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As Christmas approaches, the Cayuga County area is decked out with holiday events.

From craft fairs and concerts to plays and Santa visits, here's what's happening locally this season:

(This guide will be updated throughout the month, so if you have an event to add, please send it to us! You can do that by visiting auburnpub.com/calendar and using the submission link at the top of the page, emailing citizencalendar@lee.net, or mailing the information to David Wilcox, The Citizen, 25 Dill St., Auburn. All listings are free. For more information, call [315] 282-2245.)

❆ Santa's Wonderland

WHAT: Free photos with Santa, themed crafts, children's activities, holiday characters and more

WHEN: Through Christmas Eve

WHERE: Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

INFO: Visit basspro.com or call (315) 258-2700

❆ Seventh annual Festival of Trees

WHAT: Showcase of trees decorated by community individuals and organizations 

WHEN: Open 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays Dec. 26 through Jan. 31

WHERE: Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Road, Owasco

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 252-7644

❆ 25th annual Dickens Christmas

WHAT: Characters like Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge interact with each other and passersby in an open-air 1842 setting. Highlights include Christmas carol singalongs at 2 p.m. every day at the village gazebo; horse-drawn wagon ($3) and carriage rides ($20) departing from the Sherwood Inn; magic shows by Very Peculiar Prestidigitating Packwoods at 1 p.m. Sundays at the Skaneateles Library; a snowman-building contest Dec. 21 in Clift Park (weather permitting); and free refreshments like roasted chestnuts and eggnog.

WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 and noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24

WHERE: Village of Skaneateles

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit skaneateles.com

❆ Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22

WHERE: Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

INFO: Call (315) 255-1188 or visit fingerlakesmall.com

❆ Compline

WHAT: Night prayer sung by candlelight by Schola Gregoriana, led by Music Director Philip J. Fillion. Preceded by organ concert by Fillion at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and performance by Scola Cantorum, of Syracuse, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Sundays in December except Dec. 29

WHERE: St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 252-9545

❆ Movie Matinee: "Roman Holiday"

WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10

WHERE: Port Byron Library, 12 Sponable Drive, Port Byron

INFO: Call (315) 776-5694

❆ Winter Wonderland Crafternoon: Word art on canvas

WHEN: Noon Wednesday, Dec. 11

WHERE: Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn

INFO: Visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571

❆ Home-Made Holidays

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Port Byron Library, 12 Sponable Drive, Port Byron

INFO: Call (315) 776-5694.

❆ Holiday Open House

WHAT: With light refreshments and tours.

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

WHERE: United Way of Cayuga County, 2 State St., Suite 2, Auburn

INFO: Call (315) 253-9741

❆ Ladies Christmas Tea

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

WHERE: Auburn Alliance Church, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn

INFO: Call (315) 253-2650

❆ Candlelight Tours

WHAT: Holiday pageant in which costumed guides lead candlelit tours of the home, which is decorated for the 19th century, while actors portray members of the Seward family and share stories of holiday memories gleaned from their letters and diaries. Followed by caroling around the family's 1872 Steinway piano.

WHEN: 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and 19-21

WHERE: Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn

COST: Admission $15 adults, $8 children 12 and younger

INFO: Visit sewardhouse.org or call (315) 252-1283

❆ "Scrooge: The Musical"

WHAT: Stage adaptation of the 1970 Albert Finney film presented by Auburn Players Community Theatre, Auburn Public Theater and Harlequin Productions.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.

COST: Tickets $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $10 children 12 and younger

INFO: Visit auburnpublictheater.org or call (315) 253-6669

❆ "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival

WHAT: Annual festival celebrating Seneca Falls as the inspiration for the 1946 holiday film, featuring appearances by the original cast, exhibits, a 5K, a cook-off, radio play "Merry Christmas, George Bailey!" and more.

WHEN: All day Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13 through 15

WHERE: Seneca Falls

INFO: For a full schedule of events, visit therealbedfordfalls.com.

❆ Christmas at the Museum

WHAT: Hand-carved wooden arts, model train layout, antique toys and dolls, mannequins in winter garb and more. 

