The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us, so get ready to ring in the winter season with A West Point Holiday! For years this family-friendly show has filled West Point’s Eisenhower Hall with world-class music and holiday enchantment, featuring singing, dancing, and the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols—all performed by the talented musicians of the West Point Band.

For those of you looking for the perfect festive outing, here are just a few reasons this beloved annual holiday event is guaranteed to make your season bright!

1. It’s a time-honored tradition.

From baking cookies to decorating the house, traditions are part of what make the holidays such a magical and special time—and at the ripe old age of 200 years, it’s something the West Point Band knows a thing or two about. Bring your loved ones and join the thousands of people who have made this Hudson Valley favorite a part of their annual holiday festivities. You’ll never forget the memories you make.

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2. Hear the songs you know and love.

Tis the season for nostalgia, and nothing will get you in the holiday spirit faster than hearing your most treasured songs and stories. Each year the West Point Band delivers the best holiday playlist chock-full of your favorite holiday songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and the magic of the winter season—with the energy, panache and passion that only a live performance can offer.

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3. The level of talent is out of this world.

Prepare to hear holiday music as you’ve never heard it before. Comprised of multiple generations of talented musicians, the West Point Band has been a source of pride for the Academy, the Army, and the nation for the past 200 years. If the band can captivate at ceremonies, parades, sporting events and celebrations, it’s safe to say they can make your season a whole lot merrier.

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4. There’s something to suit every musical taste.

The versatility of this ensemble is second to none. Where else can you hear a jubilant gospel arrangement of “O Holy Night,” followed by “Home for the Holidays” done up in a pickin’ and grinnin’ bluegrass style, topped off with a boldly cinematic rendition of “Little Drummer Boy,” (complete with an epic drum feature by the Hellcats)? This one-of-a-kind performance elegantly balances traditional and new in a way to make everyone’s spirits bright!

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5. It’s free!

There’s no need to break the bank on this holiday outing. Believe it or not, all West Point Band concerts are completely FREE; no tickets are required. Just bring your family, friends, and your jolliest smile, and give the gift of time and love this holiday season. Where else can you enjoy a world-class performance without spending a dime?

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6. It’s for kids from 1 to 92.

The West Point Holiday Show is wholesome family fun for ALL ages, capturing the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike. So bring the whole gang down for a fun-filled afternoon of singing, dancing, and maybe a little ring-ting-tingling too!

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7. You’re a part of the show.

More than just a concert, West Point Holiday is a truly immersive musical experience that will take you out of your seat, figuratively—and literally! The band loves to find ways to engage you, the audience. So get ready to experience the magic of the season, whether it’s singing along to carols, or jumping out of your seat for the band’s signature interactive performance of 12 Days of Christmas.

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8. West Point is a Winter Wonderland.

You may have seen West Point’s insta-worthy views at Trophy Point for the band’s summer series, but it should be no surprise that West Point is equally breathtaking in the winter. Bring your camera and after you’re done taking some photos of the band and selfies with Santa, take advantage of the beautiful grounds, stunning architecture, and snow-capped mountains and icy river views.

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9. There’s never a dull moment.

From the moment you walk in the door, the magic of the season is in the air. Grab a warm beverage from downstairs at Ike’s Riverside Café and listen to some of the band’s talented musicians perform festive pre-concert entertainment in the lobby while you mingle and wait for the show to begin. And I hope you’ve been a good boy or girl this year because…

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10. Santa Claus is coming to town!

What holiday performance would be complete without a visit from the guy in the big red suit? If you’re on the nice list, Santa just may make an appearance at the end of the show. Bring your little ones (and your camera!) to Santaland in the lobby following the concert for a meet and greet with Old Saint Nick himself. It’s the perfect ending to a festive, fun-filled afternoon spent making memories to last a lifetime.

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