A Great Place to Play!  

White Plains, NY: All that glitters isn’t gold, but plenty of holiday glitter can be found in New York’s “Golden Apple”!  Minutes north of New York City, enjoy old and new sparkling holiday traditions and be amazed by all the glitter.


Westchester is steeped in holiday traditions,” said Kim Sinistore, Director, Westchester County Office of Tourism, “Our special events and beautifully decorated estates, castles and mansions provide the perfect holiday experience.”


The glitter starts at County Center’s Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show, Dec. 5-7. www.countycenter.biz   During the first week of December, there are sparkling tree lighting ceremonies in Pound Ridge, Chappaqua, Peekskill, Tarrytown, White Plains and Katonah.


See the twinkle in their eyes as St. Nicholas and Black Peter visit the St. Nicholas Day Celebration, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers, Dec. 6. www.philipsemanorfriends.org 


The new sparkling holiday tradition is Winter WonderLights at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown.  This fantastic event will dazzle you with lights, color and sound. Inspired by Rip Van Winkle, this is a glittering vision of Rip’s 20 winters of sleep.

Dec. 11-14; 18-23; 26-30; Jan. 2-3. www.hudsonvalley.org


Holiday traditions continue with Fairy Tale Evenings at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown. Lavishly decorated rooms add a glow to live music and hot cider. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. www.lyndhurst.org


The Nutcracker returns to County Center Dec. 12-14.  Enjoy this glimmering holiday classic performed by the Westchester Ballet Company.  And kids of all ages will have gleams in their eyes at the Toy and Train Show, County Center, Dec. 14.  www.countycenter.biz


Twinkling Candlelight Tours and Twelfth Night festivities  can be enjoyed at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Dec. 20-21; 27-28. Holiday greens and fruit decorations, a harpist, a fiddler and a candlelit orchard – what a radiant holiday experience! www.hudsonvalley.org


Enjoy all that glitters this holiday season, The Westchester Way – New York’s” Golden Apple”. Gateway to the Hudson Valley and minutes north of New York CityA Great Place to Play!!

 For more information about fall events in Westchester County, visit www.westchestertourism.com  or contact the Westchester County Office of Tourism at (914) 995-8500/(800) 833-9282. #### Editor’s note:  Digital images are available for several events.  Contact Lydia A. Ruth at larx@westchestergov.com