The turkey has been eaten, and thanks have been given. Christmas trees are being sold on city corners. Santa's reign has officially hit every major mall. It's December, and New York State is chock-full of winter activities for every kind of traveler. Here is your guide to New York State's must-hit events and adventures this month. 

Polar Express

Polar Express
Experience New York State in all its winter glory, all the while staying warm and cozy. Take the Catskill Polar Express train across the region and discover the magic of the holidays, as inspired by the hit Warner Bros. film and book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express. Act now, as tickets are going fast! Kingston; through Dec 28; Prices vary

Via Aquarium

Via Aquarium
Take a break from the snow with a day at the aquarium. The brand new Via Aquarium hosts more than 1,000 aquatic creatures and exhibits of aquatic life from around the world. Your family will ooh and aah all day long with touch tanks filled with stingrays and other creatures, an educational center offering talks and short films, and a liquid galaxy -- a big-screen, deep-sea expedition immersive experience (yes, this is as cool as it sounds). Schenectady; all month; tickets start at $10

Wood N' Wheel

Wood N' Wheel 
How does a family tubing session sound? Ulster Park's Wood N' Wheel will offer tubing for the first time this winter! That's not all - other activities include bungee trampolines, laser tag, roller skating and rock climbing. It's the perfect destination for adventurers of all ages. Ulster; all month; field admission starts at $10

Northeast Off-Road Adventures Skills Class and Trail Riding

Northeast Off-Road Adventures Skills Class and Trail Riding
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Embark on a guided off-road winter driving adventure in the Catskills. First-timers will learn basic off-road skills required to safely operate a 4x4 vehicle through rough terrain, while more advanced drivers can sharpen their techniques, learning to use winches, hi-lift jacks and traction aid devices. If you're looking for a unique and adventurous way to experience winter, this is it! Ellenville; all month; starts at $80 

Tour Platter's Chocolates

Tour Platter's Chocolates
Think Willy Wonka - but less creepy. This family-owned chocolate factory, which has been around since 1938, has relocated to a new 24,000 square-foot facility in Niagara County, which means amped-up chocolate production and culinary tours to visitors. Not only is this the one-stop shop for gifts (who doesn't want a chocolate basket?), but tours begin just in time for the holiday season! North Tonawanda; all month; prices vary per item

Cutchogue Holiday House Tour

Cutchogue Holiday House Tour
This is a foodie's holiday delight. You'll make six stops on this holiday tour throughout Cutchogue county, visiting four bed and breakfasts, the historic New Suffolk School House, and Cutchogue New Suffolk historical society - all decked out for the holidays. Enjoy wine pairings, music, tree lightings and more. Cutchogue; Dec 3; $75

Sparkle

Sparkle
This perfectly coined event invites families, friends and couples to gather and delight in the sparkle of the holiday season. Enjoy shopping, carolers, music and activities for the whole family. We hear Santa will even be making an appearance. Corning; Dec 3; free

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll
A Lake Placid Tradition, the Stroll is a family-friendly affair with live entertainment, food and shopping. Spend a weekend chatting, dancing, sampling and reveling in the holiday spirit in a true winter-wonderland. It is rumored that Santa will be in attendance (busy man, that Santa). Lake Placid; Dec 9-11; see schedule of events and pricing on site

The Colonial Nutcracker
Westchester's Dance Theatre will perform a rendition of Tchaikovsky's ballet classic set in wintry colonial Yorktown. The wistful red-coated mouse army and enchanted nutcracker prince will give you a nice, warm dose of nostalgia. It's the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Brooklyn; Dec 11; $15

Christmas by Sea

Christmas by Sea
This is a nautical-themed Christmas affair. Delight in traditional holiday decor, themed trees, live music and refreshments on a December afternoon in the Thousand Islands Seaway region. Santa will make his official arrival by Coast Guard. Oswego: Dec 11; free

New Year's Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade

New Year's Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade
This New Year's Eve extravaganza in Holiday Valley will help you start 2017 off right. Two parades and fireworks will leave stars in your kids' eyes. Intermediate and advanced skiers are invited to join in the torchlight parade. Ellicottville; Dec 31; prices vary per package