Dutchess County 2014 Tree Lighting Ceremonies - Daily Hudson Valley News

Dutchess County 2014 Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Let us take you away to another time and place! The air is crisp and the night is clear. A smell of gingerbread comes wafting by from the bakery nearby. Perhaps a little snow starts to fall, as the carolers sing familiar tunes, and then all at once the lights come on, and the beautiful tree is lit! It’s magical every time, and it happens all throughout Dutchess County this holiday season. Come and be a part of our small town and not-so-small city celebrations this year! Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces shows just how wonderful these seasonal festivities are, for both visitors and residents of these communities. Some include making stories and crafts, and there are several parades, the lighting of the artistic Bicycle Tree in Beacon, and a parade followed by fireworks in Poughkeepsie! All events are free.

Friday, December 5
Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks. Marching musicians, giant puppets, classic cars, motorcycles, scouts, floats, fire engines, dignitaries – all tossing candy – and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles. Watch for Santa Claus on a fire engine. The parade starts at 6:30pm on Main & Garden Streets and proceeds to the first Christmas tree lighting on Main, near Market St. The parade proceeds down Main to Clover St., where it convenes at Dongan Square Park for the second tree lighting. At 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks present a winter fireworks display along the waterfront. At this time the third tree is lit at the center of the Walkway over the Hudson, which opens its eastern gate to those interested in viewing the fireworks from high above the Hudson River. Nonmembers are asked to donate $5. Check at www.walkway.org  for more info. The Bardavon screens “The Muppet Movie” after at 8pm, $6. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. www.Bardavon.org

Friday, December 5
“Parade of Lights” with Santa & Millbrook Tree Lighting. Two holiday traditions are combined for a wonderful twilight event. The tree lighting ceremony is at the Tribute Garden Park entrance on Franklin Ave. 6:15pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the Millbrook fire truck, leading a Parade of Lights of lighted floats and vehicles, traveling to the bandshell where hot food and beverages will be available. Live nativity scene, ice skating rink & carolers await. Traditional Santa Night follows the parade at the firehouse. Co-sponsored by Town of Washington Recreation Commission & Millbrook-Town of Washington Business Association. www.village.millbrook.ny.us and www.washingtonny.org

Friday, December 5
Pawling Tree Lighting/Decemberfest. Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive with their reindeer to light the Christmas tree. Enjoy choral music, hot chocolate and cookies, and the festive charm of an old-fashioned village Christmas. Holiday sales and specials continue throughout December. 6pm. Sponsored by Pawling Chamber of Commerce. 845-855-0500. www.Pawling.org

Saturday, December 6
Village of Fishkill Holiday Party and Tree lighting. Village Hall, 1095 Main Street. Children’s crafts, Petting Zoo, refreshments and pictures taken with Santa. 3-5pm. Christmas tree is lit at historic Van Wyck Hall. 5pm. Free. 845-897-4430. www.VOFishkill.com

Saturday, December 6
Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck! A day-long, colorful celebration of dance, theatre and music all through the village. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. Kings and Queens of the celebration, children wear crowns they made and carry their branches in the Parade. A non-denominational event based on the town’s Dutch heritage, Sinterklaas joins people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the season. All day long, activities & performances of all types in churches, civic halls, Beekman Arms, and plenty of entertainers in the streets of Rhinebeck. Free. www.Sinterklaas.org

Saturday, December 6
Holiday of Lights Parade. Town Hall, 26 Town Hall Rd./Rte. 82, Stanfordville. Parade of lighted floats and vehicles; lighting of the town’s holiday tree. Visits with Santa and gifts for kids at the party afterwards at the firehouse. Sponsored by Lions Club & Ladies Auxiliary. Parade 6pm. Free. 845-868-1366. www.TownofStanford.org

Saturday, December 6
Festival of Lights. Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Rd. Town of Union Vale (Lagrange). Brighten this holiday season as the town once again flips the switch to nearly 150,000 LED lights. 6:30pm. In an effort to not just brighten the sky, but also the spirits of area families in need, they’ll collect non-perishable food donations and unwrapped toys to be dispersed to food banks and toy drives. Dinner with Santa is from 3:30-6:15pm; reservations required. The lights stay on from 4pm – 10pm daily through January 4. 845-724-5691. www.UnionValeNY.us

Saturday, December 6
Christmas Tree Lighting. Schlathaus Park, cor. of Myers Corners & All Angels Hill Rds., Wappingers Falls. Come and join a fun, old-fashioned, family event with refreshments, Christmas carols and gifts for the kids. And, of course, the guest of honor, the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, who arrives on a fire truck! Sponsored by the Town of Wappinger Recreation Department & Committee. 5-7:30pm. 845-297-0720. www.TownofWappinger.us

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