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Things to Do in New York in Winter
31 Oct

The Holidays: Things to Do in New York in Winter

New York is the perfect place to spend the holiday season. The snow-covered trees, hills, and mountaintops paint a picture of wintery bliss, especially when you have a cozy place to escape to. Get out and enjoy the holiday festivals for some of the best things to do in New York in winter during your stay at Emerson Resort & Spa. Some are a short drive away, but well worth your time. 


This tradition stems from Dutch settlers more than 300 years ago. Every year, the one-day festival celebrates children as the bringers of light during the darkest time of the year. The main event is the evening parade, complete with two-story puppets. Join a workshop to decorate your branch for the parade, find the Dutch cookie tree, and enjoy the live music, dance, and theater performances. 

Santa’s Arrival at Emerson Resort & Spa

When Santa comes to town at Emerson Resort & Spa, you can’t help but be good for goodness’ sake. On the day of his arrival, all of the festive activities will put you in a jolly, holiday spirit, whether it’s ornament decorating or horse-drawn carriage rides. When he gets here, Father Christmas himself picks one lucky child who gets to assist him in turning on the Emerson Christmas Tree, as well as the thousands of twinkling lights that take the resort from its regular splendor and give it some of the best New York Christmas decorations. Then, children can wait to take their turn to take pictures with Santa, while Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch work together to keep everyone entertained. Santa’s Arrival at Emerson is one of the most exciting things to do in New York in winter, especially for kids. 

Holiday Shopping at the Shops at Emerson 

As the end of the year continually looms closer and closer, holiday shopping lists can seem like a burden. However, when you stay overnight at Emerson Resort & Spa, you can visit any of the Shops at Emerson and receive ten percent off your purchases. With our variety of stores, you can cross Mom, Dad, friends, and other family off your list, whether you visit Melina’s Boutique, The Men’s Shop, the Kaleidostore, the Toy Chest, or Emerson Home & Garden. Make sure you visit the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope too, as the show changes seasonally and is free for overnight guests. See the holiday version of the Catskills-inspired moving images for a special take on New York Christmas lights. 

Christmas-Themed Culinary Experiences 

Santa will make another appearance at Emerson for a special breakfast buffet in December. Whether you want to wear your festive pajamas, holiday best, or even wear your own Santa suit, be ready to snap a selfie with the jolly man himself as you make your way to pancakes, waffles, eggs, and more. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Woodnotes Grille has specialized a la carte menus as well that you won’t want to miss. 

Other Things to Do in New York in Winter at Emerson Resort 

When it comes to Christmas in the Catskills, there are plenty of things to do specifically at Emerson Resort.  No matter what you choose to do, Emerson Resort is the best of Catskill mountain hotels for your stays over the holidays. Call us at 845-688-2828 or visit us on our website for more information about things to do in New York in winter.

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