As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Light your night

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Night-life in the Finger Lakes just got a lot brighter! A world-class, professionally designed and engineered artistic installation, the Finger Lakes Festival of Lights is now open behind Grist Iron Brewery in Burdett, NY. It is a mile-long hike along a highly manicured path that has been cut through a wooded area in the town of Hector. The newly opened attraction unites the concepts of fantasy, artisanship, and illumination to produce a large-scale, visually spectacular experience for guests of all ages. More than 1,000 illuminated silk, porcelain, and steel lanterns draw visitors through a magical path of discovery. During the hike, visitors are introduced to a brother and sister visiting their grandparents in the Finger Lakes. During the visit, their grandfather shares stories that take the children on a beautiful and awe-inspiring journey. 

The Finger Lakes region and Seneca Lake were carefully selected for this incredible show because of their natural, outdoor setting known for unparalleled vistas, crystal clear water, and majestic trees and foliage. Our show truly brings this scenery to life after dark – creating an unforgettable and memory-making experience that celebrates and enhances the natural world at night through artistic fantasy and illumination.

The Finger Lakes Festival of Lights is produced by American Lantern Festivals Inc.  With each show, American Lantern Festivals strives to combine widely appealing themes and imagery with local references that are enjoyed and appreciated by area residents.

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