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A Hudson Valley New Year's Eve

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Uptown Kingston will host a New Years Eve cabaret festival, featuring events around the town.
  • Andrew MacGregor
  • Uptown Kingston will host a New Years Eve cabaret festival, featuring events around the town.

New Year's, a holiday typically associated with young men and women hunched over their trashcans and toilets, can be spent with safe and quality family fun, and there is no place better to experience such merriment than the Hudson Valley.

The region, in its environmental glamour and community reach, hosts an array of activities and spectacles appropriate for the family. Instead of being quarantined to the bathroom, spend the last day of 2013 outdoors with the brisk winter air caressing your skin or inside wrapped in the warm and cozy comfort offered at Hudson Valley's premium venues.

New Year's Eve at Hunter Mountain Resort
If nature bestows the best climate for culminating the year, travel to the Hunter Mountain Resort for a day-long celebration. The jamboree begins at 2pm with DJ Frankieoke located in the Main Bar where guests can later return at 4pm to sing and sway to the music of 5-Zero Band. At 6:30pm, guests will strap on their selective winter sporting gear, whether it be a snowboard or a pair of skis, as the torchlight parades commence. Children will take to the trails at the foot of the mountain, slipping and sliding down the pathways with battery-powered torchlights, while adults are lifted halfway up the mountain and glide down Racer's Edge bearing blazing torches. The paraders snaking down Hunter's slopes will appear as a sea of lava to onlookers nestled at the foot of the resort. After watching a display of fireworks, guests can delight in a fresh cocktail at the Main Bar or savor St. Louis style BBQ ribs in the warm ambience of VanWinkle's.

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New Year's Day at Minnewaska State Park Preserve
If snowboarding isn't your shtick, but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, take to Ulster County's Minnewaska State Park Preserve on New Year's day for a snow-bound hike in the winter wonderland of the Awosting Falls carriage road. Beginning at 1pm, the two and a half mile walk will take hikers through the bare trees, past the slabs of quartz conglomerate, and along Peter's Kill stream to its final destination: the 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If weather conditions are cold enough, the billowing streams pumping the water off the Awosting's cliff will freeze, and the waterfall will remain suspended in midair with the straggling streams forming new strands of icicles every moment. Guests can reserve snowshoes for the hike if snow blankets Minnewaska's grounds.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum New Year's Eve Celebration at Noon
If the winter winds bring too potent of a chill to your bones, travel to Poughkeepsie's Mid-Hudson Children's for a day of kid-friendly fun. While munching on some cookies or drinking some New Year's punch, kids can partake in many hands-on activities, including making noise makers. The kids will then grab hold of their own slices of bubble wrap and count down by ten at noon. Sounding off their homemade noisemakers and banging tambourines, the children will then march in a short parade throughout the museum. The day will feature live music from museum educator Teresa Gimmarco and Hudson Valley folk artist Kathleen Pemble.

New Year's Day Music Ritual with Amy McTear at Epworth United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center
For those a bit more in-tune with the indoors, High Falls' Epworth United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center will host the zen-like performance of Amy McTear and over 25 musicians in their New Year's Day Musical Ritual Event: An Odyssey Into the Heart Via the Power of the Collective Voice. The event will unify the artists' sounds in a choir-like spectacle featuring the soundscape of voice, drums, flute, didgeridoo, symphonic gong, crystal singing bowls, guitar, bass, and cello. With excerpts of spoken word interjecting the melodic songs, the performance will foster a meditative experience of spiritual enlightenment appropriate to usher in the new year.

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