HRM Celebrates the Holidays with Victorian Decorations and Special Programs

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YONKERS, NY, November 22, 2022—The Hudson River Museum is gearing up for the holidays with festive Victorian decorations in Glenview, the Museum’s Gilded Age historic home, as well as a series of fun, family-friendly events and programs throughout the season. This year’s holiday decorations, which will be on view in Glenview from November 19–December 31, showcase beautiful Christmas trees and elaborate garlands throughout the period rooms, and a selection of antique toys. The beautiful woodwork on the mantels in the Library, Great Hall, and Sitting Room are bedecked in elegant wreaths, ribbons, and flowers.

New this year, is a joyful Christmas tree fantasy dress, with a skirt crafted from firboughs and adorned with poinsettias, pine cones, berries ornaments, and garland. In the Parlor, a mannequin, ready for a cold-weather outing, wears a mahogany velvet mantle with iridescent trim. Also new this year is a wooden sleigh from the Museum’s collection bearing the date 1794 on display in the Library. The sleigh was donated to the Museum in 1949 by Colonel John Stilwell, along with a photograph of himself as a child, riding it pulled by two ponies. This Giving Tuesday (November 29), anyone who makes a donation to the HRM will have their name featured on a wrapped present in the sleigh.

Our stunning Rainbow Tree holds court in the Parlor surrounded by antique toys, and decorated trees will additionally adorn the Sitting Room and Dining Room. The Dining Room will feature a dramatic sunburst-themed tree, as well as a tablescape with gilded place settings, designed by Debra Blair Design. A trustee of the Hudson River Museum, Debra Blair has donated her service.

Look for two shelves in Glenview’s Library featuring nineteenth-century Christmas cards, vintage ornaments, and a well-loved teddy bear. In addition, Nybylwyck Hall, Yonkers favorite 24-room dollhouse, will be decorated for the holidays by Darren Scala of D. Thomas Miniatures, including new miniature festive floral arrangements.

Holiday decorations are generously supported by Jan Adelson.


Related Programs

Holiday Kick-Off
Friday, November 27–Sunday, November 29, 12–5pm
Celebrate the holiday season at the HRM at Holiday Kick-Off with a selection of festive programs all weekend. Tour our Gilded Age historic home decorated for the holidays on Glenview Holiday Tours, create an out-of-this-world holiday ornament in Family Science Workshop: Nebula-in-a-Bubble Holiday Ornament, and enjoy planetarium shows for all ages, including an interactive holiday edition of The Sky Tonight! Plus, don’t miss a performance by Thunderbird American Indian Dancers (Friday, 1 & 3pm), one of the best-known and the oldest resident Native American dance companies in New York, will perform social dances in two performances. The troupe was founded in 1963 and has performed in almost fifty states across the country, fulfilling its mission to preserve and present diverse culture and to express their unique relationship to the land and landscapes.

1877 in Song: Live Opera and All-Time Favorites in Glenview
Sunday, December 11, 3:30pm
Join us for a festive holiday concert in Glenview’s Great Hall, which will be decked out in Victorian splendor. The concert will feature popular music from ca. 1877, the year Glenview was built, including pieces by Richard Strauss, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Franz Lehar, among others. The musical program, performed by internationally renowned soprano Korliss Uecker and baritone and pianist James Rensink, will also include the Great American Songbook holiday favorites, culminating with a rousing singalong. Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Purchase tickets: $30; HRM and Chaminade Members $25; includes general admission.

School’s Out, Stars Are In (SOSI)
Monday–Friday, December 26–30, 12–5pm
During the holiday week, students on school break and their families are invited to enjoy all the HRM has to offer in School’s Out, Stars Are In! Enjoy the exhibitions on view, watch free planetarium shows under the dome, engage in interactive art and science workshops, challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt, and hear pop-up storytimes in the HRM book nook. Take a ticketed tour of our historic home, Glenview, decked out in seasonal splendor.

Press contact:
Jeana Wunderlich
(914) 963-4550 x240

Photo: Steven Paneccasio


Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

Hours and Admission: Hudson River Museum is open Thursday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Mask wearing and COVID-19 vaccination are no longer required, but are recommended for all visitors. Learn more and purchase tickets at

General Admission: Adults $10; Youth (3–18) $6; Seniors (62+) $7; Students (with valid ID) $7; Veterans $7; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE; Museums for All* $2, *SNAP/EBT card with photo ID (up to 4 people). Planetarium tickets: Adults $6; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) Free. Glenview tours: Adults $6; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) Free. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line—Yonkers and Glenview stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.