22nd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree (Dec 2-4)

December 2nd, 2015

December 2-4, 10am-5pm Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at our Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. You will receive a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and an ornament from each winery. You will also take home a Shopper's Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines. Packages that include event tickets, transportation and accommodations will be available. Make sure to hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes: 2016 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season Pass Corning Museum of Glass (shown below) Geneva on the Lake Holiday Inn-Finger Lakes Latourelle S&S Limousine Friday 1-5pm, the following wineries are participating: King Ferry Long Point Montezuma Six Mile Creek Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm, ALL 17 wineries are participating. On Saturday, you can start early at 9am at King Ferry and Long Point wineries only. Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount available per weekend. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 800-684-5217 We recommend that if you are a part of BUS GROUP that you purchase all tickets on the same order to ensure that you all receive the same starting point. If you purchased your ticket separately, please notify the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 800-684-5217 so we can make sure that you have the same starting point. It is recommended that all bus groups contact the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to plan an itinerary to ensure that we continue to have a smooth flow of visitors throughout the day. We reserve the right to limit the number of large groups purchasing tickets to our events. If you are interested in booking a large group, please contact us at 800-684-5217 or

Inns of Aurora - Cooking Class - Christmas Cookies

December 3rd, 2015

Each class includes overnight accommodations at the Inns of Aurora, Rowland House, cooking instruction, dinner, take home recipes and a special gift.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

December 3rd, 2015

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls!

First Friday Gallery Night

December 4th, 2015

First Friday Gallery Night is a monthly community celebration taking place in and around Downtown Ithaca. Local galleries and art houses host special receptions, performances, screenings, and other events showcasing the work of local, national, and international artists. Gallery Night is free and open to the public. Gallery Night takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Gallery guides with maps of participating locations and show descriptions are available at all participating venues. Discover what makes Ithaca such a marvelous place to live, work, dream, and play!

December Deck the Halls 12/4-12/6

December 4th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

TWO separate weekends, November 20-22 or December 4-6, 2015 - Go to your assigned starting winery and begin a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings. The wineries are decorated for the holiday season. Over the 2-1/2 day weekend event, visit the participating wineries, receive a recipe book and collect ornaments to decorate your handmade grapevine wreath. These events are both co-sponsored by The Christmas House, located in nearby Elmira, NY. Cost $53 per person or $75 for a couple.

Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opening

December 5th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to cranes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, use computer programs to design a town, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from the museum collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee, & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). An original exhibit produced by The Strong. An original exhibit produced by The Strong. Included with general museum admission fees.

Christmas in Aurora

December 5th, 2015

Join the charming Village of Aurora as it comes to life with caroling, trimmed trees, hot cocoa and more. Take advantage of shopping specials throughout the village as well. Sponsored by the Aurora Arts and Merchants Association.

41st Annual Sparkle

December 5th, 2015

Join us for the 41st annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season. Featuring horse and carriage rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, and photos with Santa in his Crystal House. A favorite for generations that’s not to be missed! This year's event includes the Selfless Elf 5K and ends with fireworks!

Holiday Happiness at Varick Winery

December 12th, 2015

Stock up on all of your favorite Varick Winery products (with holiday savings!) while the kids meet Santa! 9:30am-6:00pm. Free admission; $4.00 to sample six wines, fair is complimentary.

Holidays with the Animals

December 12th, 2015

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free for members and with paid admission In celebration of the holiday season, the animals at the zoo will be given "presents" as a way to enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals play with their new toys and demonstrate natural behaviors.

Home For Christmas Concert With Phil Vassar

December 13th, 2015

The Holiday Concert with Phil Vassar is an evening that you don't want to miss! Country Music Star and Nashville Recording Artist Phil Vassar heads to America's Crystal City for a special performance, featuring country hits and a string of holiday favorites.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical

December 15th, 2015 - December 20th, 2015

December 15-20, 2015 Stop dreaming, Rochester is guaranteed a White Christmas! IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming to Rochester this holiday season. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana. IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

Reindeer Run 5K

December 19th, 2015

Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the fourth annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes kids’ race series. To register, please visit Fees apply.

New Year's Eve Bash at Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview

December 31st, 2015

Help us ring in the New Year by joining us on December 31, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview. It is certainly going to be the biggest New Year's Eve Bash around! Buffet Dinner, Overnight Accommodations, Open bar from 9pm-1am, Champagne Toast at Midnight, The Sam Pallet Band all for $225/couple (gratuities not included). Looking for something a little different? Join local band Devon Franks at Anthony's Lounge inside the Holiday Inn Elmira for "Kickin’ It and Country Rockin’ the New Year!" $15/person or $25/couple. Live Music, Party Favors, Drink Special and more! Please note: Must be 21 & over For more information on either of the above options or to make reservations, call 607-734-0402

Noon Year's Eve

December 31st, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free for members and with paid admission Ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with entertainment, games, crafts, a dance party and more. It's an authentic New Year's Eve celebration that keeps bed time in mind, complete with ball drop and sparkling juice toast at noon.