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 24 at 5:30pm. Experience the beloved holiday drive-thru event right here at home!

Westchester Winter Wonderland
  • 1.2 miles of Holiday drive-thru experience
  • Thousands of lights
  • Spectacular 100 foot light tunnel
  • Largest Christmas Tree in Westchester County
Westchester Winter Wonderland

Admission is $35 per car. You can buy add-ons such as glow necklaces, light up wands, plushies and sweets! The best part is proceeds from this event directly benefit Westchester Parks Foundation.

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.

Visit Lyndhurst Mansion at your own pace and shop at the Lyndhurst Holiday Market in the Carriage House tent.

Gingerbread House Decorating workshops and Wreath Making Workshops are also available.

Tickets: November 24 to November 26. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, AAA, military and students and children 16 years old and under are free. Timed tickets are available between 9:30am to 3pm, Friday to Sunday, November 24 to November 26. The last timed entry for the mansion is 3 PM.

Greenwich Reindeer Festival – Sam Bridges Nursery, Greenwich, CT

Santa and his reindeers are returning to Greenwich in this beloved Holiday tradition. From November 24 to December 23, visit the Greenwich Reindeer Festival at Sam Bridges Nursery.

This is the perfect event for photos with Santa. On your way out, stop by Santa’s Workshop for letter writing to Santa and coloring station. And of course, meet Santa’s LIVE reindeers!

  • Live Reindeers (fed throughout the day)
  • Photos with Santa
  • Santa’s Workshop
Greenwich Reindeer Festival

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

UNFORTUNATELY, this year, the event ends on 11/19/23! 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.

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