WHEN: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Old Brutus Historical Society & Museum, 8943 N. Seneca St., Weedsport

INFO: Call (315) 834-9342

❆ Third annual Christmas Caroling Trolley

WHAT: Holiday cocktails followed by caroling on trolley from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

WHERE: The Good Shepherds Brewing Co, 132 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Tickets $5; available at the brewery. Seating limited.

❆ Christmas Dinner Dance

WHAT: Cocktails, dinner menu of baked scrod, roast beef and more, and music by Ted Mosley and Moondance. Presented by the Italian American Club Lodge No. 101.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

WHERE: Sunset Restaurant, 93 N. Division St., Auburn

COST: Tickets $25

INFO: To purchase tickets, call (315) 253-2055 or (315) 253-9335

❆ Family Fun Friday: Build a gingerbread house

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

WHERE: Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn

INFO: Visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571

❆ Christmas program: "The Bethlehem Project"

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

WHERE: Ira United Methodist Church, 12479 Ferris Road, Ira

COST: Free and open to the public; followed by refreshments

INFO: Call (315) 626-2448

❆ Annual Christmas singalong with The Perennials

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

WHERE: Port Byron Library, 12 Sponable Drive, Port Byron

COST: Free and open to the public; refreshments provided

INFO: Call (315) 776-5694

❆ The Rev Theatre Company presents: "Sister's Christmas Catechism"

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: West End Theater, 217 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Tickets $40

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmtf.com

❆ Weedsport Winter Festival

WHAT: More than 100 vendors and crafters, breakfast with Santa, flu shot clinic, child safe ID program, Santa's workshop area with children's crafts and pictures, and more.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School, 2821 E. Brutus St., Weedsport

❆ Christmas cookie sale

WHAT: Plates of various sizes, filled with cookies and wrapped for the holidays. Price varies by size.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: United Church of Auburn, 77 Metcalf Drive, Auburn

❆ "The Polar Express"

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15

WHERE: Track Cinema, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Admission 25 cents per person; wearing PJs encouraged

INFO: Visit trackcinema.com

❆ Pet photos with Santa

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Tractor Supply Co., 360 Grant Ave., Sennett

COST: Free and open to the public; first 25 customers receive a free magnetic picture frame

INFO: Call (315) 252-9059

❆ Holiday Festival of Creative Arts

WHAT: Local vendors (ceramics, ornaments, jewelry, knitwear, art and more), live music, food by Rich's Backyard BBQ and Moonflower Macaroons, raffles and sketches by the Syracuse Chapter of Urban Sketchers. Hosted by Finger Lakes Art Council. 

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center at the Case Mansion, 108 South St., Auburn

COST: Admission free and open to the public

❆ Intergenerational storytime: Gingerbread people

WHAT: Reading, singing and gingerbread crafts.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

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WHERE: Bluefield Manor, 516 Bluefield Road, Auburn

INFO: Visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571

❆ Family Fun Day with gingerbread houses

WHAT: Family crafting activity, with opportunity to meet Cindy Lou and the Grinch.

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Cost $5; choose from a house, camper, barn, castle or train. Preregistration required.

INFO: Call (315) 255-1188 or visit fingerlakesmall.com.

❆ LifeWorks of Cayuga County holiday event

WHAT: Food, music and children's activities. Drug- and alcohol-free.

WHEN: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

❆ Evergreen Holiday Wreath crafting activity

WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road, King Ferry

COST: Registration $36

INFO: Visit wineandblooms.com

❆ Music School of CNY Holiday Concert

WHAT: Performance by area music students studying with John Ferrara, who also performs with the group.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

COST: No cover

INFO: Call (315) 685-5135

❆ Christmas cantata: "Winter's Grace"

WHAT: A 22-member choir directed by Laurianne Flemming presenting the Christmas story through music and scripture. 

