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Tue 06 Dec
Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 until Saturday, December 31, 2016 02:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 6-31. 2pm tour. Come learn about the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's, and the origins of many different modern holiday traditions while viewing the festive decorations done by Morsemere Garden Club, and learning about the history of the Manor Hall. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under.

Registration: Optional
Thu 08 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Thursday, December 8, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Thu 08 Dec
Christmas by Candlelight at Lorenzo
Thursday, December 8, 2016 until Friday, December 9, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Inspired by the beloved Irving Berlin song, "White Christmas," this year's holiday celebration will play upon the winter imagery of crystalized trees, a mantle of snow, frozen lakes and crisp winter skies. Bedecked in holiday finery, and with support from the Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will also feature holiday refreshments and live music; sleigh rides (weather permitting) will be available throughout the weekend, and ornamental crafts and holiday treats will also be featured at the Rippleton Schoolhouse on Sunday.

Admission fees: $6 per person; $2 children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.LorenzoNY.org or contact Diane Voss at (315) 655-3200, ext. 100.

Fri 09 Dec
Holiday Decoration Activity
Friday, December 9, 2016 01:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Join us for a Holiday Decoration Activity at the Park Office!  Bring the family to make Holiday decorations for your home while watching "The Santa Clause".

All materials supplied. Space is limited. 

Fri 09 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Friday, December 9, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Fri 09 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 9, 2016 06:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
(516) 922-9200

Planting Fields Arboretum Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities of the celebration commence with the lighting of the holiday tree by Santa. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and enjoy hot cider and view the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse.

Fri 09 Dec
A Gilded Age Christmas: Special Evening Hours
Friday, December 9, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Spend a festive evening in the fully-decorated mansion, with costumed guides, music and gift shopping. $8/adults, $6/seniors & students, Free/children 12 & under and Friends of Mills Mansion members.
Sat 10 Dec
Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Riverbank State Park
(212) 694-3600

Bring the whole family to join in festivities!

Scrooge --Cultural Center Theatre: 2:00pm
Get in the Holiday Spirit as The Cultural Department presents SCROOGE, a play that is sure to delight the entire family

Photo Op with Santa --Main Entrance Lobby, Cultural Building: 3:15pm
Bring a camera and get a picture with Santa Claus

Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration --The Ice Rink: 4:00pm
Holiday Ice show featuring the Ice Theatre of New York, The Skyliners and Figure Skating in Harlem

Hot Chocolate will be served by Starbucks Community Service prior to the show.

Christmas Tree Lighting--The Ice Rink: 4:45pm
Join local dignitaries as we count down to the lighting of the tree!

Sat 10 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 10, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special!

Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Classes:

9:30 - 11:30am
1:30 - 3:30pm

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 10, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Using a wide array of fresh greenery, create a lovely wreath for your door or to give as a gift when visiting for the holidays. Add a decoration or two from home to make it extra special!

Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience.

Classes:

9:30 - 11:30am
1:30 - 3:30pm

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Build a beautiful holiday wreath. $15 covers material cost. Recommended for adults.

RSVP required: Contact Emily Becker at emily.becker@parks.ny.gov or 718-605-3970 x201.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Build a beautiful holiday wreath. $15 covers material cost. Recommended for adults.

RSVP required: Contact Emily Becker at emily.becker@parks.ny.gov or 718-605-3970 x201.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Holiday Crafts
Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Nature offers plenty of inspiration for gift making. Join us at the park office to create something special for your loved ones. $4/person materials fee. Held at Park Office. Pre-register: 279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Dec
Holiday Decoration Activity
Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Join us for a Holiday Decoration Activity at the Park Office!  Bring the family to make Holiday decorations for your home while watching "The Santa Clause".

All materials supplied. Space is limited.

Sat 10 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Saturday, December 10, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Sat 10 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 10, 2016 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-1765 ext 22

Tour the elegantly appointed 1754 Ellison house decorated for Christmas and staffed by Revolutionary War era costumed interpreters.

Additionally on Thursday December 29th  explore the Open House at Knox's Headquarters. The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM Admission is free. Call (845) 561-1765 ext. 22 for more information

 

Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 11, 2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 from 1-4 p.m. Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Regular admission rates apply. $8/adults, $6/seniors & students, Free/children 12 & under and Friends of Mills Mansion members.
Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. (One wreath per family)

$4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17)Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 11, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

The Holiday season is in full swing. Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. (One wreath per family)

$4.00 per adult (18+) $4.00 for children (ages 3 - 17)Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 11, 2016 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen ($12 adult; $5 for children under 12)

Thu 15 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Thursday, December 15, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Fri 16 Dec
Holiday Cookie Decorating
Friday, December 16, 2016 until Saturday, December 17, 2016 01:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Green Lakes State Park
(315) 637-6111

Watch "The Santa Clause" while decorating cookies with icings and sprinkles!

