It may be easy to cozy up next to a warm fire with hot chocolate all winter long, but if you’re willing to bundle up and brace the cold, New York has some of the best winter hikes around. From easier paths that will keep you low to the ground to some of our state’s tallest mountains that will give you unforgettable views, these 10 picturesque trails and winter hikes in New York are perfect.

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New York in the Winter

Where can I see the best light displays in New York?

There are many places where you can see some of the best light displays in New York. When you’ve had your fill of the best winter hikes, check out some of these light shows:

Lights on the Lake: Taking place on Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, one of the 11 Finger Lakes, this event begins in mid-November and goes until mid-January. It is a two-mile driving experience that features themed holiday lights, such as a twinkling fantasy forest.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland: Located in Valhalla, this is another driving experience that features thousands of beautiful lights along a 1.2-mile ride. Aside from the lights, there are even some live displays. It begins at the end of November and goes through to the new year.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights: Located in the Bronx borough of Manhattan, from mid-November to the beginning of January, the zoo is lit in the evening with magical holiday lights and lanterns, all with an animal-centric theme. It is a walk-through experience and also features entertainment, music, food, and a holiday train.

Are there any Christmas tree farms in New York? 

There are several Christmas tree farms in New York to choose from when you are looking for the perfect tree for your home. Here are just a few:

Battenfield Christmas Tree Farm: Located in Red Hook in the Hudson Valley, this 80-acre farm has been in operation since the 1950s. There is an assortment of trees to peruse and pick the perfect one for your home.

Saltsman Tree Farm: Located in Rhinebeck, you can grab a pre-cut tree here or search for your own. The trees range from anywhere between six and 12 feet high. There are also treats available on-site like donuts, warm apple cider, and roasted chestnuts.

Where can I go ice skating in New York?

There are many places to go ice skating in New York if hiking in the winter is not your thing. Here are a few of the very best:

Empire State Plaza Ice Rink: Located in Albany, you can skate here from December until March. It is free to skate and there are lockers and rentals available. There is also a snack bar and an assortment of events to take part in throughout the season.

Bear Mountain Ice Rink: Located within Bear Mountain State Park, from November until March, you can skate at this outdoor rink. There are lockers, rentals, and lessons available. As a bonus, you can also explore the park’s over 5,000 acres.

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