-11 am, registration required
Where: Build-A-Bear, Palisades Center, 3771 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack

What: Menorah Lighting
Why: A night of fun celebrations as the Menorah is lit for Hanukkah.
When: Monday December 3, 6 pm
Where: The Shops at Nanuet, 5101 Fashion Dr., Nanuet

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: 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: 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

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

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

What: Predator Appreciation
Why: Create a human food web, learn about predatory behaviors and meet some live predators.
When: Saturday December 1, 10 am
Where: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson

What: New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker
Why: It’s not officially holiday season without a visit to this classic production where toys come alive.
When: Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2, 1 pm and 4:30 pm, $23-$53
Where: Bergen PAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood

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: 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