Beary Merry Holiday Party
10:30 a.m. Trailside Zoo
3006 Seven Lakes Drive
Meet at the bear den to make treats for the bears and watch them explore their decorated enclosure. Cost: $1 per person
Cold Spring Aglow
4:30 – 8 p.m. Main Street
More than 1,000 candle-lit paper lanterns will line the thoroughfare from Route 9D to the waterfront bandstand in this event sponsored by the village and the Chamber of Commerce. The highway department, C&E Paints and Pidala Landscaping provided sand (for weight) and supplies, the fire department opened its meeting room for the assembly line and volunteers from the Walter Hoving Home and elsewhere put together the luminaries. Rain date: SUN 23.
North Highlands Santa Run
Noon – 3 p.m.
Santa’s sleigh makes stops to visit with children along two routes. See highlandscurrent.org/santa for times and stops.
A Christmas Carol
6:30 p.m. Hudson House | 2 Main St.
845-265-9355 | hudsonhouseinn.com
A dinner-theater production with Theatre on the Road and Victorian carolers. Cost: $75
7 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1 Chestnut St. | 845-228-4167
The vocal chamber group will perform selections from its debut CD, A Christmas Feast, and other holiday songs. John Drew accompanies on organ. Cost: $20 donation
1 – 3 p.m. The Gift Hut | 86 Main St.
Kat and Stephen Selman perform holiday classics.
Retro Recipe Exchange
1 p.m. Howland Public Library
313 Main St. | 845-831-1134
Bring 20 copies of your favorite recipe to share. Free
Community Blood Drive
2:30 – 7 p.m. Beacon Elks Lodge
900 Wolcott Ave. | 800-933-2566
64th Annual Putnam Christmas Bird Count
As part of the annual Audubon
Christmas Bird Count, a tradition created by ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1900, the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society will conduct a census in Philipstown. Beginner birders welcome. The data helps assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation efforts. A group will gather at 6:30 p.m. to compile the results. Contact Charlie Roberto at 845-270-2979 or [email protected] to participate.
Army vs. Niagara (Men’s Basketball)
1 p.m. Christl Arena
845-938-2526 | goarmywestpoint.com
The Black Knights (5-7) are undefeated at home. Cost: $12
Westchester Knicks vs. Capital City Go-Go
7 p.m. Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave. | 914-995-4050
The Knicks’ minor-league squad takes on the Washington Wizards’ team. Cost: $14 to $125
Haldane vs. Chester (Boys’ Basketball)
2 p.m. Haldane | 15 Craigside Drive
845-938-2526 | haldaneschool.org
The Blue Devils host the Hambletonians. Free
Army vs. Connecticut College (Women’s Basketball)
1 p.m. Christl Arena
845-938-2526 | goarmywestpoint.com
The Black Nights (4-6) will host the Camels (8-2). Cost: $12
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
8:30 p.m. Towne Crier | 379 Main St.
845-401-4062 | townecrier.com
The band, formed in Sleepy Hollow nearly 20 years ago, will perform its annual Christmas show. Cost: $30 ($35 door)
7 p.m. Towne Crier | 379 Main St.
845-855-1300 | townecrier.com
The Beacon Dance Beat plays music from the 1960s to the present. Cost: $10
8:30 p.m. Towne Crier
379 Main St. | 845-855-1300
The band’s new album, Healing, recorded mostly in six days in Rhinebeck, is the first with a new member, Allison Olender, its first with four songwriters, and its first since shortening its name from Upstate Rubdown. Cost: $20 ($25 door)
4 p.m. St. Andrew’s Church
15 South Ave. | newburghchorale.org
Directed by Michael Saunders, the chorale will perform holiday music from the British Isles during its program “Make We Joy Now in This Fest.” Cost: $10 donation
KIDS & FAMILY
2 p.m. Butterfield Library | 10 Morris Ave.
845-265-3040 | butterfieldlibrary.org
Jonathan Kruk will share stories of the holidays, including “Santa on the Hudson” and “Hanukkah Bear.” Free
School Break Mini-Camp
9 a. m. – 3 p.m. Outdoor Discovery Center
100 Muser Drive | 845-534-5506 x204
Children ages 6 to 9 will meet a live animal, spend time outdoors and do crafts and other activities. Registration required. Also, THURS 27, FRI 28. Cost: $50 ($42 members)
Winter Break Fun
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 – 3 p.m. Boscobel
1601 Route 9D | 845-265-3638
These two-hour programs include a flashlight tour of the mansion. On WED 26 the activity is candle dipping/making and FRI 28 will be making a pomander ball. Reservations requested. Cost: $11 ($7 members)
Children’s Holiday Tea
Noon. Mount Gulian | 145 Sterling St.
845-831-8172 | mountgulian.org
Children will learn about Victorian tea traditions while enjoying afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones, breads and — of course — tea. Reservations required. Cost: $22 ($17 children)
STAGE & SCREEN
8 p.m. Paramount Hudson Valley
1008 Brown St. | 914-739-0039
The comedian, a U.S. Navy veteran whose real name is David Adkins, has performed stand-up for decades. “If you’re not happy before you’re successful, you’re going to be miserable when you do become successful because all your problems just get magnified.” Cost: $35 to $70
Cirque de la Lune
8 p.m. Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. | 845-765-3012
This repeat performance (the first was in June) is an original musical by Hayden Wayne with Kelly Ellenwood, Rhiannon and Rowan Parsaca, Leah Siegel and Michael Bonanno. Also SAT 29. Cost: $10
Searching for Bobby Fischer
11:30 a.m. Downing Film Center
19 Front St. | 845-561-3686
In this 1993 film, starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen and Ben Kingsley and nominated for an Oscar for cinematography, a chess prodigy hopes to become a champion who is better liked than the elusive Bobby Fischer. Rated PG. Cost: $9 ($8 students, $7 seniors, children, $6 members)