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Sat 15 Dec
By the Fireside
Saturday, December 15, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

As the holidays draw closer, take a moment to make your season a little merrier by spending a relaxing evening in the lobby of the Red House Administration Building in Allegany State Park. Join us on Saturday, December 15th for "By the Fireside." This month's featured performance is by the Studio 107 Chamber Players of Olean High School, playing songs of the season. The group, while consisting mainly of students, is often joined by alumni, community members, and teachers. They got their start in 2008 performing at the Olean Community Thanksgiving dinner. Since then they have performed at various venues including community events, weddings, private parties, and nursing homes. Each March during "Music in our Schools" Month the students offer a program called "Harmony in the Morning," performing in the school foyer for a half hour each day before school starts. This program offers the students a chance to show their appreciation to their school community and gives them the opportunity to share their music with their peers.

Sat 15 Dec
Christmas Town Express Model Train Display
Saturday, December 15, 2018 until Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(315) 343-4711

By Oswego Valley Railroad Association

In Enlisted Men's Barracks

Museum Shop Open
Wreath Sales

FREE Admission



Sat 15 Dec
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
Saturday, December 15, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(315) 343-4711

Fort Ontario Post Cemetery

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Sat 22 Dec
Christmas Town Express Model Train Display
Saturday, December 22, 2018 until Sunday, December 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(345) 343-4711

By Oswego Valley Railroad Association

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Museum Open
Wreath Sales

FREE Admission


Thu 27 Dec
Christmas Town Express Model Train Display
Thursday, December 27, 2018 until Sunday, December 30, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
(345) 343-4711 ext 2

Oswego Valley Railroad Association

Enlisted Men's Barracks

Museum Shop Open
Wreath Sales

FREE Admission
Wed 12 Dec
GUIDED CHRISTMAS TOURS
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 until Saturday, December 15, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Lorenzo State Historic Site
(315) 655-3200

Traditional tours of the mansion and decorations will be available.  Group tours of 8 or more may also be scheduled by prior arrangements. 

Admission Fees:  $6 per person, $2 children 12 and under.  For more information please call 315-655-3200.
Sat 15 Dec
44th Annual Letchworth Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

All day. Interested persons will be searching a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 15th for territory assignment.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
44th Annual Letchworth Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

All day. Interested persons will be searching a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 15th for territory assignment.
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Adult Program: 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

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! There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath) Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior: (631) 265 – 1054

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Adult Program: 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

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! There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath) Limit 18 people per class. We cannot go over this limit! We apologize for any inconvenience. Reservations are required starting two weeks prior: (631) 265 – 1054

Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 16, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Family Program: The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath) Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Holiday Wreath
Sunday, December 16, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Family Program: The Holiday season is in full swing. Why not welcome friends and family with something festive for your front door? Come create a beautiful natural wreath to ring in the New Year. Display it at home or give it as a gift. There is an additional $5 per person for materials. (no charge if you bring your own wreath) Reservations are required: (516) 780-3295
Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create a holiday wreath using fresh greens. Best for pre-teens and adults. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201. Fee of $15 cash/check for materials.

Sat 15 Dec
Annual Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create a holiday wreath using fresh greens. Best for pre-teens and adults. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201. Fee of $15 cash/check for materials.

Sat 15 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1802

Join us for our first ever Evangola Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Join us for our annual Knox Farm Christmas bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Night Hike
Friday, December 21, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 652-0786

Welcome in the winter season as we enjoy an evening trail hike on the longest night of the year. Call (716) 549-1050 to register for program.

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Jingle Falls: Holiday Happenings
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 278-1796

Stop by the new Cave of the Winds Pavilion and join us for a variety of festive fun, kid friendly crafts, and a visit with Santa. More details to come, for more information call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 15 Dec
The Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 15, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
(716) 745-7611

The 18th century historic site will offer guests a unique yesteryear experience in a setting untouched by consumerism, but enhanced by natural elements, like evergreen boughs and pinecones, and accented with ribbons and homemade ornaments, courtesy of the Youngstown Garden Club. Candles and lanterns will illuminate the outdoor walkways and indoor rooms.

Unique to this event are the "feu de joie" (firing of joy) musket and cannon firings, which recreate an 18th century military ceremony usually employed to celebrate a great victory, at 7:00 and 7:45 p.m. In addition, visitors will meet historical characters and do hands-on activities like writing with a quill pen, playing an 18th century game, and making a seasonal craft.

The festive atmosphere will include music of fifes and drums, Celtic favorites and tavern songs. Cooks will prepare and discuss traditional holiday fare, while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century. A Recollect priest will recite the Christmas story in Latin in the fort's chapel while fur traders and French soldiers downstairs pass the winter evening in more boisterous pursuits.

Homemade soup, hot cocoa and cookies will be for sale onsite at the Trading Post (while supplies last), while musicians provide live holiday music for customers.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $15 per person, available at the door.

