Tag: Holidays

Times Square Ball Drop To Be Virtual This Year

Usually (A.K.A. Pre-Pandemic), we would post a round-up of New Year’s Eve parties happening around Columbia County. This year, with infections and hospitalizations on the rise, we are sharing the following story on the different options for watching the Times Square Ball Drop, from your home.

We look forward to resuming our usual Party post next year. In the meantime, Happy New Year!

From TVGuide.com:

(Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It’s finally almost time to ring in the new year, and after the way 2020 has gone, who isn’t looking forward to a fresh start? Even though crowds aren’t able to gather this year for the most famous New Year’s Eve celebration of all — the Times Square ball drop — there are still ways to watch the festivities, whether you want to watch on TV, your laptop, your phone, or whatever is most comfortable.

Regardless of how you want to watch, TV Guide has you covered. While there are many networks that are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations, the following programs are being hosted from Times Square and will feature the iconic ball drop at midnight ET on Friday, Jan. 1. Check out how to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve, wherever you are.

The Livestream (no cable required) 

If you’re without cable and want a no-fuss way to watch the ball drop, you can watch the livestream on NewYorkTimesSquare.org. There are no commercials, and you get backstage access, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with performers and other celebrities leading up to the ball drop at midnight ET.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC)

Ryan Seacrest will host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the 16th year in a row. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Seacrest will be jointed in Times Square by Billy Porter and Lucy Hale, with Ciara hosting the celebration in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lopez will be the headlining musical performer, hitting the stage just before the ball drops. Porter will also perform a duet with Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music for Kinky Boots — the musical that won Porter a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony in 2013.

To watch, tune in to ABC or ABC.com or watch on the ABC App. The celebration will also be available on demand on Hulu starting on Jan. 1.

New Year’s Eve Celebration (CNN)

Real-life BFFs Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper reunite once again to ring in the new year in New York City for CNN. The festivities on the network will also kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 31, and even though the event is closed to the public, the special will feature performances and appearances from John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, Carole Baskin, Josh Groban, Leslie Jordan, Dulce Sloan, Desus & Mero, Kylie Minogue, Aloe Blacc, Goo Goo Dolls, and Jon Bon Jovi.

A live stream of the celebration will be available on CNN.com and CNN apps. It can also be viewed on CNNgo and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and Android TV.

New Year’s Eve 2021 (NBC)

Over on NBC, Carson Daly will host the New Year’s Eve proceedings from the heart of Times Square. The NBC special also works for the later crowd, with festivities airing from 10 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET, and then returning at 11:30 p.m. ET after your local NBC news. Daly will be joined by Amber Ruffin and Steven “tWitch” Boss, and the NBC celebration will feature performances from across the country from the likes of Chloe x Halle, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue, Pentatonix, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more.

You can watch live on NBC, NBC.com or the NBC app.

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Kinderhook Village’s December Nights 2020

Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 7.10.21 PMThere are still a few days of Kinderhook Village’s December Nights 2020. The Village of Kinderhook Invites you for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season!

Stroll or drive around the village with the whole family to spot beautiful decorated doors from December 1 to January 1. Map can be downloaded at www.villageofkinderhook.org.

DATES/TIMES: Now through Friday, January 21, 2021 

LOCATION: Kinderhook Village
Broad Street & Albany Ave
Kinderhook, NY 12106

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Germantown Holiday Lights Tour 2020

Screen Shot 2020-12-16 at 7.35.28 PMThis Tour isn’t just one time… Enjoy the tour on any given night or even on multiple occasions. Drive around the beautiful town of Germantown and enjoy all the holiday lights. The town has created a Google Map with participating locations noted. If you want to be added to the map, send an email germantownholidaylights@gmail.com.

DATES/TIMES: Now through Saturday, January 2, 2021 / 5pm – 10pm

LOCATIONS: germantownny.org/holiday-lights-tour-map


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Hudson Winter Walk 2020: 20 Days of Festive Cheer

winter walk 2017
Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that in normal years brings upwards of 20,000 people to town. For the past 23 years, Hudson Hall has produced Winter Walk, and what began as a one-block party grew into Hudson’s most colorful event of the year and an important evening of trade for many local shops and restaurants.  In 2020, we need Winter Walk more than ever. Our local businesses need support, and we know our community needs extra cheer and joy.

Instead of closing off Warren Street for a large celebration involving tens of thousands people on a single evening, Winter Walk 2020 begins on Saturday, December 5 and continues through the month of December.

Find yourself a suitable holiday mask and get ready to enjoy the warmth and excitement of the holidays in Hudson, while staying safe and distanced, during Winter Walk 2020: The Hudson Safe Edition.


December 5, 5-8pm
Late night shopping, Sax O’Claus, Santa’s Village at 7th Street Park, Rip the Nut (video projection at Hudson Hall)

December 10-17, daily at 6pm (3:45pm on Dec. 11)
Menorah Lighting at 7th Street Park

December 8 – 16
Have a Virtual Visit with Santa Claus (every child receives a free gift wrapped book). Free. Reservations open Saturday, December 5 at hudsonhall.org.
Tues, Dec 8 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 9 (3pm – 6pm)
Tues, Dec 15 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 16 (3pm – 6pm)

December 12 (time to be announced)
Lighting the Christmas Tree at 7th Street Park

Late Night Shopping on Saturday, December 5:

356 Warren St.
510 Warren St Gallery
Baba Louies’s Pizza
BODHI Spa| Yoga| Shop
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Clove & Creek
FACE Stockholm
Flowerkraut Inc.
Foley & Cox Home
Handloom Batik
Hudson Clothier
Lightforms Art Center
Lili and Loo
Make Workshop
Poured Candle Bar
Sonder Hudson
The Maker Lounge, Café and Restaurant
Trade Winds
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate
White Rice
Window On Hudson

This year, producing Winter Walk is a huge challenge and Hudson Hall is asking for help via a GoFundMe benefit fund raiser.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-spirit-of-winter-walk-alive-in-2020?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

LOCATION: City of Hudson


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NY’s Annual Holiday Toy, Coat, School Supply Drive

This year has been difficult for more families than any time in recent memory. The holiday donation drive will benefit families in need across the state and runs through December 16th. Donations of new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies are being sought to assist community-based organizations during the holiday giving season. Drop-off locations are set up around the State and COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of those dropping off donations.

Following is the list of NY State drop-off locations. If your town or community doesn’t have a state drop-off, then check with your town’s site for local donation options.

The drop-off locations are as follows:

  • Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany
  • Empire State Plaza Main Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Agency Buildings 1,2,3,4 – Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Swan Street Building, Core 2 and Core 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany
  • Harriman Campus Buildings 5, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 12 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany
  • Ten Eyck Building, 40 North Pearl St., Albany
  • 50 Wolf Road, Albany
  • 625 Broadway, Albany
  • Hampton Plaza, 38-40 State St., Albany
  • 44 Holland Ave., Albany
  • 328 State St., Schenectady
  • Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse
  • Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown
  • Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica
  • Eleanor Roosevelt State Office Building, 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie
  • Henderson-Smith State Office Building, 107 Broadway, Hornell
  • Binghamton State Office Building, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton
  • NYS State Police, 1155 Scottsville Rd. Rochester
  • Homer Folks Facility, 28 Hill Street Oneonta
  • Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St., Buffalo
  • Perry B. Duryea State Office Building, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., New York City
  • Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn

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