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It’s the most wonderful time of the year - and New York State is jam packed with festivities the whole family will love. Spend your December days exploring a winter village, stopping by the North Pole, and ringing in the New Year in Times Square. No matter what mother nature serves up this month, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in New York State!

New York is magical in the winter. The state's iconic mountains and valleys are blanketed in snow, its lakes and rivers sparkle with ice, and its cities come alive with holiday revelry. And the dropping temperatures don't slow things down - far from it. Whether you want to zoom down a mountain, race through one of the nation's most fun museums, or just chill out by the pool, New York has got you covered this winter. 

Ski season is here! Just a stone's throw from New York City, you'll find mountains that offer winter fun for every age group and every skill level. Whether you're looking for a quick day-trip or a weekend-long getaway, these ski areas near NYC will make winter getaways easy, fun and carefree for the whole family. 

In the fall, New York State is struck with magnificent fall foliage. From Long Island to the Thousand Islands-Seaway, one can see a kaleidoscope of colors. Sadly, these will be gone before you know it. So, check out some of New York’s most Instagram-worthy foliage spots and make sure you bring your camera!

There's no denying that waterfalls are some of the most spectacular (and Instagram-worthy) of Mother Nature's creations. Upstate New York, thanks to tens of thousands of years of shifting plates and erosion (and occasionally human engineering), is home to some incredibly stunning falls. Here's just a few of the gorgeous waterfalls you'll want to snap a selfie in front of this fall.

It’s fall in New York State… can you feel it in the air? The landscape is starting to change color (see our Fall Foliage Report for the latest updates) and the winds are beginning to chill. New York State is jam packed with fall events to make any autumn lover swoon. From spooky fright fests and Halloween parades to film festivals and food, you’ll soon realize why fall is the best time to travel to the Empire State. 

From chicken spiedies and grape pie to bagels and barbeque, food is serious business in New York State. Whether you’re a cheese aficionado, Buffalo wing enthusiast or in the mood to eat some of the best barbeque in the state, food festivals in New York have got you covered. Think beyond your regular carnival, fried-food fare, and try some of the freshest, regional treats you can’t get anywhere else, all while enjoying live music, food competitions, rides and games for the whole family. Just don’t forget your appetite.

Embrace your inner farmer and refresh your spirit on a New York farmstay. Help out with chores like milking cows and gathering eggs, enjoy a slice of country fun, or simply relax amid soothing green acres. From rustic farmhouse to polished B&B, New York has a perfect country home for everyone.