Explore the beautiful trails of Thacher Park on snowshoes. These trails offer panoramic views of the wintry countryside, and you can rent shoes for just $5 at the Emma Treadwell Nature Center, right in Thacher Park.
Holiday shop at Stuyvesant Plaza, home to many independent boutiques and high-end retailers, also gets festive during the holiday season, with beautiful decorations, and even horse-drawn carriage rides! And while you're there, grab lunch at Peaches Café, with a full menu of freshly made sandwiches, salads, and pastries. On Sunday, they serve delicious brunch.
Oooohh and ahhhh over Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, the must-see-it-to-believe-it, annual holiday lights display at beautiful Washington Park. Hot chocolate and snacks served in the Lakehouse. Vehicle fee $20.
For the naturalists, check out Albany Pine Bush. This science and education center, set in the midst of one of the few remaining inland pine barrens, offers a full calendar of kid-friendly nature talks, demonstrations, and hikes. $5 family.