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Rockefeller Park December Events

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November 16, 2023

*Featured Event*
Jingle Bell Parade!
December 10 from 1 – 2 pm
Get into the holiday spirit and dress up for the occasion as you sip hot cider and walk around the lake alongside horses, carriages, and your fur-babies in costume. Enjoy carolers singing live and stop by the Swan Lake kiosk to enter to win a prize for best horse costume or best dog costume. This family-friendly event is FREE, registration required.
[Photo courtesy of RangerSu]
*Featured Event*
Holiday Carriage Rides
December 10 from 10 am – 4 pm
Tickets available on November 17 at 10 am
Treat your family this holiday season and enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the Preserve as it was originally intended: via horse-drawn carriage! We encourage you to wear festive attire and join the Jingle Bell Parade at 1 pm. (Those that register for the 1 pm time slot will be part of the parade!)
Note: tickets will be posted on November 17 at 10 am. The link below will not work until then.
[Photo courtesy of RangerSu]
Birdwatching with the Saw Mill River Audubon Society
December 2 and 20 from 8 – 10 am
Get to know our feathered residents! Join an expert from the Saw Mill River Audubon Society on a bird walk around the Preserve. Great for all levels of birding experience, beginners welcome. Binocular loans available upon request. Ages 8+.
[Photo courtesy of Kevin Kelly]
Postural Therapy: Living Comfortably
December 5 from 9 – 10 am
Start your day with movement! Join a free virtual session with Postural Therapist, Joey Zimet, and learn exercises to improve posture and function. The class will incorporate unique standing, sitting, and floor exercises that are gentle and easily adapted to fit your needs.
Hike with Mike:
Eagle Hill and the OCA
December 9 from 9 am – 12 pm
Embark on a five-mile hike and enjoy views of the Hudson and Kykuit now that the leaves have cleared from the trees. We’ll venture along the trail that lies above the Old Croton Aqueduct, the first aqueduct to bring abundant fresh water to New York City in the early 1800’s. Leashed dogs are welcome. 
[Photo courtesy of Patricia Halpin]
Animal Tracking and Crafting
December 9 from 1:30 – 3 pm
Looking for the perfect gift for the nature-lover in your life? Create your own animal track ornament from plaster as you learn how to read the signs of nature to interpret animal movement and behavior with wilderness educator, Stephen Sciame. Suggested for ages 8+.
[Photo courtesy of Stephen Sciame]
Winter Tree Identification Walk
December 12 from 10 – 11:30 am
Join conservation steward, Devyani Mishra, for a leisurely stroll through the Preserve to learn about trees and how to identify them, particularly in the winter when your biggest clues (leaves) are not present. The hike will be short with frequent stops for discussion. Leashed dogs are welcome.
[Photo courtesy of RangerSu]
Sunset Hike at Rockwood Hall
December 14 from 3:15 – 4:45 pm
Join Melissa for a 3-mile hike and witness the spectacular view of the sun setting over the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Leashed dogs are welcome.
[Photo courtesy of Shayla Schott]
Forest Therapy: Solstice Celebration
December 16 from 10 am – 12 pm
Embrace change with mindful movement, nature observation, community, and tea with the trees. Led by Mindful Outdoor Guide and certified Forest Therapist, Cindy Olsen, this experience will be an opportunity to celebrate the natural world in honor of the winter solstice. Ages 18+. No dogs please.
[Photo courtesy of Andrew Lerman]
Year End Yoga
December 17 from 5 – 6:15 pm
“May my ending be your beginning”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
Join us as we usher in the new year by taking time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the next chapter in a unique 75-minute indoor session with instructor, Shivani Singh. Appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 18+. 
[Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich]
Sound Healing
December 18
4 – 5 pm [or] 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Tickets available on November 17 at 10 am
Join Dayna Gralla for a therapeutic and restorative sound healing experience. Envelop yourself in the sounds of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and a variety of soothing instruments as you allow your mind to drift from an active state to a relaxed and meditative state. Ages 10+.
[Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich]
Full Moon Hike: “Cold Moon”
December 27 from 4:45 – 6:45 pm
Tickets available on November 17 at 10 am
Experience the Preserve after dark! Join Shayla, Hailey, and Dave for a 4-mile hike on carriage roads lit by moonlight. We walk at a brisk pace; some hiking experience is recommended. Leashed dogs are welcome.
[Photo courtesy of Kim Fendrich]
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