The Nutcracker Ballet Pairs With Zip Lines And Horse Drawn Trolleys For A Perfect Winter Weekend In The Catskills
Winter in the Catskills has become synonymous with ski lodges, hot cocoa and snow-shoeing. Adding to the cold-weather adventures, a wide variety of family-friendly experiences range from world-class performances to interactive museums that bring everyone together. Travel to the Catskills this winter for an exciting weekend getaway with the entire family.
Please see below for a sample of fun winter weekend activities in the Catskills:
- Watch A Classic Performance
Watch the award-winning dancers from the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory in New York City perform the timeless story of The Nutcracker, based on the story by German author, E.T.A. Hoffmann, at the Catskill Mountain Foundation (CMF).
The Nutcracker – a Christmas present given to a young girl – comes to life as a handsome prince and fantastic adventures ensue. Marvel at the unforgettable battle between The Nutcracker with his Toy Soldiers and The Mouse King with his fighting mice; or the moment when Harlequin and Columbine, life-sized dolls emerge dancing from giant presents; and the young girl arriving in the land of sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. In this special production, the first act will feature aspiring local performers before they make their leap to the professional dance stage in the roles of the party’s children and parents.
This performance takes place on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 pm at CMF’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center (6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville). Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased by phone at (518) 263-2063 or online here.
- Fly at the SkyRider Zipline Tour
The SkyRider Zipline Tour in Hunter offers more than four miles of zipline, which is the longest, fastest and highest zipline tour in North America, and the second largest in the world. The tour includes five unique side by side racing ziplines where the first sets you soaring 600 feet above the valley reaching speeds up to 50 mph. ZipLine New York is located at 7740 Main Street, Hunter, New York, 12442.
- Be Amazed at the Athens Victorian Stroll
The streets in the Village of Athens will come alive with neighbors and visitors on Saturday, December 12 during the Athens Victorian Stroll. This free event offers fun for the entire family. While there will be roving carolers dressed in Victorian garb, a resplendent Victorian Santa and horse drawn trolleys, there will also be many contemporary performances scheduled throughout the day at the Athens Cultural Center, Athens Municipal Building, First Reformed Church and the Rivertown Senior Center. Throughout the Village there will be live music performances, arts and craft vendors, a children’s holiday cottage contest, historic open houses, ice sculpture carving, wine tasting, food specials at local restaurants, house decorating contest, face painting, a chocolate fountain and much more. The evening will conclude with a bonfire, caroling and tree lighting in the Riverfront Park. Pick up a complete schedule of events at the Cultural Center, located at 24 Second Street, Athens, New York, 12015.
- Visit the Piano Performance Museum
The Catskill Mountain Foundation’s rare collection of antique pianos at the Piano Performance Museum lets music lovers get up close and personal with pianos dating back to the eighteenth century without velvet ropes or glass. This unique hands-on museum houses more than 20 rare historical pianos such as the Beethoven era 1842 John Broadwood Semi-Grand and the Liszt era 1873 Erard Paris grand piano. The dedicated museum staff works with restoration experts to accomplish their goal of making each vintage instrument playable. Currently, about 60 percent of these remarkable instruments have been resurrected with materials from their era and restored to playable condition for museum-goers to experience first-hand. The Piano Performance Museum is located in the Doctorow Center for the Arts at 7971 NY-23A, Hunter, New York, 12442.
- Tinker Toys and The Rare Bear Toy Stores
Families can also enjoy two unique toy stores in nearby Woodstock, New York that attract kids of all ages. Tinker Toys is known for its wide collection of quirky and artistic toys from around the world, each selected for being beautiful, artistic and playable. The Rare Bear is known for its selection of really big stuffed animals as well as puppets. Tinker Toys is located at 5 Mill Road and The Rare Bear is found at 34 Tinker Street, both in the heart of Woodstock.
For more information on the Catskill Mountain Foundation, please visit: http://www.catskillmtn.org/.