24 Nov 2017

Winter in Westchester

By Bob Marrone

The Great Outdoors

Some folks like to experience the winter up close and personal. They are happiest when they are out in the weather with the cold, crisp air in the faces, the snow under their feet and even with the falling snow over their heads.

Some will come for the skiing at Thunder Ridge in Patterson or one of the other fine locations. Others will opt for the vigorous workout that is cross country skiing that they will find at Rockefeller State Park. Still others, looking for the more intense exercise that is Snow Shoeing, will head for the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. The less inclined toward winter sports will take to the hiking trails at Croton Falls, just to name one the countless places to hike in our fair county.

There is plenty of Ice skating in here, too. The Ice Academy in Elmsford and the Skating Rink in Rye Playland are two that come to mind. And the Winter Wonderland at the Kensico Dam Plaza, which is discussed elsewhere in this guide, features an ice skating rink, erected for the duration of the event, where you can skate under the stars among the holidays lights, Christmas Trees and other festive shops and activities. Kids will love it, and adults will feel like children.

Outdoor activities are certainly not limited to sports. Many will head for Swan Lake at Rockefeller State Park. Animal lovers will want to visit the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem.


Maybe it’s just us, but food, sometimes along with an appropriate beverage, seems to taste better in a warm cozy restaurant when the temperature is freezing, snow is on the ground and the windows are sprinkled with frost. There are so many good restaurants in our County that we suggest you use our listings. Making a choice won’t be easy. Whether you like Italian, Asian, Continental or plain old Pizza, it’s all here. If you need gluten free, fat free or require Kosher, we have that too. Ribs, chicken, burgers… whatever you like.

Winter Entertainment for All

A clean little secret about Westchester is the range of entertainment we have here. From toddlers to teenagers, from Millennials to Baby Boomers, on up to seniors, there is something for everyone. Whether alone or with friends or family, you can’t help but find something that fits your taste. When you think about it, there is little reason to head out of the county during the winter months; unless you like riding the train or taking long drives for the same or less of what you can find is right here. It would be like looking all over the house for your keys when they are right in your pocket.

For every age and taste, what better place to go for the holidays than the Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam Plaza. Want to give the kids, or grandkids a special treat this season? Take them to the major attraction that is the Legoland Discovery Center. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be at the Tarrytown Music Hall, and the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck will feature Angelina Ballerina and Blackboard Pirates. Both are scheduled for February. When February rolls around, the Royal Hannaford Circus rolls into the Westchester County Center. They still feature what you expect when you go to the circus. From their trapeze acts, skaters and their assortment of exotic animals, this affordable day or night out won’t disappoint. Adult and children alike can escape the wintery bonds of earth with a visit to the Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum. They say, and we hope you will forgive us, the place it out of this world. Something else that is out of this world is candy–something that kids and, well, people of all ages love. You might want to stop by Imagine Candy in Scarsdale on your way to the theater. We have lots of them here in Westchester. George Lopez will be at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester, where many artists will grace the stage this Winter. You can also count on a wide variety of performances at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in White Plains or the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill.

From top rated plays to first rate musical acts, it’s all right here. Some folks like good old story telling. Westchester has that too. The Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow does just that. Check them out on line for times and topics. If you like the movies, Westchester is full of those theatres, as well. You might want to check out the Alamo Draft House in Yonkers, where you can eat and/or have an adult beverage with the show. Speaking of adult beverages, Captain Lawrence in Elmsford is featuring Winter Ale. We are interested in checking out that ourselves. These and so much more. Why go anyplace else.

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