Hudson Valley Holidays: Dickens’ Christmas Carol Plus Special Thanksgiving Weekend Tours at Sunnyside

Did you catch master storyteller Jonathan Kruk on CBS Sunday Morning back in September? Now is your chance to see his craft up close and personal at Historic Hudson Valley’s Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, plus Saturdays Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Following up on sold-out performances of Irving’s “Legend” in October, Kruk will once again welcome visitors into the historic, candlelit interior of the circa-1685 Old Dutch Church. This lively re-telling, complete with musical accompaniment, brings to life Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Parking for the event is across the street at Philipsburg Manor, where attendees can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. Visitors may also browse for holiday gifts at the Philipsburg Manor Museum Shop, which is packed with special Hudson Valley holiday merchandise that can’t be found at traditional retailers…not even Amazon!

Performances are at 4, 5:15, 6:30, and 7:45pm on each of the six nights. Seating in the church is very limited and tickets may be purchased in advance at www.hudsonvalley.org. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children under 18. Members of Historic Hudson Valley receive a $5 discount per ticket.

Thanksgiving weekend at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside

On Thanksgiving weekend, get a double dose of historic holiday festivities by combining a performance of “Christmas Carol” with a daytime visit to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, which is offering  “Holiday Premiere” tours Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25, from 10-4pm. On this weekend, the romantic homestead of America’s “Founding Father of Literature” is fully decorated for the holidays in authentic period style. Costumed guides lead visitors through the home and talk about historic traditions of the winter holidays. Hands-on workshops for children add holiday cheer to the festivities. Admission to Sunnyside is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3 and for Historic Hudson Valley members. Sunnyside is at the end of West Sunnyside Lane in Tarrytown.
For information and tickets to both events: 914-366-6900, www.hudsonvalley.org.

[blockquote class=blue]Sunnyside and Philipsburg Manor are part of the network of sites owned and operated by the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley. Old Dutch Church is owned and operated by the Friends of Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground. [/blockquote]

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