Holidays in the Hudson Valley

Enjoy the holiday season in the Hudson Valley. Tour decorated estates, lighting celebrations, explore winter activities and enjoy holiday shopping in our quaint areas. Take a short getaway before or after the holidays to enjoy these holiday traditions.


On Saturday December 15, 2018, everyone is invited to attend the annual Christmas at Clermont Open House at Clermont State Historic Site from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This is a great chance to explore the mansion at your own speed and view the holiday decorations. Costumed interpreters will be available throughout the house to answer your questions.

From 1:00-3:00 p.m. the musical trio Meadow Suite will fill the house with seasonal music. Outside guests can warm up by a bonfire (weather permitting). Admission to the house on December 15 is free!

In the Visitors’ Center guests can shop for the perfect present at the Friends of Clermont gift shop and recharge with light seasonal refreshments.

(518) 537-4240 | 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526

Tour this lavishly decorated historic mansion with expert guides on weekends in December (except 12/23) and daily December 26-31 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 3:15 p.m. $11/adults, $6/kids.

Sundays, December 2, 9 & 16 also feature a Holiday House Hunt for children and their families. The adventure begins with a sweet treat and tales from storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. A special poem then guides kids on a holiday-themed scavenger hunt through rooms of glittering decorations. Use the clues to discover each room’s theme as we celebrate “Christmas Around the World!” Story times at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m. $8/person, kids under 4 are free.

(845) 454-4500 | 2683 South Road/Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

A fun family holiday light spectacular featuring Candy Cane Lane, Frosty’s Enchanted Forest (Drive thru or Hayride), Glistening Gardens: Celebrating the dancing trees of Nature, Magical Mansion, Frosty's Magical Adventure (3D walk-through Santa's North Pole: Visits with Santa), Professional Stage Show, Gift Shops, Tasty Treats and more!

December (until Christmas): Fridays: 6:00-8:00 p.m.   Saturdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.   Sundays: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

(845) 339-2666 ext. 10 | 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY 12487

Staatsburgh State Historic Site is the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). During the holiday months, the Staatsburgh estate becomes a wonderland of holiday cheer and pride. Experience the holiday cheer overlooking the white tops of the Catskills at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site.

(845) 889-8851 |

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. A superb example of its type, Hyde Park represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America. It provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age. The holidays are not complete unless you’ve visited the frosted Vanderbilt Estate. Experience the Hudson Valley with holiday cheer at the Vanderbilt Estate.

(845) 229-7770 | www.NPS.Gov/VaMa


Winter is on the way and there are a ton of fun activities to do in the Capital Region, like ice-skating at the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink.  The rink will be open every day (weather permitting) with FREE admission from noon to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting (closed daily 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. for maintenance).

Skate Rentals: $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Every Saturday is Hannaford Free Skate Rental!

(518) 473- 6299 | Empire State Plaza, Albany 12210

The Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers day and night time family fun during the winter season. Exhilarating snow tubing with six lanes of service by a conveyor lift, ice skating, kids snowmobile rentals, and a cozy lodge.

Open Weekends and Holidays starting December 14th through March 10th. Please see hours of operation for details.

Located on South Street, just 0.25 miles west of Windham Mountain Resort

(518) 734-4300 | 19 Resort Dr, Windham, NY 12496

With 22 trails, 3 chairlifts and 4 magic carpets, Thunder Ridge Ski Area offers slow and gentle slopes to more advanced trails to meet the needs of all skier and snowboarders!

Season Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

(845) 878-4100 | 137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson, NY 12563

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience featuring Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus, ice-skating, holiday rides, food trucks and more!  NEW this year is the FUNderland Village featuring six NEW rides, nightly magic shows, and a bigger and brighter “Lights of Wonder”

Hours of Operation: Thursdays & Sundays 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays 5:00-10:00 p.m.

(914) 231- 4600 | Kensico Dam Plaza One Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595


10. Holiday Cheer in Historic Downtown Troy

Historic Downtown Troy is the place to go this holiday season.  Situated along the Hudson River, this historic city offers holiday gift givers a one of a kind shopping experience with over 120 unique boutiques, bars and restaurants.

(518) 279-7997 | 251 River Street Troy, NY 12180

There is a lot of variety in the types of stores in Rockland County to find all your holiday shopping items on your list. The Palisades Center is the eighth largest shopping mall in the U.S., and provides a plethora of endless holiday fun at more than 250 stores, restaurants, and entertainment. The Shops at Nanuet, a premier shopping destination unlike any other, offers high-end shopping and dining.

Feel like shopping on our main streets? Venture to one of our towns like Piermont and Nyack to discover quaint boutiques, antique stores, and unique shops – with clothing, jewelry, crafts handmade in the Hudson Valley, gourmet foods, home décor, and much more.

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Looking for the ultimate destination for all your holiday shopping and dining?  Look no further! Woodbury Common Premium Outlets features 250 of the most sought after, high-end fashion and designer retail brands in the world.  Stores include Tory Burch, Nike, Celine, Bottega Veneta, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, The North Face and more, all at savings of 25% to 65% every day.

(845) 928-7467 | 498 Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917