Holiday Events In Beacon, NY

Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks
: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Downtown Poughkeepsie, NY
The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon, and many others will present the 25th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, November 30 at 6:30pm.

Each year thousands of people attend this event, voted by DUTCHESS COUNTY TOURISM as the “Best Event” of the holiday season.

After the parade come watch the film HOME ALONE on the big screen at the Bardavon 8pm.
Information >

Twilight Tours @ Boscobel
Day: See below
Time: see below
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
This holiday season, Boscobel House and Gardens will proudly present Twilight Tours. With the candlelit mansion decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and resonating with live, period string music, Twilight Tours offer an especially beautiful experience of Boscobel House and Gardens. Each tour will conclude with a reception in the decorated gallery. Boscobel adds to this singular experience with live holiday music in the Visitor Center and a reimagined gift shop.  Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 845-265-3638.

Saturday and Sunday | December 1 – 2
Saturday and Sunday | December 8 – 9
Tours depart from 3:30pm to 7:00pm

ERDAJT's Holiday Christmas Light Display in Lagrangeville
Days: Now through December 27, 2018
Time: Weekdays: 4:45–9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), Fridays, Saturdays, 12/25, 12/26: 4:45 – 10:30pm
Location: 8 Patrick Drive, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
The display began back in 1995, the same year Emily was born with 600 lights. Born by a father's desire to make the holidays magical for his kids...
ERDAJT = Emily Raejean (ER), Daniel Arthur (DA) and John Timothy (JT).
Information >

Sinterklaas Festival Day!
Day: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: All day!
Location: Village of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY
A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. This year be sure to visit the LIVE OWLS and the giant COO COO CLOCK. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
Information >

Clove Creek Dinner Theatre - "Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play"
: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Clove Creek Dinner Theater, 18 Westage Business Center Dr, Suite 7, Fishkill, NY
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. The atmosphere of an old-fashioned radio program is created, with commercial jingles, sound effects and narration.
Information >

Holiday Open House @ Vanderbilt Mansion
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Vanderbilt Mansion, 4097 Albany Post Road 
Hyde Park, NY
Vanderbilt Mansion is lavishly decorated for the holidays this year. Holiday Open House is Sunday, December 2 from 9am-7pm.  Free self-guided tours. Refreshments by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Live music all day and evening, visits from the park mascot and more. Be sure to have your family photo taken in front of one of our trees. 
Information >

Breakfast With Santa
Day: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 11am
Location: The Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY
The Towne Crier is pleased to present the 9th Annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by Elf Tinsel(Miss Vickie) with help from Elf Bob and Little Santa. Price includes coloring book and crayons, a full breakfast buffet and special holiday ornament craft -- plus pictures with Santa. Reservations recommended.Adult $15.00, Children $10.00
More information>

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “FDR Home for the Holidays at Springwood”
Saturday, December 8, 2018
4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “FDR Home for the Holidays at Springwood”, 
decorated as they were during the Roosevelt presidency. There are readings from Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 8  from 9 am - 4pm, free tours all day. Refreshments served at the Wallace Center. Rte. 9, Hyde Park, NY.
Information >

bicycle tree lit night.jpg

BeaconArts + City of Beacon’s Bicycle Tree Lighting
: Saturday, December 9, 2018
Time: 4pm activities start, 5pm Santa arrives and tree is lit
Location: Pohill Park/Visitor’s Center / Intersection of Main Street + 9D
All are welcome to participate in this community gathering Bring your own mug for hot cider or hot chocolate!

Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot directly across the street. Or take the new Beacon Free Loop to the event and all of the Second Saturday events

Hannukah is December 2 – 9 this year! We will be lighting the Bicycle Menorah for the 7th night of Hannukah at 4:30 on December 8 and honoring a segment of the Beacon Community. 
Information >

5th Annual Toy Giveaway In Honor of Carmen Viruet-Senato
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Lewis Tompkins Hose Co #1, 13 South Ave, Beacon, NY
Enjoy cookies & cocoa with Santa. They are collecting new & unwrapped toys for children ages 2 to 14 years old for Love Holds Life Children’s Cancer Foundation. Deadline for drop-off is Friday, December 7th.

Holiday Fair & Market
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Jct, NY
Grab your "ugly" holiday sweater and join us at our Annual Holiday Fair & Market on Saturday, December 15th! Santa will be visiting and taking pictures with children and pets up on his tractor. Local artisans will be here offering free samples of their products - it’s the perfect opportunity to buy and taste locally crafted holiday gifts! A vendor list will be updated on our facebook event as we get closer to the event. 

