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Peekskill is Full of Holiday Events this weekend

From reindeer runs to Christmas tree lightings, Peekskill will be shining bright with events in this weekend roundup

Friday, December 1st

Two events kick off the weekend. 


At 7:00pm, Studio in Exile at Hudson Valley MOCA presents “The Last Five Years. This musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt. It tells the story of their relationship and explores the joys and struggles of love, pursuing individual dreams, and the complexities of maintaining a relationship over time. Tickets cost $40. For a limited time, use code STIE5 for $5 off the price of admission. But don’t wait, seating is limited and there are only seven shows. You can catch “the Last Five Years” on December 1 & 2 at 7pm, December 9th at 7pm, and December 10th at 3pm. The final shows occur on December 16th at 3 & 7pm and December 17th at 3pm.

At 5:00pm, Muscoot Farm presentsHoliday Lights on the Farm. Visit animals, like Regina the Donkey, inside of decorated barns as you follow along with a holiday story while participating in a variety of activities along the way! Registration is required. General admission is $6 per person, free for children 2 and under. Enjoy this limited family fun event on Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 5-8pm.



Saturday, December 2nd

Saturday is jam packed full of events for everyone!


At 9:00am, the 3rd Annual Reindeer Run will start at the Peekskill Central Firehouse. Registration is free with the donation of an unwrapped toy. To find out more visit this Peekskill Herald article: RUN RUDOLPH RUN! Reindeer Run to benefit local kids & pantries.

From 11:00 to 7:00 pm the Peekskill Arts Alliance Holiday Boutique will be at The Artist Spot, 925 South St. The annual Holiday Boutique is a great event for PAA artists to come together, celebrate the season and sell their work. Extraordinary artists will be selling small works and fine crafts. perfect for holiday gifts. Artists like Audrey Medd, Candace Winter, Karen Nelson, Liz Patterson, Whatdafunk Clothing, and  many more artists and vendors will be there! The event is free and will take place on Saturday 12/2 from 11-7 pm, with a reception from 5-7pm, and doors open again on Sunday 12/3 from 11-5 pm.


From 2:00 – 4:00 pm, the Lincoln Depot Museum presents Christmas in 19th Century America – with Historian Juanita Leisch. Christmas celebrated by Americans today appears to be a combination of custom and sentiment that goes back centuries. But in many regards, this is not so. So how did Americans celebrate this holiday – even before it was a holiday? What traditions were developed? How did customs differ between the rich and the poor, on the home-front and on the battlefield, during the 1820s and the 1890s. For more answers than questions, attend this event and find out. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-museum members.

At 2:00 pm, the Peekskill Museum presents The Mothball Fleet on the Hudson with author Anthony Mussso. Were you around when the “Mothball Fleet” aka World War II “Liberty Ships” lined up from 1946 – 1971 along the Hudson River’s west shore at Jones Point? At its peak in July 1965, 189 vessels were anchored at Jones Point. These cargo vessels accomplished vital supply tasks during several wars  including World War II, Korea and Vietnam. To find out more answers than questions, join Anthony Musso, author of MOTHBALL FLEET ON THE HUDSON: The Post-World War II National Defense Reserve at the Peekskill Museum. The event is free to Peekskill Museum Members and $10 at the door for non-members.

Also at 2:00 pm, the Peekskill NAACP & New Era Creative Space present Stress Management & Effective Communication at the United Methodist Church of Peekskill. Using interactive activities and discussions, New Era Creative Space Facilitators help attendees gain practical stress management techniques, communication skills, and peace-building strategies to implement in their daily lives. Space is limited so make sure to register for the event here

Peekskill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2017. Photo courtesy of Ocean Morisset

At 4:00 pm, the City of Peekskill, the Peekskill Bid and the Hudson Valley Chamber of Commerce present the Annual Peekskill Holiday Tree Lighting. Bring the family, join the fun, sing holiday carols and countdown to One. To learn more view the article Decades of Peekskill Tradition Continues with Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Finally at 8:00pm, the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater presents: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox- Life In The Past Lane Tour. Postmodern Jukebox’s Life In The Past Lane Concert Tour is a celebration of the greatest 20th century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for the perfect patina of “vintage” and “modern.” Tickets range from $48-80. Visit the Paramount Hudson Valley for tickets and more information.


A few honorable mentions in some of our neighboring towns. 


From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the Croton Free Library presents a Northeast Etsy Artists Collective Holiday Market. For the third year in a row, the Northeast Etsy Artists Collective — plus local guest artists — join together for an artisans’ market in the Ottinger Room at the Croton Free Library. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Library.  

From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm the 27th Annual Holiday Artists Boutique will occur at The Stanley Kellerhouse Municipal Building in Croton. Once again, the Croton Artisans are hosting their immensely popular Holiday Boutique. The Croton Artisans will be selling handcrafted items including jewelry, Japanese paper art, scarves and fashions, and paintings. Guest artisans this year will offer lovely handmade wood cutting boards, soaps and hand salves, knitting, photography, collage, glass work and pottery. You can catch the event on December 2nd from 10:00am – 6:00 pm & Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Finally from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, the West Point Band presents: The West Holiday Show at the Eisenhower Hall Theater. Ring in the holidays with the very merry musicians of the West Point Band. The West Point Holiday Show is wholesome family fun for all ages, featuring a variety of seasonal hits from classic carols to contemporary jingle-bell-rock n’ roll. Sing along in celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the magic of the winter season. Plus, this show includes West Point holiday classics that you won’t hear anywhere else! There are two shows: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. The show is free and no tickets are required. 


Sunday, December 3rd

Sunday Funday has a few things that will make the day fly by.


From 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, the Taconic Road Runners will host a Cross Country Relay Race and a Couples Race at Blue Mountain Reservation. The Cross Country Relay Race will consist of a 3 mile course that 3 person teams must complete. Registration is $45 per Team and $15 if no team is selected. The Couples Race is a 2 mile loop that couples will compete together in. Registration for this event is $25 per couple. 

From 11:00 to 5:00 pm the final Peekskill Arts Alliance Holiday Boutique will be at The Artist Spot, 925 South St.


Photo courtesy of Let It Shine

From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm the Let It Shine Foundation will host its annual Holiday Market and Toy Donation at the Mt. Carmel Hall in Verplanck. From 1:00 – 2:00 pm The Mt. Carmel Society will be hosting Dominick the Donkey at Mt. Carmel Field just outside of the Mt.Carmel Hall.  Attendees will discover so many things at this amazing event including, over 20 vendors selling gifts for the Holidays, live music, food and a special guest appearance by Santa. Bring your Letters to Santa, see Dominick the Donkey and shop for gifts. In addition to all of that, the Let it Shine will also be hosting a New Toy Donation Drive. Click here to view a video reel of last years Holiday Market.

At 1:00 pm, the NY Archaeological Association will host an Underwater Archaeology of the Hudson River Lecture at the Croton Point Park Nature Center. Learn about submerged indigenous archaeological deposits and over 400 years of shipwrecks as Dr. Daria Merwin  discusses some of the sites that until recently were hidden from view beneath the Hudson River’s surface. 

Finally, at 7:00 pm the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will host: Beatles vs. Stones- A Musical Showdown. The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history – which band is the greatest? These two legendary bands will engage in a musical “shoot out of the hits” featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road, and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show. Tickets range from $40-70. Visit the Paramount Hudson Valley for tickets and more information.



Have a safe and enjoyable Weekend.

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]