Looking for some seasonal cheer? New York State has a wide array of activities and destinations sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Delight to holiday events across the state for both the young and young-at-heart throughout December. Historic mansion parties, town festivals, holiday lights, candlelight strolls and tours are just a few ways to celebrate this special time of year.
Families visiting New York City should be sure to see the beloved New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show, through Jan 18, and the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, on view through Jan 7.
If you're looking to experience old-timey Christmas, head to Holidays at Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury through Dec 20, tours of the Decorated Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport through Jan 5, and the Christmas at Clermont Open House in Germantown on Dec 19. And don't forget to check out twinkling Christmas lights at events like the Wonderland of Lights in Utica through Jan 1, and the Niagara Power Project Festival of Trees in Lewiston through through Jan 1.
Say hello to 2016 in style, in New York State. In Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium is throwing a New Year's Eve party for the whole family: Fishes and Wishes features plenty of great food and fun, plus entertainment you won't find anywhere else. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Holiday Valley is ringing in the New Year with skiing, fireworks and a torchlight parade. On Jan 1, Lake George welcomes the first day of the New Year with a polar plunge swim.
Of course, there's no bigger New Year's Eve party than the one taking place with the ball drop in Manhattan's Times Square, but if Times Square isn't your scene, you can head over to Buffalo - home of the second largest New Year's Eve ball drop in the country!