Activities to Enjoy
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Get your Hanukkah and Christmas shopping done in Westchester. Peruse the White Plains Holiday Market, open daily Dec. 5 through 19 featuring 62 artisanal vendors from around the Westchester area. Other holiday fairs include: Clay Art Center Clay Holiday Market, indoors Nov. 16 through Dec. 24, with a one-time outdoor event on Nov. 20; Pelham Art Center Holiday Boutique, Nov. 27 through Dec. 23; and a new Holiday Market at the New Rochelle Train Station, Dec. 3 through 12.
Faraway Farm in Yorktown Heights, raises award-winning alpacas and offers beautiful handmade alpaca products through its online store. In addition to homegrown yarn, it offers sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, socks, sofa throws and super-soft teddy bears.
Phat Olive in Katonah is the shop for your favorite foodie. They offer more than 30 varieties of oils and vinegars, a variety of accessories to accompany your oils, as well as custom gift baskets.
Greyston Bakery makes delicious desserts with an important story. Greyston’s mission is to create thriving communities through the practice of Open Hiring™, which hires workers without asking questions or making any judgements, giving opportunity to individuals who face employment barriers. Greyston bakes everything from scratch and is certified kosher and peanut-free.
Clay Art Center has a great selection of handmade goods for the art lover. Be sure to check out Clay Holiday 2020 (Live Nov 21- Dec 24) their annual sale features hundreds of pieces by local and nationally recognized artists. Shop online for ceramic pieces featuring ornaments, mugs, serving pieces and more.
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Create a Tradition
Plan your family holiday outings, including the new-to Westchester, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage, Dec. 3 through 19 at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings your favorite characters to life − all set to the original dialogue and musical score. After the final bow, the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. Get your tickets before it sells out.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland drive-thru holiday light extravaganza returns to Kensico Dam Plaza, Nov. 26 through Dec. 30. Bigger and better than ever with more lights, magical holiday animations and a live Santa. Guests will be delighted along the 1.2 miles of holiday lights with new Elf Disco, Peace on Earth LED display, and two new thirty-foot snowflakes to light up the largest holiday Christmas tree in Westchester. Extend your stay with convenient hotel options for every visitor.
Itineraries for every interest
From seasonal getaways that let you explore the best of Westchester to one-day, one-town excursions, we’ve created itinerary suggestions for every interest and travel style.
Discover the Westchester Farm Trail, a state-designated route connecting 13 farms and orchards across the county. Along the 17-mile trail, there’s no shortage of things to do including u-pick apples, farmer’s markets, and family-friendly activities. Taste the bounty of our region and support local farmers.
Tour the 62-acre grounds and gardens at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site in Katonah, home of the founding father and first Chief Justice of the United States.
Hike/bike/explore/picnic and enjoy the county’s natural beauty in Northern Westchester’s large parks –Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Mountain Lakes Park.
Stroll the wooded trails at Hilltop Hanover Farm, Muscoot Farm, one of our many County-operated nature preserves, or at Teatown Lake Reservation, which has 15 miles of hiking trails spread over 1,000 acres with lakes, streams, waterfalls, hardwood swamps, mixed forests and meadows.
Southern Westchester and Mid-County
Take a guided tour of Untermyer Gardens; Saturday through Monday a limited number of tours, with a maximum of ten people each, will be available. Advance tickets are required.
Enjoy nature at Greenburgh Nature Center, a 33-acre woodland preserve with trails, ponds, two significant wetland sites, and gardens.
Spend the day bird watching and picnic near a pond or stream on the 47 acres at Rye Nature Center. There are forests, fields, ponds and streams with 14 stations on a self-guided trail as well as a paved trail for seniors and disabled.
Explore the grounds of Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate. The 23-acre Jay property, overlooking Long Island Sound in Rye, was the boyhood home of New York State’s only native founding father, John Jay. It is part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, a National Historic Landmark and a stop on Westchester County’s African American Heritage Trail.
Hudson River Towns
Lyndhurst’s beautiful grounds make for a good walk, and they connect to the Riverwalk, spanning over 32 miles of the Hudson River shoreline.
Hike/bike/explore/picnic and enjoy the county’s natural beauty in the Hudson River Towns’ large parks – Croton Point Park and Blue Mountain Reservation.
Walk or bike on The Bridge Path on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, The 3.6 mi (each way) path — with six overlooks and amenities at each landing — offers an exciting and unique recreational experience. Each overlook was designed in partnership with the community and celebrates the rich history of the Hudson Valley. The two landings on either end of the bridge offer amenities including welcome centers, interactive displays, public art and restrooms. The landings offer access to the path for pedestrians to enter onto the bridge and continue to explore the overlooks on their way across the Hudson River. The Westchester Landing is located less than a mile from downtown Tarrytown. For a free mobile audio tour of the Bridge Path and more, check out Historic Hudson River Towns.
Hot culinary news
Six newcomers to the Westchester restaurant scene have made MICHELIN Guide’s Bib Gourmand list, announced May 6: Burrata (Westchester-Eastchester), Badageoni Georgian Kitchen (Westchester-Mount Kisco), Rafele Rye (Westchester-Rye), Boro6 Wine Bar (Westchester-Hastings-on Hudson), Macelleria Italian Steakhouse (Westchester-Pelham) and Tredici Social (Westchester-Bronxville).
Three more new restaurants are also catching an early buzz: The Blind Pig (White Plains) for its elevated cocktails, fine dining and speakeasy vibe; The Greekish (Harrison) for authentic meze and ouzo; and TBoy’s Bistro (Sleepy Hollow) for its sophisticated take on traditional bistro favorites.
Check out Westchester's first and only food truck park, 9A Eats. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with rotating food trucks. The site offers a safe dining experience with socially distanced picnic tables and hand sanitizer stations.
Westchester loves ice cream and has a long history starting with the iconic soft-serve maker, Carvel, which started here with a single ice-cream truck in 1929. Westchester is home to dozens of local gems and national chains alike – where you can indulge in many variations of this favorite food group: All-American ice cream cones and sundaes, Italian gelatos, Mexican paletas, frozen custards and yogurts. Find one near you, or plan a journey around Westchester County in search of the perfect scoop.
Visit a farmers market for great, fresh and locally produced and harvested food, including produce, meat and fish, baked goods, dairy and prepared food.
- Hilltop Hanover Farm Stand, Yorktown Heights
- John Jay Homestead Farm Market, Katonah
- Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
- Muscoot Farm, Katonah
- Fable Farm, Ossining (open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; Barnside Pickup Saturdays only.)
In the Arts
Check out ArtsWestchester’s Top 5 Arts Picks weekly for new arts events and cultural happenings throughout Westchester.
Our cultural partners are committed to keeping you entertained, informed and engaged with virtual tours, art talks, live concerts, and at-home activities to do with the family.
Meeting the alpacas, horses and donkeys at Faraway Farm Alpacas. Call the farm at (914) 962-2110 to arrange an educational and interactive private Zoom call.
Watching the wolves of the Wolf Conservation Center on their webcam.