8 of the Coolest Things to Do in Westchester This December
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.
Yellow-Fringed Orchid, Norwalk, 1923. Collected by Wilbur F. Smith of the Norwalk Bird and Nature Club
December 1 - March 3
If you fancy yourself a bit of a history buff or science nerd, touring this exhibit at Greenwich’s Bruce Museum may be the perfect way to spend a day. Explore the history of botanical collecting and the important role it had in society during the museum’s fanciful exhibit Pressed for Time, which features a wealth of incredibly fragile historical specimens of pressed plants. Just as the beautiful blooms were collected for both science and leisure, this exhibit can serve as a day of both learning and relaxation.
photo by gabe palacio
Stop by Caramoor’s Rosen House for an evening of live music, treats and holiday cheer during their annual Holiday Tea Musicale. The spirit of the season fills the Music Room as guests will be served tea, hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, and dessert while enjoying talented musicians perform some of the season’s classics, surrounded by festive and charming decorations. This holiday event is ideal for all ages.
The sole klezmer band to win a Grammy Award for their politically charged, pop-inspired music, The Klezmatics will take the stage at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre this month. Audiences can enjoy a wealth of Eastern European Jewish music from the group's nine lauded studio albums during this rare area show.
Elf on the Screen
Ditch the couch this winter and watch a beloved holiday film at a truly unique interactive screening. Immerse yourself, your friends, and your family in the holiday cheer of Elf, with games, trivia, and special guest appearances. Follow Buddy the Elf (played with glee by Will Ferrell) as he journeys through the streets of Manhattan, searching for his estranged dad during this special showing at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.
Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and legendary folk singer David Crosby brings a dream team of musicians to The Capitol Theatre with his show David Crosby & Friends. Rockers Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis, and three-time Grammy Award winner Michael League will help breathe new life into some of Crosby’s most celebrated hits. The set list will feature titles from Crosby’s new album, Here if You Listen, as well as songs from the critically acclaimed Lighthouse.
Photo by Ross Mantle
December 14 - 30
What the Dickens?
Travel back in time to 1867 and venture through Lyndhurst mansion with Charles Dickens, played by Mikel Von Brodbeck, to meet Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol adapts the legendary man of letters’ own script from his real-life journey through the United States to share the beloved holiday tale of these timeless Christmas characters.
Whether you are on the market for that perfect holiday gift or just want to spice up your cubicle, the Clay Art Center is here to help. The center’s popular Clay Holiday Annual Sale includes items of functional pottery and ceramic sculpture created by both local and national artists. And make sure to check out the Ornament Wall, which will be featured throughout the duration of the holiday-inspired sale, with some truly awe-inspiring Christmas creations.
Celtic Ladies’ Night
Holiday season in New York meets yuletide in Ireland thanks to Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas. This fan-favorite musical performance at the Tarrytown Music Hall will enchant audiences with a reinvention of Christmas carols, like “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” fused with traditional Irish tunes. Take a seat and see why these Irish artists have been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 30 years.