Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings for Holidays in Westchester

Tree and Menorah Lighting Celebrations Kick Off Hanukkah and Christmas in Westchester
Get into the holiday spirit at the Cross County Shopping Center Christmas Tree Lighting.  Photo courtesy of the shopping center

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to herald its arrival than with the lighting of Christmas trees and menorahs? You don't have to head to Rockefeller Center to enjoy that holiday magic.

Many tree lighting events in Westchester have live music, toasty refreshments, a visit from Santa himself and—in some cases—some extra bells and whistles. Menorah lighting celebrations include parties, music, and plenty of tasty treats. 

We’ve rounded up several lighting festivities, ranging from big celebrations to cozy, small-town affairs. 

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Tree Lightings


Watch the Christmas tree light up the night at the tree lighting at Horace Greeley House.  Photo courtesy of the event

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting – Chappaqua
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Take part in this holiday open house, which includes a holiday sing-along, old-fashioned crafts workshop, a visit from Santa, and lots more—including the chance to help get the tree ready for the season. The afternoon culminates with the tree lighting at Horace Greeley House at 5pm. 

Annual Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting – Yorktown
Saturday, December 1, 2018
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 1, 2018
This event begins with a live musical performance, followed by the tree-lighting ceremony and refreshments.

Tuckahoe's Winterfest – Tuckahoe
Saturday, December 1, 2018
This festive tree-lighting event goes all out with a holiday music and a visit from Santa—plus, it continues the next day with a petting zoo, and lots more! 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting  Tarrytown
Saturday, December 1, 2018
After the annual lighting of the holiday tree, take the kids to visit Santa next door.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – Pound Ridge
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Head to the Pound Ridge firehouse to see Santa and watch the tree lighting. FREE

Katonah Tree and Menorah Lighting – Katonah
Sunday, December 2, 2018
St. Luke's Church hosts its  annual tree and menorah lightings starting at 5:30pm. FREE

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The White Plains tree lighting has carolers, Santa, and holiday treats! Photo courtesy of the event

City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights Tree Lighting – White Plains
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Ring in the season as the Mayor of White Plains lights the city’s holiday tree. Enjoy carolers, refreshments and visits with Santa. FREE

Menorah Lightings

Hanukkah Village – Irvington 
Sunday, December 2, 2018
This town-wide celebration organized by Chabad of the Rivertowns includes a bubble show, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Critter Caravan, and tons more. The festivities culminate with a menorah lighting. 

Grand Hanukkah Celebration and Giant Menorah Lighting – Chappaqua
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Make a menorah, watch a magic show, and see the lighting of the giant menorah. All children will receive dreidels and gelt. FREE

Bedford Hanukkah Village and Menorah Lighting – Bedford
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Enjoy prizes, latkes, and doughnuts, and watch the menorah lighting on Village Green. FREE

Armonk Community Grand Hanukkah Celebration – Armonk
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
This celebration kicks off with a party and concludes with the lighting of a giant menorah in the park, where dreidels and gelt will be distributed to the children. FREE

Community Menorah Lighting – Tuckahoe
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Head to Depot Square for the menorah lighting at 6pm, and enjoy hot latkes, doughnuts, chocolate gelt, and dreidels. FREE

Hanukkah Gelt Drop – Eastchester
Thousands of chocolate coins will rain down at Memorial Park in this celebration that also includes a menorah lighting, music, hot latkes, and doughnuts. 

This was originally posted in 2014 and has been updated for 2018.