Festivals & Fun

Festivals & Fun

Catskill Mountain Railroad Winter Trains — Jan. 1-2, one-hour excursion through the historic City of Kingston. Leaving hourly, the Holiday Train departs from Westbrook Lane for a three-mile round trip, heading West across Fair Street, Washington Avenue, to the old C9 Bridge, and then back again. Trains consist of open-air seating as well as limited space inside a refurbished caboose. Dress warmly. Tickets $6, $4 ages 2-11, free age 1 and younger. Contact info@catskillmtrailroad.com, www.catskillmtrailroad.com.

Ice skating at Bear Mountain — Route 9W, Stony Point. 90-minute sessions from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., $3-$5. Lockers and refreshments available. Rink is outdoors and uncovered, so dress appropriately. Weather permitting, ice-skating sessions are as follows: Mon.-Tues., 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m.; Fri., 8-9:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m.; Sat. only, 8-9:30 p.m. Call 786-2701, ext. 266, or visit www.bearmountainicerink.com.

Locust Grove Twilight Holiday Tour — 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31. Last tour begins at 3:15 p.m. Admission $10, $6 age 11 and younger. Call 454-4500, ext. 17, or visit www.lgny.org.

Olana holiday house tours — Persian-style home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) through Jan. 2, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson. Combined house and gallery tours $12, $10 senior citizens and students, free age 12 and younger. Call 518-828-0135.

Snow tubing at Orange County Park — Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Route 416, Montgomery. Conditions permitting, 4:30-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. and holidays. $16 includes a 90-minute tubing session. $12 county residents. Contact 457-4949 or 457-4910 or tquinlisk@orangecountygov.com.

Special Holiday Open Hours — Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center, 20 Kenridge Farm Drive, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Dec. 31. Bring the family to meet the animals. Two sessions: 1 and 2:30 p.m. Open noon-4 p.m.. Call 534-5506, ext 204, or visit www.hhnaturemuseum.org.

Tours of the Mills Mansion — Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, off Old Post Road, Staatsburgh, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31. Admission $5, $4 senior citizens, students and groups, free age 12 and younger. Call 889-8851 or visit www.staatsburgh.org.

Vanderbilt Mansion daily tours — Vanderbilt Mansion Natural Historic Site, 4097 Albany Post Road, Route 9, Hyde Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31. $8. Call 229-9115 or visit www.nps.gov/vama.

Winter Fiddle & Dance Camp at Ashokan — 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, Dec. 31-Jan. 3. Celebrate the new year with three days of dancing, singing, classes and meals. $425 includes meals, lodging, classes. $395 offsite lodgers. $25 New Year's Eve dance only, $50 dinner and dance. Call 246-2121 or visit ashokancenter.org.