Children build gingerbread houses at Aurora Free Library during Christmas in Aurora in 2014.

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The villages of Aurora and Weedsport will get in the Christmas spirit this weekend with their own holiday celebrations.

Christmas in Aurora will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9.

The first day will feature an open studio at the Book Arts Center at Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can print holiday cards and peruse a pop-up shop, hand-print a letterpress card and shop for books, prints, posters, cards and more. The event will continue at the same time Saturday.

From 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday, there will also be a book and sock giving project for the local food pantry at the Aurora Free Library, 370 Main St. The library will also host gingerbread house decorating from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, which carries a suggested donation of $10 per house. Registration is required and space is limited.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Christmas in Aurora will feature pop-up shops at the Old Post Office, 371 Main St., and specials and refreshments at Second Story Rose, 286 Main St., Bet the Farm Winery, 381 Main St., and Jane Morgan's Little House, 378 Main St. The Aurora Masonic Center, 325 Main St., will also be the site of a silent auction, beer tasting, chili and tours.

At noon, businesses opening doors for specials and refreshments will be Aurora Ale & Lager, 1891 Route 90, until 6 p.m., and Black Sheep Antiques, 2863 Route 34B, until 7 p.m. The Aurora Masonic Center will host a holiday upcycling workshop until 3 p.m., the Aurora Historical Society, 371 Main St., will host an open house with its "I'll Be Home for Christmas" interactive exhibit until 4:45 p.m., the Aurora Free Library will display women's suffrage calendars from the Howland Stone Store Museum until 5 p.m., and Robert LoMascolo will open his new print shop and bindery at 2211 Moonshine Road for tours and ornament and card printing until 5 p.m. 

At 1 p.m., the United Ministry of Aurora, 337 Main St., will hold a bake sale for the food pantry with paper goods, fair trade products from San Pedro and more, as well as demos and pop-ups until 5 p.m. The Aurora Free Library will hold a Holiday House Walk Fundraiser of four area homes until 4 p.m. (admission $10 per person, $15 for two and free for children). And from 2 to 4:45 p.m., Peachtown Elementary School, 22 Deans Road, will hold a Holiday Renaissance Fair and Father Christmas Photo Booth.

Christmas in Aurora will wind down with pizza from the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department at Aurora Village Hall, 456 Main St., until 8 p.m. The finale will feature the village tree lighting, carols and Santa at the Old Post Office, 371 Main St., from 5 to 6 p.m. Photos with Santa will be available.

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From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, the Weedsport Winter Festival will feature several holiday attractions at Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School, 2821 E. Brutus St., Weedsport.

There will be face painting, crafters and vendors, a fried dough booth, breakfast with Santa, Warrior Warehouse apparel, Christmas cookie decorating, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office's Operation Safe Child ID program, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a raffle. Entry into the raffle is a canned good to support the Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry.

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