Christmas time in Syracuse is a wonderful experience. There are so many festive things to do that it’s hard to keep track of them all. No matter what your idea of holiday cheer is, you’re sure to find it in one of these great activities.
Holiday Family Fun at Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road (Route 13 South), Cazenovia, NY 13035, 315-662-3355
Critz farms is a great place to go when you want to get into the holiday spirit. From picking out the perfect Christmas tree to meeting shopping in the gift shop, there are a number of things to do here during the Christmas season. Take free wagon rides to and from the Christmas tree field and pick out the perfect tree for your family. Saws are provided for the cutting of the Christmas trees and free baling and loading of the trees is also available. Purchase fresh garland, wreaths and other unique gifts in the gift shop. The gift shop is also offers holiday ornaments, NY aged Cheddar Cheese, maple syrup, fudge and a wide assortment of other goodies. On November 25th, kids will get the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. They will be at the farm from 1pm to 4pm and will arrive by horse-drawn wagon. Children will also have the opportunity to ride on the wagons and will get to meet Santa in the gift shop to sit on his lap and give their Christmas wish lists. This event at the farm is free for all kids. The farm is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and the family fun hours are on the weekends from 9am to 6pm.
Breakfast and Lunch With Santa at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NY 13220, 315-435-8511
Bring the kiddies to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause, as well as visit all the amazing animals that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has to offer. Children and parents get to have a buffet meal with Santa and make crafts and decorate cookies with Mrs. Clause. Breakfast goes from 10am to 11am and lunch goes from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Prices range from $8 for those with memberships to $12 for nonmembers. Reservations are required, so make sure you call and book a spot in advance.
Lights on the Lake, Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool
Lights on the Lake is an amazing event to experience and has quickly become a holiday tradition for families in the Syracuse area. Take a ride through the park and witness first hand the beautiful wonderland that is created in lights every year. You’ll ride through everything from The Land of Oz, to a beautiful Victorian village, through the Fantasy Forest, into this years new display called Rock Bottom, a caveman inspired section, until you come to the grand finale of Fairytale Magic, all the while catching a glimpse of the lake in the background. Be sure to tune in to Sunny 102 on the radio as you drive through to add those Christmas tunes to your Lights experience. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, you can also look into purchasing a banner display with a special message for $175. I guarantee their face will light up brighter than the park itself. The lights display is open every night from 5pm to 10pm. It costs $8 per car, but the price drops to $6 on Monday and Tuesday nights as long as you bring your Wegmans Card.
Christmas at the Castle, The 1890 House Museum, 37 Tompkins Street, Cortland, NY 13045
Just walking through this beautiful mansion is amazing, but walking through it when it’s all decked out for Christmas is a whole other experience. Rooms will be decorated with floral arrangements, magnificently decorated Christmas trees and garland throughout. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale as soon as you walk in the door. Hours are 1pm to 4pm. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and children under 12 are free.