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Organizers ready for Winterfest 2019 in Penn Yan

Residents in Penn Yan are getting ready for a wintry good time.

Winterfest, a family-friendly event in Penn Yan, will be held Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Winterfest is a collaboration between the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium (FLM&A) and the Hampton Inn Penn Yan, is funded in part by the Yates County Tourism Fund. All activities will take place at the Hampton Inn Penn Yan located at 110 Mace Street.

FLM&A Executive Director, Natalie Payne said, “We are thrilled to offer this event to the local and greater Finger Lakes community. The gracious funding from the Yates County Tourism Fund was awarded to us with the objective to bring visitors to our area. This event will achieve that objective while bringing much needed attention to all there is to experience during the winter months here in the Finger Lakes. Every season deserves a celebration and, with the Hampton Inn, we are excited to kick off a new tradition in 2019 here on the shores of Keuka Lake!”

Daytime activities include: Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter survival skills and archery clinics with L.L.Bean outdoor discovery school teachers, NYS Guide Alan Fess leading ice-fishing demonstrations, family-friendly snowman-making contest, ice skating with a view of Keuka Lake, horse and carriage rides, winter crafts with local maker studio ReFIND, ice rescue demonstrations by the Branchport Fire Department, Five Senses Exploration with FLM&A Program Director, Debbie Lyon, and more! The Keuka Restaurant will provide food for purchase throughout the event.

Evening activities include: A chili competition with the Keuka Restaurant’s talented chefs, a fireside for chats with friends and family while enjoying specialty martinis from our ice bar, dancing the night away to a live DJ from 6 to 10pm, a family game night in the lobby area of the Inn, and fireworks at 10pm on Saturday night!

Tickets are single day adult $25, and child (12 and under) $12, or two day adult $35, and two day child $20. Children 3 and under are free. For more details, to view the full event listing and to register, please visit

Overnight hotel packages and/or rooms are available at The Hampton Inn Penn Yan (call 315-536-8202 for details/reservations), Microtel Inn & Suites Penn Yan (call 315-517-1074 for details/reservations), and Best Western Vineyard Inn & Suites (call 315-536-8473 for details/reservations).