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New York, NY - With the winter holidays on the horizon, New York State (http://www.iloveny.com/) is preparing for a season full of merriment and holiday spirit featuring festive events and value-added hotel packages across its 11 vacation regions. Here are some of the winter activities and deals travelers can expect this season.Lights on the Lake, Onondaga NY Lights on the Lake is a two-mile-long drive-through show featuring towering holiday displays at Onondaga Lake Park taking place November 25, 2009 - January 10, 2010 from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. every night including holidays. For more information, visit http://www.lightsonthelake.com/ or call 315-453-6712. The Pumpelly House Estate "Lights On The River" Package, Owego NY The Pumpelly House Estate is celebrating the "Lights On the River" holiday fireworks display with a special package that includes complimentary tea by the fire at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4th, dinner at Tioga Trails ($50 value) followed by the holiday fireworks display, and breakfast served in the Bistro on Saturday. Package rates begin at $350 for a two-night minimum stay based on double occupancy. For more information, call 607-687-0510 or visit http://www.pumpellyhouse.com/ Candlelight Tours and Twelfth Night At Van Cortlandt Manor Experience the late 18th century celebration of "Twelfth Night". The candlelit festivities begin with a visit to the home of one of the wealthiest families of the post-Revolutionary War era. Guests will also experience a celebration at the Manor's ferry house and dance to the lively strains of a fiddler and drink a toast to the season. The celebration will be held on December 12, 19 and 26 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ or call 914-271-8981. Santa Train Excursions at Medina Railroad Museum, Medina NY Santa Claus is hosting train rides along the Historic Erie Canal. Guests will pass through small villages viewing scenes of the season and then take a tour of the railroad depot museum. For reservations and more information, call 585-798-6106 or visit http://www.railroadmuseum.net/. 74 State's Winter Wonderland Package, Albany NY The "Winter Wonderland" package includes an overnight stay at 74 State, passes for the Winter Wonderland Disney on Ice Show and breakfast for four. Package rates begin at $240. For more information, visit www.hotnewyorkdeals.com/home.cfm?cvb=Albany Wonderland of Lights, Utica NY Each year in Utica, NY the light show attracts more than 30,000 delighted children and adults and raises thousands of dollars to support the Resource Center for Independent Living. Open November 25-January, the light show is once every night except Christmas Eve from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on the Masonic Care Community Campus. For more information, visit http://www.wonderlandoflights.org/ or call 315-797-4642. Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown NY Guests can pay a visit to the historic mansion and enjoy Lyndhurst in its full winter fairy tale beauty with live music and hot mulled cider amid the lavishly decorated rooms. Reservations required. The mansion is open December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Saturday from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 914-631-4481, ext. 0 or visit http://www.lyndhurst.org/. Annual Winter Family Day at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx NY The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx is hosting a holiday celebration on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will include a puppet show, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and a holiday boutique. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 718-885-1461 or visit http://www.bpmm.org/. "Shopping Spree" Package at The Holiday Inn, Auburn NY The "Shopping Spree" package at The Holiday Inn, Auburn includes an overnight stay for two, two tickets to the Cayuga Wine Trail Holiday Shopping Spree ($50 value), breakfast for two at the Falls Restaurant ($20 value), bottle of Finger Lakes wine upon check-in, a holiday souvenir and a complimentary glass of wine with the purchase of each dinner entrée in McMurphy's Pub. This package is available November 19, 20, and 21, 2009 and starts at $154 per room. For more information, visit http://www.hiauburn.com/ or call 315-253-4531. Polar Express Train Ride, Utica NY The Polar Express comes to life on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. On December 2, 3 and 16, guests can read along with the story as the train makes its round trip journey to the North Pole where children will meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and caroling. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for children. For more information, visit www.adirondackrr.com/polarex.html. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and Allegany State Park to lesser-known treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Museum of Glass in Corning. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. 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