senate-house-state-historic-site2.jpgKingston, N.Y. - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire will be just one of the highlights at Senate House State Historic Site this December.  Visitors are invited to celebrate the joys of the holiday season by attending Senate House's, "Festival of Lights" on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5-8pm.  The grounds of the site will be decked out in an impressive display of lights, and there will be hot apple cider, roasted chestnuts, carolers, and horse and carriage rides through Uptown Kingston.  Santa will also be on hand and children can receive a free snowflake necklace as a souvenir. The Friends of Senate House have decorated the first floor of the Loughran House, located on the Senate House grounds, with colorful and festive garlands, lights and elegant decorations.  Come to the site at 296 Fair St. in historic uptown Kingston and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.  This event is free and open to the public. Senate House State Historic Site is part of a system of parks, recreation areas and historic sites operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the site is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For further information about this and other upcoming events please call the site at (845) 338-2786 or visit the State Parks website at


Contact: Deana Preston, Senate House State Historic Site, 845-338-2786