Get in the Holiday Spirit in the Hudson Valley

Now that Thanksgiving has passed it is officially time to spread some holiday cheer! Students will start decorating their dorms and of course we have our famous Marist Christmas tree, but there are so many other festive activities going on in the Hudson Valley. Finals can be stressful, so if you’re in need of some extra holiday spirit, check out this list:

  1. Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival in Wappingers Falls, NY

A holiday tradition in the Hudson Valley for 14 years now, the Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival opens on November 30th and will run every weekend until December 29th! Be prepared to see light shows, the North Pole, plays with your favorite Christmas characters, plenty of treats, and of course Santa Claus! Admission is $16, and you don’t want to miss out on this holiday fun!

  2. Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck, NY

On Saturday, Decmber 1st Rhinebeck will be hosting it’s day-long winter celebration! The day-long event will feature children’s workshops, dances, music, art, food, and shopping. End the night at 6pm with a parade featuring two-story tall puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers. Don’t forget your camera!


Photo Credit: Sinterklaas Event Website

       3. Christmas Open House at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY

What is one thing college students love more than anything? The word free. The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY is throwing their annual holiday celebration, and it won’t cost you a thing! From 9am to 7pm on Sunday, December 2nd you can take a tour of the mansion and see all the beautiful Christmas decorations and trees. It’s free admission and you don’t need a reservation. All you need is some friends and some holiday spirit!


 4. Holiday House Hunt at the Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY

Looking for a more interactive activity? The Locust Grove Estate is hosting a Holiday Scavenger Hunt through their historic mansion! Each team is given a special poem to guide them as they find clues in each room to discover each room’s theme. The event will take place on Sundays in December from 12-4pm, and admission is only $8! Will your team be the champions?

       5. Christmas Light Display in Lagrangeville, NY

It is the season of giving, and the Christmas Light Display in Lagrangeville, NY is a great way to give back this year. Not only do you get to enjoy beautiful Christmas lights, but all the proceeds collected on December 14th and December 15th will be donated to the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Stop by between 5pm and 10:30pm to see over 600,000 lights and give back to the local community!

These are only 5 of the incredible events you can be a part of this Holiday season in the Hudson Valley. So grab your friends and some hot chocolate, and head over to one of these special events to spread some Holiday cheer!



About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 384 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (8th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees. 

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