Catch The NY Botanical Garden Train Show
Don't miss the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens, which doesn't get nearly enough love in the winter as it does during the spring. And that's a big mistake (huge!), considering the impressiveness of the 150 NYC landmarks represented along the track, all made out of natural materials like bark and leaves, while adorable little model trains weave around its nearly mile-half length. If you don't want to secretly admit to your model-train collecting past, grab a kid or two and drag them with you. (Like your niece and nephew, not some random kids please.)
Spook out on the Hudson Trail
If The Nightmare Before Christmas is your favorite holiday movie, this is probably just the thing for you. While being terrified might not be everyone's typical seasonal activity past Oct 31st, the Adirondacks, Catskills, Finger Lakes, and Hudson Valley have some great haunted attractions -- made creepier by the longer, darker nights. Take your pick from ghost tours, haunted dining and hotels, and UFOs (well, do you know what they are?).