Visitors will find many opportunities to include Genesee Country Village & Museum in their holiday traditions this November and December.
The museum is presenting a full lineup of festive holiday shopping experiences, theatrical tours of the Historic Village, pancake breakfasts with St. Nick, and more.
Get into the holiday spirit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21 at the Holiday Market & Preparing for Winter event. This combination of two festive favorites includes a cheerful vendor market where visitors can shop hand-crafted, locally produced goods from a multitude of vendors. Visitors can also peruse unique gift items and village-made goods in the Flint Hill Store, including pottery, maple products, museum apparel, historic toys and more.
In addition to the market, visitors can stroll through the Historic Village where preparations will be underway for the snowy season ahead. See the village in a unique setting in the early winter months: historic buildings covered in a light dusting of snow, candles in window sills and hearth fires roaring. Explore candle-making, creation of winter garments, food preservation, baking of seasonal treats, and more.
General admission for Holiday Market & Preparing for Winter is $10 and $7 for museum members. Children age 3 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door.
Visit the museum on select Fridays and Saturdays in December – Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 – for Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinners. Visitors can explore the wintry village and be invited into scenes that highlight celebrations and gatherings as they would have looked throughout the 19th century. Historic homes will be bedecked in holiday splendor, and visitors can immerse themselves in the exuberance of a spirited town dance, merry singing, candle-lit trees and jubilant gift-giving.
St. Nick himself may even make an appearance about town.
Yuletide Tours will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, and from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. General admission for Yuletide Tours is $27, and admission for members is $24. Yuletide theatrical tours can be paired with a festive Yuletide Dinner — a sumptuous GCV&M tradition featuring savory and sweet holiday dishes.
Yuletide Dinners are $25 for adults and $15 for guests 12 and under. Reservations are required for both tours and dinner, and can be made separately.
Families can celebrate the season by exploring the festive Historic Village during Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. See villagers bustling with winter tasks and offering greetings to their neighbors and friends. Bring the whole family for self-guided tours through historic homes that are warmed by fires and alive with holiday lights, candles and traditional decorations.
Tickets are available online for advance purchase as well as at the door. General admission for the Holiday Open House is $12, $9 for museum members, and free for children 3 and under.
On the same Sundays as the Holiday Open House, GCV&M will also be offering a holiday favorite, Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick. With seatings at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, guests can enjoy a sweet and savory buffet breakfast of pancakes, stuffed French toast, sausage, and other offerings. Afterwards, take a stroll through the wintry Historic Village.
Breakfast with St. Nick is $12 for adults, $10 for youths 12 and under, and free for children 3 and under. Reservations are required.
For the remainder of the 2021 season, masks will be required for all visitors.