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CAYUGA COUNTY OFFICE OF TOURISM    131 GENESEE STREET      AUBURN, NY 13021         315-255-1658




The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. 

Oct. 9th – Dec. 31st – You Are Here!  Putting Auburn on the Map – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The answer to “Where are we?” can usually be found on a map. Maps provide us with information about what’s around us and who we are. You Are Here! is an exhibit of maps from the Museum’s collection which chronicle the development of New York, Cayuga County and the City of Auburn. These maps show how our understanding of the world around us has changed over the past 400 years.  Admission free, suggested donation $3, Tue-Sun, Noon – 5:00 pm .  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

Oct. 28th – Jan. 6th – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s 32nd annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.  General admission $6, Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.   www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553

Nov. 20th – Dec. 24th  – Santa’s Wonderland – Bass Pro Shop, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  The magic returns. Free photo with Santa. Free games and activities. Lasar arcade, soft gun arcade, remote control trucks, moving trains, slot car racing, activity tables, the Strike and Hunt game and Wildlife Carousel.  Open during regular store hours.  315-258-2700

Dec. 7th – Prohibition Era Cocktail Party – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Hearkening back to the era of spats, big band music, and Great Gatsby, our Prohibition Era Cocktail party celebrates the repeal of prohibition on December 5, 1933. Come dressed for the Roaring Twenties and rub shoulders with bootleggers and flappers. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be served alongside the best bathtub gin the Aurora Inn Dining Room has to offer. Please call for reservations.  $50++/person, Reception 7:00 pm, Band 8:00 pm.  www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888

Dec. 7th & 8th – Candlelight Tours of the Beautiful Seward House – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Please call for reservations, families welcome.  Tickets go on sale 11/27, limited to groups of 20.  Tours start at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm, tickets $10/adults, $8/students 12 & under.  www.sewardhouse.org  315-252-1283


Dec. 7th & 8th – Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 12/7, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/8, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 7th – First Friday Events :                                                                                  Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Visitors are invited to listen to live holiday music by Honky Tonk Hindooz, make holiday ornaments, and view the current exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts. Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. – Enjoy an opening reception for the world premiere of Patrick Blackburn’s MUSIC FOR MORE SENSES, an abstract generative sound installation. A wine/beer bar will be open to those with proper I.D. This event is free and open to the public. Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – Top area florist and artisans have adopted the Seward House to provide a showcase of holiday decorations! Experience the unique charm and history of the festively adorned Seward House Museum. Candlelight Christmas Tours at 6&7pm, fee, call for reservations. Seymour Public Library, 176 Genesee St. – Join in a holiday art activity with all kinds of paper crafts, from paper folded trees to three dimensional ornaments and more. In addition to our crafters, we encourage scrap bookers to join us for a mini-crop. There will be a drop in craft for children in the Children’s Room. Auburn Downtown BID, 128 Genesee St. – You’ve heard of a wine tasting, but what about an olive oil tasting? Come check out Ithaca-based F. Olivers offering a wide variety of infused olive oils that delight the palette. Center for Wellness, 1 Hoffman St. – The Center will be offering free Reiki samplings and mini makeovers. Enjoy 20% off on gift store shopping (excluding consignments), 15% off walk-in gift certificate purchases and 10% off online instant gift certificate purchases. Auburn Ale House, 288 W. Genesee St. – The Ale House will be hosting a Free happy hour buffet from 3 – 6PM with $2 well drinks & drafts, $4 wines, plus Ladies’ Night with ½ priced food & drinks from 6 – close. Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Come tour the new exhibit: You are Here! Putting Auburn on the Map, Maps and Map Making. This exhibit features 30+ historic maps from the collection, some from the 17th century! Light refreshments will be served. DEJA VU Consignment Boutique, 180 Genesee St. – wine tasting by Eleven Lakes Winery & appetizers.

Dec. 7th – 9th  – Christmas in Aurora – MacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Join us for our Holiday Celebration 2012! Our designers have outdone themselves with stunning holiday decor. Come see our complete holiday ornament and gift collection and enjoy complimentary gift packaging on every purchase. Take 20% of a single (non-sale) item. Enter to win daily prize drawings, enjoy festive refreshments, watch pottery or furniture painting, meet Santa, and tour the farmhouse between noon-4pm each day.  9:30am – 6pm. 

