From tours of our lavishly decorated Great Estates to each town’s tree lighting ceremony, a visit to Dutchess will put you in a festive mood. From Thanksgiving weekend on, tour historic sites dressed in their finest.
Staatsburgh’s Mills family adorns many Christmas trees with elaborate ornaments; their floral centerpieces are works of art!
The Vanderbilt Mansion is undergoing renovation, but stop by their decorated Visitor Center on 12/4 for “Cookies and Construction” to learn what’s up.
Step back to 1901, as the Youngs move into a newly-renovated Locust Grove mansion. Enjoy a scavenger hunt for antique toys, games, & crafts in every room; 5 rooms are themed after Christmas carols!
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home and Eleanor’s Val-Kill host historic Hyde Park Christmas open houses with free tours on 12/10.
FDR Presidential Library & Museum’s Children’s Reading Festival & activities are also 12/10.
Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion (FDR’s cousin Daisy’s Rhinebeck home) into a magical holiday wonderland!
Each December Sunday, children can solve Holiday Whodunit mysteries at Locust Grove and Staatsburgh.
The simple elegance of the colonial era lends itself to Candlelight Tours at night, at Pawling’s John Kane House and Mount Gulian in Fishkill.
Make forever memories on a road trip to choose and cut the family Christmas tree! Take a hayride to the field! Warm up afterward with hot chocolate or chili. Fill your home with evergreen with a fresh wreath, swag or centerpiece.
Tree Lightings: Feeling nostalgic for an old fashioned holiday? Check out our town tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies. The 23rd annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks in Poughkeepsie is Fri., Dec. 2nd! Stay over forSinterklaas Rhinebeck, a village-wide Dutch celebration, with music, activities, and the Starlight Parade on Sat., Dec. 3rd.
Get the new Great Estates Pass – it makes a terrific stocking stuffer! It’s so easy to buy online through Viator now and save on your Hudson Valley summer 2017 getaway!
Second Saturday Beacon city-wide celebration of the arts: special events, gallery openings, receptions, and tastings.