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Holiday Events Kids 2017: Here’s 45 holiday events (& 13 “interfaces” with Santa) you can do with the kids. Including Armonk’s Frosty Parade, Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, train shows, movies, musicals, tree-lighting ceremonies, The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.

November

Events_RadioCityChristmasSpectacular-ETS-Santas01-2Multiple Santas! Radio City Christmas Spectacular – Fri-Mon, 11/10-1//18: The Rockettes float over the stage in the ‘Snow’ scene, do the amazing domino tumble in “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”, ride the Gray Line through Manhattan, trek to the North Pole, turn into countless Santa’s in “Santa Claus is Coming To Town“ and KICK, KICK, KICK until Santa arrives at Radio City Music Hall – the Art Deco showcase built by John D. Rockefeller during the Great Depression. (1260 Ave. of the Americas, NYC: www.radiocitychristmas.com)

events_chappaqua_craft_fairLocal! Chappaqua Craft & Gift Fair – Sat, 11/11: 10am-4pm: 33rd annual craft fair featuring over 85 vendors presenting handcrafted jewelry, designer clothing, handbags and accessories, original artwork, tableware and furniture, bath and beauty products, children’s gifts, floral designs, gourmet foods and more. Plus raffles, kids creations and donation alley. This event produced by the Chappaqua PTA benefits benefits Chappaqua schools. (Robert E. Bell Middle School, 50 Senter St., Chappaqua; www.chappaquacraftfair.com)

Local Santa! St. Patricks School’s Christmas Boutique – Sat, 11/18: 9am-4pm: The St. Patrick’s Holiday Boutique has been Bedford’s kick-off to Christmas shopping season for over 25 years. Featuring crafts, collectibles, jewelry, decorations, leather goods, clothing and toys. And just like The Westchester, there’s a café, bakery, and SANTA. (483 Old Post Rd., Bedford)

UBS Parade Spectacular StamfordSanta Sighting! UBS Parade Spectacular, Downtown Stamford – Sun, 11/19: 12pm: Skip the Macy’s Day Parade and stay local with one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country. When we were there we saw the Pink Panther, Popeye, Underdog (our fave), Nemo, Mighty Mouse, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Miss Piggy, Spiderman and Kermit the Frog. Plus marching bands, floats and street food. (Stamford Downtown)

NYBG Holiday Train Show web Holiday Events Kids 2017WTD Fave Rave: New York Botanical Garden Train Show – Wed, 11/22-Mon, 1/15/18: 10am-6pm: NYBG’s Holiday Train Show in the Enid Haupt Conservatory features over a dozen large scale & super-sized model train sets zipping across a half mile of track and a landscape of 140 scaled replicas of iconic NYC buildings made of bark, twigs, fruit, seeds and pine cones. Including the original Penn Station & Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral & the Brooklyn Bridge. (2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx;  www.nybg.org)

Holiday Events Kids 2017Editors Choice! Springs, Sprocket & Pulleys, The Mechanical Sculptures of Steve Gerberich, Stamford Museum – Sat, 11/18 – Sat, 2/3: 18: The ingenious inventions of sculptor Steve Gerberich return to the Stamford Museum for a re-imagined Holiday Exhibition. Gerberich has gathered his most outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for a showing of the “Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys.” Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the scientific principles of simple mechanical motion. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm & Sun, 11am-5pm. (39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; www.stamfordmuseum.org)

Holiday Events 2017 Holiday Events Kids 2017The Christmas Voyager, Westchester Broadway Theatre – Wed, 11/22 – Sun, 12/23: In this musical by Robert Fitzsimmons (Christmas Inn) & Katherine Wheeler, a Starman journeys through time searching for the spirit of Christmas. His journey takes him around the world, touching down on a small American town, the North Pole and Dickens’ England. Along the way he is accompanied by a hit list of classic holiday songs. (One Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; www.broadwaytheatre.com)

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, White Plains PAC – Fri, 11/24: 11am & 2pm: This sixty minute romp, based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, follows first-grader Junie B. Jones in a twisted tale of Secret Santa intrigue when she draws the name of her nemesis, tattletale May for the Christmas gift exchange planned for the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along. But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? (11 City Place, 3rd Floor, White Plains; www.wppac.org)

