10 Dazzling Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Westchester
Where to gather ‘round and sing “O Tannenbaum” in the county this year.
Saturday, November 17
We try to only celebrate one holiday in advance, but “Christmas comes early,” as they say, and frankly if we’re going to be out buying gifts in November anyway, we’re pretty all right with throwing up the tree and elves before we’ve had our Thanksgiving. Cross County Shopping Center will consequently host the first tree lighting on our list, this year, on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Music, food, costumed characters, and family activities will run until 9 p.m., with the official lighting scheduled for 7:45. Guests can even make a reservation to visit Santa online!
Friday, November 23
Westchester's Winter Wonderland kick's off the holiday season with an opening tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza. (Event opens at 5 p.m.) Other activities include elf magic shows, rides, the winter circus, ice skating, visits by holiday characters including Santa! Family fun and food run Thursdays through Sundays, straight through New Year's Eve. Tickets and special event scheduling can be found on the website.
Friday, November 30
The first official town celebration of the year, the Village of Mount Kisco will hold its annual Tree Lighting & Caroling at Fountain Park at the Village Green at 6 p.m. Starting at 4:30, p.m. look forward to holiday crafts at the Mount Kisco Public Library, story time, hot cocoa, and even a visit from Kris Kringle himself!
Saturday, December 1
Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Village of Irvington will host the Irvington Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The lighting itself is scheduled for 5 p.m., with more music and refreshments to follow, courtesy of the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department.
The New Castle Historical Society will once again dress their Horace Greeley House in period embellishments just as its namesake family would have in the 19th Century. Events will start with a Community Sing presented by the Chappaqua Orchestra at Robert E. Bell Middle School from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a crafts workshop at the Greeley House from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The official tree lighting (and accompanying visit from Santa) will commence at dusk, around 5 p.m. All events are free.
Tarrytown’s 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will once again be held at Patriot’s Park at 5 p.m.
The village’s annual Winterfest will be held this year in Depot Square, featuring Santa, caroling by the Asbury Summer Theatre from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m.
The 7th Annual Holiday Electric Lights Parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., marching from Front St. down Commerce St. to the tree at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field.
Sunday, December 2
The Chamber of Commerce’s Tree and Menorah Lighting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Bedford Rd.
Winterfest continues on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., featuring music by Alive N Kickin’ and The Children’s Italian Christmas Choir presented by La Piazza Carolina. Get your picture taken with Santa in the Generoso Pope Foundation, and check out the petting zoo from noon until 4 p.m. or a hayride from 1 p.m. to 4p.m.
The city’s City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights Tree Lighting will take place from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Join carolers, musicians, and Santa and enjoy refreshments as Mayor Thomas Roach lights the tree.