Tree Lighting Celebrations to Kick Off the Holidays in Westchester

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The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to herald its arrival than with a grand (or cozy) holiday tree lighting? You don't have to head to Rockefeller Center to enjoy that holiday magic. Many events in Westchester have live music, toasty refreshments, a visit from Santa himself and—in some cases—some extra bells and whistles.

We’ve rounded up several tree lighting festivities, starting as early as this weekend(!) and ranging from grand celebrations to cozier small-town affairs. 

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Annual Tree Lighting Celebration - Yonkers
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Head to the Cross County Shopping Center as a 40-foot Christmas tree is lit. This is the first tree-lighting event in Westchester for the season. There’s also live music and entertainers—and even a parade!

Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting - Bronxville
​Friday, December 1, 2017
Enjoying caroling, hot beverages and a parade led by Frosty the Snowman!

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting- Chappaqua
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Enjoy the tradition of a holiday open house, tree lighting, visit with Santa, a sing-along and an old-fashioned craft workshop in this town-wide festivity.

Annual Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting - Yorktown
Saturday, December 2, 2017
For some flashier fun, this event goes beyond tree lighting to include the Holiday Electric Lights Parade Spectacular—featuring a visit from Santa! 

Irvington Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony- Irvington
Saturday, December 2, 2017
This event begins with a live musical performance, followed by a tree-lighting ceremony and refreshments.

Tuckahoe's Winterfest – Tuckahoe
Saturday, December 2, 2017
This festive tree-lighting event goes all out with an outdoor ice skating rink and holiday music. (Bring your own skates.) The event even continues the next day!

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - Tarrytown
Saturday, December 2, 2017
After the annual lighting of the holiday tree, take the kids to visit Santa next door.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting- Pound Ridge
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Scotts Corners is transformed into a glittering holiday wonderland, compliments of Pound Ridge Business Association. Gather in front of the firehouse to wait for Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree.

Tree Lighting - Katonah
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Enjoy the annual tree lighting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights Tree Lighting- White Plains
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Ring in the season as the Mayor of White Plains lights the city’s holiday tree. Enjoy carolers, music, refreshments and visits with Santa.

This was originally posted in 2014 and has been updated for 2017.

Image credit: Cross County Shopping Center