Local Santa! Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, Kensico Dam Plaza – Fri, 11/24 – Sun, 1/1/18: 5-10pm: Friends of Westchester Parks & Westchester Medical Center’s Winter Wonderland features a Holiday Circus, Santa Experience, Musical Light Show, Candy Cane Lane, ice skating, rides & food trucks. Plus a Tree Lighting (11/24) Princess & Star Wars Character Appearances (12/3,10,17 & 30) Holiday Pop Up Market (12/22-23) Kids Movie Night (12/27) & Family New Year’s Party with pyrotechnics and a ball drop (12/31) (1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla;  www.winterwonderland.com)

Polar_ExpressPolar Express in Imax, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Fri, 11/24 – 12/22: check dates & times: The Polar Express returns to the six story high IMAX® screen at the Norwalk Aquarium. Based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg about a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Clause, and his magical trip to the North Pole. Polar Express has become a holiday classic on big screens and small. (10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT; www.maritimeaquarium.org)

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center – Fri, Holiday Events Kids 201711/24 – Sun, 12/31: Balanchine’s Nutcracker premiered at Manhattan’s City Center in 1954 and has been staged in New York every year since. It is the most famous staged production of the ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s legendary score in the US. The production features elaborate and grand stage elements, the most famous of which is the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet. (62-65 St. at Columbus Ave., NYC; www.nycballet.com)

Holiday Events Kids 2017USA Today’s Top Holiday Tour: Holiday Mansion Tours at Lyndhurst – Fri, 11/24 – Sat, 12/30: Described as one of the “Ten Best Historic Holiday Tours” by USA Today, Lyndhurst’s “A Very Duchess Holiday” is an over-the-top display of holiday ornaments paying homage to Anna Gould, the Duchess of Talleyrand, the last owner of Lyndhurst. The display features rarely seen children’s toys, holiday dishes, silver, jewels, and clothes that belonged to the Duchess. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown; www.lyndhurst.org)

A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Palace Stamford – Sat, 11/25: 1 & 4pm: the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play , save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org)

magic-flute_met_opera Holiday Events With The Kids 2016 Holiday Events Kids 2017The Magic Flute, Metropolitan Opera, Sat, 11/25 – Sat, 12/9: The Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece has become one of the city’s essential holiday traditions. Evan Rogister conducts Julie Taymor’s (Lion King) spellbinding production, with special holiday pricing and a 100-minute running time. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved portrayal of the bird-catcher Papageno. (Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center: metopera.org)

santa_katonah Holiday Events 2016 Holiday Events Kids 2017Santa Comes to Katonah on Shop Small Saturday – Sat, 11/25: 11am-5 pm: How convenient. Start your shopping locally, say hey to the jolly old elf and get a free candy cane.

Kids_frosty Holiday Events Kids 2017Local Santa! Armonk’s Frosty Day Parade – Sun, 11/26: 12:30-4:30pm Activities begin at 12:30pm with train rides, clowns, magicians, Build-A-Frosty, face painting, cookie decorating, dance & music in Armonk Square, Frosty cartoons at the library, Frosty photo opps and a visit from Santa. The parade begins at 4pm and features more than 40 local groups, floats, music, costumes and an invitation to everyone to join the march down Main Street. Followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30pm. Please remember to donate to Frosty’s Winter Warmth Project. (Downtown, Armonk;  www.armonkfrosty.com)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center – Wed, 11/29 – Sun, 1/7/18: The lights go on Wed, 11/29 with live performances at 7-9 PM, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions more will watch it live on NBC. You can make the traditional pilgrimage (24/7) through Sun, 1/7/18. Photo by: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images (45 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC; www.rockefellercenter.com)

December

events_its_a_wonderful_life_movie_posterIt’s A Wonderful Life, Katonah Village Library, Fri, 12/1: 7pm: The Katonah Village Improvement Society (KVIS) will screen Frank Capra’s holiday classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed (George and Mary Bailey) as they fight the Great Depression and Henry Potter from taking down Bedford Falls and his family’s do-good Savings & Loan with a little help from Clarence – George’s guardian angel. Despite being a relative loser at the box office, the film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.(26 Bedford Rd., Katonah)

Holiday Events Kids 2017Santa & Friends & Elf Workshop, Stepping Stones Museum for Children – Fri-Sun, 12/1-24: 11:15am & 2:15pm. Meet and greet Santa and friends from 11:15am-12:15pm. At 2:15pm 3 & ups can enter the Elf Workshop and make ornaments and sock snow men at this fabulous children’s with age-specific interactive exhibits including a energy lab, a light gallery, the color coaster (a 27 foot kinetic sculpture) and a multi-media theater. (Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT; www.steppingstonesmuseum.org)

Local Santa! Mt. Kisco Tree Lighting & Caroling Mt. Kisco – Fri, 12/1: Crafts start at 4:30pm and the tree lighting is at 6pm at Village Hall. Followed by cookies and cocoa with SANTA at the Mt. Kisco Library. (104 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco; www.mtkisco.org)

santa-nchsLocal Santa! Holiday Crafts, Tree Lighting & Santa Visit, New Castle Historical Society’s – Sat, 12/2: 4-6:30pm: At NCHS’s Old-Fashioned Craft Workshop, children of all ages make paper snowflakes, corn husk dolls, potpourri sachets and paper chains for the holiday tree. Craft activities are followed by a tree lighting with carolers from Horace Greeley High School’s Madrigal society beginning at 5pm. Plus, Santa regularly stops by because he’s very interested in history(Horace Greeley House, 100 King St., Chappaqua; www.newcastlehs.org)

Local Santa! Mistletoe Mart, Bedford Presbyterian Church, Sat, 12/2: 9am-3pm: Santa will pay a visit to this annual holiday shop on Bedford’s Village Green. Shop for gifts, fresh evergreen wreaths and baked goods. There will be a hand made quilt raffle, a kids shopping area and home made chili available for lunch.

Local! Bedford Village’s Jingle Pass Weekend Kid’s Stuff:  Crafts at the Court House, Sat, 12/2: 1-3pm: Join the Historical Society for a variety of crafts including Winter Slime, take a photo with Santa, enjoy refreshments and our cookie-palooza! Fun for all ages during the Bedford Village Jingle Pass Weekend. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org. For more info, please call 914-234-9751.

Local! Bedford Hills Tree Lighting, Sat, 12/2: 5pm: Join the Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association for caroling and light refreshments at the Bedford Hllls train station.

Local! Chappaqua Orchestra Holiday Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Bell Middle School/Greeley House – Sat, 12/2: 3:30pm: TCO’s assistant conductor Davis Knobloch leads the orchestra’s annual holiday sing-along at the Bell Middle School followed by the New Castle Historical Society tree lighting with carolers, crafts and a from 5-8pm. (50 Senter St., Chappaqua; www.chappaquaorchestra.org)

Local Santa! Lasdon Park’s Holiday Train Show – Sat-Sun: 12/2-3, 9-10, & 16-17: 11am-4pm: Santa is a big train fan and he will be checking out Lasdon Park’s annual train show to see Metro North trains travel up the Harlem Line from kids_lasdon_train_show_2016 Holiday Events With The Kids 2016NYC to Katonah. Kids will get a chance to “interface” with Santa in Santa’s Workshop at Lasdon’s Main House. The $10 admission ($5 for kids) includes access to the new 2500 Sq. ft. Lasdon Conservatory’s “Christmas Tropical Treasures” exhibit. Plus holiday music,a fire pit, food trucks and poinsettias, bromeliads and gifts for sale in the Garden Shop. (2648 Alawalk Rd., Rt. 35, Katonah; www.lasdonpark.org)

Local! Katonah Tree Lighting, Sun, 12/3: 6-8pm: There’s entertainment, speakers, hot chocolate and cookies at the annual Katonah Chamber of Commerce’s Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 68 Bedford Rd. www.katonahchamber.org

Rappeling Santa Holiday Events Kids 2017Rappelling Santa & Grinch, Stamford Heights & Lights – Sun, 12/3: 5pm: Watch Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch and Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman rappel 22 stories down one of Stamford’s tallest buildings. Follow Santa to Latham Park for an evening of holiday music and join in the countdown to the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree. (Landmark Square and Latham Square, Stamford, CT; www.stamford-downtown.com)

It’s A Wonderful Life, Bedford Historical Hall – Wed, 12/6: 7:30pm: See Frank Capra’s Holiday Classic at Bedford’s Historical Hall in this free screening courtesy of The Bedford Historical Society and The Bedford Playhouse.

