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Holiday Tree Lighting At Bayard Cutting Arboretum

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that on Friday, December 2, 2022 the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this Yuletide Celebration! Join the carolers in a sing-along of traditional holiday songs while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. At 6:00 pm sharp, Santa will light the tree for the 2022 holiday season. Afterwards, hot beverages will be served, and you can visit with Santa. All activities take place outdoors so please dress accordingly. The Manor House will not be open. In the spirit of the season, we will be collecting canned goods and new unwrapped toys for those in need in our community. All donations are appreciated.

Admission is free. There is limited parking, so please arrive early. The entrance gates will close when the parking field has reached full capacity. For more information about this event, please call Bayard Cutting Arboretum at (631) 581-1002 or visit

Directions: Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park is located at 440 Montauk Highway in Great River, NY. From the west take Southern State Parkway East to Montauk Highway Easy (27A). Proceed past the traffic light. The park will be on your right. From the east take Sunrise Highway west to Oakdale- Bohemia Road South to Montauk Highway west to park entrance.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

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