Westchester County Tourism & Film Presents A Winter Wonderland

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“Meet Me in Westchester” for Everything You Need for A Happening Holiday Season

Westchester County Tourism & Film (WCTF) today announced a line-up of fabulous fun-filled events and spectacles that will make any holiday season truly sparkle! Days filled with music, art and theatre and rest up for more while taking advantage of fantastic hotel packages and unique dining experiences. From quick day trips to extended long weekends, Westchester County, the first stop in the Hudson Valley, is an easily accessible destination with so much to offer.

“Westchester County offers something for everyone during the holiday season, from family concerts and storytelling to theatre, great food and outdoor fun,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Make a weekend of it and take advantage of our fabulous restaurants and hotels. There really is so much to do here, so tell your friends and family to ‘Meet Me in Westchester’ and have fun experiencing it all.”

Here is a sampling:

Ring In The Holiday With Song
From concerts to family sing-alongs, the holiday in Westchester is alive with music! Make sure to find time to make it to one of the nine concerts in the Holiday Tea Musicale at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts http://www.caramoor.org. Each concert of holiday music includes an audience sing-along and is followed by a formal tea. Catch the Westchester Philharmonic’s Winter Pops: A Broadway Romance, where stars of Broadway sing their way through musicals past and present westchesterphil.org. Enjoy a Messiah sing with the Westchester Choral Society December 9 at the Music Conservancy of Westchester musicconservatory.org.

Family Fun
Visit Lyndhurst where Charles Dickens comes alive to tell A Christmas Carol during November and December Lyndhurst.org. This staged production performed throughout the gothic revival mansion ends with cider and cookies. Celebrate the homecoming of America’s favorite snowman Frosty, at “Frosty Day” in Armonk on December 8 ArmonkFrosty.com. Activities include a scavenger hunt and frosty cartoons at the North Castle Public Library. Visit Scarsdale for a tree lighting that gives back on December 7, when the mayor and Santa will be on hand, complete with hot chocolate and carolers, to help collect funds for Hurricane Sandy victims http://www.scarsdalechamber.org/holiday-tree-lighting-0. Head over to The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester December 10, 11 & 12 at 6pm in White Plains and celebrate Hanukkah with a menorah lighting in the lobby while listening to the Solomon Schechter Lower School choir sing Hanukkah songs and feast on potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and chocolate 914 467-5826. Feeling adventurous? Grab a sled and get all the details on Westchester’s top rated sledding hills

Warm Up Your Holiday Dining
As the first stop in the Hudson Valley, Westchester is home to nearly 900 restaurants serving every type of cuisine for every budget. From fine dining to riverside restaurants to food trucks, there is something for every palate in Westchester. Warm up with fireside dining at Massa’ in Scarsdale with one of the grandest fireplaces in the county and enjoy delicious Southern Italian cuisine in a beautifully restored 100 year-old building massascarsdale.com. A roaring fireplace also lights the room of the charming Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown prattsinn.com, The Farmhouse at Bedford Post in Bedford BedfordPostinn.com and Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, where the fireplace is part of the original building and dates back to 1800 kittlehouse.com. Take the kids for a sweet treat at Bread & Cocoa in Larchmont for their signature thick hot chocolate 914 834-6464; Lola’s Tea House in Pelham for their children’s tea complete with sandwiches, scones and desert lolasteahouse.com or Café Mirage in Port Chester for their famous bread and butter pudding with caramel sauce Cafemirageny.com.

Stay & Play
Make it a weekend! Stay at one of the County’s many hotels. Enjoy 2 nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester and take advantage of their ‘Celebrate With You’ package. For $339 night get a deluxe room with two roundtrip tickets to Grand Central Station to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and a $50 breakfast credit for two http://www.ritzcarlton.com. Enjoy accommodations at Tarrytown House Estate’s King Mansion, an historic mansion dating back more than 165 years, and with it breakfast for two and admission to the reading of “A Christmas Carol” by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. The reading takes place in the historic Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow and features live music, hot chocolate, cider and cookies Tarrytownhouseestate.com. Explore the quaint and charming village of Sleepy Hollow when booking a Romance Package at the Westchester Marriott; $139-$199 for two. Toast the holiday with complimentary champagne and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two before heading out Marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycwe-westchester-marriott.

Feeling adventurous? Be a crime solver and take part in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Tarrytown’s New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Celebration DoubleTree.Hilton.com/Tarrytown. For $349 per couple, you can solve a murder while you enjoy a cocktail hour with passed hors D’oeuvres, buffet dinner, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. Then dance the night away with the DJ and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Recover from the night’s festivities with a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.

This holiday season, make sure Westchester County makes it onto your list of destinations to visit. Whether you’re looking for romance, a fun-filled getaway with the kids or a beautiful, historic sojourn in the country, Westchester County has it all.

For the latest events and happenings, log onto http://www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 800.833.9282.

About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by promoting Westchester County as a desirable business and leisure destination. The role of Tourism & Film is to promote and coordinate tourist-related activity within Westchester County. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a Division within the County Executive’s Office of Economic Development.

For more information, log onto visitwestchesterny.com or call 800.833.9282.

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