Hot ticket Alert! Holiday Tea Musicales at Caramoor, Wed-Sun, 12/6-10 & Wed-Thurs, 12/13-14: 1pm: Take a docent-led tour of the Rosen House decorated for the season, followed by a Yuletide inspired performance by exceptional musicians in the Rosen House Music Room. An Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, scones, holiday treats (hot chocolate for the kids), and a variety of teas, are served in the summer dining room. (149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah; www.caramoor.org)

A Christmas Carol, Muscoot Farm – Fri-Sat, 12/8-9 & 15-16: 5pm & 6pm: This indoor/outdoor, abridged version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, travels from site to site across the farm grounds visiting the homes of the Ebenezer Scrooge, The Cratchits, Old Fezziweg and more as the story unfolds. (51 NY-100, Katonah; www.muscootfarm.org)

Katonah Village Stroll, Fri, 12/8: 5-8pm: There’s carolers, refreshments from local retailers, What To Do: With the Kids Fall 2017and holiday lights at the Katonah Holiday Stroll. Better yet Katonah shops will have extended hours until 8pm for holiday shopping. www.katonahchamber.org)

Snowkus Pocus, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sat, 12/9: 4 & 7pm:  This circus/ballet from Cirquetacular follows young Brianna to an enchanted winter wonderland as she encounters Jack Frost, the Snow Queen, the North Wind and a shape-shifter Azura. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

Holiday Events Kids 2017Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Historic Hudson Valley – Sat- Sun, 12/9-10 & 16-17: 3:30, 4:35 & 6pm: Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the historic Old Dutch Church in Tarrytown is a Historic Hudson Valley tradition. Kruk’s 60 minute performance of Ebenezer Scrooge’s night-long journey into Christmas past, present and future with the ghost of Jacob Marley is performed with musical accompaniment. (Old Dutch Church, 430 Broadway, Tarrytown;  www.hudsonvalley.org

Local! Katonah Elementary School PTO Holiday Boutique – Sat, 12/9: 10am-4pm: Shop till you drop at the Katonah Elementary School PTO’s Holiday Boutique featuring one of a kind merchandise from local vendors, artisans and students. Gifts include candle holders, vases, gourmet popcorn, hand woven items, pottery, jewelry, children’s gifts, home decor, handmade scarves, hair accessories, sewn goods, leather handbags and more. Katonah Elementary School.

Holiday Events Kids 2017Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol, Lyndhurst Mansion – Sun, 12/10-Sat, 12/30: In this hour-long theatrical performance appropriate for all ages, actor Michael Muldoon recreates the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens’s scripts. The performance travels through the mansion meeting the story’s spirits and characters in different rooms along the way – a cool way to see this fabulous castle. (635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown;  www.lyndhurst.org)

The Nutcracker, The New York Theater Ballet, Tarrytown Music Hall – Sun, 12/10: 3 & 6pm: An hour-long production of The Nutcracker, created for younger audiences, yet sophisticated enough for adults! Founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, New York Theatre Ballet has earned national attention for its elegant revivals of masterworks by great choreographers. (13 Main St., Tarrytown; www.tarrytownmusichall.com)

Latke & Dreidel Alert! Chanukah Village & Menorah Lighting, Bedford Village – Tues, 12/12: 4pm: Chabad of Bedford transforms Bedford Village into a Chanukah Village for people of all ages. There will be latkes at Bedford 234 at 4pm, a Chanukah concert at Bedford Historical Hall at 5pm and a Menorah Lighting on Bedford Village Green at 5:30pm. Local stores will give out dreidels and Chanukah treats and there will be Chanukah stories at the Bedford Free Library. www.chabadbedford.com

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Performing Arts Center – Tues, 12/12: 7pm: Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph come to life in this musical production of the classic, animated TV special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. You won’t find family theatre anywhere in the county with higher production values this holiday season. (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.artscenter.org)

the_gift_of_the_magi_schoolhouse Holiday Events 2016The Gift of The Magi, Schoolhouse Theatre: Thurs, 12/14-Sun, 12/24: check dates & times: Adapted from the O. Henry Christmas love story, this new adaptation by Bram Lewis is set against a back drop of the immigrant streets of New York with all the wonder of the three wise men who gave us the first gifts of Christmas. There will be carols and cookies at intermission. Thurs-Sun: 12/15-18, 22-24: 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. (Schoolhouse Theatre, 3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls: www.schoolhousetheater.org)

ELF The Musical, Madison Square Garden– Wed, 12/13 – Fri, 12/19: check times: Based on the 2003 comedy film starring Will Farrell, ELF The Musical is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth – he ain’t no elf!. Buddy returns to New York City to discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. www.msg.com

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, IMAX Movies, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Open Fri, 12/15:  Tickets are now on sale for 70mm IMAX screenings of Episode VIII in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy that will open nationwide on December 15, 2017. The film stars Carrie Fisher in her final film role performance before her death in 2016. Plus, Mark Hammill, Daisy Ridley, Benicia del Toro and Laura Dern and a new score from composer John Williams. (10 N. Water St., Norwalk, www.maritimeaquarium.org)

