16 Things to do in the Lower Hudson Valley this December

Written by Debbie Ali

Looking for something to do during those cold December days? You don’t have to drive far to have fun this month! Here are some things that you can do in the Lower Hudson Valley this winter to beat the cold and short days!


Have a Blast in Haverstraw, NY!

Enjoy a scenic 10-minute ferry ride across the widest point of the Hudson River from Ossining to Haverstraw, and stay a while! Haverstraw has been upping its game with holiday festivities this winter, from candy cane making demonstrations at Lucas Candies, New York’s oldest chocolate shop, carols and town park tree and candle lightings!

Learned a lot of making candy canes today at #lucascandies in Haverstraw! #foodart in the straw!

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Here’s a list of events coming up in Haverstraw:

  • FREE Candy Cane Making Demos at Lucas Candies
    • Time: December 10 & 11, 12PM & 3 PM on both days
    • Address: 6 Main St, Haverstraw, NY 10927
  • Bella Sophia Sugar Crafts: Ornament Decorating Classes:
    • Tuesday, Dec 20: 6PM – 9PM
    • Address: 2 Main St, Suite #2, Haverstraw, NY, 10927
    • Email evarivera@bellasophiasugarcrafts.com to reserve your spot!

  • Bella Sophia Sugar Crafts: Wreath Cupcake Making Classes
    • Wednesday, Dec 21: 6PM – 9PM
    • Address: 2 Main St, Suite #2, Haverstraw, NY, 10927
    • Email evarivera@bellasophiasugarcrafts.com to reserve your spot!

  • Tom Civile’s Winter Harvest Feast at Casa Hudson NY – Good times and good conversation!
    • Time: Saturday, Dec 10: 6PM – 10PM
    • Address: 34 First St, Haverstraw, NY, 10927
    •  Tickets available here 
  • The Healers @ Mariella’s Restaurant & Bar – tunes from a local blues band and pizza, what could be better than that?
    • Time: Saturday, Dec 17: 9PM-11PM
    • Address: 41 New Main St, Haverstraw, NY, 10927

Donate a toy and take a FREE photo with Santa!

‘Tis the season of giving, so why not donate a toy or two at the Toys for Tots event at Northern Riverview Healthcare Center in Haverstraw. If you donate a toy, you get to take a FREE photo with Santa! Plus there will also be a marketplace with food, sounds like a win-win-win.

Time: Saturday, Dec 17: 10 AM-4PM

Address: 87 S Route 9W, Haverstraw, NY, 10927

Want to dance the night away? Head on over to Pearl River, NY for live music, a couple of beers, and a night to remember

  • Cellar13 @ The Parkside Tavern à Southern Rock n’ Roll to Heavy Metal
    • Address: 9 W Central Ave, Pearl River, NY, 10965
  • The Benjamins @ Brew House à High-energy band, bringing their own beat to popular songs
    • Address: 50 E Central Ave, Pearl River, NY, 10965

Rather “crawl” than dance? Check our these cool pub tours/crawls happening in Pearl River and Nanuet!

  • Pearl River Chamber of Commerce Presents: 4th Annual Santa Pub Crawl!
    • Time: December 17: 2PM – 5PM
    • Teams of 4-6 members will check-in the day of to receive their bracelets for the crawl.
    • To register/find out more info, call Ray at the Brewhouse 845-735-3970 or Bridget at Pearl River Saloon: 845-735-5300
  • Ambulance Brew House Tours in Nanuet
    • Ride in a warm and cozy tour van and experience some of Hudson Valley best breweries! These all day tours are offered during all seasons on weekends.
    • Time: December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 30th, meet up at 11 AM
    • Meet Up Address: Nanuet Train Station between Orchard St. and Orchard St. W.
    • Book a Tour here

Spend the evening lighting up history on a Candlelight Tour of the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House.

Photo from Yelp.com

  • There will be music and refreshments! All ages welcome, bring the whole family!
    • Time: Dec 11 & 18, Tours start at 5PM and 6:30 PM
    • Address: The Historical Society of Rockland County, 20 Zukor Road, New City, 10956
    • Tickets available here

Need to relax after a night on the town, or a stressful workday? Try Restorative Yoga session at Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness in New City!

Time: Sunday, Dec 18: 5PM – 6:30PM

Address: 132 Park Ave, New City, NY, 10956

Tickets available here

Feeling the romance this winter? Try something new with the Rockland Center of Arts: Date and Create nights!

  • Come to the studio in West Nyack and you two can create your own works of art. It’s a bi-weekly event, starting THIS Friday, December 9th !
    • 21+ Only Event.
    • Address: 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY, 10994.
    • Reservations Required.
    • Phone: 845-358-0877

Similar to Bryant Park, experience Rockland County’s Winter Shopping Village this weekend in Congers this weekend!

  • While the kids are playing in the light up playground you can shop around, enjoy a warm bonfire, s’mores and hot cocoa!
    • Time Saturday, Dec 10: 4PM-8PM, and Sunday, Dec 11: 1PM-8PM.
    • Address: Rockland Country Day School, 34 Kings Highway
    • Tickets available here

Did you miss the Headless Horseman show in Sleepy Hollow this year? Don’t worry! Tarrytown is still bustling in December with A Christmas Carol reading

An old tale written by Charles Dickens, brought to life by storyteller Jonathan Kruk for an epic evening you’ll never forget!

  • Take the Haverstraw-Ossining ferry and the Metro North Hudson Line down a couple stops, or drive over the Tappan Zee and take a look at the new bridge being built!
    • Time: December 10, 11, 17 & 18. Showings per day at 4 PM, 5:15 PM & 6:30 PM
    • Address: 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, 10591 (Reformed Church Tarrytown)
    • Tickets available here

Start the celebrations early and watch balloons drop at noon on News Years in New Roc City!

  • A great family activity and the kids will love the rainbow of colors and excitement the new year will bring! Best of all, there’s no clean-up on your part!
    • Time: Saturday, December 31: 10:30 AM – Noon
    • Address: 33 Lecount Pl, New Rochelle, NY, 10801
    • Register here

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