St. Nicholas visits but once a year, and on Saturday, December 7, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site will hold its annual St. Nicholas Day celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The program will feature two musical performances by the Bronx Arts Ensemble that tell the story of St. Nicholas.
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Holiday-themed tours of Philipse Manor Hall, a craft activity for children, a visit from St. Nicholas, and Old Dutch-style refreshments.
1 p.m. - Special Bronx Arts Ensemble concert for children and families.
3 p.m. - Traditional holiday program by the BAE Singers and Double Reed Band (oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn and bassoon) telling the story of the Dutch Sinterklass in song and narrative.
St. Nicholas Day is a treasured, yearly event that celebrates the holiday season and honors the Dutch origins of Philipse Manor Hall.
Holiday-themed tours will highlight St. Nicholas Day traditions and how the Philipse family might have observed the day. In addition, tours will focus on the present-day celebrations of the diverse communities of Yonkers, including holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and los Reyes Magos.
Concerts are free and other activities for the day are included in the cost of admission. Admission is $1 for children under 12 and $3 for all others.