Holidays for Adults
Holidays for Adults: Hey, it’s not all about kids. Here’s 24 holiday events you can sneak away to without the kids.
Darlene Love, Love for the Holidays, Ridgefield Playhouse, Fri, 11/17: 8pm: “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in rock and roll as Bob Dylan’s lyrics and Eric Clapton’s guitar.” – The New York Times She started as a background singer for The Blossoms before scoring major hits on lead with “He’s a Rebel”, “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry”, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest singers of all time. (1008 Brown St., Peekskill; www.paramounthudsonvalley.org)
A Darlene Love Christmas, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sat, 11/18: 8pm: This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is best known for her signature tune “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” and other chart-toppers with Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory: “He’s A Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “He’s Sure The Boy I’m Gonna Marry.” Love sang backup forThe Blossoms, Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Elvis and Cher. (Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)
USA Today’s Top Holiday Tour: Holiday Mansion Tours at Lyndhurst: Fri, 11/24 – Sun, 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)
The 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 spellbinding production, with special holiday pricing and a 100-minute running time. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved portrayal of the bird-catcher Papageno. Check dates & times. (Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center: metopera.org)
Sponsored by Cherylyn Salon! Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon, Fashion Show & Holiday Boutique, Crabtree’s Kittle House: Mon, 11/27: 11:30am-2pm: Meet and greet your neighbors and bend and elbow and shop till you drop at Armonk’s Cherylyn Salon’s annual luncheon, fashion show and holiday boutique. This event benefits the Children’s Cancer Fund of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (New York Medical College). (914. 273.7900; email@example.com)
Mariah Carey, All I Want for Christmas Is You, Beacon Theatre – Mon-Tues, 11/27-28, Fri-Sat, 12/1-2 & Mon-Tues, 12/4-5: 8pm: Mariah’s fourth annual holiday show at the intimate Beacon Theatre is the deal of the season for Mariah Carey fans. Imagine the electricity when the sings the show’s signature song and Mariah’s contribution to the classical holiday songbook, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. (Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, NYC; www.beacontheatre.com)
Shop at the farm! Artisans Faire at Muscoot Farm: Thurs-Sun, 11/30 – 12/3: A variety of elegant and unique homespun treasures from local craft designers will be on sale for holiday shopping. Artisan items include: Wood boards, ornaments, quilting, fabric, bowls, baskets, pillowcases, origami, wood turned items, soaps, wood trays, pen and ink cards and pictures, shadow boxes, mobiles, and cards. Thurs, 11/30: 3-8pm & Sat, 12/2_ 12-4pm & -Sun, 12/3: 12-3pm. (Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100, Katonah; www.muscootfarm.org)
Hot Ticket Alert! Bar Car Nights, New York Botanical Garden’s Train Show: Fri-Sat, 12/1-2, 8-9, 22-23, 29-30 & Sat, 1/6 & 13: 7-10:30pm: Exclusively for adults 21 plus! Check out this after dark viewing of the world’s coolest train show on a half-mile of track, with 12 super-sized train sets and a landscape of 140 scaled replicas of iconic New York City buildings made of bark, twigs, fruit, seeds and pine cones. Including, the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Then grab a drink from the bar(s), relax around the new Visitor Center Fire Pit while dueling pianos play fave tunes in Pine Tree Café and illuminated Snow Globe Dancers – do whatever? We’re in! (2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx; www.nybg.org)
New Choral Society, Messiah, Part I & Three Nativity Carols, Scarsdale – Fri, 12/1: 8pm & Sun, 12/3: 3pm: The Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah is the traditional season-opener for the New Choral Society. Filled with familiar and uplifting choruses and solos, including the famed “Hallelujah Chorus”, it is a festive way to begin the holiday season. This year’s concert will also present a new work by Stephen Paulus, Three Nativity Carols. (Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, 6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale; www.newchoralsociety.org)
Holiday Boutique Congregation B’nai Yisrael Let Armonk’s CBY community jump start your holiday shopping on Fri, 12/1: 10am-3pm. Shop for clothing, accessories, jewelry & kids gifts from 20 vendors like Jills Gems Linda Richards Fur, Funky Tykes, Excessorize, GiftX & JL Bags, The Chintz Giraffe, 2 Friends Clothing, and LuLu & Lattes. (2 Banksville Rd., Rt. 22, Armonk; wwwbyarmonk.com)
Local! Wine Around Town, Chappaqua: Fri, 12/1: Get some holiday shopping done and sample wines from around the world courtesy of Chappaqua businesses. Last year’s participants include the New Castle Historical Society, Desires by Mikolay, Family Britches, Eye Gallery of Chappaqua, Squires Family Clothing, ICD Jewelers, hip-kid, Luxe Labels, Scattered Books, Breeze, The King’s Scribe, Chappaqua Wine & Spirits, Hilltop Wines & Spirits, Chappaqua Framing, House of 29, & more.
