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New York State Parks invites New Yorkers & visitors to state parks to celebrate holidays

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Thu, Dec 6th 2018 03:20 pm
40-plus holiday-themed events planned across state
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites residents and visitors to celebrate the season at more than 40 holiday-themed events taking place at New York state parks and historic sites. Events include a number of hands-on activities, outdoor recreation, historic tours and holiday celebrations for visitors of all ages.
"I encourage families and friends to start a new tradition by visiting a state park or historic site this holiday season and participate in one of our many holiday-themed activities," said Rose Harvey, state parks commissioner. "These events across the state have something for everyone to enjoy."
Highlights of the holiday-themed events include candlelight tours of Old Fort Niagara overlooking Lake Ontario in Western New York, the "Holiday Light Spectacular" at Jones Beach State Park, tree-lightings at Planting Fields Arboretum, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Orient Beach on Long Island, and tours of the decorated historic homes of Clermont and Staatsburg in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
For a complete listing of holiday events, visit the State Parks calendar of events for more information. Events may require pre-registration and/or an admission fee.
Western New York Highlights
  • Jingle Falls - Niagara Falls State Park, Dec. 8, 15
  • "Castle by Candlelight" - Old Fort Niagara, Dec. 8, 15
  • 44th annual Letchworth/Silver Lake Bird Count - Letchworth State Park, Dec. 15
  • Winter solstice night hike - Knox Farm State Park, Dec. 21
The state office oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found New York state parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov.

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