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A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, November 28, 2014 until Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Visit the lavishly decorated mansion to experience Christmas, Gilded Age style! The mansion is sumptuously decorated for the holidays and the shop is full of great gifts for your holiday shopping needs. The house will be open for tours Thursday - Sunday from November 28th - December 28th, as well as from Monday, December 29th - Wednesday, December 31st.
Christmas at Lorenzo
Friday, December 5, 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200

Bedecked in holiday finery, the neoclassical Mansion sets the stage for “Christmas at Lorenzo.” With support from The Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will showcase decorative inspirations and seasonal displays based on the theme of “Birds of a Feather.” Holiday refreshments and live music will also be offered.

Adults: $5
Children: $2 (12 and under)
For more information and tickets, please visit the Friends of Lorenzo's website.

Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Phone: (585) 394-4922

See the beautiful and historic home of Canandaigua decorated for the holiday season.

Fee: $22/person.

A Child's Christmas
Saturday, December 6, 2014 until Sunday, December 7, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10 ($4 per person)

Holiday Gathering
Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 829-7516

Start off the month with a warm day inside the Visitor Center where there will be themed readings and ornament making for all ages. Please come enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and refreshments. This gift shop will also be open for any holiday purchases.

The Visitor Center is located at 129 Schoharie Street in the hamlet of Fort Hunter - Montgomery County. For more information, please contact the site (518) 829-7516.

St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will be stopping by to see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique gifts for the holidays. There will be crafts for the kids and refreshments by a crackling fire.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours.

This event is free.

Christmas at Lorenzo
Saturday, December 6, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200

Bedecked in holiday finery, the neoclassical Mansion sets the stage for "Christmas at Lorenzo." With support from The Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will showcase decorative inspirations and seasonal displays based on the theme of "Birds of a Feather." Holiday refreshments and live music will also be offered.

Adults: $5
Children: $2 (12 and under)
For more information and tickets, please visit the Friends of Lorenzo's website.

The Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 6, 2014 07:00 PM - 08:30 AM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 745-7611

Candles twinkle in the windows of the 288-year-old French Castle. Outside the imposing stone structure, lanterns line Old Fort Niagara's walkways as soldiers prepare their muskets to perform a grand feu de joie, a firing of joy, in honor of the holiday season. Fifes and drums play traditional music and artillerists prepare their cannons to join in the salute. This is the scene that will greet visitors to Old Fort Niagara as the historic site presents its annual Castle by Candlelight program.

Cooks will prepare traditional holiday fare, while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century. Visitors will witness demonstrations of woodworking, hornsmithing and the preparation of traditional hot chocolate and will have the opportunity to write with a quill pen and play a period game. The Castle will feature holiday decorations by the Youngstown Garden Club.

Visitors can arrive anytime between between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The grand feu de joie, featuring the rolling fire of muskets and cannons will be performed by the garrison at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Fort's Log Cabin will also be open, offering hot beverages and live holiday music. Admission to the event is $8.00 per person with proceeds benefitting the Fort's educational programming. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Christmas at Lorenzo
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Phone: (315) 655-3200

Bedecked in holiday finery, the neoclassical Mansion sets the stage for "Christmas at Lorenzo." With support from The Friends of Lorenzo, this perennially favorite December program will showcase decorative inspirations and seasonal displays based on the theme of "Birds of a Feather." Holiday refreshments and live music will also be offered.

Adults: $5
Children: $2 (12 and under)
For more information and tickets, please visit the Friends of Lorenzo's website.

Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 7, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Holiday Tours at the Manor Hall
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Holiday Tours will take place December 9, 11, 13 and 17 at 12pm and 3pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

Holiday Tours at the Manor Hall
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Holiday Tours will take place December 9, 11, 13 and 17 at 12pm and 3pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

10th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, December 12, 2014 05:30 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Phone: (516) 922-9200

The tree lighting will take place on Friday, December 12, 2014. Arboretum gates will open at 5:30pm and the tree lighting will take place at 6pm. As in previous years, we will light the magnificent 35-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine, which is located on the south side of the Camellia Greenhouse. Visit with Santa at the Hay Barn until 7:30pm!

