Experience the magic of Candlelight Evening!
Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 3:00–7:00 pm

Purchase tickets at the door or online




Visit The Farmers’ Museum for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions.

The landscape of the museum is adorned with greenery and aglow with hundreds of candle luminaries. Real jingle bells add to the magic of the evening as horses dressed in harness bells pull wagons carrying visitors through the museum’s snowy grounds. Gather around a bonfire on the tavern green and partake of complimentary wassail made with local cider–warming in kettles over open fires and served throughout the event. Delicious food and hot drinks are also available.

Candlelight Evening is unforgettable for children. Saint Nicholas reads Twas The Night Before Christmas in the More House and all visitors enjoy free rides on the Empire State Carousel, courtesy of Matthew Sohns and family.

Music and live performances bring Candlelight Evening to life. Hear the sounds of the holidays throughout the museum’s grounds. Performers fill the historic Cornwallville Church with music of the season. Local high school bands play holiday favorites at Bump Tavern. Mingle with characters from the museum's upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Best of all, visitors can join in the singing with over 150 carolers in the midst of our candle-lit historic buildings.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Adults (13-64): $12.00, Seniors (65+): $10.50, Juniors (7-12): $6.00.  Children (6 and younger) and museum members are free.



Candlelight Evening Parking and Info:

What to wear: Most activities are outdoors, so please dress in layers and wear winter boots.  Several of our historic buildings will be heated, as well as the main barn.  And you can always warm up with a hot cup of wassail near the bonfire!

Parking and Shuttle: Free shuttle bus service starts at 2:30 p.m., serving the parking lots at the Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown High School, Clark Sports Center, and the yellow and blue village parking area at the perimeter of the village (do not park at the red trolley lot or at The Otesaga Hotel). Handicap Parking is only available at The Farmers' Museum's main parking area near the main entrance. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Visitors can also walk to the museum from the village and enter through the south admission gate. PARKING MAP

When you arrive: Doors open at 3:00pm. Please follow signs to find your correct entry point. Cash and credit will be accepted through the museum's main entrance.  Members, online ticket holders, and pre-paid ticket holders will enter through a side door - to the left of the main entrance. There are also cash and credit lines through the main doorway. (If you want to become a member, please use the members' entrance.)


Candlelight Evening Schedule

Main Barn

3:30 pm: Main Street Baptist Church Singing Group 

4:00 pm: Syncopation Singing Group

4:30 pm: Ah Coopella Singing Group

5:00 pm: Laurens Central School Flute Quartet

5:30 pm: The cast of A Christmas Carol

3:00–6:30 pm: Horse-drawn wagon rides (last ride at 6:45 p.m.)

Empire State Carousel

All evening! Free rides Sponsored by Matt Sohns & Family

Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse

All evening! Holiday stories with the School Marm

Morey Barn 

5:00, 5:20, 5:40, 6:00 pm: “A Living Nativity.” Limited seating.

Cornwallville Church

3:30–4:00 pm: Holiday music on the Pipe Organ with Caleb Vanderwerker

4:00–6:45 pm: Caroling with Ron Johnson

Bump Tavern Balcony

3:30 pm: Faith Baptist Church

4:00 pm: Cherry Valley–Springfield Central School Band

5:30 pm: Gail Buhl

5:00, 6:00:   Cooperstown Central School Band

Tavern Green Bonfire (bonfire starts at dusk)

All evening! Enjoy wassail made with local cider.  Courtesy of Dyn’s Cider Mill.

The More House

4:15-4:45 pm: Faith Baptist Church

4:45-5:00 pm: St. Nick reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

5:10-6:25 pm: St. Nick reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

5:35-5:50 pm: St. Nick reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”


Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by Five Star Subaru, Community Bank, Royal Ford Motors of Cooperstown, Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cathedral Candle Company, Dyn’s Cider Mill, and Bruce Hall Home Center. Free carousel rides sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family.