Dec. 7th – 9th – Patrick Blackburn: Music For More Senses – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Patrick Blackburn Presents the World Premiere of MUSIC FOR MORE SENSES.  Friday: Join us for the avant garde generative audio and visual installation ‘Hieroglyphics From The Recent Past, Exhumed Towers And Recovered Stars’ from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be a live performance at 8:30 PM.  Saturday: The installation will be open from 3:00-10:00PM. Come, stay and enjoy the art.  Sunday: Patrick Blackburn will lead an illustrated talk at 3:00 PM.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 8th – Weedsport’s Old Tyme Christmas – Downtown Weedsport.  A day family fun, including vendors throughout the village, parade, 5K race/walk, alpacas, horse drawn wagon rides, snow bowling, Operation Safe Child (child finger printing) sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department. food & beverage entertainent, Santa & Much more!  Free, 10am – 3pm. 

Dec. 8th – Christmas in Aurora – Downtown Aurora.  Village-wide Christmas sales, children’t activities and entertainment. 

Dec. 9th – Annual Holiday Traditions – Noon – 5pm                                                                                  Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn – Read with Santa at 1PM sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of America. From 1:30-3:30PM, children from Sacred Heart, St. Ann’s, and Tyburn Academy, conducted by Anne Adessa, will perform all types of music including traditional carols, older popular Christmas tunes, contemporary Christian and popular holiday tunes. They will also feature violin, vocal and piano solos.

Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn – Quilts made by 64 artists from all over the world will be on view in the annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition. Families are invited to complete a scavenger hunt in the exhibition. In addition, the Operation Kid Comfort Program from Watertown will present a Trunk Show at 2PM.

Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn – The mansion will be decked out in its holiday best. Current exhibit – the history and importance of maps and mapmaking in Cayuga County.

Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn – Area florists and artisans have adopted the museum again this year to provide an array of spectacular holiday decorations. Visitors will be welcomed from 12 noon until 5pm and admission is free. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor. Visit the Seward House Museum to experience the elegance of Christmas past.

Harriet Tubman Home – 180 South St., Auburn – Open for tours.

Ward O’Hara Ag. Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn – Horse and wagon rides with many activities throughout the museum for the kids. Mary Ann Finn will entertain on the keyboard and Santa will arrive at 12:30pm. Decorate holiday cookies, make Christmas decorations, and enter the Christmas coloring contest.

St. Francis Church, 299 Clark St., Auburn – Auburn Chamber Orchestra performs at 4pm.

St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn – The Voices of Faith to perform at 3pm.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 Williams St., Auburn – Lori Rhodes Pettit performs Christmas music on the Skinner Organ at 1:30pm, Masterworks Chorale perform at 3pm.


Dec. 9th – Horse Drawn Sleigh & Photos – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Horse Drawn Sleigh & photos, our new Sleigh along with Cupcake the pony from neighboring Woodseye View Stables will be on hand. Why not stop and get a picture for your holiday greetings? Music on 12/9 provided by Sue Alexander, Christmas Karaoke is always a good time.  We’ll have mulled wine and lots of foods to try with our wines, which will be on special through December.  Free, 4pm.  www.izzoswhitebarnwinery.com  315-283-8095

Dec. 9th – Pumpkin Hill Bistro’s Annual Wine Dinner – Pumpkin Hill Bistro, 2051 State Route 90, Aurora.  Featuring the wonderful wine of Treleaven Winery. Come meet the Wine Makers sample their delicious wine paired with a delicious feast prepared by Cookie. The fun begins at 4pm with assorted appetizers and mulled wine and Holiday Sangria. Followed by a paired wine dinner at 5pm. Call for reservations and prices.  4pm.  www.pumpkinhillbistro.com  315-364-7091 

