The 2023 holiday season is here and it would be a shame if you missed it. Shopping for gifts, wrapping presents and endless trips to the grocery store are inevitable. This year take the family to as many holiday-themed events as you can find to really soak in the season.

Here are 5 Family Fun Things to Do In Upstate New York this Holiday Season.

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518 news, sinterklaas festival, Rhinebeck, New York
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SINTERKLASS FESTIVAL  - Saturday December 2, 2023 - Rhinebeck, NY

  • Sinterklaas is a day-long celebration of music, dance and the arts. The non-denominational celebration concludes at 6pm with the spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade. This parade features two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers.
Troy Victorian Stroll
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TROY VICTORIAN STROLL - Sunday December 3, 2023 (11a-5p) - Troy, NY.

  • For 40 years, the Troy Victorian Stroll has been a community holiday tradition that transforms the streets of historic downtown Troy into a bygone Victorian era, complete with visitors in Victorian dress strolling the City.
Lights On the Lake 2023, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool
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LIGHTS ON THE LAKE - November 13, 2023 - January 12, 2024 - Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY

  • Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-thru show featuring towering holiday displays, a twinkling fantasy forest, a fairy tale magic grand finale and more!
Lake Placid, sleigh rides
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  • Treat yourself to a horse-drawn sleigh ride wrapped in warm blankets while listening to the sound of sleigh bells in the crisp Lake Placid air.
It's A Wonderful Life, Seneca Falls
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77th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" - December 8th - December 10th - Seneca Falls, NY

  • Welcome to Seneca Falls, the Real Bedford Falls! Each year, the town celebrates with an It's A Wonderful Life Festival the second weekend in December.

11 Christmas Towns in New York to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

New York City may be home to the Rockefeller Christmas tree but there are several small towns and villages that will get you in the holiday spirit with all the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

Gallery Credit: Credit - Polly McAdams

LOOK: The top holiday toys from the year you were born

With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.

Gallery Credit: Jacob Osborn & Peter Richman

LOOK: 25 over-the-top Christmas displays from across America

To help get everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday season, Stacker compiled a list of some of the most over-the-top Christmas displays across America.

Gallery Credit: Annalise Mantz & Madison Troyer

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