Friday, December 7th: Starshine in Penn Yan – Will be held on the Courthouse lawn again this year. Miss Penn Yan will be crowned; Food, Hot Chocolate, etc will be consumed. There is usually a horse-drawn wagon ride around town, and various groups providing live music.
Friday & Saturday (every weekend through December 24th): Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles - I’ve always wanted to go to this! “Visit the beautiful Village of Skaneateles Noon – 4 pm each Saturday & Sunday. Noon Kick-off on the porch of the Sherwood Inn. Strolling Dickens characters performing interactive street theater, Father Christmas greets children noon-2, Free Roasted Chestnuts, Free carriage rides, Caroling 2pm at the Gazebo, Live shows & music at the Skaneateles Library, Holiday music on the street.” Featured photo via Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Facebook page. Here’s a video from newyorkstatefestivals.com:
Friday – Sunday December 7th-9th: It’s a Wonderful Life Festival - Here’s another event in the Finger Lakes I’ve always wanted to go to! “Seneca Falls invites you to come visit and take part in the fun and festive activities planned all weekend long. There truly is something for all ages. Visit www.therealbedfordfalls.com for more information.” Visit http://therealbedfordfalls.com/ for more info. And on December 8th – It’s a Wonderful 5K – I’ve heard this is a blast! (more info)
Friday, December 7th: Lights on the River Festival in Owego – “Owego will sparkle with holiday lighting and great festivities. Christmas lights reflecting on the river, historic buildings lit with candles, Children’s choirs, dancers, carolers, strolling musicians, juggler, a visit with Santa, food, Christmas specials and all the sights and sounds of Christmas”. That sounds like fun! http://www.lightsontheriver.com/
Saturday, December 8th: Christmas in Aurora - I just love Aurora. It’s so quaint and beautiful any time of year, but with the added decoration of Christmas, it us magnificent. There is a lot going on, so check their website. The Holiday Concert with Hammered Dulcimer player Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn sounds really interesting, and is free and open to the public.
Saturday, December 8th: Hammondsport’s Christmas in the Park – Old fashioned Christmas with music, food, Santa, storytelling, wagon rides, and vendors. Santa & Mrs. Claus, along with some of their reindeer, will arrive around 6pm & there will be FREE horse-drawn wagon rides from 6-8pm. (more info)
Saturday & Sunday December 7th & 8th: Candlelight Tours at Seward House in Auburn – “Enjoy beautiful Christmas decorations at a historic mansion. See the Seward House Museum decorated for an elegant Victorian Christmas. Enjoy seeing the home in a “new light” as we present our Candlelight Tours.” Visit website for more info. (photo from website)
Coming up next weekend… Saturday, December 15th starting at 10am: Holiday Cookie Walk – a fundraising event for The Keuka Comfort Care Home. (More info)
And two weeks from now on December 22nd, is “The International Rutabega Curl” in Ithaca. Yep. Really.