The event will feature special guests Santa Claus and madrigal singers. Guests will have the opportunity to view the fabulous holiday decorations and the first floor of Coe Hall from 5:30pm-8pm. In addition, guests will be able to view the spectacular poinsettia display featuring hundreds of poinsettias of various forms and seven varieties in the Main Greenhouse. Don't forget to visit Periwinkles Cafe in the Visitor Center and enjoy egg nog, hot chocolate and cider, gingerbread men and other assorted holiday sweets.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see Planting Fields in all its winter splendor. Both the grounds and the building will be open until 8pm. Admission is free. For more information, please call Planting Fields Arboretum at 516-922-9200 or 516-922-8678 or visit our website at www.plantingfields.org

A Gilded Age Christmas: Special Evening Hours
Friday, December 12, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Spend a festive evening in the lavishly-decorated mansion, with costumed guides, music, and gift shopping. 
Holiday Tours at the Manor Hall
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Holiday Tours will take place December 9, 11, 13 and 17 at 12pm and 3pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

I'll Be Home By Christmas: Keeping in Touch with the Ones Back Home
Saturday, December 13, 2014 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Phone: (845) 561-1765

Come experience three centuries of our military personnel coping with being away from home during the holidays. From the Civil War through Afghanistan, hear the letters they wrote, and join in singing some of the songs they sang. Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To make a reservation, please call 845-561-1765

Registration: Required
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 13, 2014 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-5498
Tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with costumed staff and 18th century holiday decorations.
Christmas Gala Ball
Saturday, December 13, 2014 04:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Phone: (585) 394-4922

See the Mansion festively decorated for the holiday season!

Come dance the evening away in the Mansion's Great Hall and Drawing Room. Listen to music filtering down from the Minstrel Gallery. Take a stroll and wander through the Mansion. Enjoy hors d'oeuvers, desserts and a cash wine bar.

For your enjoyment, there will be a special showcase presentation by Sean and Susie Buck.

Dress for this event is "black tie" or better. Ladies are advised to also bring a warm wrap.

Space is strictly limited to 120 patrons, and pre-paid reservations must be made by December 12th. To purchase tickets, call 585-394-4922 or purchase online. ($55/General Admission, $45/Sonnenberg Members)

Entrance and Parking: Use the Fort Hill entrance to drive up to the Mansion's porte-cochere (carriage stop) to drop off guests at the main Mansion door. Parking will be in the Canandaigua VA's Kennedy lot.

Registration: Required
Friends of Clermont Holiday Party
Saturday, December 13, 2014 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

Friends of Clermont Holiday Party: Free for members; guests $10

The Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 13, 2014 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
Phone: (716) 745-7611

Candles twinkle in the windows of the 288-year-old French Castle. Outside the imposing stone structure, lanterns line Old Fort Niagara's walkways as soldiers prepare their muskets to perform a grand feu de joie, a firing of joy, in honor of the holiday season. Fifes and drums play traditional music and artillerists prepare their cannons to join in the salute. This is the scene that will greet visitors to Old Fort Niagara as the historic site presents its annual Castle by Candlelight program.

Cooks will prepare traditional holiday fare, while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century. Visitors will witness demonstrations of woodworking, hornsmithing and the preparation of traditional hot chocolate and will have the opportunity to write with a quill pen and play a period game. The Castle will feature holiday decorations by the Youngstown Garden Club.

Visitors can arrive anytime between between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The grand feu de joie, featuring the rolling fire of muskets and cannons will be performed by the garrison at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Fort's Log Cabin will also be open, offering hot beverages and live holiday music. Admission to the event is $8.00 per person with proceeds benefitting the Fort's educational programming. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Warm Up At the Washingtons'
Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 562-1195
Visit the Hasbrouck House, decorated for the yuletide, with live music, hot cider and cookies! Historic interpreters will be available in every room to answer questions.
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 14, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 14, 2014 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen ($10 person; children under 12 free)

Holiday Tours at the Manor Hall
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Holiday Tours will take place December 9, 11, 13 and 17 at 12pm and 3pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

"Joyful Traditions" Lecture
Thursday, December 18, 2014 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall presents the lecture, "Joyful Traditions" by Peter G. Rose on December 18 at 7pm at the Gothic Chamber at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

In this slide-accompanied lecture, food historian Peter G. Rose will delve into the early history of the life of Saint Nicholas. She will explain the various changes in his veneration, as well as relate how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th century, and again, transformed into Santa in the 19th century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, the fine arts, and Dutch cuisine to describe the extraordinary story of Saint Nicholas' generosity, which has had a lasting impact on American culture.

