Family-Friendly Things to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

Black Friday is here! Looking for things to do with the family on Black Friday that has nothing to do with shopping? Here are family-friendly things to do on Black Friday.

Westchester Winter Wonderland – Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, NY

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland opens on Friday, November 29 at 5pm. Experience a one-of-a-kind holiday event that brings the best of Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center right here at home!

  • Santa’s Village – take your own, unlimited photos with Santa and special character friends.
  • Live Reindeer Exhibit
  • Ice Skating on the outdoor rink, including skates.
  • Holiday Circus performances and special programming and event nights.
  • Enhanced “Lights of Wonder” holiday light show.
  • New, unlimited holiday rides.
  • Access to many dining options, 2 Wine/Beer Bars and heated outdoor seating area.

Admission is $20 per person. Children 3 years old and under are free. All Activities are included. Entries are not timed, ticketholders can stay in Winter Wonderland as long as they like! Parking is free.

Family-Friendly Things to Do on Black Friday

Lyndhurst Mansion Holiday Opening Weekend -Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

See Lyndhurst mansion transformed into an extravagant wonderland of holiday splendor. Described as one of the “Ten Best Historic Holiday Tours” by USA Today, Lyndhurst goes all-out during the holiday season, filling the mansion with elaborate tableaus of décor, which change every year.

Dozens of Christmas trees are expertly decorated and designed to complement the elegant period furnishings within the rooms of the house. During this month only, curators bring out rarely seen items that belonged to Lyndhurst’s former owners, the Goulds. This is a once-a-year opportunity to see many of the Goulds’ glittering possessions that are usually tucked away the archives.

Tickets: Tickets for this weekend are for general admission with timed entry and entry to the holiday market. The last timed entry for the mansion is 4 PM. The mansion closes at 5 PM. The market closes at 5:30 PM.

Last Weekend to Catch the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze– Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

If you have not been yet this season, this is your last weekend to catch the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans! Tour the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats! See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac.

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!

More than 1,000 volunteers help scoop, carve, and light the pumpkins and every single jack o’lantern is hand-carved on site by our team of professional artists.

All proceeds from Blaze and our other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization.

Adults: Starting at $23 Children 3-17: Starting at $17
Members + Children 2 and under: FREE
Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

Greenwich Reindeer Festival We’re Back Party- Sam Bridges Nursery, Greenwich, CT

Come this Friday, November 29 at 12:00 PM for the Greenwich Reindeer Festival We’re Back Party! The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open Santa’s Workshop will take place at 12:00 PM. Holiday Refreshments will be served! Face Painting provided by Faces by Wells and Balloon Artists! Everyone is invited!

  • Live Reindeers (fed throughout the day)
  • Photos with Santa
  • Train and Carousel Rides

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