Top *Holiday* Arts Picks: Events in Westchester this December

Top *Holiday* Arts Picks: Events in Westchester this December

Looking for arts events in Westchester this week? Here’s our curated guide to in-person and virtual arts happenings. The list below includes: exhibitions near you, kids activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, art galleries, arts festivals, artist workshops and more! Want more arts news? Read this month’s issue of ArtsNews here.

Please check with organizations to confirm event details.

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FRI: DEC. 3: Tree & Menorah Lighting in Scarsdale 

The Westchester Chordsmen Chorus will sing seasonal-favorite songs in concert to launch the tree and menorah lightings in Scarsdale. Over 30 members of the chorus will perform to share the joy of the season. Begins at 5pm. 

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FRI, DEC. 3 AND SUN, DEC. 5: Concert featuring Handel’s Messiah: Part I 

On Friday, New Choral Society will ring in the holiday season with its annual performance of G.F. Händel’s Messiah, Part I at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. This classical program will depict the prophecy of the Messiah and his virgin birth and conclude with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” This year, the Chorus also will offer a virtual viewing of the performance beginning December 8.

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SAT, DEC, 4: Steffi Nossen Dance Fall Showcase

A Fall Showcase, presented by the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, will bring the choreography of six diverse artists and a new dance debut to the Bethany Arts Community (BAC) in Ossining this Saturday. The audience will be guided through various locations within BAC to see different live performances while having the opportunity to see the art displayed in the galleries. Three will be a reception after the performances. Begins at 2pm.

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SAT, DEC. 4 & SUN, DEC. 5: African Holiday Marketplace

 This weekend, Luanagisa African Gallery’s Holiday Marketplace will offer a diverse collection of artisan-made products from Africa for sale. The featured items include home decor, fashion pieces, jewelry, art and more. Times vary.

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SAT, DEC. 4: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation & Ugly Sweater Sing-Along

Bedford Playhouse will screen the 1989 classic Christmas comedy film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation this Saturday. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, who plans to have a great Christmas with his entire family. However, when the Griswolds have their families over for the holidays, chaos and hilarity ensue. The screening will include cocktails, an ugly sweater contest and a holiday sing-along in the Playhouse Café. Begins at 7:30pm.

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MON, DEC. 6: Virtual Concert with Music from Copland House 

Next Monday, Music from Copland House will perform composer Sebastian Currier’s work, Verge, for clarinet, violin and pianoThe dynamic piece consists of nine brief movements that are each on the “verge” of some state, attitude or tempo. This virtual concert will include a brief introduction to the music and a live Q&A with the composer. Begins at 1pm.

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TUES, DEC. 7: Teen Tuesday Workshop: Holiday Ornaments

ArtsWestchester will host a free holiday-themed workshop for youth aged 12-16, as part of its Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program. Teaching artist Susan Rowe Harrison will guide students on how to create several festive holiday hanging ornaments using various materials. Begins at 4:30pm at White Plains City Center, 3rd floor.

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NOW THROUGH DEC. 31: Truth-Telling in honor of Native American Month

Through December 31, Studio Theater in Exile, located at Hudson Valley MOCA, presents Truth-Telling: Voices of First People, a virtual exhibition in honor of Native American Month. The exhibit features the works of eight contemporary Indigenous artists who present a counter-hegemonic view of Native people. The featured artists, all internationally known, express themselves in conceptual, figurative, multimedia and sculptural genres. The exhibit can be seen on www.studiotheaterinexile.com and www.HudsonValleymoca.org.

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NOW THROUGH DEC. 5:  Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia at Lyndhurst Mansion

Red Monkey Theater Group and M&M Performing Arts are offering performances of Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia, a new adaptation of the classic story by Arthur Conan Doyle, at Lyndhurst Mansion. The production follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at the inimitable Lyndhurst Mansion, where a mysterious masked visitor calls on them to assist in a matter of royal proportions. Performances will take place in the Blue Parlor of Lyndhurst Mansion through December 5. Times vary. 

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual and in-person events, click here.

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