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Celebrating Christmas Around New York State – Our Top 5 Parades [VIDEOS]

Santa at Lord & Taylor, NYC
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Every city, town and hamlet seems to have their own traditions when it comes to welcoming in the holiday season. Several communities host holiday parades – here are our top 5 – in no particular order as they're all great!


Parade of Lights


In the Southern Tier city of Corning, Santa arrives courtesy of the Corning Fire Department. He rides on a fire truck during a parade that takes place in the Crystal City's beautiful Gaffer District.



Santa Claus Lane


Head east from Corning on Interstate 86 and you'll run into Olean nestled into the Enchanted Mountains of New York's Southern Tier. In the home of St. Bonaventure University, they turn the main drag through town into Santa Claus Lane.



Gazette Holiday Parade


The Schenectady Gazette has been putting on a Christmas parade for 43 years. The parade takes place the week before Thanksgiving.  During the holidays when you 'Say Schenectady,' you're really saying 'Christmas.'



Main Street Holiday Parade

The parade, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, precedes the opening of the Foothills Festival of Trees in Oneonta.


New York City

Lighted Boat Parade

Santa arrives in the Big Apple in aquatic fashion thanks to the Lighted Boat Parade in New York Harbor. Not nearly as well known as the tree at Rockefeller Center or the Rockettes, this is an insider's-only NYC Christmas celebration.


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