Looking for some holiday festivities to be a part of in the North Country of New York? Just because the Adirondack area “seems” desolate, doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do. Here’s a guide to celebrating the holidays in Queensbury, NY.
For this Thanksgiving holiday season, you might want to save a room at the Thanksgiving Family Weekend event in Cooperstown, NY. From Wednesday to Sunday, November 22 to the 26th, you can join the folks at Otesaga Resort Hotel for family enjoyment. For a two-night package for single or double occupancy rates are $405-525. Children ages 7-18 are $100, while children under 7 are admitted free. You will be able to enjoy two holiday weekend dinners and visit the sites of Cooperstown, NY, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, and The Farmers’ Museum. There will be live entertainment at Otesaga Resort Hotel, and dancing in their Templeton Lounge. So, if you don’t want to cook all day this Thanksgiving, try this Family weekend for a new tradition.
Reserve a place at the table with Santa! Breakfast with Santa will be November 24-26 at 8am. Sit down for a pleasant morning with Santa and let your kids take a tour through ‘wonderland.’ Decorum will be appropriate for the season, and kids will love the setting. The seating is limited, so be sure to get your reservations in at $10.00 each.
And for those that are a little closer to Santa’s age, the Senior Luncheon will be held on November 22nd at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, NY. This luncheon was specifically designed for Senior Citizens. A preview of the North Country Festival of Trees will be provided, where Seniors can enjoy the holiday splendor without the crowds of screaming young’ins. This quiet luncheon is at 11am on November 22nd, with a fee of $10.00. (Keep in mind these prices will also have a local tax of about 7%.)
The LARAC Fall Arts Festival will be held on November 11th and 12th, with a small admission fee. This is an annual event at the Adirondack Community College, where local craftsmen show their wares for purchase. Although there may not be specifically made holiday crafts or artisan findings, it is a great time to find one-of-a-kind art by local artists for gift giving. Visit the LARAC.org website for more information about fees.
The North Country Festival of Trees is a classic annual event. It’s held at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, in Queensbury, New York. The place is decked out with elegant and festive decorum, which is worth the time alone to go see it. There will be Arts and Crafts available, a Holiday Boutique, and great activities for your kids, including appearances from Santa himself. For more information about this event take a look at prospectcenter.com. You can’t miss this graciously annual event for one weekend only!
It’s hard to find activities for teens that aren’t into crafts or family relays. For these hard to please teens there is the Sugar Plum Ball. This is a wonderful time for teens to take their guy or gal to enjoy a holiday dance. Although it is for teens, their ‘escorts’ can also stay for the fun. Holiday music will be provided along with a marvelously wrapped up ambiance. Fees are no more than $15.00, and you can get those nagging teens out of your hair from 7pm to 9pm on November 25th for a time they’ll thoroughly enjoy.
Other attractions to enjoy
Adirondack Christmas on Main Street is a place to enjoy holiday music and surroundings. You can win prizes, see Santa, wave on the Parade, and view the tree lighting ceremonies on November 24 to the 26th. Located on Route 28, Inlet, NY, you can take pleasure in all of these activities free of charge. Events go from 10 am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. So, bring your kids and stay as long as you’d like.
In other unique types of events, you can see the Holiday Display 2006 at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, NY. The Historic De Long House will be decorated with the furnishings of the late 19th century for an authentic appearance. There will be a display of other ethnic holiday traditions that were not a part of the mainstream culture, but done by other families who lived in the community as well. This ‘exhibit’ called “Hidden Stories” will be up for viewing from November 24 to January 7th 2007, and admission is free. So you don’t have any excuse to miss out on this wonderful reproduction of ye olden days.