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church of Locke and Moravia, 36 Church St., Moravia

COST: Free and open to the public; dessert reception to follow

INFO: Call (315) 497-2783

❆ Children's Christmas pageant: "Miracle at Midnight"

WHEN: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: 109 E. Main St., Elbridge Community Church, Elbridge

❆ Creamery Cookie Walk Fundraiser

WHAT: Choose cookies as you walk along tables, then a server will pack a box and it will be sold by the pound.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Skaneateles Historical Society at the Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles.

INFO: Call (315) 685-1360

❆ CIViC Heritage History Center Festival of Trees

WHAT: Vote on your favorites from the display and learn about the histories of the four towns. With light refreshments and Santa.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: 11256 South St., Cato

❆ Holiday jazz by Bob Piorun and The Kats featuring Bernie McNabb

WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Next Chapter Brewpub, 100 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: No cover

❆ MasterWorks Chorale: "Christmas All Aglow"

WHAT: Holiday concert featuring selections from "Messiah," "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and more seasonal music.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

COST: Tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors, free children 18 and younger

INFO: Visit masterworkscny.org

❆ Auburn High School Wind Band Christmas and holiday music concert

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 252-9545

❆ Christmas musical: "An Unexpected Christmas"

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Auburn Alliance Church parking lot, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 253-2650

❆ Movie Monday: A holiday classic

WHEN: 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16

WHERE: Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571

❆ Cookies and Carols

WHAT: Bring cookies to deliver plates to shut-in friends and neighbors, followed by caroling by piano. With Good Shepherd Catholic Community.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16

WHERE: United Ministry of Aurora, 337 Main St., Aurora

❆ Syracuse University Brass Ensemble 21st annual concert

WHAT: Christmas music, classic and contemporary pieces. 

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16

WHERE: SS. Peter & John Episcopal Church, 169 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit subrass.syr.edu or call (315) 443-3436

❆ Port Byron Area Ecumenical Ministries Choir presents "Go Sing it on the Mountain"

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Holy Family Church, 85 North St., Auburn; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Countryside United Methodist Church, 10517 Duck Lake Road, Port Byron; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Federated Church of Port Byron, Tex Pultz Parkway and Route 38, Port Byron

COST: Free and open to the public; night performances followed by refreshments and afternoon performance preceded by a soup luncheon at noon

❆ Community Christmas Pageant

WHAT: Reenactment of Jesus' birth with singing and narration, followed by refreshments.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20

WHERE: United Ministry of Aurora sanctuary, 337 Main St., Aurora

❆ Ugly Sweater Party

WHAT: Party with music by Madd Daddy and Rachel Beverly, and food by 10-10 BBQ.

WHEN: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

WHERE: Summerhill Brewing, 14408 Route 90, Summerhill

COST: No cover

❆ Christmas cookie and candy sale

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 8510 South St. Road, Port Byron

COST: Cookies $10 per pound; supports the church's general fund

❆ Holiday performance by Sisterhood of the Traveling Broom

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

WHERE: Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

INFO: Call (315) 255-1188 or visit fingerlakesmall.com

❆ Drive-thru Living Nativity

WHAT: Nativity display with live alpacas, sheep, cows, horses and angels singing. Takes 15 minutes; first 200 cars get an ornament.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

WHERE: Auburn Alliance Church parking lot, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 253-2650

❆ "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play"

WHAT: Presented by the theater and Scarlett Rat Entertainment in celebration of Dickens Christmas. 

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn

COST: Tickets $10

INFO: Visit auburnpublictheater.org or call (315) 253-6669

❆ Holiday music performance by Brig Juice and Purple Lancers

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

WHERE: Center court, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit brigjuice.com

❆ Holiday music by Private Property (Shelby Weeks and Luke Mock)

WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

WHERE: Next Chapter Brewpub, 100 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: No cover

❆ Screening: "It's a Wonderful Life"

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit auburnpublictheater.org or call (315) 253-6669

❆ Classics @ the Carriage House: "It's a Wonderful Life"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23

WHERE: Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater, 203 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Admission $5

INFO: Visit cayugamuseum.org or call (315) 253-8051

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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