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Check Out These Upcoming Christmas Performances

Christmas spirit is in full swing throughout the Hudson Valley, which means that there are tons of local Christmas-themed performances happening each weekend! In this post, you can learn about a small sampling of the many shows available in the upcoming days before Santa arrives. Take the family out for an evening of entertainment and holiday cheer by grabbing your tickets today!

"Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play" presented by Clove Creek Dinner Theatre

The first event on our nice list is an amazing retro recreation of an old-fashioned radio play! The "Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play" is being presented by Clove Creek Dinner Theatre (18 Westage Business Center Drive Suite 7 in Fishkill) on select evenings from now through December 22. This play tells the story of a department store Santa who claims he’s the real Kris Kringle and needs some help to prove his unlikely case in front of the Supreme Court! Remaining showtimes are tonight (Saturday December 15) at 6 p.m., tomorrow (Sunday December 16) at 1 p.m., Thursday December 20 at 6 p.m., Friday December 21 at 6 p.m., and Saturday December 22 at 6 p.m. Purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Take Your Family to the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg

Have you ever been to the incredible Mills Mansion at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site? This Gilded Age marvel looks like it was transported straight out of the 1890s, but a visit to the site isn't just an architectural experience; in fact, there are several great events being hosted at the mansion in the upcoming weeks! With children's stories and crafts, ornament making, and a holiday whodunit, there is truly something for everyone at the Mills Mansion!

December Means Hudson Valley Holiday Craft Markets

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there are a seemingly-endless number of craft shows/markets/etc. happening throughout the Hudson Valley each and every week. With that in mind, this post will be highlighting a handful of the great shopping opportunities which are taking place around the area this weekend! No mass-produced gift can match the impact of a local, handmade item, so be sure to check out at least one of these fantastic craft markets!

Selling in Winter? Follow This Staging Advice

Although many homeowners only consider selling during the summer months, there are some advantages to selling in the winter. For instance, the smaller number of homes on the market makes it easier for your home to stand out to potential buyers. Plus, if you manage to create some buzz around your sale, then you might be able to leverage that interest into a higher sale price as buyers compete for the limited homes available. Of course, one of the most important aspects to generating a hot listing (even during the cold months) is proper staging. Keep reading to learn some important tips for staging a home during the winter!

Poughkeepsie's Celebration of Lights Is Almost Here!

Each holiday season, the City of Poughkeepsie teams up with local groups to present one of the area's best winter events, the Celebration of Lights! This year marks the 25th edition of the celebration, which features a parade, fireworks, and special events across the city. The festivities officially kick off at 6:30 p.m. on November 30, so get ready to have some fun this Friday! Keep reading to learn about a few of the different ways to take in the celebration.

Shop the Dutchess Community College Craft Fair This Weekend

Looking for a great place to find local gifts unlike any others? Then check out the 47th Annual Craft Fair at Dutchess Community College, taking place this weekend, November 24 & 25, in Poughkeepsie! For decades, this event has given area residents an amazing opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items on the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year's fair will feature more than 100 incredible artists, which means you are sure to find the right gift for anyone!