Many towns across the Hudson Valley are getting into the holiday spirit with decorations and lights that all residents can enjoy.

One Hudson Valley town however, had to go back the drawing board after their first initial tree lighting.

Woodstock, NY Christmas Tree Gets Roasted Online

The first week of December gave several Hudson Valley communities  the opportunity to kick off their holiday season celebrations. Some had parades like Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck, others opted for the classic tree lighting.

Woodstock, New York was one of those towns. Unfortunately after the town of Woodstock tree was lit, it illuminated all of its imperfections. Which went wild on social media. Facebook user Joseph Carney shared the following photo of the tree with the caption:

When you order your Christmas Tree from Wish! #WoodstockFail
Joseph Carney, Facebook
Joseph Carney, Facebook
Others compared it to the Charlie Brown Tree, but worse.
 After many complaints from the Woodstock Community, we heard that the tree came down and was going to be replaced.

Woodstock, NY Town Supervisor Discusses "Tree-Gate" 2023

We spoke to the Woodstock Town Supervisor Bill McKenna to clarify what exactly happened with the quirky tree. He shares that a "series of mishaps" led to the unique tree that was placed in the center of town. McKenna says that he and the new Highway Superintendent went over to Dutchess County and settled on a tree right before Thanksgiving.

A few day later, a crew went out a cut down a different tree which then slipped, causing a few branches to break here and there. Crews tried to fill in the spots (just like they do at Rockefeller Center!), but it just wasn't working out.

After the backlash McKenna says he and his wife made the trek back over the bridge to Rhinebeck and "low and behold the original tree that the Superintendent and I picked out was still there." He goes on to say that the new tree is also imperfect and is a bit crooked, but it looks beautiful with the lights.

Take a look at the updated tree below:

Bill McKenna
Bill McKenna

READ MORE: 20 Spectacular Hudson Valley Trees Used at Rockefeller Center

Another tree from New York had an easier go at it this holiday season. The 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree hails from Vestal, New York, and made its big appearance on November 29th, 2023. The tree is finally lit, but take a look at how the tree navigated across New York State to make it down to NYC below:

2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Makes Its Way to NYC

The 80-foot-12-ton beauty from Vestal, New York in Broome County is making its way down to New York City for the 2023 holiday season at Rockefeller Center.

Hudson Valley Small Towns Great for Shopping and Food

Seasonal shopping in the Hudson Valley can be so much fun. There are small towns up and down the Hudson River that offer unique shops and delicious dining. Cold Spring, Rhinebeck, and more. Head out for a day of shopping then pair it with an edible treat and refreshing drink throughout your travels. Here are some suggestions.

Gallery Credit: Paty Quyn

Dazzling Lake George Winter's Dream Experience at Fort William Henry

Lake George Winter's Dream at Fort William Henry runs from Friday, December 8th through March 31st. The hours are from dusk, around 5:15 pm until 10 pm daily except Tuesdays. (It is closed on Christmas, New Year's Day, and January 2nd). The average time to explore Winter's Dream is 40-60 minutes.
There are six sections: Cabin of Dreams, Dreamscapes, Full Moons, Frozen Lake, First Snow, and Winter Woods.
For information and to purchase tickets click HERE.
Check out the stunning pictures of this amazing winter wonderland.

Gallery Credit: Moment Factory

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