Junior League Holiday Boutique at Lyndhurst: Fri-Sun, 12/1-3: 10am-4pm: The Junior League of Westchester on Hudson’s Holiday Boutique will be held under the tent and in the Carriage House at Lyndhurst, complete with Holiday music. 60 vendors of fine clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, toys, art, hostess gifts, and gourmet food items. TKTS at the tent: $10. Tour the mansion while you are there for just $10 more. Under 16’s go free. (635 South Broadway, Tarrytown; www.lyndhurst.org)
Local! Northern Westchester Artists Guild Art Show & Boutique, Horace Greeley House: Fri-Sun, 12/1 – 3: check times: Stop by the Greeley House to shop for holiday presents and works of art from local artists. (100 King St., Chappaqua; www.newcastlehs.org)
Local! Bedford Village Jingle Pass Weekend & Tree Lighting: Fri – Sun, 12/1-3: Hosted by the Bedford Village Business Association, Jingle Pass Weekend kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green on Fri, 12/1: 7pm. Throughout the weekend there will be a spirited shopping atmosphere, discounts and treats offered by local merchants.
Local! 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.
Jane Lynch: A Swinging Little Christmas, Ridgefield Playhouse, Sat, 12/2: 8pm: Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch (Sylvester of Glee and Miss Hannigan in Annie) throws her comic skills and musical prowess into this new holiday show that pays homage to the Christmas albums of the 1950s & 60s. Complete with both poignant and hilarious takes on holiday favorites! (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)
Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas, Tarrytown Music Hall – Sat, 12/2: 8pm: This Grammy Award nominated Irish-American super-group broke the glass ceiling in the male-dominated Celtic music scene with their virtuosic instrumentals, vocals and step dancing. They’ve played at the White House, the Olympics and on their own PBS television special. (13 Main St., Tarrytown; www.tarrytownmusichall.org)
The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show, Paramount Hudson Valley – Sun, 12/3: 7pm: Hailed as “Gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, The Blind Boys have racked up five Grammy Awards plus a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Their special brand of “jubilee singing” (a livelier version of Gospel) infused with blues and jazz and “soul-stirring harmonies” lifted them out of the segregation south to the world’s largest and most prestigious concert stages and to collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Lou Reed and Prince. (1008 Brown St., Peekskill; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com)
Linda Eder Holiday Show, Ridgefield Playhouse – Fri, 12/8: 8pm: North Salem resident and Drama Desk Award-nominee for her starring role in Jekyll & Hyde, Linda Eder has released 15 albums and performed her repertoire of Broadway, American Standards, Pop, Country & Jazz at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Here she performs her holiday show. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)
Stamford Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah – Sat, 12/9: 8pm: Ted Sperling conducts the Stamford Symphony takes on Part I & and the Hallelujah Chorus from Part II of Handel’s classic oratorio at The Basilica of St. John The Evangelist in Stamford. “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight and the rough places plain.” (Basilica of St. John The Evangelist, 279 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org)
Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays, Beacon Theatre – Sat, 12/9: 8pm: For the past five years this concert has played to sold out audiences. This year’s lineup includesJackson Browne, Dr. John, Paulina Rubio, Sandra Bernhardt, Ani DiFranco, comedians Judy Gold and Bridgett Everett, Peaches, Ballets with a Twist, Vivian Green, Ricky Shroeder, Arianna and the Rose, Wrabel, host Carson Kressley and more. (Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, NYC; www.beacontheatre.com)
