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Dutchess Tourism Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Dutchess County 2017

Seeing the smiles on children and adults’ faces plainly illustrates the value of these events to the surrounding communities. Everyone’s encouraged to spend time with family and friends. All events are free.  It's not too early to mark your calendars for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremonies and visit with that jolly old elf himself, Santa! Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all! 

Saturday, November 18th

Rhinebeck - Parade of Lights & Village Tree Lighting. E. Market St., Rhinebeck Bank parking Lot. Ornament workshop, music, Joe Daily & Michelle Taylor from Q92, and horse drawn carriage rides provided by the Gentle Giants 4H. Also civic 5pm groups and vendors, culminating with the parade and visit from Santa, who lights the tree. 3:30 pm - 6pm. Children’s Parade, 5pm. Tree Lighting 5:30 pm. Free. 845-876-5904. RhinebeckChamber.com

Saturday, November 25th

Parade line up is 6pm at Elm St. Santa arrives in Mesier Park by 7pm in time for the tree lighting. Be a part of this spectacular parade! Trophies awarded for the best floats. 6:30pm. Mesier Park

  • Ulster: Kingston Sinterklaas Send-off Celebration departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (aka “Spain”) after a day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, and a Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Sinterklaas and his white horse depart on a tugboat across the river to his destination, Rhinecliff. After his send off, enjoy a Sinterklaas Soiree, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and specials at restaurants.

Friday, December 1st

  • The City of Poughkeepsie Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks with the Bardavon, 6:30pm. Each year thousands attend, voted by Dutchess Tourism as the "Best Event" of the holiday season. Following the parade at 8PM the Bardavon will screen: The Princess Bride.
  • WATCH: 2015 Tree Lighting Video, Michelle Barone sings “O Holy Night”

The parade commences at 6:30pm on Main and Garden Streets and proceeds to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main, near Market Street. The Parade is led by the Mayor; they’re joined by the Amerscott Highland Pipers. Past parades have included Arm of the Sea Theatre puppets, Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensemble and IABAS Traditional Brazilian Band with 200 children from Warring, Morse, Clinton and Kreiger elementary schools. Finally, Santa Claus arrives on a City of Poughkeepsie Fire Engine.

The parade proceeds down Main to Clover Street where everyone convenes at Dongan Square Park for the second tree lighting, with remarks from the Mayor and music. Then at 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks present the area's only winter fireworks display along the waterfront. At this time the third tree is lit up on the Walkway Over the Hudson, which opens its eastern gate for viewing the fireworks from high above the Hudson River. See the Celebration of Lights fireworks  at Upper Landing Park and take the glass elevator up to the Walkway; members can watch the fireworks display for free; nonmembers are asked to pay a donation of $5. 5-8pm.

Following the parade at 8PM the Bardavon screens the classic film “The Princess Bride”. Pre-show Wurlitzer Organ music provided by New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS) beginning one-half hour prior to the film.

  • Millbrook Parade of Lights. Lineup starts on the bottom of Franklin Street, 5 pm; parade, 6 pm. Followed by a tree lighting ceremony, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Firehouse, 20 Front St. 845-677-5837.
  • Pawling Decemberfest/Tree Lighting. Charles Colman Blvd. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive with their reindeer to light the tree. Sheriff Anderson and others join the festivities! Enjoy choral music, hot chocolate and cookies and the festive charm of an old-fashioned village Christmas. Holiday sales and specials continue. 6pm. 845-855-0500.

Saturday, December 2nd

Holiday Shopping Village 12-6PM: Warm up with a cup of Joe by the fire while shopping for holiday gifts with local craftsmen in the Garden Art Space next to Crafted Kup. Vendors: Potter Brothers Ski & Snowboard, Cheesecake Heaven, Hudson Chatham Winery, Meredith Country Bakery, Elizabeth Boutique, Waddle n Swaddle, Holiday Wishes (Christmas Ornaments), Twisted Soul (cupcakes & cookies), Krazy for Kazu’s (Ginger tea), Usborne Books & More, Gary’s Pickles, Balloons & Glow Sticks for Parade & Just for Fudge!

Children Activities & Entertainment 12-4PM: Fire Pits to Roast Marshmallows; Mrs Claus – Face painting & Balloons; and Darkside Records & Gallery Holiday DJ.

Egg Nog Crawl 12-6PM: Purchase a ticket for $5 (cash only) at (ticket locations coming soon) and you’ll get the list of participating businesses and a bracelet for access to the Egg Nog Tastings. Try out the egg nog and vote for your favorite! Children welcome. For information call Beth, 914-489-7697.

Holiday Parade with Santa Claus 4pm. Tree Lighting 5 pm. Chris Marino from Q92 will be co-hosting with Michelle Morrill from All Shook Up. Performers: Performance Troupe (more coming soon). Sponsored by the Arlington Business Improvement District.

  • Rhinebeck –Sinterklaas Festival Day. A day-long, colorful celebration featuring children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season. This year’s honored animal is the Elephant.

Be sure to grab a program booklet when you arrive or pop over to this page so you know the whole story of Sinterklaas in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It will make for an even richer experience!

