Program Type (if applicable):
Saturday, December 8
3:00 - 7:00pm
Parking and shuttle information - see bottom of page.
Experience the magic of Candlelight Evening!
Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening. The landscape of the museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles.
Ride through the museum’s grounds in wagons pulled by draft horses adorned with harness bells.
Complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over open fires, is served throughout the afternoon and evening.
Take part in caroling in our candle-lit historic buildings: magical!
Visit with Saint Nicholas.
Hear holiday music from centuries ago and also some recent favorites, performed by several groups.
Children take part in holiday arts and crafts activities.
Ride the Empire State Carousel.
Warm up with something hot from our delicious food and drink offerings at the Crossroads Café next to Bump Tavern.
A visit to the Museum this holiday season is not complete without a stop at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store, where a large selection of handcrafted items from the museum are available as well as other seasonal favorites. Members of the New York State Historical Association enjoy a 20% on purchases. Join today!
Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots.
$12 adults, $10.50 visitors age 65 & over, $6 children age 7-12, free for children 6 & under and members of the New York State Historical Association.
Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, Haggerty Ace Hardware, and Cathedral Candle Company.
PARKING and SHUTTLE INFORMATION:
We would like to encourage the use of our free shuttle bus service for attending Candlelight Evening as parking is very limited on the museum grounds. There are several pick-up/drop-off locations in the village with shuttles running throughout the evening - starting around 2:30pm. (You can always choose to walk from the village and enter through our South Gate – conveniently located 1/4 mile from the Otesaga Hotel on Lake Road.)
Parking locations include:
- Otesaga Hotel parking lot
- Cooperstown Elementary School parking lot
- Red Trolley Lot (off Route 28 for those traveling in from the north)
- Blue Trolley Lot (off Route 28 for those traveling in from the south)
- Yellow Trolley Lot (Lake Road / Route 80 just north of the Fenimore Art Museum)
Buses provided by Birnie Bus Service. A downloadable trolley lot map can be found here.