Holiday Happenings around the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is a terrific place to visit at any time of year, but with the onset of the holidays, the whole region gets into the spirit, with caroling, holiday tours, a multitude of fine art exhibits and performances at local theaters, and many live music events going on around the region. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and many people have still not finished their holiday shopping! Now is a great time to come visit the Hudson Valley, find those last-minute stocking stuffers and make your last-minute holiday shopping a mini-vacation by enjoying some of the many events and festivals going on around the Valley.

Some of the better known historic mansions in the region have holiday tours, take a break in between dealing with the crowds and stop in and be wowed by the array of lights and decorations.

Holiday Mansion Tours

Locust Grove Estate
Saturday, December 16 – Holiday Mansion tours: 10 am – 5 pm (last tour at 3:15pm)
Sunday, December 17 – Holiday House Hunt, Enjoy a holiday-themed scavenger hunt through the historic mansion.
Tuesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 30 – Holiday House Tours: 10 am – 5 pm (last tour at 3:15)
Locust Grove celebrates the magic of Christmas past with holiday tours of the mansion’s 25 rooms, decorated with Christmas trees and elegant holiday decoration. Locust Grove Estate
2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

Wilderstein Mansion
On Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17, Saturday 23 and Tuesday and Wednesday, 26 & 27, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Wilderstein Mansion will offer self-guided tours, there will be guides in each room to answer questions and share information. The museum store will be open for those last minute unique gifts for all ages.
330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck, NY

For the young at heart or those traveling with their families, come enjoy a ride to the North Pole on a magical train! Passengers, from young to old are encouraged to come in their sleepwear to reimagine the story of the Polar Express. Hot chocolate and singalongs with a reading of the holiday classic are included. Believe in Santa again, meet him at the North Pole where he will be giving out Sleighbells to those who believe. The train runs through December 28. Bring your childhood back to life, or fun for the whole family. Visit for more information.

After Christmas if you are still visiting, or just coming for the New Year, check out two local towns who have fantastic New Year’s Eve’s celebrations!

New Year’s Eve in Kingston
Uptown Kingston’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, Sunday, December 31, 2017 – 11:30 p.m.
Ball drop at the corner of Wall and North Front Streets in Kingston at midnight, fireworks and more!
For more information visit

Fourth Annual Saugerties New Year’s Eve in the Village
A stage on Main Street with performances from local musicians and performers 10:30 pm-12:30 am. There will also be live video of the ball drop. Specials at many of the local restaurants and bars. Some streets will be closed from 10 pm to 1 am. Village of Saugerties. 845-246-2321;/content/CalendarEntries/View/4088.

The Hudson Valley has too many events to put down in one place, here are some of the highlights from some of counties in the region.

Some of the events in Ulster County of interest are Interactive Theatre events, Winter Solstice Celebrations, New Year’s Eve Celebration’s and First Day Hikes. See many more events at and

Some of the events in Dutchess County of interest are “A Christmas Carol” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Art Shows and Gallery Shows around the Hudson Valley where you can find those last-minute gifts for a special someone, and Christmas Concerts. See many more events at

Some of the events in Orange County of interest are Skiing at West Point, Holiday Lights in Bloom Display at the Orange County Arboretum, Home for the Holidays Horse & Buggy Rides, Caroling and Christmas Candlelight tours. See many more events at

Some of the events in Sullivan County of interest are Themed Tree Exhibits, Holiday Concerts and Winter Wonderland Bon Fires and Ice Skating Under the Stars. See many more events at and

For even more County event calendars from around the Hudson valley, please visit:
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Many of our member Bed and Breakfasts are local to these events, so check out their availability as holidays have booked up quickly to find the perfect place to stay and shop for the holiday, and to take advantage of all the holiday events the region has to offer.

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