Halloween has come and gone and we are officially in the holoiday season!
I love this time of the year, and there is so much to see and do in the Finger Lakes region. Fall maybe the most colorful season here, but there is something so magical when our tight-knit communities are covered in a blanket of snow, and twinkling with christmas lights.
There are a few festivals and fairs happening in our region leading up to Christmas, but today I thought I would share my top picks with you.
Christmas Festivals in the Finger Lakes Region for 2019
With Christmas and New Year's Day right around the corner, now is the time to enjoy the best of the holiday season in the Finger Lakes.
A Dicken's Christmas in Skaneatles
Weekends From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve | Various Locations within the Vilage
An annual tradition in Skaneatles now in it's 26th year, that takes you back in time to 1842, complete with actors in period customs whom spread holiday cheer and merriment among the streets of the picturesque Finger Lakes village! The festivites begin the day after Thanksgiving and run every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, from noon to 4 pm, plus December 24 from noon - 2:30 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. Spend the day in the charming village of Skaneateles enjoying live music, unique shopping, wonderful food, and horse and wagon rides.
Canandaigua Christkindl Market
November 8th-10th | 295 N Main St Canandaigua
Friday – 11am to 6pm
Saturday – 10am to 6pm
Sunday – 10am to 4pm
Stay warm and toasty while enjoying this Christmas Festival! The Christkindl Market is a German inspired festival which is held under several heated tents on the lawn of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Over 130 regional artisans and food vendors regularly turn up for the annual event, which also features live entertainment and festive music. Kids will enjoy meeting the Christkindl Angel as well as Santa and Mrs Claus who wait to greet them in Santa’s House. Parking can get tricky at this festival, but there is a complementary Park & Ride service on a Holiday Trolley from Canandaigua’s historic downtown area.
45th Annual Sparkle Festival in Corning
December 7th, 2019 | 5-9pm | Market Street, Corning
Plan a trip to Corning for an Christmas experience you won't forget. Set among the backdrop of a shimmering winter wonderland You'll find horse-drawn carriage rides, the sounds of choral groups, a live nativity, unique and handmade craft vendors, a wide variety of food. There are plenty of free activitis for children! Explore Corning's incredible shopping and dining, take a photo with Santa in his Crystal House
December 13-15th, 2019 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Various locations in the village
I don't like to play favorites, but I'm already signed up for the It's a Wonderful Life 5k! I look forward to this festival every year, and I know I am not the only one! The small town has attracted large crowds and visitors from across the nation. We met a nice couple from Wisconsin, a woman from Indiana, and a family from Ohio at the cake cutting reception. The three-day festival includes a ton of events: more meet-and-greets, discussion on the film and events at the memorabilia-rich museum. Some signs in town are even changed to "Bedford Falls," and locals are paid to dress up and portray characters from the film during for the festival. The Gould Hotel, right in the middle of downtown, hangs a sign outside that reads “Martini’s,” the name of the restaurant and bar George Bailey frequents in the movie.
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