Visit The Farmers’ Museum for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening, on Saturday, December 12, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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. Visit with St. Nicholas as he strolls around the historic village and all visitors enjoy free rides on the Empire State Carousel throughout the event, 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, groups such as Ah-Coopella, Women of the Chamber Singers, and Eight is Enuf. Local high school bands and the Hartwick Brass 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.
Candlelight Evening is another chance to shop for the holidays. Stop at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store where a large selection of products made in New York State are available–as well as toys, books, jewelry and other items you can only find at the museum.
Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NYCM Insurance, Five Star Subaru, Community Bank, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cathedral Candle Company, and Dyn’s Cider Mill. Free carousel rides sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family.
Tickets: Purchase your tickets online today. 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.
Parking and Shuttle: Free shuttle service from several parking areas in Cooperstown starts at 2:30 p.m. (See map.) Handicapped Parking is only available at The Farmers' Museum's main parking lot at the museum's main entrance. Visitors can also walk from the village and enter through the museum’s south admission gate. Please dress warm as most activities take place outdoors. PARKING MAP HERE
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