Celebrate holiday in a winter wonderland! During the colder months, the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York transforms into an idyllic snowy paradise. There are few places better to enjoy this festive season than our cozy region. Discover the best ways to enjoy this special time of year with the best Finger Lakes Christmas events! Download our free Vacation Guide for a full list of events in the region.
Enjoy These Finger Lakes Christmas Events
Lights and Flights
The season kicks off with the new wine trail events “Lights and Flights” hosted by the Seneca Lake Wine Trail! ℍ𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕃𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔽𝕝𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕤 is wine tasting meets cookie exchange meets holiday house tour (in this case, the house is their tasting rooms)… and we think you’re going to love it! Each winery will share holiday-themed cookies (and the delicious recipes) with event goers, while decking out their tasting rooms in holiday décor… and of course, great wine, too! In 2021, the event will take place on two separate weekends for you to choose which one fits your schedule best! The first weekend is from December 3rd to 5th. The second weekend is December 10th to 12th. There’s no better place to do your holiday shopping than at the variety of wineries with gifts for people of all ages.
It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration
The quiet village of Seneca Falls is often said to be the inspiration for the fictional town of Bedford Falls, from the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Even actors from the movie, upon visiting the quiet New York town, instantly made the connection to the setting of the iconic story they crafted onscreen. Find the similarities for yourself when you visit for the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration! Running from December 8th to 12th, 2021, this weekend-long event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, charity events, holiday-themed competitions, annual 5K walk/run, and (of course) screenings of the movie!
Immersive VIP Experience
Enjoy a unique, specially-prepared experience at each of five member wineries along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail on November 13th from 10 am to 5 pm. You’ll have a custom itinerary for the day where you’ll get behind the scenes experiences and VIP treatment. Snack on a locally-sourced box of charcuterie prepared by Oak Hill, included with each ticket, as you enjoy your day.
Wineries & Tasting Experience included in the ticket:
- Weis Vineyards: A tasting at the crush pad or tank room (depending on the weather), led by Owner and Winemaker.
- Vineyard View Winery: A blind vertical tasting comparing and contrasting the differences of wine in tanks and barrels vs finished bottled wines of the same varietal.
- Keuka Spring Vineyards: A winemaker-led tasting including barrel and tank samples compared to vintages in the bottle.
- Heron Hill Winery: Private tasting with a dedicated staff member featuring reserve wines and a cheese pairing with local NY cheeses.
- Hunt Country Vineyards: A curated tasting of Uncharted Terroir line of wines. Delicious wines crafted from grape varieties that are resilient in the face of an uncertain future. Celebrating 40 years of Hunt Country Vineyards, their tradition of stewardship, and navigating the effects of climate change as we move into the future.
All ticket sales end by Wednesday, November 10th at 5pm.
Watkins Glen Village Christmas
For over 27 years, downtown Watkins Glen transforms into a paradise of holiday cheer for one evening in early December. Join us on December 10th, 2021, for Village Christmas! Enjoy arts and crafts with the kids and holiday shopping while you listen to the chorus of strolling carolers. Be sure to join the crowd at 6:30 p.m. to get a look at the Candy Land Christmas parade, which ends with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! After, you can meet the famous duo and their reindeer. The evening finishes with a gorgeous fireworks display at the waterfront at 7:30 pm. This is a must for the whole family!
Christmas in the Park
Every year the Hammondsport square has a “Christmas in the Park” event from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It truly transforms into a paradise of holiday cheer for one evening in early December. Join us on December 11th, 2021, for Christmas in the Park! Including but not limited to:
- 8am Breakfast with Santa: Hammondsport Fire Department
- 4pm The Keuka Lake Players Present “A Hammondsport Christmas Carol” @The Presbyterian Church
- 6pm Santa’s Fire Truck Arrival
- 4pm-8pm Vendors in the park
- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
- Live music in the band stand and carolers in the square
Holiday Shopping Spree
Event days for the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail “Holiday Shopping Spree” are November 20th and 21st & December 4th and 5th, from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are sold only in bundles of 4 to maximize available space and keep all parties (regardless of vaccination status) safe, $275 + tax and service fees. No exceptions. This is a one-day event, with 2 weekends and multiple dates to choose from. Tickets will only be honored on their specified date, with no exceptions or exchanges. Ticket price includes 6 wineries, with food and wine samples served at each. Ticket price also includes a souvenir wine glass for each of the 4 people, plus 2 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail serving boards to take home. We are always following current NYS guidelines, which can change at any moment. As of right now (10/1/21), masks are not mandated by the state, but each business is given the ability to make their own rules. Some will require masks, some will not. Please bring it and be prepared to wear it when asked. No pets, please.
Holiday Market at the Winter Wine Garden
Join us at Point of the Bluff Vineyards for our second annual Holiday Market at the Winter Wine Garden! Every Saturday from November 6th through December 18th from 12pm to 5pm their Pavilion will be open for drinking, eating, and holiday shopping.
Each weekend they will feature local vendors with a variety of products for you to shop small this holiday season! Get in the holiday spirit with their award-winning wines, festive foods, decorations, and local vendors.
Each weekend the Holiday Market will take on a festive theme. Participants in these festivities will receive one or more raffle tickets to be entered to win a grand prize at the end of all 7 weekends. The grand prize includes a variety of Point of the Bluff Vineyards wine, merch, and more!
Throughout the duration of the Holiday Market, they will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots and non perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Help give back this holiday season by donating! Each donation earns a raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing at the end of the Holiday Market.
- November 6: Holiday Market Kick Off
- November 13: Holiday Trivia
- November 20: Soup & Wine Flights
- November 27: Support Small Business
- December 4: Holiday Cookie & Wine Flights
- December 11: Ugly Sweaters
- December 18: Ornament Making
Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties
No matter which of these Finger Lakes Holiday events you decide to attend, be sure to book your home through us! Finger Lake Premier Properties has the best inventory of homes in the region. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious estate or a pet-friendly rental house, you’ll find it here!
Consider booking Rapalee Retreat, a lakeview property that is located in Himrod. Which is centrally located in the middle of all these events. If you plan on attending the Lights and Flights, this is the home to book! With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s ideal for trips with a group of friends. You’re sure to enjoy the view of Seneca Lake from the patio.
Take a look at our full inventory of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.