Ms. Rose, a native of the Netherlands, has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history at, among others: The Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Culinary Institute of America, New York University, and the New York Historical Society, as well as many other historical societies and libraries in New York State.

This lecture is free and open to the general public. This event is made possible through the Speakers in the Humanities program with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about this event, contact Richard Donegan at 914-232-5651 x103 or richard.donegan@parks.ny.gov.

Candlelight Tours at the Manor Hall
Friday, December 19, 2014 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Candlelight Tours will take place December 19, 20, and 23 at 7pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 537-4240

A great day for families. Free admission

Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 20, 2014 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-5498
Tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with costumed staff and 18th century holiday decorations.
Candlelight Tours at the Manor Hall
Saturday, December 20, 2014 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Candlelight Tours will take place December 19, 20 and 23 at 7pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 21, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Candlelight Tour at the Manor Hall
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 07:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Phone: (914) 232-5651 ext 103

Visitors will learn some of the history of the Manor Hall, as well as early holiday traditions celebrated by Dutch settlers through the Hudson Valley. Visitors will hear about the myths and history of St. Nicholas and the celebration that started in his name, the simple Dutch celebration of Christmas Day and how the holiday was expanded by the English to include gift-giving and decoration, and how Dutch and English settlers celebrated the end of the Christmas season with "12th Night" on January 6th.

Tours will be conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Manor Hall, the oldest standing building in Westchester County.

Candlelight Tours will take place December 19, 20 and 23 at 7pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and under. Parking for Manor Hall is located in the adjacent municipal lot at 45 Warburton Avenue.

Open House at Knox’s Headquarters
Friday, December 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-5498
The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM each day. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.
Open House at Knox’s Headquarters
Saturday, December 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-5498
The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM each day. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.
Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids: Make a Mouse House
Saturday, December 27, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. Children enjoy searching for mouse houses in the historic rooms while on tour in the holiday season. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 can tour the house briefly to see the mouse houses on display, and then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required, so please call to make a reservation and inquire about admission fee.
Registration: Required
Open House at Knox’s Headquarters
Sunday, December 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-5498
The Ellison mansion is open for tours at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM each day. Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the season in 18th century fashion.
Holiday Whodunit
Sunday, December 28, 2014 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. Event will be offered on Sundays in December: the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. 
Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids: Make a Mouse House
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 889-8851
Mistletoe Mouse has inhabited the mansion at Christmastime for many years. Children enjoy searching for mouse houses in the historic rooms while on tour in the holiday season. For these workshops, kids ages 6-10 can tour the house briefly to see the mouse houses on display, and then use craft materials to build their own mouse house to take home. An adult must accompany child. Reservations required, so please call to make a reservation and inquire about admission fee.
Registration: Required
Twelfth Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 463-8738
Museum open house with costumed interpreters and open hearth cooking demonstrations in the cellar kitchen. Combo tickets with Schuyler Mansion’s Twelfth Night festivities will be available.
"Salutations of the Season!"
Saturday, January 10, 2015 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 434-0834

An evening of merriment for everyone! Special Twelfth Night festivities will highlight the holiday season as it may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family in the 18th century. Come and revel in the holiday traditions of Albany's past with live music, bonfires, traditional fare and wassail toasts! Then cross the river where the celebration continues at Crailo!

Combo Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 Seniors & Students / $2.00 Children (12 and under) / $5.00 Friends Members

Single -Site Admission: $6.00 Adults / $5.00 Seniors & Students / $1.00 Children (12 and under) / $4.00 Friends Members

Snow date: Sunday Jan 11th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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