Music, Ice Skating, Shopping, and More: 10 Great Events Happening in CNY for Thanksgiving Weekend
Every weekend is a busy weekend in Central New York. But if you're looking for something unique or different to do while family is in town for Thanksgiving, you may want to check out one of these fun events...
From taking the whole family ice skating to a date night with your significant other to try some delicious craft beers to a trip to see Santa Claus, there's a lot going on in Central New York this weekend. We found our favorite, top 10 events that we think you'll be interested in.
PRICE: Adults: $6, Seniors/Military: $4, Children 6 - 12: $2, Children 5 and under: Free
Find beautifully made holiday gifts, decorations for Christmas, enjoy delicious gourmet foods, and more. Over 100 artisans and 47 vendors will be on-site, plus entertainment all weekend long, while you shop.
Stop by Hart's Hill Inn on Sunday for some holiday fun for the whole family. There will be free photos, free kids crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, $5 face painting, and the kids will be able to write letters to Santa. Santa will also be there with some of his classic friends. Enjoy Christmas shopping from many vendors, as well.
PRICE: Free (bring money for food and drinks, though)
"The Voice" finalist Ryan Quinn will be performing at Dick Smith's Tavern. Stop by for a delicious meal, maybe a few drinks and listen to the amazingly talented, Ryan Quinn. What a way to spend your Saturday night. If you need a "refresher" on Quinn's talent, check out this video from one of his performances on "The Voice."
PRICE: Free (But you definitely want to bring some money for holiday shopping)
The celebration kicks off with the annual tree lighting on Friday at 6pm. There will also be a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Village Green Gazebo. Saturday is "Small Business Saturday" so you can expect some wonderful deals at many stores. There will also be crafts for the kids, live music, and of course all the shopping.
Winter is almost here! Why not get into the spirit with some ice skating at the New Hartford Recreation Center. And the best part is they're waiving the admission fee and skate rental fee for this day, so you can enjoy family fun at no cost.
PRICE: Money for drinks
How do you celebrate finishing your Black Friday shopping? How about a craft beer (or two). Woodland Farm Brewery is doing a "dark beer tap takeover" and releasing 3 new barrel aged brews. Their "Oak Barrel Cherry Voyager I" is aged with 40 pounds of cherries! Plus they'll have deals on merchandise, and gift cards available.
Enjoy a parade of decorated, lighted vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, tractors and other community groups. There will also be the annual tree lighting ceremony and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by. Plus, the library will be holding family-friendly activities.
PRICE: $2 per adult
Check out tons of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. Each tree also gets raffled off (including the presents underneath the tree). Santa and the Shrine Clowns will be around during the event, as well.
Have you ever wanted to perform on stage? Maybe you're an avid performer and want to do more. Well, Players of Utica are holding auditions for their "The Game's Afoot." They're looking for 5 females and 3 males, between the ages of 25 and 70. Participants will be asked to do a cold reading from the script.
PRICE: Free (but you may want to bring some shopping money)
Alright, so it's not Central New York, but it's definitely an event worth checking out this weekend. Lots going on from a "Candy Cane Hunt" to the tree lighting and Christmas caroling to a holiday pet parade. There will also be face painting for the kids and of course the stores will be open for holiday shopping.