Santa Visits
Santa will be on his tractor visiting with kids and pets. Don't forget your camera to capture the memories! 

Kids are encouraged to make a festive ornament to take home at our children's craftables in "Santa's Workshop". Ornament making is free of charge.

A Christmas at Boscobel with The Putnam Corale
: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 4:30pm & 6pm
Location: The Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
This holiday season, Boscobel House and Gardens proudly presents A Christmas at Boscobel with the Putnam Chorale. Putnam Chorale Music Director Douglas Anderson has selected holiday music that would have been heard in American churches and homes in the early 19th century, reflecting life as it would have been lived at Boscobel. Guests are welcome to arrive fifteen minutes early to enjoy the first floor rooms of the Historic House Museum, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Performances will take place in the Entrance Hall of the mansion followed by a reception in the Gallery. Members $14 | Not-Yet-Members $18. Advance reservations recommended
Tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845-265-3638
Information >

A Winter Afternoon Of Music With Goldee Greene & Friends
: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Howland Cultural Center and Song-Sational Productions presents “‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly At Cafe Sizzle!” A Winter’s afternoon of music, singalong & mulled cider with Goldie Greene and featuring guest artists Russell Cusick, Tom McCoy, Raphael Figueroa, GG & The Howland Wolves and much more. Hosted by Lev Levin. $15 adults / $12 seniors & students / $10 children 7-12, children under 7 Free. Reservations suggested. Wine/refreshments available.

Winter Tidings at Rombout Middle School
: Friday, December 21, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Rombout Middle School, 88 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
Join Ballet Arts Studio for their Annual Winter Tidings Performance on Friday, December 21st at 5:30 pm at Rombout Middle School, 84 Matteawan Road in Beacon, New York. Dancers of all ages will be sharing the holiday spirit through jazz, modern, tap, theater dance and, of course, ballet! Doors open at 5 pm and the performance is free and open to the community. Winter Tidings will feature the premiere of a work-in-progress by the Dutchess Dance Company - Beacon’s beloved local ballet and dance company for the past 24 years. Please join us to celebrate the season with dance! 
For more information about this performance, please contact Ballet Arts Studio, 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, New York at 845.831.1870 or
Information >

Where To Buy A Christmas Tree Near Beacon, NY

While the pictures taken below are from years ago when snow actually fell in December (not anymore it seems!), let them get you in the mood for where you can find a Christmas tree near Beacon, NY!

PS: Looking for Santa?

Find him near Beacon, NY - we got advance notice!

Find healthy wreaths ready for you to decorate at Sunny Gardens.

Sunny Gardens Christmas Tree lot at night.

We've got options, here in Beacon and in the surrounding areas. If you're a recent transport from NYC, then buying a Christmas tree from the lot at Home Depot on Rte. 9 (to the right off the I-84 ramp), or from the parking lot across from Walmart on Rte. 9 won't feel that much different from picking a tree from a lineup on Broadway at a pop-up Christmas tree shop. It's a convenient stop when picking up strands of lights and Martha Stewart shatter-proof house ornaments at Home Depot. You'll still be giddy putting it on top of your car.

However, if you want to go a more local route…


Buy a Christmas tree and wreaths from Sunny Gardens Nursery on 9D in Wappingers Falls. Sunny Gardens has a big selection of trees, wreaths, and hanging wreath balls with a woodsy decoration to them.


TIP: Fortunately, these trees sell out fast!
Location: 60 East Main St.

Beaconites can also buy a tree that benefits their fire department. To buy a tree from the Beacon Fire Department, you'll find the lot in Dogwood's parking lot, which is on the east end of town near the mountain, just over Fishkill Creek. And if the volunteers in the Christmas tree lot are in the mood, someone just might deliver it to your house! Perfect for a dinner or late lunch and a beer at Dogwood, followed by a Christmas tree pickup.

Wednesdays - Fridays from 5pm-9pm
Saturdays & Sundays - 10am - 6pm


And of course, you can buy your Christmas tree from Adams Fairacre Farms on Rte. 9 in Wappingers Falls. Adams offers a big selection of small or large trees, and walking through their tree nursery is always lovely at night.


Learn about 91 year old WWII Veteran, Ellsworth “Sparky” Wayman. Sparky sells Christmas trees from his New Windsor, NY home during the holiday season.

The Hudson Valley Women in Business group have decided to support this joy-giver and donate trees to local Hudson Valley families who cannot afford them otherwise. We reached out to Community Action Partnership in Poughkeepsie and Beacon to find households (with an emphasis on single-mother households) who are in need of trees.

Learn more from their GoFundMe page.

Happy Holidays!