Getting the holidays off to a good start

With many people taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, we at WAG thought we’d give you – and ourselves – a break with some ideas for a fun-filled weekend.


Yorktown Stage presents “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic with music by Westchester County resident Alan Menken, a nine-time Oscar winner, and book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent. The production stars Jeff Schlotman of Pleasantville as Scrooge, Jay Howard of New Fairfield as Marley’s Ghost and Veronica Decker of Yorktown as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The Yorktown Stage creative team returns, with August Abatecola as director, Carrie Silvernail as choreographer, Barry Liebman as producer and Stephen Ferri as musical director.


As in the past, Yorktown Stage has cast Westchester actors to complement a dozen or so New York City professionals. The 18 children in the cast range in age from 8 – 18 and reside in Carmel, Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, Mahopac, Scarsdale, Somers and Yorktown.


“A Christmas Carol” runs through Nov. 30 with Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving Friday performance at 2 p.m.


Yorktown Stage is located in the Yorktown Community Cultural Center, at 1974 Commerce St. (off Veterans Road) in Yorktown Heights. Tickets are $26; $24 for Yorktown residents, $21 for senior citizens and students, $19 for children under age 12. Group discounts are available. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 914-962-0606.


DreamWorks Animation has chosen Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center to host its only “DreamPlace” in the Northeast, the completely reimagined “Mall Santa” experience. Through Dec. 24. Free to the public. Westchester’s Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers; 914-207-2900,


The New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” the granddaddy of all “Nuts,” at the David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 3. 20 Lincoln Center Plaza;


The first-ever “Westchester’s Winter Wonderland” transforms the Kensico Dam Plaza into a holiday festival with more than 2.5 million LED lights in a one-hour long continuous show choreographed to holiday music through Jan. 4. Kensico Dam Plaza, Park Drive West, Valhalla;


“Coiled and Decorated: Native American Pottery,”including pieces by legendary potter Maria Martinez, is at the Bruce Museum through March 29. One Museum Drive, Greenwich; 203-869-0376,


For more holiday fun, check out WAG’s December issue. And to all our readers, a Happy Thanksgiving!—Georgette Gouveia

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