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New York invites visitors to celebrate holidays at state parks

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Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 01:30 pm

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites residents and visitors to celebrate the season at more than 80 holiday-themed events taking place at New York state parks and historic sites. Events feature a variety of hands-on activities, historic tours, outdoor recreation, and holiday celebrations for visitors of all ages.

“Every season, New York’s state parks and historic sites offer countless opportunities to explore the outdoors and enjoy family-friendly fun,” State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said. “Participating in some of our holiday-themed activities is a great way to start a new tradition and celebrate the winter season.”

Highlights of the holiday-themed events include tree-lighting ceremonies at multiple Long Island State Parks and the return of the “Magic of Lights” drive-through at Jones Beach; tours of the decorated historic homes of Staatsburg and Clermont in the Mid-Hudson Valley; annual bird counts at Letchworth in the Genesee Region; crafts, music and celebrations at Lorenzo’s historic site in Central New York; wreath workshops at Clay Pit Ponds in New York City; and candlelight tours of Old Fort Niagara’s French castle in Youngstown.

For a complete listing of holiday events taking place nearby, visit the NYS Parks calendar of events for more information. Events may require pre-registration and/or an admission fee.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 74 million people annually. A recent study found state parks generate $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, connect on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

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