From Niagara and Buffalo, to Long Island and the Hudson River Valley - a New York State of mind is a dazzling one to behold during the holidays.
Why do we love New York? Let us count the ways at Christmas ....
At the Seneca Falls bridge: "It's a Wonderful Life"
DID YOU KNOW? New York State Christmas fun facts
• Everybody knows that the fictional town of Bedford Falls was the setting for the classic holiday movie, "It's a Wonderful Life", but did you know that the town of Seneca Falls, NY was its real-life inspiration? Every year, the "It's A Wonderful Life Festival" celebrates its Hollywood heritage during the second weekend in December at the It's a Wonderful Life Museum.
• The No. 1 holiday attraction in Syracuse? Look no further than Wegman's 2-mile drive through Onondaga Lake Park featuring hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights in settings like the Land of Oz, a Victorian village, and a fantasy forest. You can see it all at Lights on the Lake.
• Dutch traditions were a big influence in Olde New York. To prove it, Rhinebeck and Kingston still hold annual Sinterklaus festivals that take place in the Hudson Valley every year in December, when the holiday hoopla includes Dutch treats, kids craft activities, and Sinterklaus (Dutch for Santa Claus) leading a colorful parade through town.
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Christmas in Montauk - Join the fun at the eastern tip of Long Island with information on Winter Holidays at the Lighthouse, the East Hampton tour of historic houses, and other area seasonal surprises.