Auburn, New York – November 24, 2008 – An old fashioned, village-wide Christmas in the Finger Lakes offers something for everyone – events, shopping, wineries, parades, luxury lodging and entertainment are just a few of the highlights. Cayuga County is a prime hub for visitors from Ontario, Canada, Rochester and Buffalo, NY and is nestled by three of the Finger Lakes—Cayuga Lake (the longest of the Finger Lakes), Owasco Lake, and Skaneateles Lake as well as the Great Lake Ontario.
The best shopping, events and holiday traditions for visitors include:
Uncover a bargain: Check off your list in one day. Large shopping destinations such as Waterloo Premium Outlets in Waterloo, NY, and Carousel Mall in Syracuse, NY, offer hundreds of brand name stores with discount prices in one location. Or, walk along the lake side Village of Skaneateles or Aurora and peruse custom boutiques and antique shops galore.Give a unique gift: A hand painted ornament from the world-renowned Mackenzie-Childs is a gift that will be treasured. Start a collection or mark an important year with this special keep-sake. Send a themed gift basket such as the “Breakfast at Home” basket from Bet the Farm. Or, for the wine lover, participate in shopping sprees (as well as tastings) offered by wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail.
Create a memorable tradition: The annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY, is a tradition that allows visitors to step back in time. Christmas caroling, carriage rides, children’s activities, Dickens characters and holiday décor fill the village streets. The holiday parade in Auburn features Santa and plenty of family oriented holiday events—from ornament decorating to horse drawn wagon rides. Finally, Breakfast with Santa at Emerson Park gives every child a chance to share their lists while giving parents a break at Owasco Lake. The event is held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20.
Experience old-fashioned charm: Some of the best holiday activities bring local history and culture to the scene. Explore and create the holiday decorations that were used during the Victorian Period at the Seward House in Auburn. Or, join many of the regional quilters as they display past and present designs at shows including “Quilts=Art=Quilts” held at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the annual quilt show held at the Cayuga Museum of History & Art.
Take in the scenery: Take in the natural beauty of Cayuga County. Drive the scenic byways around Cayuga Lake and along Lake Ontario. Enjoy the sparkling Holiday Lights by the Lake at Emerson Park through Dec. 31. Take in the fresh, crisp smell of pine as you pass many of the holiday tree farms. You'll see why visitors find Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes one of the best places to visit.
Relax and enjoy: Find time to de-stress by giving yourself the reward of relaxation. Reflecton the special holiday happenings as you sit by a warm fire and gaze at long stretches of Cayuga Lake. Book an overnight at any of the local Inn’s and Bed & Breakfasts such as “Inn at the Finger Lakes” or “A Wicher Garden Bed & Breakfast” that will be decked in their holiday best.Check out www.tourcayuga.com for more information on any of the above as well as find other holiday events, happenings, shopping information and special overnight packages. Or, call 315-255-1658/800-499-9615.
About the Cayuga County Office of Tourism
The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is the designated Tourism Promotion Agency for Cayuga County and promotes the County’s attractions, events and lodging establishments. For more information call 315-255-1658/800-499-9615 or visit www.tourcayuga.com.