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10 Things to do in December in Columbia County

Hawthorne Valley Annual Yuletide Fair

On Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Hawthorne Valley Annual Yuletide Fair. A festive holiday fair with activities for children, local craft and gift vendors, puppet shows, and the acclaimed gingerbread contest and auction. Fun for all ages! Admission is free. For more information visit

 Volunteer to Help the Salvation Army Red Kettles Ring in the Holidays

For more than ten years, The Salvation Army has been ringing bells at the familiar Red Kettles to make wishes come true for the less fortunate in Columbia and Greene Counties at Christmas and all year-round. Funds from the Red Kettles support ongoing programs to feed the hungry, provide aid for victims of disaster, counsel and send children to summer camp. Please take the time to offer a gift of hope to the homeless and hungry in our community, to volunteer 822-1602.

Holiday Tea Thyme

Enjoy Holiday Tea Thyme at the Thyme in the Country Bed & Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday in December. There will be two sittings: 12:00 – 1:30 pm and 2:00 – 3:30 pm. The Inn will be decorated with natural greenery and handmade decorations in an old fashioned holiday theme. Home baked cookies, cakes and savory rustic sandwiches using local, organic indredients will be served along with Verdigris Teas. You can enjoy tea and cakes, good conversation, lovely music and natural decorations. Call a friend and then call Thyme in the Country to reserve a table at 518-672-5623 or 518-672-6166. They are located at 671 Fish and Game Road in Hudson.

Hillsdale Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 1 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm Hillsdale will have a Tree Lighting in the Village Square (Rte 23/Anthony Street). Come and sing carols with the small choir, enjoy refreshments, and store holiday sales. Kids can go to the firehouse to see Santa.

Holiday Craft Fair

AJCF & Whittier’s 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Whittier Rehabilitation Center & Skilled Nursing Center located at 1 Whittier Way in Ghent. Crafts and food. There is a $5.00 lunch at noon of Turkey or Roast Beef Wraps with chips and a drink. Lunch tickets will be sold at the front desk of Whittier. Proceeds will benefit Columbia County Hospice and AJCF. For more information call Eileen Pastore at 518-281-1046.

Winter Celebration at Lindenwald

Get in the spirit of the winter season at Lindenwald on Friday December 7! The historic site will celebrate by getting “dressed up” for the season and with special tours of President Van Buren’s mansion. New this year The Victorian Carolers from Hurley, NY will be singing by the large bonfire burning brightly on the front lawn welcoming guests. The fire and cheerful singing will provide warmth and a picturesque setting for all. Visitors will only want to leave the fire to see the interior of Lindenwald which will be aglow with warm light and holiday floral arrangement created for the evening by the Kinderhook Garden Club. This annual Winter Celebration takes place on Friday December 7th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Admission to the house is free, but reservations for one of six “seatings” are a must in order to enjoy Lindenwald “fitted out” for the season by the members of the Kinderhook Garden Club. Reservations MUST be made by phone at 518-758-9689, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Valatie Winterwalk!

Village of Valatie will celebrate Winter with their annual Winterwalk on Saturday, December 8 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. It will begin with a spirited parade at 5:00 pm. It is a perfect night of family entertainment, music, tasty food, raffles, bargins and Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Main Street of Valatie. Come and celebrate the Holidays with us. Inclement weather date is Sunday, December 9.

Winterfest 2012 in Chatham!!

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, from 11am-4pm (snow date of December 16) Chatham will once again celebrate winter and the community spirit of the Chatham area. Scheduled activities throughout the day so far include: Horse and wagon rides throughout village, Caroling- come sing along with the group, children’s parade of stars with a brass band, Beer tasting with Chatham Brewing in their new location, Destino’s Taco Cart, Two bake sales, Santa, Saxophone Santa, Crafts-Make a beaded snowflake ornament, Free children’s movie at the Crandell, Cookie Contest and Holiday Window decorating contest. Please join the fun. If you would like to offer a holiday craft, taste of something yummy, discount on store items or any other activity, please let Marcia Cary (392.5252 or know as soon as possible! If you are not located on Main Street or Hudson Avenue but would like to participate, we will find a spot for you!

Candlelight Night in Kinderhook

On Friday, December 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm in Kinderhook the luminaries will light your way through the village to enjoy a little Holiday Cheer. Stroll along to visit local merchants or take a horse-drawn wagon ride on the village square. Don’t miss Santa Claus, Saxophone Santa, Tots the Clown, face painting, holiday carolers & live animals too! The Village Hall is hosting Teen Night upstairs. Free tours of Kinderhook’s historic churches, James Vanderpoel House, Columbia County Museum and library. A night filled with food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Sponsored by the KBPA. Visit them at

See a Show

Walking the dog Theater opens the last professional production of its 2012 Season with Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Camphill Center, 360 Warren Street in Hudson, December 21-24, 2012. This seasonal favorite, now a tradition for seven years with WTD and directed by Ted Pugh, is a performance of the timeless story by Charles Dickens. David Anderson dramatizes the story and its many characters in the intimate salon setting at 360 Warren St. Performances at The Camphill Center in Hudson will run Friday-Sunday, December 21-23 at 8pm and on Monday, Christmas Eve, the 24th, at 3pm. Walking the dog Theater is creating a capital campaign to offer the performances free of charge this year. Donations toward the free performances are gratefully appreciated.

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