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Sat 18 Dec
Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Saturday, December 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Wreaths Across America Ceremony will take place at Noon at the Post Cemetery. To sponsor a wreath or volunteer for our Post Cemetery go to: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
Sat 18 Dec
47th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3625

Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 18 for territory assignment.
Sat 18 Dec
47th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3625

Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 18 for territory assignment.
Fri 10 Dec
Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, December 10, 2021 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Planting Fields Foundation are pleased to co-present the 16th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY taking place on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. 

Everyone is invited to experience Planting Fields Arboretum in all its winter splendor. The Arboretum gates will open at 5:30 pm. At 6:00 pm sharp, the magnificent thirty-five-foot Japanese Umbrella Pine on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse will be lit by Santa. Afterwards, you can visit with Santa in the Planting Fields Hay Barn until 7:30 pm. 

Admission to the tree-lighting is free. The grounds will be open to the public until 8:00 pm.
Sat 11 Dec
Snowflakes
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Reservations are required for all programs. Space is limited. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel so others may have the opportunity to attend.

To register, please visit Eventbrite.com and search for #NatureEdventures.

Sat 11 Dec
Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Make a wreath out of fresh greens. Adults only. Limited supplies, call 718-605-3970 X201 to RSVP
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 605-3970

Make a wreath out of fresh greens. Adults only. Limited supplies, call 718-605-3970 X201 to RSVP
Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 11, 2021 04:00 PM
Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park)

Bring the whole family to join in the festivities!

ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK®'S WINTER HOLIDAY SKATING CELEBRATION
Holiday Ice Show featuring Ice Theatre of New York®, Figure Skating in Harlem, Riverbank Figure Skating Club, Sky Rink All Stars and The Skyliners. 

The Ice Rink 4:00PM

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Join local dignitaries as we count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree. 

Rinkside 4:45PM 
Sat 11 Dec
Evangola Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas Bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Sun 19 Dec
Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for annual Knox Farm Christmas Bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Sat 11 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 11 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 18 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Sat 18 Dec
Jingle Falls Walk
Saturday, December 18, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Niagara Falls State Park
(716) 282-5154

Join a park naturalist and discover Niagara Falls State Park as it starts its transition into a wonderous winter wonderland. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Fri 31 Dec
Last Day Hike
Friday, December 31, 2021 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Woodlawn Beach State Park
(716) 549-1050

Enjoy the final Lake Erie sunset of 2021, as we get ready to welcome the new Year. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Wed 08 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-7141

See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army.  Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities.  In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."    


Registration: Required
Thu 09 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect. 


For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities.  In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."    

Registration: Required
Fri 10 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Friday, December 10, 2021 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities. In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Saturday, December 11, 2021 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities. In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."

Registration: Required
Wed 15 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-7141

See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army.  Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities.  In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."    


Registration: Required
Thu 16 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect. 


For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities.  In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."    

Registration: Required
Fri 17 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Friday, December 17, 2021 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities. In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."

Registration: Required
Sat 18 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Saturday, December 18, 2021 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site


See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities. In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."

Registration: Required
Wed 22 Dec
Celebrate Christmas at Knox's Headquarters
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-7141

See this house decorated for the season in the 18th century manner. Overrun by too many besotted louts demanding food and drink, for the past few Christmases, the Ellisons demand notice of your arrival. Call (845) 562-7141 X22 to reserve your time. Uninvited revelers will be immediately thrown off the property. Local Covid-19 guidelines in effect.

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army.  Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season's festivities.  In December 1774, Colonel Thomas Ellison of New Windsor, John's father, received a letter from a grandson in New York City wishing him greetings of the season: "May you and yours see the return of many happy Christmasses & New Years & may each bring you an occasion of joy and peace – especially of that peace which passeth understanding & which this world can neither give or take away."    


Registration: Required
Tue 21 Dec
Webinar - Deck the Halls: Female Abolitionist Societies and the Evolution of Christmas
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Christmas traditions we know today were just beginning. In this virtual lecture, Historic New England's Ken Turino narrates the history of female abolitionists in America and their contributions to the development of modern American Christmas celebrations. These abolitionists, including Maria Chapman and Lydia Marie Child, hosted Christmas fairs to raise money for the abolitionist cause. Turino looks at the Sewing Circles both abroad and across America that contributed a wide array of goods for sale at these fairs. These fairs had a wide-ranging influence on a number of Christmas traditions, including the adoption of greenery and the Christmas tree in America. This live webinar is for members of The Olana Partnership. To learn more about becoming a member, visit olana.org/membership. This webinar is free for members of The Olana Partnership.
Sun 12 Dec
A Christmas Carol
Sunday, December 12, 2021 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour." – Charles Dickens.

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Ring in the festivities with the classic tale of A Christmas Carol told by professional storyteller, David Neilsen. This family-friendly event is a great way to embrace the holiday spirit while surrounded by the enchanting art of Dorothy Gillespie in our Gallery.

Masks are required for this event. Appropriate for all ages. No pets please. Cost: $3 + Eventbrite fees. Maximum: 20 people.

www.RockefellerStateParkPreserve.org/events

Fri 26 Nov
A Gilded Age Christmas
Friday, November 26, 2021 until Friday, December 31, 2021
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
(845) 889-8851

November 26 - December 31

Enjoy lavish turn-of-the-century style holiday decorations as you walk through the mansion's main floor.

11AM - 3:30PM

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Reservations for timed entry open November 10.

Closed December 24 and 25

Cost: $8/Regular, $6/Seniors & Students, Children 12 & under are free.

Sat 11 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, local craft vendors, food, and holiday craft-making for both children and adults. Spend the day chatting with family and friends at this fun community event. It's a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Sat 18 Dec
Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Take a hike on our trails and play our Christmas scavenger hunt with a nature spin. Can you find all twelve? Stop in and give it a try.
Sat 18 Dec
Winter Celebration
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park

Stop by the Nature Center for crafts, games, and scavenger hunts that celebrate the official start of winter! All ages and abilities welcome!

Sat 11 Dec
Holiday Bonanza
Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Come enjoy some holiday cheer at our Holiday Bonanza! There will be live music, local craft vendors, food, and holiday craft-making for both children and adults. Spend the day chatting with family and friends at this fun community event. It's a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Sat 18 Dec
Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
Take a hike on our trails and play our Christmas scavenger hunt with a nature spin. Can you find all twelve? Stop in and give it a try.