Holiday celebrations in the Hudson Valley, Sunnyside, Van Cortlandt Manor, Philipsburg Manor plan special Thanksgiving programs

The Hudson Valley holiday season kicks off Thanksgiving weekend at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown, Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, and Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, with special activities planned for the long holiday weekend.

Costumed guides will present themed tours that focus on historic traditions of the winter holidays.

imagesAll sites are open for these special tours Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30, from 10-4 p.m.

All Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor tours throughout Thanksgiving weekend and December are holiday -themed, and the sites are fully dressed in traditional holiday attire. Van Cortlandt Manor also offers evening candlelight tours on selected December weekends. Philipsburg Manor, in keeping with its history as a farm and commercial center, retains its rustic look throughout the season.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunnyside visitors will be treated to an amusing, lively, and family friendly version of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, courtesy of Toni Rubio’s Living Museum Company. Performances will take place at 12, 1, and 2:30 on Friday and Saturday (no performances on Sunday). In addition, families can enjoy traditional Christmas decorations and special children’s activities, including helping craft a gingerbread replica of Sunnyside and Victorian-style greeting cards and Christmas tree ornaments.

Visitors to Philipsburg Manor can enjoy colonial games, milling, coopering, wheat threshing, colonial tool activities, a make-and-take weaving activity, cooking, special interactive, kid-friendly house tours, and more.

Visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor can view and take part in early American post-harvest, pre-holiday activities, including candle and soap making, apple cider pressing, and open hearth cooking.

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