The Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens takes place from December 12 through January 3, 2021, and is free, outdoors, socially distanced, and requires face masks. Photo courtesy of the Gardens
The Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Gardens takes place from December 12 through January 3, 2021, and is free, outdoors, socially distanced, and requires face masks. Photo courtesy of the Gardens

Free Things To Do This Holiday Season in Westchester

The holiday season can cost a pretty penny any year, but in 2020 these costs could feel like more of a pinch with the economic fallout from COVID-19. And who doesn’t love a bargain? With that in mind, we’ve scoured Westchester and the Hudson Valley for FREE holiday activities and Christmas events to keep spirits high and expenses low.

If you’re willing to pay admission fees, don’t miss our roundup of must-do holiday attractions for Westchester kids. Additional resources for planning a festive season can also be found in our Holiday Guide, which highlights local holiday markets, Polar Express and Christmas train rides, a drive through the new Westchester Winter Wonderland, and other delights.

As always, keep a close watch on our Event Calendar to stay up-to-date on new listings, both in-person and virtual.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.


Old Field Preserve
39 Mead Street
Waccabuc, NY 10597

Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park (Grove St. entrance)
211 Route 416
Montgomery, NY 12549

21 North Kensico Avenue
White Plains, NY 10603

Downtown White Plains
Waller Avenue between Lyon Place and Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Downtown Katonah
Katonah Avenue
Katonah, NY 10536

Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road
Montrose, NY 10548

Larchmont, NY 10538

Wilcox Memorial Park
Route 199
Stanford, NY

Bedford Village Green
14 Pound Ridge Road
Bedford, NY

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Untermyer Park & Garden
945 N. Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701

Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Rockwood Hall
125 Phelps Way
Plesantville, NY 10570

ERDAJT Holiday Light Display
8 Patrick Drive
LaGrangeville, NY

Bruschi Christmas
5 Madre Decristo Road
Walkill, NY

Christmas on Colden Hill
125 Colden Hill
Newburgh, NY

Watt Christmas Wonderland
310 Scotchtown Road
Goshen, NY

Christmas on the Mountain
64 Fawn Hill Road
Tuxedo, NY

Orange County Arboretum
41 Grove Street
Montgomery, NY 12549
Sunday Strolls
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - 10:00 AM Pick
Holiday Market at Bethel Woods
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - 11:00 AM Pick
Holiday Small Gift Show
Howland Cultural Center - 1:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides