JAMESTOWN – Every town, village and hamlet in Chautauqua County, and just about every church, school and club will find its own, one-of-a-kind way to celebrate this joyous season. Many of the holiday festivities have been lovingly and brilliantly created to attract as many friends and neighbors as they can to enjoy the beauty and the spirit of the season.
Below is a sampling of holiday events around Chautauqua County to help readers begin to fill in their festival calendars.
November 23 to 30
Dear Santa… 33rd Holiday Exhibit Opens at Fenton History Center.
Friday, November 23 to Friday, January 19, 2013
Dear Santa, highlights the evolution of the Santa figure. Exhibits about Santa will be placed throughout the Mansion among the traditional festive exhibits. The museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Fenton History Center
67 Washington Street
Jamestown’s Christmas Parade – A Tradition of Caring at Christmas Parade & Holiday Celebration
Friday, November 30, 2012 starting at 6:30pm
The Resource Center and TRC Foundation will sponsor the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation’s 2012 “A Tradition of Caring at Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration.” The Parade will step off, marching east along 3rd Street, toward Tracy Plaza with music by Razz & Friends. Fireworks! The Resource Center serves persons with disabilities and other social and economic disadvantages, and their families, in Chautauqua County while the TRC Foundation continues to raise endowment funds to provide financial resources that respond to the needs of individuals with disabling conditions in Chautauqua County. Enjoy the parade!
The Living Christmas Tree 2012 – An Evening in December
Friday, November 30 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 & 8:00 pm; Sunday, December 2 at 5:00pm.
Continuing a decades long tradition, The Living Christmas Tree choir once again presents an inspiring Christmas choral worship cantata. This year’s performance is the Tom Fettke masterpiece, An Evening in December, composed “to be sung with great power and heartfelt tenderness” and to “fill your heart with a new song of thankfulness and praise.”
First Covenant Church
520 Spring Street
Santa’s Family Workshop
Friday, November 30th, 7 to 9:30pm
Visit with Santa, his elves, Rudolph, Froty, and The Y-Guy! Enjoy craft/ornament-making tables, fun games with prizes, face painting, holiday tattoos, Petri Baking cookie frost, live holiday music with Cindy Haight, and the Big Challenge inflatable obstacle course. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be available for sale. Cost: $1 per person, 2 and under free. YMCA
101 E 4th St.
Julmarknad – Swedish Christmas Market Day
Saturday, December 1 from 9:00am until Noon
Julmarknad is a Swedish tradition. A special Swedish band, dancing, 14 workshops and 23 vendors make this one of the finest Scandinavian Christmas festivals in the country. The morning wraps up with a grand Scandinavian feast for everyone, a groaning board of delicacies, specialties and desserts, an unforgettable meal for a suggested donation of only $5. Julmarknad also includes a city wide tour of Swedish specialty stores.
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Infinity Arts Café: Christmas Parade Performance
Friday, November 30 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
In conjunction with the annual Jamestown Christmas Parade, Infinity will host a holiday themed performance. Come inside and get out of the cold. Hot beverages and snacks will be available. Infinity students will entertain the crowd with holiday music and much more.
Infinity Arts Cafe
115 E. 3rd Street
December 1 to 7
The Roger Tory Peterson Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 1, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
The open house features refreshments and Swedish music, exhibits of renowned nature artists and the Fireplace Room featuring aspects of Roger Tory Peterson’s Swedish heritage. The open house is part of the Julmarknad Swedish Christmas Market in Jamestown.
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Saturday, December 1st between 11:00am and 3:00pm
Make your own holiday wreath and other natural decorations. A Festive, do-it-yourself workshop with expert crafting guidance in using nature’s finest natural decorations to beautify your home for the holidays. A fun and informative event.
Audubon Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Randolph Country Christmas – Randolph, New York
Saturday, December 1st. All day long!
Fun, food and festivities are on tap all over town, all day, focused around Triangle Park and the Randolph Library. Be there for the Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Lighting of the Luminaries. Santa will be at the Library to hear Christmas wishes for young and old. Scenic carriage Rides will be available.
Miracle on Main St. in Fredonia
Saturday, December 1, beginning 9:30am and Sunday, December 2nd, 10:00am to 4:00pm
The official Tree Lighting will be presided over by Mayor Claus at 11:45 – 12:30 at The Gazebo on Barker Commons. Festivities, continues with workshops and fun times for kids, caroling, food, crafts and more and continues to Sunday ‘s Christmas on The Lake Craft Show at Shorewood Country Club. This year’s “Miracle on Main Street” is dedicated to the memory of Pamela A. Clemens.
A Christmas Carol
Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 1:30pm
This revamped Charles Dickens holiday favorite will take the bah out of your humbug and have you falling out of your seat with laughter! It will be performed by “The Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre, a troupe which has been performing internationally since 1992.
Reg Lenna Civic Center
Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony
Friday, December 7th
CRYC will be performing at the Chautauqua Mall. The Youth Symphony is composed of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20 who are selected on the recommendation of their teachers. Learn more about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com or call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202.
December 8 to 14
Jamestown Harmony Express
Tuesday, December 11th, at 7:30pm
At the Chautauqua Mall. Twenty Five years of award winning barbershop harmony make Jamestown Harmony Express an experience not to me missed. For more information, contact Jamestown Harmony Express at the Barbershop Hotline: (716) 789-5248 or log on to Info@HarmonyExpress.com.
Holiday Office Party!
Friday, December 14, beginning at 5:30pm
215 West Lake Road
JHS Orchestra Holiday Show
Friday, December 14th
At the Chautauqua Mall, 7:00pm
December 15 to 21
Your event here! At press time, news of no major holiday events has been relayed to The Jamestown Gazette. There’s still time to announce it.
December 22 to 28
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, December 28th, between 10:00am and 2:00pm
At the Chautauqua Mall, near Sears. The Red Cross says, “It feels good to give. Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good.” This opportunity is hosted by the Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross, headquartered in Jamestown.