Santa helped open the Westchester Winter Wonderland for 2021
Dr Carrie Muh, left, with the Carvajal family and Santiago Carvajal, a 2-year-old Port Chester resident, right who helped light the tree

The Westchester Parks Foundation (WPF) and the Westchester County Parks Department celebrated the opening of Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on November 26.

The 8th season of what has quickly become a big part of Westchester’s family holiday events, the event will be open seven nights a week from 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. on weekends. * End times vary by night. Reservations are required to avoid additional charges. Tickets cost $ 25 off peak, $ 35 peak. (+ additional cost for large vans / limos, call for special reservations). And there are also boxes of Wegman snacks available for an additional $ 15 along the way. Make sure to check the box when purchasing your ticket as they are not available for purchase on site. Con Edison is also returning as the Platinum Sponsor of the event, helping to light up the skies at Kensico Dam Plaza for all to enjoy!

Guests will be dazzled and delighted along the 2 km of Christmas lights with an electrifying new Elf nightclub, a whimsical display of jubilant children from around the world, a breathtaking Peace on Earth LED display with trumpets and animated angels, and two new thirty foot snowflakes to light up Westchester’s tallest Christmas tree! And if that’s not enough, there’s also a bigger and better snowstorm powerhouse that the whole family can enjoy in the warmth and safety of your own car!

Westchester County Director George Latimer said: “Holidays are such a special time to spend with the family, and Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-thru Holiday Light Extravaganza offers families a fun and safe way to celebrate. I am delighted that the Department of Parks and the Westchester Parks Foundation have found even more ways to make the event spectacular! “

Holiday classics will be broadcast simultaneously on your vehicle’s FM radio, setting the mood as soon as you enter the park. Guests should allow 25-30 minutes to walk through the attraction. Additional attractions include favorite elves Ned and Albert, glittering angels of peace, a 15-meter dove, dancing trees, glowing snowballs, a candy cane alley, a spectacular 100-foot light tunnel, the 40ft Westchester’s Favorite Christmas Tree, Santa and Friends, and Suite!

Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkin joined the Westchester Parks Foundation to welcome a special child to help light the tree, Santiago Carvajal, a 2-year-old Port Chester resident who suffers from epilepsy and suffered a surgery at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a place to make priceless vacation memories. It has become a tradition of vacationing in Westchester without the hassle or expense of traveling to New York and one of the safest and most affordable vacation options for the 2021 holiday season. For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit

For more information and to purchase tickets for Westchester’s Winter Wonderland, which runs until January 2, 2022. Visit

Editor’s Note: A few of my friends have posted a video of their car ride on the WWW and it looks awesome and is very popular!


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