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I LOVE NY Kicks Off Winter Season with Events, Activities for the Family

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Dec 28, 2021

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New York offers winter festivals, cozy eateries, ski mountains, new hotels and so much more for seasonal fun across the state. Find activities suited for your family this winter season.


“It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the State of New York,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “From beautiful snow-covered landscapes to world-class food and drink, New York State has something for everyone this winter. We’re ready to welcome back tourists from across the country and across the globe to experience the fun and make new memories.”


Here’s some of what you can look forward to this winter:


Hit the Slopes


Plan an amazing getaway at more than 50 ski areas in New York, including Windham Mountain, boasting more than $4 million in capital improvements; Holiday Valley with its high-speed detachable quad chairlift; Whiteface, which finished renovating its Cloudsplitter Gondola; and Oak Mountain, which doubled its snowmaking capacity.


Winter Festivals


Auburn, New York, and Cayuga County, will celebrate Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday, March 10–15, 2022. Ice Castles will be in New York State for the first time, from early January to early March, while the Lake George Winter Carnival will be held every Saturday and Sunday in February.


Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls © Linda Harms | Dreamstime.com


Eat & Drink


Taste classic New York flavors and beverages at spots like Buffalo’s Southern Tier Brewing Company; Rochester’s BIPOC-owned Brick & Ivy; the new Willa’s Bakery in the Catskills; soon-to-open Skinny Pancake in Albany; Wayne County’s first brewery, DisBatch Brewing Company; and more.


Where to Stay


New or recently renovated hotels in the state include Grand Adirondack Hotel, Spa City Motor Lodge, Piaule Catskill and Wildflower Farms.


Be sure to also check out new or recently opened attractions like Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady; Lark Hall in Albany; and Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls State Park.


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