Holiday Traditions

Santa visits with children at Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn before reading a book during Holiday Traditions in 2016.

The Citizen file

Holiday Traditions, a Christmastime open house at several historic and cultural institutions in the Auburn area, will take place Sunday, Dec. 10.

Since its creation by the Seward House Museum, the event has taken place the second Sunday in December for more than 30 years.

Here's what's happening at this year's Holiday Traditions. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place from noon to 5 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Road, Owasco: The Festival of Trees and Old-Fashioned Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with horse-drawn wagon rides, music, guided tours, food and Santa arriving at 12:30 p.m. to visit with children. For more information, call (315) 252-7644.

• Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn: Holiday decor and current exhibit "Women's Protest: Two Sides of the Fight for Suffrage in New York." For more information, call (315) 253-8051.

• Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn: Holiday cartoons from noon to 2 p.m. and a performance of "Scrooge: The Musical" at 2 p.m., with decorations, holiday music and free holiday cookies. For more information, call (315) 253-6669.

• Schweinfurth Art Center, 203 Genesee St., Auburn: Current exhibits "Quilts=Art=Quilts" and "Drawn and Stitched Spaces," and a children's scavenger hunt about the quilts. For more information, call (315) 255-1553.

• Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn: Holiday decor by local florists and artisans, live music and Victorian Seward Christmas storytelling from staff and volunteers. For more information, call (315) 253-1283.

• Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, 180 South St., Auburn: Learn about Tubman and how to navigate by the stars, tour the museum, and make a North Star ornament and a toy of yesteryear. For more information, call (315) 882-8060.

• Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn: "A Pirate's Night Before Christmas" with "Capt. Jack" at 1 p.m., sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Cayuga County, followed by holiday organ music on the chapel's Steere & Turner organ by Jim Main Jr. at 3 p.m. For more information, visit willard-chapel.org.

• St. Francis of Assisi Church, 299 Clark St., Auburn: The Auburn Chamber Orchestra will present "Voices of Christmas" from 4 to 6 p.m. The orchestra will be joined by The Festival Christmas Chorus of singers from area choirs and other volunteers for "Christmas on Broadway." The orchestra will also perform the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians' arrangement of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." A donation of $5 is suggested at the door. For more information, visit auburnchamberorchestra.com.

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