Nutcracker-2015-RidgefieldThe Nutcracker, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Ridgefield Playhouse – Fri & Sat, 12/15 – 16: 6pm & Sun, 12/17: 1pm: The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s score, graceful ballerinas, wooden soldiers who come to life and a bigger than life Christmas tree in this traditional holiday presentation of The Nutcracker at the Ridgefield Playhouse. All for just $25 for adults and $20 for kids and seniors. (Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT;  www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

The Nutcracker, Westchester Ballet Company, Westchester County Center – Sat, 12/16: 12:30 & 4:30pm & Sun, 12/17: 2pm: For a fraction of the cost of the New York City Ballet you can take the kids to see the Westchester Ballet Company perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the County Center. At $27 per ticket ($23 for kids) it’s a great way to train next-gen culture vultures. We did. Choreographed by Beth Fritz Logrea and Jean Logrea. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.countycenter.biz)

The Nutcracker, Connecticut Ballet: Palace Theatre – Sat, 12/16: 2 & 6pm & Sun, 12/17: 1 & 5pm: Guest stars from the American Ballet Theatre join the Connecticut Ballet in Brett Raphael’s traditional holiday production of The Nutcracker at Stamford’s Palace Theatre. There are four shows featuring fab costumes, falling snow, the giant tree, and a full corps de ballet. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford www.palacestamford.org)

Hot ticket alert! Santa Claus Visits Caramoor’s Rosen House – Sun, 12/17: 2pm: The little ones will be in for an adventure when Jolly Saint Nick visits the Rosen House at Caramoor. They’ll play I Spy a Santa or two in the Music Room, followed by a twenty-minute concert of sing-a-longs. That’s when Santa Claus makes his appearance. Santa’s favorite snack–milk and cookies–will be served in the cloisters. Bring your cameras. This one sells out so get your tickets now! (149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah: www.caramoor.org) 

From Jingle Bells to The Dreidel Song: Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration, Tarrytown Music Hall  – Sun, 12/17: 3pm. Children’s music stars and Sprout TV favorites, The Laurie Berkner Band perform a Holiday Celebration concert featuring music from their critically acclaimed album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas. Including “Jingle Bells”, Laurie’s original song “Candy Cane Jane,” and the Hanukkah songs “Candle Chase and “The Dreidel Song”.” (13 Main St., Tarrytown; www.tarrytownmusichall.org)

New Chappaqua Performing Arts Center Announces Fall ScheduleELF, ChappPac: Sun, 12/17: 2pm: Embrace your inner elf at this screening of the 2003 Christmas fantasy comedy about one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s a human and treks to NYC to find his biological father. Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell James Caan, Zooey Deschanel and Bob Newhart, Elf has become a holiday classic and inspired the hit 2010 Broadway musical, Elf: The Musical. (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua; 914.458.5143) TKTS

Jacob_burns_wonderfullifeIt’s a Wonderful Life, Jacob Burns – Thurs, 12/21: 7:15pm & Fri-Mon, 12/22-25: 12pm: George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) staves off financial ruin at the hands of the evil tycoon Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore) in Frank Capra’s bittersweet holiday classic set in Bedford Falls during the Great Depression. With Donna Reed (“Oh, Buffalo gals won’t you come out to night”) and the original Bert and Ernie – the cop and the cab driver, played by Ward Bond and Frank Fallen Fri-Thurs: 12/23-29: 12pm. (Jacob Burns, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; www.burnsfilmcenter.org)

Holiday Events Kids 2017Colonial Nutcracker, Paramount Hudson Valley – Sat, 12/23 :3pm: This interpretation of the ballet from Artistic Director Rose Menes of Dance Theatre in Westchester moves the action to colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War and features redcoat army mice. The one-hour show is designed for families with children ages 4 and up. The company has performed at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. (1008 Brown St., Peekskill;  www.paramounthudsonvalley.org)

Holiday Events Kids 2017The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet in HD – Ridgefield Playhouse – Sat, 12/23: 2pm: See a live performance of The Nutcracker by the Bolshoi Ballet onscreen in high definition. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. (Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

harvey_skatingimage What To Do: With the Kids Fall 2017Local! Ice Skating at The Harvey School – Wed, 12/28: 12:45-2:45pm: In cooperation with The Harvey School, Jim Whiting and his staff at Bedford Recreation offers two hours of public skating for all ages at The Harvey School ice rink on the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. There will be a DJ spinning fave tunes and requests. Admission is just $5 and you must provide your own skates and no hockey playing. (Harvey School, 260 Jay St., Katonah)

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