Dec. 11th  & 18th  – Open Mic Night – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Every Tuesday.  Admission $2, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 12th – Christine Lavin and Uncle Bonsai – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  JUST ONE ANGEL: The Anti-Holiday HOLIDAY Concert – Singer, songwriter, entertainer Christine Lavin and folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai – Patrice O’Neill, Andrew Ratshin, Arni Alder – deliver the season’s only Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, New Year’s concert with a grain of salt and a lot of laughter. With the spotlight on fresh, new holiday-themed songs along with new selections and standard favorites from their individual repertoires, Christine and Uncle Bonsai deliver an exuberant concert of song you’ll never hear in an elevator.  Tickets $20; $18/APT Members, 7:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 12th – Little Rascals Theater – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Bring your future arts patrons to a morning of cinema, community and fun! The Auburn Public Theater presents a series of short films for pint-sized movie lovers on the second Wednesday of every month beginning in September. Feel free to bring bag lunches or snacks. Our concession counter will also be open. All ages welcome.  Doors open 10:00 am.  Movie 10:30-11:00 am.  Free time in Stage Right 11:00-11:30 am.  .  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 13th – MAKE SHIFT with Karen Pardee  Informal Art Making for Adults – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Using clothesline and fabric strips, we will create a unique, one-of-a-kind fabric basket that is perfect as a holiday table decoration or a gift. Bring cotton fabric for cutting into strips (old pillowcases, scraps of leftover fabric, men’s shirts, etc.). $20 Members / $25 Non-members, 6-8pm.  .   www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553


Dec. 13th – SHOWTIME – F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come for an evening of song & dance with the Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians & Entertainers at the Center for Creative Expression. There will be music & refreshments every 2nd Thursday of the month. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.  Free, 6:30-7:30pm.  www.sencayarc.org/adult-fame.htm  315-252-7016

Dec. 13th – 15th – Candlelight Tours of the Beautiful Seward House – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Please call for reservations, families welcome.  Tickets go on sale 11/27, limited to groups of 20.  Tours start at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm, tickets $10/adults, $8/students 12 & under.  www.sewardhouse.org  315-252-1283

Dec. 14th – A Celtic Christmas Concert – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  Celebrate the season with a joyous concert! The trio Cuisle Mo Chroí (say “Cushla Ma Chree”) will perform in the Westminster Social Room on Friday, December 14, at 7pm. Suggested donation at the door is $10. Refreshments will be available. This is the second “coffee house” style evening that’s been offered at Westminster, and we hope there will be many more.  http://www.westminsterauburn.org  315-253-3331

Dec. 14th & 15th – 2 Days In NY – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Marion and Mingus live cozily-perhaps too cozily-with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. However, when Marion’s jolly father (played by director Delpy’s real-life dad), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus’s relationship. With their unwitting racism and sexual frankness, the French triumvirate hilariously has no boundaries or filters…and no person is left unscathed in its wake.  Tickets $5/online. $6/at the door, 12/14, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/15, 8:00 pm.  .  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 15th – Holiday Open House – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Fun, food, music, wine, shopping…what’s not to love? Last year’s Holiday Open House was such a successful event, we’ve decided to do it again. We’ll offer crazy wine special pricing all day so you can stock up for gifts and entertaining. Cielle and friends will provide free live music from 12 to 3, and all sorts of local vendors will be on hand – soaps, jellies, woodworking items, jewelry, artisan cheese, freshly-baked scones and pretzels, and of course, wine by the glass or bottle!  10am-6pm.  www.treleavenwines.com  800-439-5271

Dec. 16th – Shepherd’s Play – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  “The Shepherd’s Play is a musical rendition of the Christmas Story seen through the eyes of the shepherd’s. The play’s music, humor and story speak to all ages.”  Since its premiere in 1978, “Shepherd” has resonated with the local community year after year. This is sure to be a fun event that the whole family can enjoy during the holiday season.  This is a free event. Monetary or non-perishable food donations to Calvary Food Pantry encouraged.  Free, 3pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Dec. 16th – Visit with Santa – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Santa Claus will with us and another great opportunity for photos, Santa has been known to cut a rug when the mood strikes him, good thing Sue Alexander will on hand to keep him jolly. We’ll have mulled wine and lots of foods to try with our wines, which will be on special through December.  Free, 4pm.  www.izzoswhitebarnwinery.com  315-283-8095

Dec. 16th – Festival of Trees – Civic Heritage Historical Society, 11256 South St., Cato.  Come enjoy an afternoon of Christmas splendor with decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday collections. Waissal and desserts will be served by members in period costumes. Children will be able to meet Santa and participate in holiday crafts. Donations appreciated.  1-5pm.   civicheritage.blogspot.com  315-626-2475