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Holiday Happening and Winter Traditions


Whether you're strolling along our snow-dusted streets beneath twinkling holiday lights, or cozying up by the fire with hot chocolate, Watkins Glen, Montour Falls and Schuyler County are the picture perfect place to celebrate winter and the holidays ~ the Finger Lakes way! 


Watkins Glen and Schuyler County is rooted in rich traditions of days gone by, and seeks to create happenings that become a "must-do" of the season, today and in the winters of tomorrow. The symbols depicted in the “Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions” logo serves as a reminder of the many cultures of our region. Winter holidays including (but not limited to) Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Chinese New Year, Los Ponchos and Winter Solstice are all widely celebrated in the area. Celebrate with us, however you do so, with one of the many activities listed below and immerse yourself in the Holiday Happenings and Winter Traditions of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County. 


Winter Traditions

The community is invited to take part in a newly created tradition this holiday season, as “Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style!” readies to illuminate the Watkins Glen area from Dec. 15, 2020 through Jan. 17, 2021. 


Join the Seneca Wine Trail January 9-18, 2021 for their Bargain Bash! This event is free to attend and self-guided. Visit participating wineries during their regular business hours and find special deals and discounts on everything from retail items to wine! Each winery's Bargain Bash deals will be listed on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website beginning December 22, 2020. Stay tuned, check back for updates and get your shopping bags ready! 


Drop your letter to Santa by December 20th, so he knows what you want! Be sure to include a return address, so Santa can write you back! 


Brought to you by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Head to Finger Lakes Wine Country and enjoy Winter Wine Weekdays!  The Winter Weekday Package allows visitors to book a weekday stay (checking in Sunday through Thursday) November through April. Guests will love this packaged room rate which includes a VIP Tasting Pass (valid Monday – Friday) entitling them to complimentary tastings for two at 15 Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries - a $200 value!  (Cannot be combined with any other Packages or Discounts).


Presented by Grist Iron Brewing Company and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. Help provide some Christmas spirit and gifts for Schuyler County kids in need this holiday season! Since it’s inception in the 1940s, Seneca Santa is a volunteer-based grassroots nonprofit effort that provides hundreds of local underprivileged children with toys, books, and other necessities each Christmas.


Grab your camera and head to the beautifully decorated lobby of the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel! Snap a few shots and get your holiday cards ready! 


Holiday Happenings

In order to raise enough funds to continue the Chamber’s mission to advance economic success through support, promotion and education for their members, and the community, the Chamber is moving forward with a completely virtual “Winter Interlude Auction” This auction will include a “Silent Auction” and “Buy Now Grab Bags”. More information will be released soon! 


Nick Crosby, a Watkins Glen local, has displayed his nutcracker collection around Watkins Glen! Be sure to visit Watkins Glen Promotions, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce to take in his extensive collection! 


Join Grist Iron Brewing on December 16 and 17 for their annual holiday "sip & shop" night- a magical holiday wonderland where you can browse and buy unique locally-made gifts direct from the makers! " 'Cause let's face for the holidays is SO much better when there's beer."


December 20 - January 31, Castel Grisch Winery in Watkins Glen welcomes all for an evening of beautiful lights! Stop in for a visit to see some spectacular lanterns that are sure to impress. Animals, Dinosaurs, colorful flowers, and even a 50ft Christmas Tree. Drive-thru only. $20 per vehicle up to 6 passengers. The tasting room will be open to visitors with snacks and beverages, Limited reservations available. Show times from 5-9pm.
Guests who stay at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel between now and Christmas Eve will receive a letter upon check in from Glen Watkins - the Elf of the Harbor Hotel, inviting guests to look for him and take a selfie once they find him! Those who take a selfie and post it with the provided hashtags and tag the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, will be entered to win a free overnight stay! 


December only special! $10 off the mini spa sampler. Choose three of the following 30 minute services or double up on your favorite: Aromatherapy, facial, energy work, reflexology, massage, Ananda. Three services for only $150!


Looking for an intimate way to celebrate the coming of a new year? New Years Eve at the Inn is the perfect way to celebrate safely while sacrificing nothing! With packages beginning at $230 (based on room type), you can ring in the New Year in comfort AND class. 


Pier in Winter

Check out the EVENTS CALENDAR below for additional information on the events listed above!



Click HERE to submit your event for Holiday Happening & Winter Traditions 2021-2022!



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