Holiday Valley, Winter Walk & More
T’is the season to be jolly – at statewide winter events and festivals in New York! Kick off the holiday season with the floats, marching bands and excitement of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then, keep your spirits high all through the snowy months with skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, ice fishing and all the rest of the winter sports fun. Before you know it, the sap will be flowing again and the upstate sugar houses will tap the maple trees to prepare for the sweet arrival of Maple Syrup Weekends in March.
In the meantime….. boogie down at the World’s Largest Disco, held the last Saturday in November in Buffalo! Voted “the greatest event on Earth” by Festivals.com, you can shake your booty on the largest dance floor in NYS.
Hudson Opera House hosts the annual Winter Walk in December and transforms Hudson’s main street into a festive thoroughfare with decorations, Santa Parade, the ringing of the carillon with trumpet fanfare, and entertainers ranging from can can girls to hip hop dancers. The annual Troy Victorian Stroll attracts over 20,000 merrymakers to the historic downtown streets for a day of shopping, dining, family fun, entertainment and holiday magic. The Vanderbilt Mansion on Long Island hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Valentine’s Day Dinner too. And, the New York wine trails host holiday and other events all winter long, pairing wine tastings with feasts, chocolate and music to warm up your winter weekends. And, you’ll find Santa at The North Pole and he’ll also be making appearances at tree lighting festivities in towns and cities all over the state this holiday season.
In NYC, the Christmas Walking Tour is an excellent introduction to the famous department store windows, holiday markets and movies, Christmas carols and even a little Bah Humbug. Are you a fan of “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Then go to Seneca Falls to visit the museum, the annual festival and take a walking tour of ‘the real Bedford Falls.’
Holiday Valley in western NY is among the favorite ski resorts for Easterners, but there are many other New York ski resorts where you can zip down the slopes to your heart’s content. And winter carnivals, we’ve got those too – Saranac Lake, Lake George and Chowderfest at Saratoga Springs are just a taste – and there are many more winter festivals all over New York. And, of course, there’s always something happening at Lake Placid Olympic Center.
New Year’s Eve in New York City sets the standard for celebrations to ring in the new year: over a billion people watch from all over the world as the Waterford Crystal Ball drops in Times Square. First Night celebrations are held in Albany, Saratoga, Saranac Lake, and many other communities, both large and small, across the state.
Snowball fights. Hot chocolate. Horse-drawn sleigh rides. Holiday train rides. Sitting by a roaring fire after a day on the slopes. Yes, all this and more – it IS a winter wonderland in New York!
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” Celebration, Seneca Falls
• Chowderfest, Saratoga Springs
• Christmas Walking Tour, NYC
• Holiday Valley, Ellicottville
• Ice Fishing, NYS
• Lake George Winter Carnival
• Lake Placid Olympic Center
• Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
• Maple Syrup Weekends
• New Year’s Eve, Times Square
• New York Ski Resorts
• Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
• The North Pole
• Troy Victorian Stroll, Troy
• Vanderbilt Mansion on Long Island
• Winter Walk, Hudson
• World’s Largest Disco, Buffalo