Can you hear the crackling of the fire? The family banter over the Thanksgiving dinner table? Here are the festivals, shows and holiday foods you need to kick your spirit into high gear this winter.

For crafty, quirky holiday markets and strolls...

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll    

This is better than a stroll in the park. The holiday family and couples weekend in Lake Placid is chock full of live entertainment, parties, dining opps and shopping throughout the fairy-tale winter wonderland town. Santa will be in attendance - make sure to tell the kids.

Sparkle in Corning

Sparkle in Corning

Join the Gaffer District for the 42nd annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season, featuring horse and wagon rides, outdoor entertainment, a 5k, crafts, tasty foods, fireworks and an appearance by Kris Kringle himself! 

Kris Kringle Market in Alexandria Bay

Snow falling...chestnuts roasting...the aroma of warm spiced wine in the air. All this and more at the annual Kris Kringle Market in Alexandria Bay at the Thousand Islands Winery. Step back in time and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season the old-fashioned way.

Athens Annual Victorian Stroll 

Athens Annual Victorian Stroll

The streets in Athens will come alive during this Victorian-themed stroll this holiday season. Perfect for the whole family, the event features contemporary art and performances interspersed with nods to the Victorian era...think horse-drawn trolleys and Santa, combined!     

Cutchogue Holiday House Tour

This multi-sensory experience will knock your stockings off. You'll make six stops at venues decked out in holiday garb, with guest chefs and wine from North Fork vineyards. There will be music, a tree lighting, tasty tidbits and more!

Warm up with craft food and drink...

Wassailing Weekend in Cooperstown

Fly Creek Cider Mill – Photo Courtesy of Fly Creek Cider Mill

Mulled cider, infused with all the smells and spices of winter, is just one of many treats at Fly Creek Cider Mill. All season long, Cooperstown brings the holiday spirit with tastings and cooking demos for your favoirte holiday treats.

Niagara Wine Trail Holiday Happening

Holiday Happening in Niagara Falls

The Greater Niagara Wine Trail will be ablaze with holiday spirit this winter. Receive a special holiday gift, taste some local varietals and do some holiday shopping along the way during this week-long event in Niagara Falls. 

Shows, races and everything else under the holidays lights...    

Greater Olean's Santa Claus Lane Parade     

This parade and lighting ceremony in Olean will help you kick off the holiday season right. Celebrate with the entire town with an illumination of thousands of lights.

Troy Turkey Trot  

Troy Turkey Trot
Not only is this one of the largest and oldest Thanksgiving Day races in the U.S., it also ends with a bang. Do as the locals do and run the 5K or 10K straight to the Ale House, a no-frills pub in Troy's historic downtown. You'll find a lively crowd of runners and fresh beer to kick off your holiday.

Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot 

Think Macy's Day Parade, but in New Paltz. Get your trot on with the entire town at a 5k this Thanksgiving. There will be a run/walk for adults and a fun run for children, too!

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