There is so much to do in the Hudson Valley. Views, Art, Culture, Outdoors, Recreation, Entertainment, History, Dining, Shopping and more. Each month we’ll give you new ideas for how you can explore and take advantage of all the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Columbia County

Basilica Farm + Flea - Holiday Market: November 24-26: A holiday marketplace showcasing the variety of talent the Hudson Valley region has to offer. Visitors can shop handmade and vintage goods, purchase locally-made added value food products and eat farm-fresh food. Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street, Hudson. more>

Winter Walk: December 2:  Holiday revelers join carolers dressed in Victorian costumes singing songs of the season. Musical ensembles and dancers perform in the many shops that fill the street. The aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Hudson. more>

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Dutchess County

Wilderstein Historic Site: Weekends now - Dec. 18, Dec. 26-27. Tour the decorated 1888 Queen Anne mansion. FDR's cousin Daisy’s 1888 home is adorned by celebrated area florists and designers, becoming a magical holiday wonderland. Hot mulled cider and cookies. Tours are self-guided, with a guide in each room! Rhinebeck  More>

Locust Grove Estate: December Saturdays: Tour the lavishly decorated 25 mansion rooms. December Sundays: Holiday House Hunt. Families, enjoy a holiday-themed scavenger hunt! Fairies and elves have decorated the mansion. Begin with a sweet treat and hear storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. A poem guides kids through rooms of glittering decorations to search for the tiny homes of the elfin residents. Poughkeepsie.  More>  

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Greene County

President's Week Fireworks.February 18, 2018. Celebrate winter break with Billy Joel Tribute Band, Cold Spring Harbor, and a spectacular fireworks display on Windham Mountain! Enjoy dinner at SEASONS before taking in the show from the best viewing point – the patio of the Base Lodge.The Cold Spring Harbor Band has performed at the 2014 NFL Super Bowl Pre-Game Party at the Meadowlands and the 2015 NY METS World Series VIP Pre-Game Party at Citifield. They have shared the stage with John Legend, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and Dave Mason. More>

TAP New York at Hunter Mountain. April 28 & 29, 2018. Held annually at the end of April and praised as the state's largest craft beer festival as well as the largest single-state craft beer event in the nation, TAP New York features hundreds of beers from over 120 breweries throughout New York State. Prizes are awarded for the Best Craft Brewery in New York State (Greene County's own Crossroads Brewing Co. was awarded a bronze medal in 2015!) as well as Best Craft Brewery in the Hudson Valley. There's more than beer - spend your visit sampling amazing food pairings that only make the beer taste better. More>

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Orange County

Holiday Lights in Bloom: thru December 31: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays to Dec. 23rd from 5-8pm, Daily Dec. 26th thru Dec. 31st from 5-8pm. CLOSED Christmas Eve 12/24 & Christmas Day-12/25.  Wander through the beautiful Holiday Lights in Bloom display throughout the Arboretum. The Arboretum will be in “full bloom” with beautiful, garden themed light displays in the the forms of flowers, animals and insects. Stroll many paths of lit trees, gardens filled with an assortment of flowers and the 9/11 Memorial Garden adorned with patriotic decorations. Other features in this year’s “Lights in Bloom” will include a pond created in lights. Volunteers from the Friends of the Arboretum will be on hand selling hand made crafts while supplies last until Dec 17th. The Orange County Arboretum is located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park St. Route 416, Montgomery. (Use Hamptonburgh for GPS directions.) Take the Grove St. entrance into the park. Admission is free. 
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Candlelight Tour of Homes: December 10: 12-5 PM  The Newburgh Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour features a self-guided tour of a  dozen decorated homes within the second largest historic district in New York State. Explore an assortment of public and private spaces, mansions, structures in the rehabilitation process, new construction, architectural gems, and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks.  The 1830 Captain David Crawford House, located at 189 Montgomery St., Newburgh is the starting place. Tickets sold on line or at the door.  More>

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Rensselaer County

November 30-December 3: 60th Annual Greens Show at the Hart-Cluett House, Troy: November 30-December 3: Every year, the Rensselaer County Historical Society and the Van Rensselaer Garden Club present the annual Holiday Greens Show in the Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum. The lush Show is a Troy holiday tradition that transforms 12 rooms of the 1827 Federal-style Hart-Cluett House into a green winter wonderland.  More> 

35th Annual Victorian Stroll, Troy: December 3: Join in the merriment as the historic streets of downtown Troy transforms into a magical stage offering more than 100 free attractions, including the region’s top performers, ­musicians, dancers, magicians and storytellers. There will be rides, refreshments, an arts & crafts show and much more! Need to finish your holiday shopping? Throughout the afternoon, Troy’s fine shops, boutiques and galleries will be open for shopping. If you’re hungry, make sure to stop into many of Troy’s best eateries or for a quick bite, or visit our food court located at Monument Square. More>

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Rockland County

Victorian Tea at Bricktown Inn Bed & Breakfast: December 9, 10, 16 & 17: Celebrate the holidays with Victorian tea at the beautifully decorated Bricktown Inn Bed & Breakfast. Seatings at 12:30 & 3:30 pm; $27 per person. More > 

Winter Wonderland at Congers Lake: Kick off event December 14 (light display open daily through Jan. 1, 5 pm - 9:45 pm): The Winter Wonderland Light Display will kick off with a tree lighting, roasting smores, horse drawn wagon rides and caroling. 6 pm - 7 pm.  More> 

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Ulster County

Wreath Fineries at The Wineries: Nov. 18-Dec. 10: Receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath, an ornament and wine tastings at your starting winery, then receive an ornament and wine tastings at the remaining wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Nov. 18-19, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10. More>

Uptown Kingston's New Year's Eve Celebration: Dec. 31: Featuring live music and an old-fashioned ball drop at the corner of Wall and North Front Streets in Kingston at midnight. More>

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Westchester County

 

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