When living in such a gorgeous location like the Hudson Valley, you should always take some time to enjoy the scenery and get involved with some fun activities for every season. Now that winter’s here, it’s time to go out, enjoy the snow, and get into some holiday activities!

With the holidays coming up and you’re looking for an evergreen tree, there are plenty of places all around. Here’s a list of some tree farms to help you pick the perfect one!

Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm – Red Hook

Saltsman Tree Farm – Rhinebeck

Solvang Tree Farm – Poughkeepsie

Emmerich Tree Farm – Warwick

Bell’s Christmas Trees – Accord

When you’re looking for something to do this winter to get out and enjoy all the snow, you may want to check out some of these great local hiking spots:

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve – Arden Point and Glenclyffe

Sterling Forest State Park – Townsend Trail and Long Meadow Extension Loop

Mohonk Preserve – Undercliff/Overcliff Carriage Roads

Catskills – Giant’s Ledge

Minnewaska State park Preserve – Carriage Roads

If you enjoy downhill skiing or snowboarding, or even if you want to try and start, here are some great locations you might want to try out:

Windham Mountain Resort

Hunter Mountain


 And if you’re looking for big name locations, here are two which are worth a bit of a trek to visit:

Killington – 176 miles from Poughkeepsie

Whiteface Mountain – 216 miles from Poughkeepsie

Also, be sure to visit Rhinebeck’s annual Sinterklaas Festival and The Gay family’s home in LaGrangeville who currently hold the Guinness World Record for most lights on a residential property! Then, when you want to stay warm, there’s a mile long lights display in Goshen on Scotchtown Road you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. After a nice long cold day, it’s always great to get cozy at home and watch a movie. Here’s a list of some of the top holiday movies of all time according to ABC news, so you don’t necessarily have to go searching for a movie for half an hour:

6. ‘Elf’

5. ‘Home Alone’

4. ‘A Christmas Story’

3. ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

2: ‘Scrooge’

1: ‘Scrooged’

Williams, Angela. “Top 10 Holiday Movies of All Time.” ABC News, ABC News Network, 25 Nov. 2016, abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/top-10-holiday-movies-time/story?id=43716601.

Rhinebeck Bank Staff