GCV&M brings the holiday to life with a season of festive events

By on November 5, 2018

GCVM SantaGenesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford offers all the magic and warmth of the holiday season, where a new tradition is waiting to be found. GCV&M will host a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, starting with Preparing for Winter on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historic village will be busily prepping for the cold days ahead with demonstrations of candle-making, weaving, and meat preservation – all the skills needed for 19th-century New Yorkers to survive a cold winter season. In the Banquet Center, guests choose from several make-and-take Victorian crafts. The Nature Center will host a demonstration of maple tap carving paired with a trail walk to plan ahead for the spring maple season. Admission for Preparing for Winter is $10 for adults, free for children 17 and under as well as GCVM members. Crafts require a small fee.

Families wishing to extend the warmth and companionship of the Thanksgiving weekend can enjoy Breakfast with St. Nick, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast set amidst twinkling lights and holiday greens on Saturday, November 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Children can write letters to the North Pole and then meet St. Nick himself, who will have a gift for each child. Reservations are required for this special day, and can be made online or by phone at 538-6822. Tickets are $15 for adults and youth, free for children age one and under. This event tends to sell out, so early purchase is recommended to guarantee seating availability.

GCVM gazeboThe holidays will swing into high gear with the popular Yuletide in the Country Tours and Buffet Dinner that run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 30 through December 16. Guests can travel back in time and experience the wonders of the season as it was celebrated throughout the 1800s. At each stop they will be welcomed into a holiday vignette that captures a different aspect of holiday traditions, from soldiers in Civil War time to a Christmas celebrated in high Victorian style. Advance reservations are required for tours, priced at $25 per person, $23 for GCV&M Members. Save on opening weekend with $2 off all tickets Friday, November 30 and Sunday, December 2 only. The Yuletide Buffet dinner features turkey, beef stew, and all the fixings, and can be enjoyed in combination with a tour or as its own tradition. For buffet reservations, call or order online. Dinner reservations are $30 for adults, $18 youth two to 10, ages one and under are free.

Finally, the Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. wraps up the festivities. Visitors can engage with a variety of holiday preparations around the village, including a tree-lighting, caroling, and even a visit with St. Nick. The Yuletide Buffet will be available, as well as hot lunch options. Tickets for the Open House are $10 for adults, $8 for GCV&M Members, $8 for youth ages three to 17, $6 for GCV&M Members. Youth under three are free.

Throughout the season, the Flint Hill Store will be open for those looking for unique, handmade gifts. Hours and more information on all events is available at www.gcv.org. There’s a little something for everyone this holiday season at Genesee Country Village & Museum.

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