Here's a hot seasonal live-music pick: All aboard Amy Helm's Holiday Express (aka the Dutchess & Ulster Railroad's Rip Van Winkle Flyer), bound for beautiful and breathtaking winter vistas of the Catskill Mountains and featuring an intimate holiday performance by the region's roots-Americana heiress. This family-friendly excursion (two separate afternoon tours) won't have the drunken revelry that marked Amy's dad Levon Helm and his Band buddies' jaunt across Canada with the Festival Express train tour in 1970. But one would guess there'll be a heartwarming rendition or two of the Band's "Christmas (Must Be Tonight)." Departs from and returns to Arkville Station. Boarding for early trip at 12:30pm, for late trip at 3pm.
Price: $100 adults/$15 children