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9 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK STATE (DECEMBER 05 - DECEMBER 14)

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

November 14–December 31, 2020 | Lighting ceremony: December 2, 2020 • event

For over seven decades, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November–early January • event

New York City markets will help you get into the festive spirit and buy some presents for the whole family

Eternal Flame Falls

Eternal Flame Falls

September–May • nature

The eternal fight or rather a cooperation of the two natural powers of water and fire at the Eternal Flame Falls

Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

December 1–31, 2020, closed December 24 & 25 (a drive-thru only event) • event

The largest holiday festival in western New York State

Winter Birds

Winter Birds

mid-November–February • nature

Every winter, the Niagara River becomes a shelter for countless gulls, canvasback, ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl

Skiing near NYC: The Catskill Mountains

Skiing near NYC: The Catskill Mountains

December–early April (best in January–February) • activity

Winter destinations in upstate New York offer a decent amount of snow for a weekend getaway

Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region

Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region

late November–mid-April (best in February–March) • activity

Discover some of the best ski resorts in the Northeast

Árbol de Navidad del Centro Rockefeller

Árbol de Navidad del Centro Rockefeller

November 14–December 31, 2020 | Lighting ceremony: December 2, 2020 • event

Durante más de siete décadas, el Árbol de Navidad en el Rockefeller Center ha sido un faro de vacaciones para los neoyorquinos

Mercados de Navidad

Mercados de Navidad

November–early January • event

Los mercados de Nueva York te ayudarán a entrar en el espíritu festivo y comprar algunos regalos para toda la familia

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

The Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair

August 20–September 06, 2021 • event

Discover lots of delicious food, exciting competitions, exhibits, and thrilling entertainment at the oldest state fair in the U.S.

Maid of the Mist Boat Rides

Maid of the Mist Boat Rides

mid-May–October • activity

A unique way to "explore the roar" and get as close to the famous falls as possible

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

April 08, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

November 20–22, 2020 • event

Hudson Valley's biggest Halloween event

Ice Tsunami

Ice Tsunami

mid-February–late March • nature

Surreal walls of broken ice occasionally pile up on lake shores

Buffalo Pride

Buffalo Pride

August 17–23, 2020 (limited event) • event

The biggest LBGTQ event in Western New York

New York Fall Foliage

New York Fall Foliage

late September–October • nature

The most beautiful time of year in New York State

Hiking Trails Close to Niagara Falls

Hiking Trails Close to Niagara Falls

April–mid-November • activity

Get your heart pumping from these mesmerizing views

New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday • event

Are you ready to escape modern reality?

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–06, 2020 • event

Amazing fireworks, special cruises, and lots of activities for the whole family

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

February 05–14, 2021 • event

Celebrate winter in the picturesque Adirondack region

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

September 04–06, 2020 • event

A massive summer ballooning event in Upstate New York

The Catskill Mountains (The Catskills)

The Catskill Mountains (The Catskills)

May–October • nature

Hundreds of trails, dozens of waterfalls and picturesque lakes in upstate New York

Beach Season on Long Island

Beach Season on Long Island

May–October • activity

The favorite summer getaway for wealthy Manhattan residents, celebrities, and hipsters

Lake George Winter Carnival

Lake George Winter Carnival

February 01–23, 2020 • event

A family-friendly month-long celebration of winter

Discover Niagara Shuttle

Discover Niagara Shuttle

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays till October 19, 2020 • activity

Leave your car behind and explore the top sites on the hop-on/hop-off shuttle for free

Niagara Falls International Marathon

Niagara Falls International Marathon

October 23, 2021 • event

The challenge that's worth a place on your bucket list

National Buffalo Wing Festival

National Buffalo Wing Festival

September 05–06, 2020 • event

One of the best food festivals in the U.S. celebrating iconic chicken wings

Adirondack Lakes

Adirondack Lakes

May–September • nature

Thousands of pristine lakes are known as the jewels of the Adirondack region of New York

Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy

May–October • nature

The highest summit of New York is the most popular hiking destination in the Adirondack's high peaks

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

June 04–06, 2021 • event

Welcome to a fantastic ballooning occasion held at the Cambridge Central School

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 23–26, 2021 • event

Admire the foliage of the scenic Lake George area from a hot air balloon

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

February 16–21, 2021  • event

Join winter fun activities on the bank of beautiful Otsego Lake

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