ALBANY — The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites residents and visitors to celebrate the season at more than 40 holiday-themed events taking place at New York State Parks and Historic Sites. Events include a number of hands-on activities, outdoor recreation, historic tours, and holiday celebrations for visitors of all ages.
Highlights of the holiday-themed events include candlelight tours of Old Fort Niagara overlooking Lake Ontario in Western New York, the Holiday Light Spectacular at Jones Beach State Park and trees lightings at Planting Fields Arboretum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Orient Beach on Long Island, and tours of the decorated historic homes of Clermont and Staatsburg in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
For a complete listing of holiday events taking place near you, visit NYS Parks calendar of events for more information. Events may require pre-registration and/or an admission fee.
Holiday Open House - Thacher State Park, Dec. 15.
Candlelight Tours - Clermont State Historic Site, Dec. 16.
Gingerbread Spectacular - Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Dec. 15
Candlelight Tours - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Dec. 20-22
A Gilded Age Christmas - Staatsburg State Historic Site through Dec. 31.