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Ulster Snowflake Festival. Photo Credit: Scott Snell

Short days. Cold nights. Sometimes, winter can seem downright daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this list of delightful adventures for the whole family. From Glow-in-the-Dark-Mini-Golf to Twilight Tours—there are a lot of ways to brighten one’s outlook!

1. Space Adventure Glow in the Dark Mini Golf | Rockland County

Looking for something fun to do on a cold, winter day? Visit Rockland’s Space Adventure Glow in the Dark Mini Golf at the Palisades Center—the East Coast's largest indoor mini golf course at 7,000 square feet. It’s 18 holes of Glow-In-The-Dark Miniature Golf featuring glowing 3D sculptures that are sure to delight the whole family.

2. Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® New York Resort | Orange County

From November 25th-December 31st—it’s all about the jolly Holiday Bricktacular! Experience unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO® activities, twinkling lights, and more. Included with Daily Tickets and select Annual Passes.

3. Sinterklaas Festival | Dutchess County

On December 3rd—throughout the Village of Rhinebeck—experience the Sinterklaas Festival. This traditional Dutch holiday celebration features children’s activities and workshops, music, dancing, theater and so much more—all culminating with the spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6pm.

4. Catskill Mountain Railroad Polar Express | Ulster County

From November 18th-December 28th, you can enjoy a 60-minute wonderous trip through the Catskill Forest on the Polar Express. See website for details, ticket information, dates and times:

5. Tenth Annual Snowflake Festival | Ulster County

On December 2nd, the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) will present the Tenth Annual Snowflake Festival in Uptown Kingston. Expect fun events for the whole family—main stage performances, fire twirlers, jugglers, ice carving, fiddlers, dancers, singers, a Christmas tree lighting, and a visit from Santa from 6pm-8pm.

6. Ole Savannah Rondout Ice Rink | Ulster County

Mark your calendar for December 1st, because at 6pm in Kingston, NY—super cool things are happening. Check out Ole Savannah’s Christmas Spectacular with a bigger and better Grand Opening and ice skating at the Ole Savannah Rondout Ice Rink.

7. The Nutcracker | Greene County

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, choreographer Margo Sappington and Valentina Kozlova, presents the world’s favorite ballet—The Nutcracker. In this exquisite holiday production select guest artists promise to dazzle. See website for December dates and tickets

8. 2022 Winter Walk | Columbia County

On December 3rd at 5pm, Hudson’s favorite winter street festival returns for its 26th year—bigger and brighter than ever. Take an evening stroll down the mile-long length of historic Warren Street and enjoy performances, art installations, family-friendly attractions, local food and drinks, holiday shopping, fireworks, and festive cheer!

9. Chatham WinterFest | Columbia County

On December 10th from 11am-4pm, enjoy the holiday season at Chatham WinterFest. Find that special gift at one-of-a-kind shops, hear live music, enjoy great food and entertain the kids with free activities and a visit from

10. Boscobel House & Gardens Twilight Tours | Putnam County

Experience Boscobel House at its holiday best—by candlelight, with 19th-century holiday decor, resonating with live music! Self-guided Twilight Tours offer an especially beautiful seasonal experience. Enjoy a cup of mulled cider, hot chocolate, and cookies in the Carriage House or as you stroll among the twinkling lights in the Apple Orchard, Formal Garden, and Winter Garden. Fridays and Saturdays, November 18th-December 10th at select times.

Greene County Nutcracker performance
Dutchess Winter Sinterklaas. Photo Credit: Doug Baz

After a day of family fun, parents deserve a treat. Check out these adult Craft Beverage suggestions. Cheers!