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30th Annual Watkins Glen Village Christmas

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Get ready to embrace the magic of the holiday season as the 30th Annual Watkins Glen Village Christmas lights up Franklin Street in Watkins Glen on December 1, 2023. This beloved tradition promises an evening of festive fun and enchantment for the entire family.

As the sun sets, Franklin Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with the road closed to traffic and filled with cheerful vendors offering delightful seasonal treats and unique gift items. Local downtown businesses will extend their hours, providing ample opportunities for holiday shopping.

The festivities kick off at 5:00 PM with the eagerly anticipated Village Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Gifford Park. Join us and Mayor Laurie DeNardo for this heartwarming moment as we officially commence the holiday season with the illumination of the magnificent Christmas tree. It’s a picture-perfect scene that’s sure to warm your heart and create lasting memories.


The fun continues throughout the evening with a variety of family-friendly activities, including free face painting and balloon creations. Children of all ages will be delighted by the creative talents of our skilled artists, adding a touch of whimsy to this festive event.

Don’t miss the highlight of the evening, the Village Christmas Parade, starting at 6:30 PM. Watch as elaborately decorated floats, costumed characters, and local organizations wind their way down Franklin Street, creating a dazzling procession that will capture the spirit of the season.

At 7:30 PM, make sure to look to the skies as we light up the night with a spectacular fireworks display, launched from the Seneca Harbor Pier. The fireworks show promises to be a breathtaking spectacle, filling the air with brilliant colors and festive cheer.

For animal lovers, the Community Bank will host a Free Petting Zoo, providing an opportunity for families to interact with friendly animals and experience the joy of petting and playing with them.

The 30th Annual Watkins Glen Village Christmas is a celebration that brings our community together in the spirit of joy, unity, and holiday magic. Join us for this extraordinary event and make cherished memories that will last a lifetime.