Sat 15 Dec
Christmas with the Ellisons
Saturday, December 15, 2018 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 561-5498

From 5:00 to 8:00 PM tour by candlelight the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with costumed staff and 18th century holiday decorations.

Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information.
Sat 15 Dec
Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Call 518-872-1237 for more information.
Sat 15 Dec
Christmas at Clermont Open House
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

A great day for families. Free Admission.
Sun 16 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 16, 2018 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen.​

Adults $12, Children under 12 - $5

Tickets Required. Call (518) 537-4240

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Dec
Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 1, 2018 until Monday, December 31, 2018
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

December 1st through 31st, Thursdays - Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm:

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Regular admission fees.

1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm | Location: purchase tickets in Glass Porch | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Sat 01 Dec
Holiday Shop
Saturday, December 1, 2018 until Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Browse our expanded selection of merchandise, including many gift items featuring images of John Jay's Historic Bedford House, Bedford Farm, and the newly installed historic wallpaper found in John Jay's Office. Books for history lovers; John Jay Homestead Christmas ornaments; 18th & 19th century toys and games; note cards and housewares are also available. ***Please note that we only take cash or check for payment***

10:00am-2:00pm | Location: Ballroom of the Main House. | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12

Thu 20 Dec
Candlelight Tours
Thursday, December 20, 2018 until Saturday, December 22, 2018 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. Reservations are required for timed tours as space is strictly limited.

5:00pm-7:00pm | Location: Enter through the Glass Porch. | $15 adults; $12 seniors, students, and members; $5 children under 12

Registration: Required
Sat 15 Dec
Gingerbread Spectacular
Saturday, December 15, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, from 2:00-4:00, stop by the Manor to help children create and decorate their own Gingerbread cookie! Local businesses will be submitting their own creations, and it's up to you to vote for the winner! The winning business will be announced at the end of the program. All activities for the day are free but supplies are limited to first come first serve.

2:00pm-4:00pm | Location: Yonkers | Free | Ages: 1-12

Fri 23 Nov
A GILDED AGE CHRISTMAS
Friday, November 23, 2018 until Monday, December 31, 2018
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations while touring the mansion. Cost: $8/Adults, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

  • Noon – 4pm on Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, Thursday – Sunday
  • Noon– 4pm on Dec. 26 – 31, Wednesday – Monday
  • Closed December 24 and 25

Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present A Gilded Age Christmas, featuring lavish decorations, special programs, and extended hours during school vacation. The mansion’s decorations are done in turn-of-the-century style, recreating the atmosphere of holidays long-ago in one of the great estates of the Hudson Valley.

Staatsburgh will open for the holiday season on Friday, November 23. Touring hours will be Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. through December 31. The site will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Site admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors; children 12 and younger are free.

In addition, Staatsburgh will have special evening hours on Friday December 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the last week of December, the site will be open Wednesday through Sunday, December 26 – 31, from Noon to 4 p.m.

Staatsburgh’s museum shop will be open during all touring hours. Often cited as among the best museum gift shops in the Hudson Valley, the shop features a unique array of jewelry, books, scarves, keepsakes and gifts.

 

Wed 12 Dec
Children’s Story Hour & Holiday Craft
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Pre-school age children are invited to gather around the Christmas tree and listen to stories read by Staatsburg Children's' Librarian, Lisa Prentiss, and then make a holiday craft. Reservations required by calling (845) 889-8851, ext. 300. Cost: Free

Registration: Required
Fri 14 Dec
Paper Quilling Workshop: Make an Ornament
Friday, December 14, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Participants can take a brief tour of the decorated mansion before this introductory class on making a paper-quilled ornament. Materials will be supplied, and everyone will receive a quilling tool to keep. Refreshments served. A great activity for friends or parents and teens (age 12+). Reservations required by calling (845) 889-8851, ext. 300. Cost: $15; $12 for Friends of Mills Mansion
Registration: Required
Sun 16 Dec
Holiday Whodunit Family Program
Sunday, December 16, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a “history mystery.” Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Arrive anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and plan for about an hour visit. Cost: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors/Students; Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 23 Dec
Holiday Whodunit Family Program
Sunday, December 23, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a “history mystery.” Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Arrive anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and plan for about an hour visit. Cost: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors/Students; Children 12 & under are free.
Sun 30 Dec
Holiday Whodunit Family Program
Sunday, December 30, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

Children become detectives to solve a “history mystery.” Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find whodunit. Arrive anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and plan for about an hour visit. Cost: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors/Students; Children 12 & under are free.
Fri 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Walk
Friday, December 21, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Celebrate the transition from the shortest day to the longest night of the year. Join a park naturalist to explore the nature trails, then come back to the Nature Center for refreshments by the fireplace! Length of walk will be approximately 1.5 miles on easy trails. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp!