Celebrate in the Catskill Mountains with Family-Friendly Events, Festivals & More
Greene County, N.Y. - In the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, the holidays are a time of celebration and good cheer, when families and friends gather to spend a day on the slopes or enjoy one of the region’s many holiday-themed community festivals and events.
Located just two hours north of New York City, the Great Northern Catskills provide a charming winter destination - one where the majestic snow-capped mountains offer fairy tale vistas, and local shops feature an array of unique gifts, artisan ingredients and much more.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in the Catskills and spend a cozy night tucked in at a storybook B&B, go snowboarding with Santa, or watch a special holiday performance to add a little extra magic to any visit. Read more »
New Yorkers and the Approximately 5 Million Visitors in Town for the Holidays are Encouraged to Take a Trip to Upper Manhattan and Experience One of the City’s Most Lively Destinations
New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced East Harlem, also known as El Barrio, in Upper Manhattan, as the next destination to be featured in Neighborhood x Neighborhood, an initiative designed to increase visitation, support local businesses and encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations across the five boroughs. With upwards of 5 million people expected to visit New York City for the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, East Harlem/El Barrio is the perfect place to explore beyond the City’s classic holiday events. Both New Yorkers and visitors can find hidden treasures, enjoy authentic cuisine and shop for unique gifts in the neighborhood. For more information about what to do and see in East Harlem/El Barrio, visit nycgo.com/neighborhoods. Read more »
One-of-a-kind gifts on two consecutive weekends - December 7-8 and 14-15
White Plains, N.Y. - To ring in the holiday season, ArtsWestchester will host its 4th Annual Holiday Boutique this December. Far from ordinary, two things distinguish this boutique from others in the county; in addition to offering one-of-a-kind, hand-made items that can’t be found anywhere else, shopping at the boutique allows visitors to support local artists and crafters who work in Westchester.
Over 25 artists and crafters will offer unique items at every price level including knitwear, hats, jewelry, glass, paintings and photography, in addition to artisanal lotions and soaps. Read more »
Mumford, N.Y - At Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide in the Country, experience how Christmas became a beloved holiday, widely celebrated with church services, Christmas trees, gift-giving and parties.
During Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, the historic village comes to life with townsfolk celebrating the season at mid-century, including the lighting-yes, real lighting-of a candle-decorated tree.
Guided by candle light, visitors are captivated by scenarios based on actual people, events or writings of the 19th century, and each captures the spirit of the era. Read more »
Public Program & Children’s Workshop
Ithaca, N.Y. - Ithaca art glass designer, craftsman, educator, and marketer Tony Serviente is represented with two stained glass windows in the ongoing Artistry and Piety glass exhibition at The History Center in Tompkins County. He will also lead two programs Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.
His December 6th presentation on “Stained Glass: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” begins at 6 p.m. at The History Center. Serviente will share experience and knowledge gained from 30 years of creating art glass. Included will be a brief history, the process of stained glass creation from commission to installation, an assessment of the state of art glass in the 21st century, and what the future may hold. Read more »
Spectacular Works by Ai Weiwei, Gu Wenda, Liu Dan, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Dongling, Xu Bing, Yang Jiechang, Zhang Yu and Many More - Dec. 11, 2013-April 6, 2014
Location: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Press preview: Monday, December 9, 10 a.m. - noon
New York, N.Y. - A major loan exhibition of contemporary Chinese art presenting works by 35 artists born in China will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning December 11. Featuring 70 works in various media-paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture-that were created during the past three decades, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past. Read more »
Oswego, N.Y. — Oz Roller Derby (OzRD) will bring back fast-moving, co-ed renegade roller derby to Oswego this Saturday, December 7th, at the Oswego YMCA Armory.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first jam whistle blows at 6 p.m.
Renegade roller derby is similar to, yet very different from, most popular versions of roller derby played in upstate New York. Renegade derby is identified as ‘No Rules’ derby because there are no penalties assigned to skaters. There are basic rules for timing, scoring, blocking and general gameplay and they are all very similar to other forms of derby. Some key differences include no stopping on the track, legal player takedowns and both male and female skaters compete on the track at the same time. Spectators find this form of derby easy to understand, fast-paced and exciting. Read more »