Ulster County, has been referred to as the heart of the Hudson Valley area, featuring outstanding majestic mountain views of the Catskills and Shawangunks, as well as incredible Hudson River views. With the charm of quaint small towns, beautiful meandering country roads, historic towns and diverse culture, the area thrives and shines all year round. And during the Holiday season, festivities are in full swing. Below is just a short list of the many different events and activities taking place around the area. So, if you're out and about, stop by and check things out, you'll have a blast!
Uptown Kingston Snowflake Festival & Open House
Friday, December 7th from 5-8PM: Stockings and little stuffers to first 1,000 visitors. Follow the balloons for complimentary goodies. Parade starts at County Courthouse, Wall St. Meet Santa Claus! Strolling carolers, roasted chestnuts and horse & buggy rides at the Senate House State Historic Site, refreshments, raffle (drawing 8:15pm at Dreamweavers) – all sorts of fun happenings throughout uptown Kingston.
Spectacular Festival of Holiday Lights. Enjoy the spirit of the holiday, with Frosty’s Enchanted Forest (drive thru or Hay ride) with beautiful animated light displays. Cafes, food, gift shops, more. $10/Adults, $8/children over age 1. Headless Horseman, 778 Broadway (Rt. 9W), Ulster Park. Visit the website for more details and hours: www.afrostyfest.com
Catskill Mountain Railroad Holiday Train
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 1:00pm - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 5:00pm Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a train ride! Get caught up in the magic of the season with a ride in our decorated train as it chugs through the historic city of Kingston. Warm up next to the caboose's wood stove, or enjoy the festive atmosphere of the open-air car. Santa Claus is even aboard. Trains run round trip every hour starting at 1 PM from station at Westbrook Lane and Kingston Plaza, Kingston. Last train 4 PM. Free parking. Handicapped accessible. www.catskillmtrailroad.com
Highland Tree Lighting
Fri, 12/07/2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm Hot chocolate, candy, toasted marshmallows, games, giveaways, caroling, tree lighting & a visit from Santa Claus. Vineyard & Main Streets, Highland. Kate, 845 691-2144 x100, Town of Lloyd
12th Annual Holly Berry Trail
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pm Tour private Kingston-area homes decorated in holiday splendor inside & out. Many are historically significant to the Hudson Valley. Refreshments. Tours 11am-2pm or 1pm-4pm. Tickets: $30. Sponsored by Junior League of Kingston. For reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.juniorleaguekingston.org
Shawangunk Wine Trail's Wreath Fineries At The Wineries
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 6:00pm Start at any winery and receive a etched souvenir wine tasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath. Then travel the Wine Trail receiving an ornament to decorate your wreath with and complimentary wine tasting at each stop. This is a self guided tour. A two-day ticket is $44.94/person or $71.20/couple. One-day tickets $37.40/person or 59.4/couple. Designated drivers can join in on the wreath decorating fun too for just $16.20. www.gunkswine.com
Phelonious Phunk Holiday Show at The High Falls Cafe
Sat, 12/15/2012 - 9:00pm - 11:30pm Phelonious Phunk returns to The High Falls Cafe for a special holiday concert. Join Danny Louis, Machan Taylor, Charlie Kniceley, Randy Ciarlante, and Stew Cutler for a night of funky sounds and great music. Bring your dancing shoes and let you Phunk Phlag Phly. The High Falls Cafe at The Stone Dock Golf Course, 12 Stone Dock Road (off Berme and Canal Roads, one mile off Route 213) in High Falls. Please call 845-687-2699 for reservations and visit www.highfallscafe.com for more information and directions.
This is just a small list of the various events and activities happening around the beautiful Ulster County area. It's great fun for everyone of all ages, and lots of great family fun and things for the kids. I'll be out around the area myself over the weekend and will be posting some pictures to our Facebook page, if you're out, and feel like sharing your experience, grab your phone, take a few pics, and feel free to share on our Facebook page!