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Westchester County Tourism Recommends New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Winter Outdoor Attractions and Valued Hotel Offers Now Through 2016

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway.

With the final days of 2015 quickly approaching, welcome 2016 with a visit to Westchester County. A lineup of attractions, dining options and hotel packages for couples, families and friends are here as the winter season and the New Year makes way into to the Hudson Valley.

“Get outside and enjoy the winter weather with all the great activities Westchester County has to offer this season,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “From a variety of day trip activities to excellent hotel packages for long weekend stays, the county offers countless ways to enjoy the holiday season with friends and loved ones.”

Upcoming activities and events are highlighted below:

Celebrate New Year’s Eve
Light up the night at the 16th Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular in White Plains starting at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 – the biggest outdoor stage event in Westchester that ushers in the New Year. Main and Court Streets will be closed off for the celebration. Entertainment will be provided by a DJ and live music from Larger than Life, a group of versatile and nationally recognized performers who feature "The Ultimate Boyband Tribute," singing hits from The Jackson 5, The Beatles, The Temptations, Four Seasons, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and many more. Then, the City of White Plains will ring in the New Year with an illuminated ball drop, confetti and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. For New Year’s Eve Spectacular attendees 21 years and older, Heineken USA will provide free rides to residential destinations within Westchester County at the Safe Rides transportation stand on the corner of East Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com.

Create a magical evening with a loved one at Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will provide live Calypso music sounds from The Linc Band together with DJ Dave Patrick for diners to experience an evening to remember. Half Moon is the newest addition to the Fort Pond Bay Company family, serving casual yet sophisticated American cuisine. Located in Dobbs Ferry, on the Hudson River waterfront, Half Moon has become a Westchester favorite for enjoying steaks, raw bar, and fresh Montauk seafood with a view, sipping a specialty cocktail at our outside bar, or even attending a special private event. The music begins at 9:00 p.m. Half Moon is located at 1 High Street in Dobbs Ferry. To make a reservation, call (914) 693-4130. For more information, visit http://www.halfmoonhudson.com.

Ring in the new year with excitement at Empire City Casino and enjoy an extensive dinner buffet, a champagne toast and dance the night away with music by the Bobby Lynch Orchestra. Conveniently located in Yonkers and just minutes from New York City, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway offers more than 5,300 of the hottest slot machines, Electronic Roulette and Craps, a variety of restaurants, live entertainment, plus year-round, world-class, live harness racing and simulcast from the nation's leading racetracks. Empire City Casino is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers. To purchase tickets, call (914) 457-2457. For more information, visit http://www.empirecitycasino.com.

Get Outdoors
On December 30, visit the Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester County and learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families while also discovering why it’s a special time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the high desert of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as their pups prepare for their first winter season. Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as the Center’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration is required. The Wolf Conservation Center is located in South Salem. To register, visit http://nywolf.org/visit/program-calendar?task=individual_registration&event_id=1892.

Plan ahead and don’t miss Teatown’s River EagleFest at Croton Point Park on Saturday, February 6. Winter is the time of year when bald eagles return to the Hudson Valley in large numbers. The eagles tend to congregate while crossing the Croton River on Rte. 9A. Join Teatown’s 12th celebration. Amazing live raptor shows will be held throughout the day. Additional activities range from guided and independent eagle viewing, bus tours, storytelling, a tent with children’s programs and activities, bird walks and displays from 30 area organizations. Entertaining and educational shows take place all day under heated tents and food for purchase will be provided by the Wobble Café. Parking is free at the park. For more information and to purchase a discounted general admission ticket, visit http://www.teatown.org.

The second annual Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is underway and designed to be bigger and better this year with several new features for families to enjoy. The New York Rangers will sponsor the ice skating rink, which is the same size as the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. To be named “RangersTown,” the rink will give visitors the opportunity to meet New York Rangers alumni and receive fun giveaways. Other new features to the event include an amusement ride, a Shopping Village of artisan crafts and gifts, as well as a new heated entertainment tent with holiday programming to add to signature attractions that include the Santa Experience. For more information about Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, visit http://wwinterwonderland.com.    

Stay & Play
If planning to enjoy the Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular in White Plains, book an overnight stay at a hotel convenient to the celebration. Cambria Suites White Plains – Downtown is walking distance to downtown White Plains and just minutes from the Metro North train station to New York City. Cambria Suites offers the ideal location for a short or extended stay with 130 luxuriously appointed and thoughtfully designed suite. Cambria Suites White Plains – Downtown is located at 250 Main Street in White Plains. To make a reservation, call (914) 681-0500. For more information, visit https://www.choicehotels.com/new-york/white-plains/cambria-hotels/ny547.

If making plans for after the New Year, enjoy an array of overnight luxury hotel packages at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. Visitors can experience everything that makes the hotel, from the lavish amenities and luxurious suites to their award-winning dining and expansive spa. Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway from the city with someone special, celebrate the holidays with the entire family or simply add a special touch to your business travel. Try the Discover with You package or the Comfort Your package that allows you to leave the stresses of everyday life to concentrate on your wellbeing. The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is located at 1 Renaissance Center in White Plains. To make a reservation, call (914) 946-5500. For more information on the hotel’s luxurious overnight packages, visit ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Westchester/Reservations/Packages.

For the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto http://www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital-editions.mediatwo.com/westchester-destination.

About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

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