*choose a session* Friday 12/16: 1pm OR 4pm session Saturday 12/17: 10am, 1pm OR 4pm session

A small $2 fee required. Limited availability. Call 315-637-6111 for details or to make a reservation

Registration: Required
Fri 16 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Friday, December 16, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Sat 17 Dec
Ice Candles
Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

When were candles first used? Where does wax come from? Discover the history of candles while using hot wax and ice to create a unique candle just in time for the holidays.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Dec
Special After Hours Holiday Shopping at Olana
Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

The Olana Museum Store offers the perfect selection of custom, handmade and one of a kind merchandise for everyone on your list. Open Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm with extended after hours shopping and members double discount on December 17. To shop online visit www.olana.org.

Sat 17 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A great day for families, with admission free for everyone! Explore the mansion at your leisure, enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor's center. FREE - All are welcome. For questions, call (518) 537-4240.

Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Treasure Hunt
Saturday, December 17, 2016 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

The elves have hidden some treasure in the woods, and left a map to help us find it! Join us for an adventure. Meets at Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, NY. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register please:279-1155

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Dec
Holiday Family Crafts
Saturday, December 17, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join us for a day of family fun! We will have four different winter crafts to make: a decorative wreath, a flower pot snowman, mitten sun catchers, and a fragrant pomander ball. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in our decorated 1920s Ballroom. This is a drop-in program. $20/family; free for family level members of Friends of John Jay Homestead.

Sat 17 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Saturday, December 17, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Sun 18 Dec
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 18, 2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 from 1-4 p.m. Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Regular admission rates apply. $8/adults, $6/seniors & students, Free/children 12 & under and Friends of Mills Mansion members.
Tue 20 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay's historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered on Tuesday, December 20th; Wednesday, December, 21st; and Thursday, December 22nd at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, and members of Friends of John Jay Homestead; $5 for children. Reservations are required for timed tours as space is strictly limited. Visit www.johnjayhomestead.org for tickets.

***Please make sure you register for the correct date and time.***

Registration: Required
Tue 20 Dec
Candlelight Holiday Tours
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 until Saturday, December 24, 2016 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Tuesday, Dec. 20-Saturday, Dec. 24. 7pm each evening. Under the cover of darkness, with only candles to light the way, come learn about the Dutch traditions that the Philipse family observed during the holidays in the 1700's, while viewing the festive decorations done by Morsemere Garden Club and learning about the history of the Manor Hall. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Free for children 12 and under. Reservation not required but please call ahead to confirm availability.

Registration: Optional
Wed 21 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay's historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered on Tuesday, December 20th; Wednesday, December, 21st; and Thursday, December 22nd at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, and members of Friends of John Jay Homestead; $5 for children. Reservations are required for timed tours as space is strictly limited. Visit www.johnjayhomestead.org for tickets.

***Please make sure you register for the correct date and time.***

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Thursday, December 22, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Thu 22 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 22, 2016 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Experience John Jay's historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered on Tuesday, December 20th; Wednesday, December, 21st; and Thursday, December 22nd at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, and members of Friends of John Jay Homestead; $5 for children. Reservations are required for timed tours as space is strictly limited. Visit www.johnjayhomestead.org for tickets.

***Please make sure you register for the correct date and time.***

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Friday, December 23, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Sat 24 Dec
Holiday Break Walk around the Lake
Saturday, December 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Need some time to de-stress from the holiday madness? Come to Minnewaska State Park Preserve and unwind in a calming and peaceful setting. For this approximately four mile excursion, participants will walk around the west side of Lake Minnewaska on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road to Castle Point Carriage Road and continue on to Echo Rock, a scenic overlook with tremendous views of the Wallkill Valley and the greater Hudson Valley. On the return trip, participants will return to Lake Minnewaska to walk the duration of the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, continuing to the East side of the Lake. If there is snow covering the carriage roads, this hike will take place in another location in the Park Preserve.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Saturday, December 24, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Tue 27 Dec
Kids Craft Workshop: Make a Mouse House
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 until Friday, December 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Dec. 27-30, each day at 10:00 am. Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 tour the house briefly to see mouse houses on display, then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required by calling 845-889-8851. 
$8/child or $15/family (up to 3 kids)
Registration: Required
Thu 29 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Thursday, December 29, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Fri 30 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Friday, December 30, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.
Sat 31 Dec
Holiday House Tours
Saturday, December 31, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay's historic Bedford House, focusing on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees apply. Tours offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. between Dec. 1-31.