Eggbert’s Christmas plans revealed for 2021 – not good news

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Last year, Christmas at Eggbert’s Farm was canceled with plans for the holiday icon to return bigger and better in 2021, but there has been a major change in those plans.

In 2020, the global pandemic resulted in the cancellation of many cherished holiday events. The Sinterklaas festival in Rhinebeck has been shut down altogether, many holiday events and parades have also been canceled and Eggbert has not made its annual appearance.

Eggbert has been welcoming boys and girls to the Hudson Valley since the early 1970s. The beloved Christmas Egg holds court at Devitt’s Nursery and Supply in New Windsor every year, asking the children what holiday gifts they desire and sending the information directly to Santa himself.

Billed as “Christmas on the Farm,” Devitt’s turns his property into an elaborate vacation trail featuring live animals, animated characters, train rides and a huge slot car track. Thousands of Hudson Valley residents make an annual pilgrimage through the trail, eventually meeting Eggbert himself.

Last year, Devitt’s announced that Eggbert would not be returning. A representative then told us the risk to visitors was too great, explaining, “With the increase in cases (COVID-19) and the difficulty of social distancing, we have made the difficult choice not to. “

At the time, the plan was to keep Eggbert in quarantine for a year, then return triumphantly in 2021, but sadly that’s not the case. On October 7, Devitt’s announced that the Holiday Egg will no longer appear.

With the increase of Orange County in the Delta variant of the coronavirus, we have decided to keep Eggbert in quarantine again this year. This saddens us greatly because we really thought we would be on the other side of the pandemic now. We know that many see Christmas on the Farm as an outdoor event, but most of the attractions are indoors and social distancing is almost impossible. We know a lot of people will be disappointed, but we’ll do our best to bring Eggbert and Noel back to the farm better than ever next year.

Devitt’s added that the animals, which are a popular outdoor attraction, will be back this year. The Nativity scene Christmas store will also open as usual on Black Friday.

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