winter activities and entertainment

An eclectic assortment of places to go and things to do this season!READING AT THE OSBORN: As part of the WellSpring Speaker series at The Osborn in Rye, New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline will address guests, answer questions and sign books on DECEMBER 6. Her latest novel, The Exiles (2020), captures the hardship, oppression, and hope of three women: two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl, in 19th-century Australia.

To reserve a seat, please email or call 914-925-8218.

ARTISAN HOLIDAY FAIR: The Grand Central Holiday Market will be open from NOVEMBER 13 through DECEMBER 24 (except for Thanksgiving Day) in Vanderbilt Hall. The six-week shopping stall extravaganza offers a variety of one-of-a-kind products from 40 local artisan vendors. Pick up unique gifts and items: from hand-made jewelry and glass ornaments, candles and soaps, chocolates, scarves and hats to handbags and leather goods, and much more. It’s just a train ride away!

WHO KILLED MAMA: When a play is titled Who Killed Mama Souprano, your interest has got to be piqued—as was ours! Apparently, Mama S. has been murdered and everyone wants a piece of her multi-million dollar Meatball Company.

Members of the audience will participate in the shenanigans and a few lucky theater-goers will take the stage at this interactive performance.

So come along for the ride and the reading of Mama’s Will at an evening of dinner theater, at Taormina Restaurant in Peekskill, on DECEMBER 9, from 7 to 9:30 PM. Tickets must be purchased through Hanging Cow Productions; call or text them at 917-603-8765.

A YULE LOG LESSON: The Bronxville Adult School has two tempting courses coming up. On DECEMBER 12, learn how to make a traditional Bûche de Noël or Yul Log for your holiday table. On DECEMBER 14, discover how to create two Italian comfort food dishes: Cacio e Pepe Risotto and Pancetta and Butternut Squash Risotto with Roasted Shrimp. Both are hands-on two-hour evening classes. Learn more at or call 914-395-0516.

NYBG COLOR AND LIGHT: NYBG Glow, an outdoor color and light experience will be returning for its fourth year in late November and assorted dates in December and January. On these evenings, the New York Botanical Garden’s iconic sites and buildings will shine with thousands of dazzling energy-efficient choreographed lights and sounds. View the Holiday Train Show on their Bar Car adults-only nights on DECEMBER 7 and 14, and JANUARY 5—complete with light bites and cocktails (for purchase), along with a rotating selection of food vendors.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Go to

SAINT PAUL’S ORGAN CONCERT: Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site will be hosting a series of presentations this season including: the Saturday, DECEMBER 16 Wreaths Across America program honoring service members, with a holiday recital by historic musician Erik Lichack and associates; a holiday concert on DECEMBER 23 by acclaimed organist Kathryn Jones, accompanied by soprano singers; and a DECEMBER 30 talk by historian and educator Maria Byrne on religion in colonial America. For the most complete list of events, go to

A TASTE OF LYNDHURST: Food historian and author of The Gilded Age Cookbook, Becky Libourel Diamond will bring visitors back in time to savor the culinary history of long-ago. The afternoon of Saturday, DECEMBER 17 will kick off with a Lyndhurst Mansion Tour, replete with holiday decorations but focusing on the dining room and kitchens. Guests will then return to the Carriage House to hear Diamond discuss her book. There will also be a tasting of items featured in the book.

To reserve your space, visit or call 1-888-718-4253.

O SOLO MIO: Tenor, songwriter, entertainer and Carnegie Hall headliner Anthony Nunziata is back at the Yorktown Stage with a special one-night-only concert, on DECEMBER 23, of his hit touring holiday show, My Italian Broadway Christmas! Nunziata will perform songs from the Italian and American songbooks, Broadway, and jazz/pop repertoires. The Brooklyn-born, Westchester County-raised and now Nashville-based Nunziata will also enchant the audience with his timeless original songs. Go to or call 914-962-0606.

TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM: The ABBA Experience will take over the Tarrytown Music Hall on Sunday, JANUARY 7, when you’ll be brought to your feet by this Direct from Sweden tribute band playing live. Witness the authentic attention to costumes, make-up, musical arrangements, movements and singing. Listen to hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Voulez-Vous” and more. (914-631-3390 ext. 100)

A WPPAC SPECIAL EVENT: Spanning a wide array of genres, from Broadway to pop, country, jazz and standards, Linda Eder will perform at White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, JANUARY 20. Tickets start at $60. Visit or call the box office at 914-328-1600. 

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