Tree Coloring Contest for kids 10 and Under

Decorate the Tree! A children’s coloring contest with prizes sent to us by Dutchess County Tourism.

Get out the glitter, the paints, stickers, and crayons. The holiday season has begun, and children aged 10 and under are invited to decorate the Christmas Tree Farmer’s logo, and possibly win a prize. Dutchess County Tourism and Hudson Valley Tourism are sponsoring a Christmas tree coloring contest to help promote the many Christmas tree cut-your-own-farms throughout the region.

Put some sparkle on the printed coloring page for first, second, and third prize gift certificates to The Christmas Tree Shop. The three lucky kids who create the most festive trees have a chance to win between $10 and $50 for their own shopping spree!

Don’t wait too long! Just as fleeting as Santa’s sleigh, the deadline for submission is Friday, December 12th. 

Dowbload the printable PDF here.

The completed page should be mailed to be received by Friday, December 12th to:

Dutchess County Tourism

3 Neptune Rd., Suite Q-17

Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

Check out all of the holiday celebrations planned in Dutchess County:

(Check local sources for weather-related updates)

Friday, December 5

Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks. Marching musicians, giant puppets, classic cars, motorcycles, scouts, floats, fire engines, dignitaries - all tossing candy - and several Hudson Valley Philharmonic brass ensembles. Watch for Santa Claus on a fire engine. The parade starts at 6:30pm on Main & Garden Streets and proceeds to the first Christmas tree lighting on Main, near Market St. The parade proceeds down Main to Clover St., where it convenes at Dongan Square Park for the second tree lighting. At 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks present a winter fireworks display along the waterfront. At this time the third tree is lit at the center of the Walkway over the Hudson, which opens its eastern gate to those interested in viewing the fireworks from high above the Hudson River. Non-members: $5.

 The Bardavon screens “The Muppet Movie” after at 8pm, $6. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. 


“Parade of Lights” with Santa & Millbrook Tree Lighting. Two holiday traditions are combined for a wonderful twilight event. The tree lighting ceremony is at the Tribute Garden Park entrance on Franklin Ave. 6:15pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the Millbrook fire truck, leading a Parade of Lights of lighted floats and vehicles, traveling to the bandshell where hot food and beverages will be available. Live nativity scene, ice skating rink & carolers await. Traditional Santa Night follows the parade at the firehouse. Co-sponsored by Town of Washington Recreation Commission & Millbrook-Town of Washington Business Association. and

Pawling Tree Lighting/Decemberfest. Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive with their reindeer to light the Christmas tree. Enjoy choral music, hot chocolate and cookies, and the festive charm of an old-fashioned village Christmas. Holiday sales and specials continue throughout December. 6pm. Sponsored by Pawling Chamber of Commerce. 845-855-0500. 

Saturday, December 6

Village of Fishkill Holiday Party and Tree lighting. Village Hall, 1095 Main Street. Children’s crafts, Petting Zoo, refreshments and pictures taken with Santa. 3-5pm. Christmas tree is lit at historic Van Wyck Hall. 5pm. Free. 845-897-4430.  

Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck! A day-long, colorful celebration of dance, theatre and music all through the village. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. Kings and Queens of the celebration, children wear crowns they made and carry their branches in the Parade. A non-denominational event based on the town’s Dutch heritage, Sinterklaas joins people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the season. All day long, activities & performances of all types in churches, civic halls, Beekman Arms, and plenty of entertainers in the streets of Rhinebeck. Free.

Holiday of Lights Parade. Town Hall, 26 Town Hall Rd./Rte. 82, Stanfordville. Parade of lighted floats and vehicles; lighting of the town's holiday tree. Visits with Santa and gifts for kids at the party afterwards at the firehouse. Sponsored by Lions Club & Ladies Auxiliary. Parade 6pm. Free. 845-868-1366.   

Festival of Lights. Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Rd. Town of Union Vale (Lagrange). Brighten this holiday season as the town once again flips the switch to nearly 150,000 LED lights. 6:30pm. In an effort to not just brighten the sky, but also the spirits of area families in need, they’ll collect non-perishable food donations and unwrapped toys to be dispersed to food banks and toy drives. Dinner with Santa is from 3:30-6:15pm; reservations required. The lights stay on from 4pm - 10pm daily through January 4. 845-724-5691. 

Christmas Tree Lighting. Schlathaus Park, cor. of Myers Corners & All Angels Hill Rds., Wappingers Falls. Come and join a fun, old-fashioned, family event with refreshments, Christmas carols and gifts for the kids. And, of course, the guest of honor, the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, who arrives on a fire truck! Sponsored by the Town of Wappinger Recreation Department & Committee. 5-7:30pm. 845-297-0720. 

Sunday, December 7

Christmas Tree Lighting. East Fishkill Community Ctr., Hopewell Junction. Entertainment by East Fishkill Chorus. Santa Claus visits. Refreshments served, followed by a tree lighting ceremony. Co-sponsored by Rotary Club. 5pm. 845-221-4303. 

Red Hook WinterFest. Village of Red Hook. Celebrate the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Red Hook Winterfest, which  includes lots of fun activities, and culminates with a walk thru Red Hook Village to Memorial Park (across from the former IGA on Rte. 9) where a tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30pm. Visit Santa, take a Hayride, and decorate ornaments, all while you sip hot chocolate.  845-758-0824.

Saturday, December 13

Amenia Festival of Lights Parade. See several dance performances in addition to the parade, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Snow Date Sunday, December 14. 845-373-8118.

City of Beacon + BeaconArts Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The City of Beacon and BeaconArts team up for the annual lighting of a tree sculpted from recycled bicycle parts, coinciding with Beacon’s monthly Second Saturday celebration. The Wee Play Community Project organizes a simple craft for younger children under festive tents. Prior to Santa’s arrival, the Beacon Music Factory and the Center for Creative Education celebrate with music and dance. Santa arrives via pedi-cab provided by People’s Bicycle to officially welcome the spirit of the holidays to Beacon at 4pm. Sculptor Ed Benavente is the artist behind a beloved, unique tradition for Beacon.  The tree, which has doubled in size since it first appeared in 2011, is fabricated entirely of recycled bicycle parts. This year, surprise new upcycled elements will be added. 3pm-5pm. Cross & Main Streets green space (by RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St.) Galleries and shops are open late, until at least 9pm.

“Winterfest” at Tivoli. 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli. Music and entertainment, with crafts & activities for kids. There will be a visit from Santa Claus before the Tree lighting ceremony. 3-5pm. Free. 845-757-2021.

Make these outings memorable family events.