  • Beekman - “Snowflake Spectacular!” Beekman Rec Community Ctr., Recreation Rd. Join friends for an afternoon of holiday cheer! Visit with Santa, enjoy crafts, face painting, and play outdoor games. Caroling & Tumblebus. Refreshments. Santa’s Mailbox: bring a letter for Santa with a STAMPED addressed envelope and you’ll get a reply from the North Pole! Tree Lighting 4:30pm. Wristbands required for admission; order online in advance; non-residents: $10 if ordered by Nov. 30, $15 CASH ONLY after that. 2:30-4:30pm.
  • Town of LaGrange -Tree Lighting & Toy Drive Join us at LaGrange Town Hall, 120 Stringham Rd., LaGrangeville, for our annual Tree Lighting. Visit with Randy Reindeer, Mrs. Claus and the big guy himself! Santa arrives on firetruck compliments of LaGrange Fire Dept. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa, with a return address, and leave in Santa's mailbox. Enjoy music by the AHS Holiday Brass Choir, and sip hot cocoa and eat cookies. Visit the animals at the petting zoo. Caroling provided by the Girl Scouts.

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy and give to the Marines who are joining in for their Toys for Tots drive. Enjoy a wonderful and festive time with family, friends and community. 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM. (845) 452-1830.

Town Hall, 26 Town Hall Rd./Rte. 82, Stanfordville.  Parade of lighted floats and vehicles; prizes for best entries. Lighting of the town’s holiday tree. Visits with Santa and gifts for kids.  Community party with food and music at firehouse after parade. Sponsored by Lions Club & Ladies Auxiliary. Parade 6pm. Free. 845-868-1366

  • Union Vale Festival of Lights”. Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Road. Town of Union Vale.  Grand lighting of more than 150,000 lights. Fife and drums and carols accompany ceremony. 5pm. Also: Dinner with Santa Claus at 3:30pm. Gifts. Reservations needed. Non-Residents: $8/child 12 & under, $10/adult. Hot chocolate served as you explore the holiday lights around the park. 845-724-5691.
  • Town of Wappingers – Christmas Tree Lighting.  Join a fun, old-fashioned, family event with refreshments, Christmas carols, and gifts for the kids. Kick off the holiday season and say hello to the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Town of Wappinger Recreation Department & Committee. 5 - 7pm. Schlathaus Park, corner of Meyers Corners and All Angels Hill Rd.  845-297-0720.

Sunday, December 3rd

  • Hyde Park – Tree Lighting. 4383 Albany Post Rd./Rt. 9, Hyde Park. Join us as we light the Christmas Tree at Town Hall, singing carols and refreshments indoors at Town Hall. Santa arrives by police car for an early visit with the kids. Co-sponsored by the Hyde Park Lions Club and the Hyde Park PBA. Free. 845-229-8086. 4:45 – 6pm.
  • East Fishkill – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. East Fishkill Community Center, 890 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The evening includes holiday music by the East Fishkill Community Chorus, hot chocolate, snacks, and a visit from Santa Claus. Sponsored by East Fishkill Recreation and East Fishkill Rotary Club. 5-7pm.
  • Village of Fishkill - Holiday Party & Village Tree Lighting. Van Wyck Hall, 1095 Main St., Fishkill. Kids enjoy a petting zoo, plus making crafts and storytelling before the Christmas tree is lit. 2:30 -4:30pm. Free. 845-897-4430.   
  • Village of Red Hook - Winterfest-Santa's arrival. Red Hook. Tree lighting and activities. 1 – 4 pm. Parade, 4 pm. Tree Lighting, 5:15 pm. Free. 845-758-0824.

Saturday, December 9

  • Second Saturday Beacon. BeaconArts once again lights up its recycled bicycle Christmas Tree sculpture at Polhill Park/Beacon Visitors Center, Main Street & Route 9D. Park in the City Hall parking lot directly across the street. Bring your own mug for hot cider or hot chocolate.

4:30pm: The Beacon High School Choir leads caroling. 4:50 pm: Santa arrives!

5 pm:  Countdown to the Bicycle Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa stays to greet families until 6 pm. Celebrate the season and sing-along. Reception to follow.

Sculptor Ed Benavente is the artist behind what is becoming a beloved and unique tradition for the City of Beacon. “Bicycles, like communities, are powered by people,” states Benavente. The bicycle tree, which has doubled in size since its inaugural appearance in 2011, is fabricated entirely of recycled bicycle parts. Galleries and shops are open late until at least 9pm. Enjoy artist receptions, concerts, and more! 5pm. 845-831-0025

Ed also created a menorah made form bicycle parts – find out more about Hannukah 2017 here: 12/12-19, Illumin8 2017: BHA + BeaconArts Bicycle Menorah.

  • Village of Tivoli Winterfest - Merry Minstrels, crafts, games and a visit from Santa Claus, plus wagon rides through town. Tree lighting ceremony, and food and drink. Bonfire follows. 2:30pm-4:30pm. Free. 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli. 845-757-2021.







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