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What To Do The Rest of the Year to keep the party going through the holidays and right up to New Year’s Eve. Bye-bye 2017 – you were wild!

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)

Holidays for Adults What To Do The Rest of the YearUSA 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)

lyndhurst_dickens What To Do The Rest of the YearMr. 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)

What To Do The Rest of the YearLocal Chevy Chase Alert! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Historical Hall Bedford Village, Tuesday, 12/19: 7:30pm: Chevy Chase will guest and Bedford Playhouse founder John Farr will moderate a Q&A after this screening of the 1989 film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as The Griswold’s. With Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis and Brian Doyle-Murray. (608 Old Post Rd, Bedford; www.befordplayhouse.org)

Holidays for Adults What To Do The Rest of the YearLocal! 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)

Holidays for Adults What To Do The Rest of the YearThe 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)

What To Do The Rest of the YearWTD 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 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearEditors 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 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearThe 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)

What To Do The Rest of the YearLocal 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)

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center – Fri, Holiday Events Kids 2017 What To Do The Rest of the Year11/24 – 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 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearSanta & 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)

Jacob_burns_wonderfullife What To Do The Rest of the YearLocal! It’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 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearColonial 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)

harvey_skatingimage What To Do: With the Kids Fall 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearLocal! Ice Skating at The Harvey School – Wed, 12/27: 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)

Theater, Dance & Comedy November 2017 What To Do The Rest of the YearThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, WPPAC – Fri-Sun, 12/22-1/14/18: 7 & 2pm: This musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel and showcases songs from the Disney film featuring music and lyrics from the Academy Award-winning composing team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Watch Quasimodo pine for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and save the gypsies from the devious Dom Claude Frolio. (White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor, White Plains; www.wppac.com)

Matisyahu, Capitol Theatre – Sat, 12/23: 8pm: Jewish-American reggae vocalists, beat boxer and alt-rock musician, blends Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock & hip-hop. His 2005 single “King Without a Crown” was a Top 40 hit. . (149 Westchester Ave., www.thecapitoltheatre.com)

Westchester PRC’s 19th Annual Slam Dunk Tournament, County Center – Tues-Sat, 12/26-30: 11am: See some of the best players and teams from Section Varsity Basketball perform before the league season starts in January. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.ticketmaster.com)

What To Do The Rest of the YearThe Paper Bag Players, That’s Quite Abusurd, Emelin Theatre, Tues-Wed, 12/26-7: 11am & 1:30pm: From the opening number, “Welcome To Friendly” to the show’s them song “That’s Quite Absurd”, this new one-hour show is packed with stories, songs, freewheeling dances, painting, audience participation, paper bag costumes, scenery and lots of adventure! Recommended for children in Pre-k to 3rd grade. (153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck; www.emelin.org)

Local! Ice Skating at The Harvey School – Wed, 12/27: 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)

December Events: Take a break from the holidays What To Do The Rest of the YearNeil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, Westchester Broadway Theater – Thurs- Sun, 12/28-31: Neil Berg, composer of the hit off-Broadway musical, The Prince and the Pauper, assembles a cast of Broadway stars from Phantom, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and more in this musical revue of some of the greatest Broadway moments of the century. Including CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables and The Phanotm of the Opera. (One Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; www.broadwaytheatre.com)

New Year’s Eve! Phish, Madison Square Garden – Thurs-Sun, 12/28-31: 7:30pm: Legendary jam-ganders led by Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon return to the Garden for four nights including the big one on New Year’s Eve. www.msg.com

December Events: Take a break from the holidays What To Do The Rest of the YearBob DiBuono, Stamford Palace – Fri, 12/29: 8pm: Dob DiBuono, a regular on the Nightly Show on Comedy Central, brings his stand-up routines to the Palace. Noted for his sarcastic and edgy takes on the absurdities of life. In his high energy act, DiBuono moves in and out of voices, impressions and signature characters all illuminating his “Every Man” point of view. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org)

What To Do The Rest of the Year music_string_cheese_capitol December Events: Take a break from the holidaysNew Year’s Eve! The String Cheese Incident, Capitol Theatre – Fri-Sun, 12/29-31: 8pm: Progressive bluegrass and neo-psychedelia jam band from Colorado is a fave of Bay area Deadheads looking for salvation. Featuring everything from electric guitar and mandolin to violin, lap steel guitar, electric slide guitar keys and accordion. (149 Westchester Ave.,  www.thecapitoltheatre.com)

December Events: Take a break from the holidays What To Do The Rest of the YearFrozenSing-A-Long, Palace Stamford – Sat, 12/30: 12:30 & 3:30pm: Relive the magic in this sing-a-long screening of Disney’s Frozen as fearless Anna joins forces with Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’ sister, Snow Queen Elsa and break her icy spell. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org)

December Events: Take a break from the holidays What To Do The Rest of the YearNew Year’s Eve! The Harlem Globetrotters, County Center – Sun, 12/31: 11am & 4pm: The Harlem Globetrotters, the world’s most winning franchise in any sport, celebrate their 91st Anniversary World Tour at the County Center on New Year’s Eve day. Watch as they dazzle the Washington Generals (the world’s losing-est team in any sport) with a display of marksmanship from the 4-point line – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the NBA’s current 3-point line.(198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.countycenter.biz)

What To Do The Rest of the Year white plains new years spectacular December Events: Take a break from the holidaysNew Year’s Eve! White Plains New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Sun, 12/31: 10pm-12:30am: It’s Times Square in White Plains with music, a ball drop and confetti and a fireworks show at midnight. The music starts at 10pm with a DJ and then live music. Heineken USA provides free rides to residential destinations within Westchester County from their Safe Rides transportation stand on the corner of E. Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue between 11 pm – 3 am. (Main St. between Court St. and Renaissance Square; www.wpbid.com)

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