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An Upstate Holiday Activity Guide - 2022

An Upstate Holiday Activity Guide - 2022

The holiday season is here and we're excited to share some of our favorite things to do in the joyous holiday season!

Whether spending time with your family or your friends December is a great time to enjoy the company of others and make new traditions. With only a month left to go in 2022 we put together a list of fun things to do throughout the holiday season! Whether it's cutting yourself down a Christmas tree with the family, or enjoying a lovely hot chocolate stroll with friends - there is so much Upstate has to offer this season. 

Of course - it wouldn't be the holidays without shopping for loved ones, so scroll down to see some suggestions of our favorite places to visit and shop!


Christmas Tree Hunting 

Finding the best Christmas tree for the family can be hard -  but we're here to recommend some great local tree farms for you to explore! Check out these options to find the perfect tree this holiday season.

 Battenfeld & Son Wholesale Growers

856 NY-199, Red Hook, NY 12571 - (845) 758-8018

     McDonough's Farm 

    28 Gilligan Rd, East Greenbush, NY 12061 - (518) 477-4841

      Saltsman Christmas Tree Farm

      214 NY-308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 - (845) 876-8801

         Ellms Family Farm

        448 Charlton Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 - (518) 884-8168

          Bell's Christmas Trees

          647 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord, NY 12404 - (845) 626-7849  

          Holiday Attractions

          When it comes to exploring our lovely region there are so many things to do during the holiday season! We've highlighted some of these amazing attractions that have become iconic to our state as well as some new traditions to help support local communities and businesses. While some of these are seasonal, many are open beyond the holiday season!

          Santa's Workshop, North Pole, NY

          Polar Express Train Ride

          321 Main Street Utica, NY 13501

 - 1-800-819-2291 

          The Victorian Stroll

          Downtown Troy, NY


          The Downtown Albany Hot Chocolate Stroll

          Downtown Albany, NY


          Holiday Light Shows

          Who doesn't love a good Christmas light show? While it can be really fun strolling through neighborhoods and looking at Christmas Light displays - we're lucky enough to have many wonderful places to view spectacular Christmas light tours and shows all throughout the state! We've highlighted some examples below!

          A Frosty Fest

          778 Broadway, Ulster Park

          Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

          Washington Park entrance at Madison & New Scotland Ave

          Holiday Festival of Lights

          Centennial Fountain, Canada Street, Lake George

          Jungle Bells

          85 Martin Hill Road, Harpursville


          Village of Lights

          Santa's Workshop, 324 Whiteface Memorial Hwy, Wilmington

          Holiday Small Business Shopping

          Lastly - as promised - we love to show our appreciation and love for other local and small businesses, so why not use them as your go-to this holiday shopping season to get things for your loved ones? Check out our list of some of our favorites below!

          5th Corner Goods

          395 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

          Vischer Ferry General Store

          357 Riverview Rd, Vischer Ferry, NY 12148


           Almost Local

          18 W Park Row, Clinton, NY 13323

          Salt Point Shop

          100 Brooklea Dr, Fayetteville, NY 13066

          Tide & Purl

          123 Broad St, Schuylerville, NY 12871
          We hope you enjoy your holiday season and have many safe, and fun adventures! Feel free to share any new ideas with us!

          Happy Holidays!

          The Compas Team

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