Vienna Boys Choir, Tarrytown Music Hall – Sat, 12/9: 8pm: Founded by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is the longest running holiday act in the world – by half a millennium. Their program of classical and popular holiday music offers an eclectic repertoire from Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” to Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” and “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. And “Jingle Bells” – of course. (Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; www.tarrytownmusichall.org)
Mr. Dickens Tells A Christmas Carol, Lyndhurst Mansion: Sun, 12/10 – Sat, 12/30: check dates & times: 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)
Christmas with The Celts, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sun, 12/10: 7:30pm: This popular PBS “pledge show” features real falling snow and a mix of traditional Irish and American pop music, ancient Irish and Scottish carols and their own rock versions of “Run, Run, Rudolph”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Jingle Bells”. They are accompanied by traditional Irish instruments such as the bhodran, uilleann pipes, fiddles, Irish whistles and Irish step dancers. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)
Local! The Brandenburg Concertos, Bedford Chamber Concerts: Wed, 12/13: 8pm: Wynton Marsalis called Dr. Anthony Newman “the high priest of Bach.” His Bedford Chamber Concerts made our Bucket List. Seeing him do the Brandenburgs locally is a Bucket List event on steroids. Newman has performed this Bach holiday staple with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 12 times at Alice Tully Hall. (St, Matthews Church, 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford; www.bedfordchamberconcerts.org)
Local! The 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, 22-25:: 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. (Schoolhouse Theatre, 3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls: www.schoolhousetheater.org)
Rob Mathes Holiday Concert, Performing Arts Center: Fri-Sat, 12/15-16: 8pm: This annual celebration featuring Mathes and his all-star band and chorus, is a high-energy evening of rock, jazz, and blues – original tunes and holiday classics. Mathes has worked with virtually every big name including Bono, Bennett, Sting, and Springsteen. “This holiday production puts a new spin on Christmas classics” –The New York Times (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.artscenter.org)
Hot ticket alert! Winter Pops, Westchester Philharmonic with Laura Michelle Kelly, Performing Arts Center: Sun, 12/17: 3pm: This is our favorite event of the season! Ted Sperling conducts the Westchester Phil and Broadway star Laura Michelle Kelly in a program of Broadway, the Great American Songbook and holiday favorites. Laura created the stage role of Mary Poppins in London’s West End earning the Olivier Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in West End and Broadway productions of South Pacific, The King and I and Finding Neverland. Plus a special appearance from Kelly Hall-Tompkins performing her acclaimed solos from Fiddler on the Roof. We go every year! (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.westhcesterphil.org)
Local! Dr. Anthony Newman’s Holiday Concert, The Sanctuary Series, S. Salem Presbyterian Church: Sun, 12/17: 4pm: Time called keyboardist and composer Dr. Anthony Newman “the high priest of the harpsichord”. Here he performs a special holiday concert. (111 Spring St., S. Salem; www.thesanctuaryseries.org)
Rockapella Holiday, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sun, 12/17: 8pm: This critically acclaimed a capella group first achieved recognition on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? Since then, they’ve provided a funky soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans with buckets of catchy original pop songs, and contemporary revisions of Motown, pop, and soul classics. Here the rockapella the holidays! (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)
Local! Candlelight Holiday tours, John Jay Homestead, Katonah: Wed – Fri, 12/20 – 22: Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered on the half hour from 5-7pm. (400 Jay St, (Rt. 22), Katonah; www.johnjayhomestead.org)
The 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)
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