December 4, 2015
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Invites New Yorkers to Celebrate the Holidays at a State Park

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Governor Cuomo Invites New Yorkers to Celebrate the Holidays at a State Park
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More Than 40 Events Statewide Encourage Families to Enjoy the Holiday Season at State Parks and Historic Sites

New York State Parks Showcase the Best of the Season with Tree Lightings, Holiday Markets and Historic Tours

Governor Cuomo invited New Yorkers to celebrate the holiday season at more than 40 parks or historic sites across New York State.

“New York’s parks and historic sites offer unparalleled natural beauty, countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and family-friendly fun no matter what time of year it is," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge New Yorkers and visitors alike to see for themselves all that our parks have to offer this holiday season."

“This year, I encourage New Yorkers to start a new tradition: visit a state park or historic site and participate in our many family-friendly activities that run throughout the year,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Holiday-themed events across the state have something for everyone."

Holiday celebrations at New York State parks will range from tours of the lavishly decorated Staatsburgh Mansion in the Hudson Valley, to candlelight tours of Old Fort Niagara overlooking Lake Ontario, to family-friendly tree-lighting celebrations at state parks on Long Island. Events will also include making holiday snacks for black bears at Trailside Zoo in Bear Mountain State Park, holiday cookie decorating at Green Lakes State Park and a gingerbread house contest at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Some events require pre-registration and/or an admission fee, please check http://nysparks.com/events for more details.

Central

Long Island

New York City

Palisades

  • Christmas with the Ellisons – Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 12 & 19, 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Festival of Lights – Senate House State Historic Site; Dec. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Warm Up at the Washingtons – Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 13, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Berry Merry Holiday – Bear Mountain State Park; Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Open House – Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 27, 28 & 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saratoga/Capital Region

  • Holiday Craft Bazaar – Thacher State Park Nature Center; Dec 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • St. Nicholas Day Open House – Crailo State Historic Site; Dec. 5, 12 – 4 p.m.
  • Sweater Mitten Mania – Thacher State Park Nature Center; Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

Taconic

Thousand Islands

  • Pine Bow Wreath Workshop – Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park; Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
  • Holiday Bonanza – Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park; Dec. 12, 10 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Western NY

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Contact the Governor's Press Office

NYC Press Office: 212.681.4640

Albany Press Office: 518.474.8418