Historic Hudson Valley's Holiday Events Begin Today

Following up on 39 sold-out performances during Historic Hudson Valley's Irving's 'Legend' event in October, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns to Sleepy Hollow in December for Dickens's 'Christmas Carol.'

The historic, candlelit interior of the circa-1685 Old Dutch Church is the setting, this time for a dramatic performance of 'A Christmas Carol,' complete with musical accompaniment. Kruk brings to life the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Performances take place on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21, at 3:30, 4:45, and 6pm.

Tickets for Dickens's 'Christmas Carol' include complimentary admission to A Holiday Open House, an event which takes across the street from the church at Philipsburg Manor. This 18th-century historic site - owned and operated by Historic Hudson Valley - will be lit by candle lanterns and bonfires. Visitors can take part in hands-on, winter-themed crafts, listen to live fiddle music, and toast the evening with complimentary sweets and hot beverages, all while browsing for holiday gifts at the Philipsburg Manor Museum Shop, which is packed with special Hudson Valley merchandise that can't be found at traditional retailers.

In addition to being part of the Dickens experience, tickets for A Holiday Open House are also available separately. Parking for both events is at Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow.

Capacity is very limited for Dickens's 'Christmas Carol' and tickets should be purchased in advance at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900. Ticket prices are $24 for adults and $20 for children under 18. Historic Hudson Valley recommends the event for ages 10 and up. Members of Historic Hudson Valley receive a $5 per ticket discount.

Separate tickets for A Holiday Open House, which do not include admission to Dickens's 'Christmas Carol' are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members.

Historic Hudson Valley is a private, non-profit education and preservation organization that owns and operates historic sites including Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow and Washington Irving's Sunnyside in Tarrytown. It educates more than 30,000 schoolchildren each year and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors annually to its sites and special events.

For information and tickets to both events: 914-366-6900, www.hudsonvalley.org.

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