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Visit Watkins Glen This Holiday Season for a Festival of Lights

Oct 22nd, 2021

Finger Lakes Festival of Lights

A new, world-class, attraction featuring thousands of dazzling lights is now open every evening through December. The Finger Lakes Festival of Lights illustrates the story of a brother and sister who visit their grandfather in the Finger Lakes. Grandpa spins tall tales and stories about Seneca Lake that are presented during an immersive walk-through experience boasting thousands of LED lights and larger-than-life Chinese lanterns. The Finger Lakes Festival of Lights is brought to the area by executive producer Bob Montgomery, who has produced similar light shows and other light installations and attractions all over the world. The Finger Lakes Festival of Lights is a one-mile, self-guided walk through the woods, on a highly manicured path that's accessible for people of all ages and abilities. The Festival is located behind Grist Iron Brewing in Burdett. The experience is open seven days a week, opening at 7PM with last entry at 9:30PM. Info and tickets are online.

Info & Tickets Online

Holiday Lights – Schuyler Style

Visitors, guests, and members of the community are invited to help the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce select the 2021-2022 winner of Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style. It's a month-long contest, so make your plans now to visit Watkins Glen and Schuyler County sometime between December 10, 2021, and January 10, 2022. Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style! will illuminate the Watkins Glen area from Dec. 10, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022, serving as a festive and friendly contest as well as a source of holiday fun and joy. Participation is open to area businesses, residences, farms, wineries, and organizations of all kinds.

Neighbors & Partners
Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style is presented by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen Promotions. From silos and barns to grape arbors and house rooftops, neighbors have been invited to decorate their houses, lawns, fields, and buildings. The public will be able to view the light and holiday displays as a drive-by in vehicles or a stroll-by on foot, using a detailed map, which can be downloaded beginning the evening of Dec. 9. Details and contest rules are available online. For more information, visit

Holidays & Happenings
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions (, with events happening from November through February. We invite you to review the many activities and events and join us for as many as you can! Anchor events include Holiday Lights – Schuyler Style (, two events at Clute Memorial Park, Watkins Glen Promotions’ Village Christmas on December 10, firework shows on December 10 and December 11, Hart’s Harbor Hotel annual Ice Bar, and the Finger Lakes Festival of Lights (, which will run through December.

Now-Dec.: Finger Lakes Festival of Lights at Grist Iron Brewing
Nov. 27: Small Business Saturday, kick-off for 28 Days of Shopping Local, and community Tree Lighting at Clute Memorial Park
Dec. 3-4: Holiday Fair at Clute Memorial Park (Carriage Rides, Wine Tastings, Crafts, Elfland with Visit from Santa)
Dec. 10: Watkins Glen Promotions’ Village Christmas on Franklin Street with night-time parade and fireworks
Dec. 10: Launch of Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style
Dec. 11: WGACC Fireworks off the Pier at 7:30pm
Dec. 16: 5th annual Holiday Market at Grist Iron Brewing from 5-8pm
Dec. 31: Ring in the New Year with Aunt Millie’s Biscuits and Donna and the Mystics at Clute Memorial Park, Seneca Lake Events Center
Jan.27-29: Hart’s Harbor Hotel Ice Bar
Feb. 2: Chinese New Year at House of Hong (Monthly Mixer and Social)
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Weekend packages



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