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December is here, and the holiday events around the Cayuga County area are piling up like gifts under a Christmas tree.

Here are all the events we know are happening:

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

❆ Sixth 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, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays

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

❆ Santa's Wonderland

WHAT: Free photos with Santa, themed crafts and more

WHEN: Through Christmas

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

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

❆ 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, "A Christmas Carol" trunk shows at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo and 3 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library every day (3:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16), horse-drawn wagon ($2) and carriage ($20) rides around the village, and free refreshments that include roasted chestnuts, warm Christmas pudding at Mid-Lakes Navigation (for a donation to the food pantry) and eggnog served by Girl Scouts (Saturdays only).

WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 and noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24

WHERE: Village of Skaneateles

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit skaneateles.com

❆ Meet and take pictures with The Grinch

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

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

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ Homemade holiday activities

WHAT: Learn beading, card making and stenciling. With local treats.

WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 14

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

INFO: Call (315) 776-5694

❆ Photos with Santa

WHAT: With hot cocoa and cookies.

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

WHERE: New Hope Mills, 181 York St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

❆ "Holiday Inn" screening

WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

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

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 776-5694

❆ Gift-wrapping fundraiser

WHAT: Linda D'Amato will give all donations to the Friends of Weedsport Library.

WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20

WHERE: Weedsport Free Library, 2795 E. Brutus St., Weedsport

❆ Second annual Auburn Christmas Caroling Trolley

WHAT: Cocktail hour followed by trolley departing at 6 p.m. and returning for music by Private Property at 7:30 p.m. 

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14

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

COST: Tickets $5 at the brewpub; bring a flashlight for the trolley

❆ 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 from their letters and diaries. Followed by caroling around the family's 1872 Steinway piano.

WHEN: 6 and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 14-15 and 21-22, and Thursdays, Dec. 13 and 20

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

❆ Genesee Street Voices: "Holiday Voices in Concert"

WHAT: Concert featuring classic Christmas songs, carols and movie-themed tunes, including "Let it Snow!" "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells," "The Holly and the Ivy," "Remember Me" and more.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14

WHERE: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn

COST: Admission $8-$12

INFO: Find the event on Facebook

❆ "Scrooge: The Musical"

WHAT: A stage adaptation of the 1970 film starring Albert Finney, adapting "A Christmas Carol" with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Presented by Auburn Players Community Theatre, Auburn Public Theater and Harlequin Productions.

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

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

❆ Jingle Around the Town

WHAT: Holiday run and walk with holiday attire encouraged, and more. 

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Village of Fair Haven

COST: Walk/run registration $5-$10

INFO: Visit fairhavenny.com

❆ Breakfast with The Grinch

WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

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

COST: Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages costs $5-$7

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ Homemade cookie and candy sale

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

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

COST: Items $8.50 per pound

❆ 12th annual Incredible Christmas Cookie Sale

WHAT: Plates of assorted cookies baked by church women, wrapped and in various sizes. Supports church Samaritan Fund.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15

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

INFO: Call (315) 252-4397

❆ Indoor Holiday Sale

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16

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

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ "The Polar Express" screenings

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, and 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23

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

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ Festival of the Creative Arts

WHAT: A Victorian holiday celebration with local artists and businesses selling unique gifts and baskets, as well as raffles, music, a hot chocolate bar and more. Hosted by St. Lydia's Place and the Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Case Mansion, 108 South St., Auburn

❆ Cookie Walk & Holiday Bazaar

WHAT: Bazaar with local crafters and vendors, and a miniature tree decorating contest. Cookies available until they run out.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls

INFO: Visit senecafallslibrary.org or call (315) 568-8265

❆ "Spirits of Christmas Past"

WHAT: Racing Lionel trains through a Victorian village, antique doll collections, antique and handcrafted model trucks, woodcarving and more. 

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16

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

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 834-9342

❆ Holiday Celebration

WHAT: Exploring how people all over the world celebrate the holidays. Includes crafts, games, refreshments and storytime at 11:30 a.m. with "The Adventures of Smokey" author Susan Scheuerman and special guest Smokey the Dog, who will sign books available for purchase. 

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

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

COST: Admission free and open to the public

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

❆ Christmas party

WHAT: Party with raffle drawing at 6:30 p.m.

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Auburn VFW Post No. 1975, 44 E. Genesee St., Auburn

❆ Christmas Cartoon Night

WHAT: Toy and gift card giveaways, classic holiday cartoons with the Grinch and Charlie Brown, free books, family activities, music and more.

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

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

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ "The Glory of Christmas"

WHAT: Choral performance followed by birthday party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the joining of the Presbyterian Church of Aurora and St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, resulting in the United Ministry.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16

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

❆ MasterWorks Chorale presents Handel's "Messiah"

WHAT: Special presentation will include the beloved and best-known Christmas portion of "Messiah" as well as additional solos and choruses from the full oratorio. The 60-voice chorale will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Audience members are also invited to join the chorale in singing the "Hallelujah!" chorus.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16

WHERE: St. James' Episcopal Church, 96 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

COST: Tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors 60 and older, free ages 18 and younger

INFO: Visit masterworkscny.org

❆ Holiday Art Show and Wine Tasting

WHAT: Arthur the Artist, raffles, tastings and more.

WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16

WHERE: Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Road, Cayuga

COST: Free and open to the public

❆ Christmas Puppy Prep Class

WHAT: Class hosted by Bark By Beth.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17

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

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ Classic Film Tuesday: "It's a Wonderful Life"

WHEN: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18

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

COST: Free and open to the public

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

❆ "A Christmas Story" radio play

WHAT: Featuring Scarlett Rat Entertainment (Dickens Christmas) and music by Ralph Dudgeon and the APT All-Stars. 

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20

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

COST: Tickets $10. Visit auburnpublictheater.org or call (315) 253-6669

❆ Ecumenical Christmas Pageant

WHAT: Re-enactment of the Advent message with shepherds and herds of domestic animals, regal kings and their entourages, Mary and Joseph, and Jesus and a cloud of angels.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

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

❆ Cookies by the pound sale

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 2 Chapel St., Seneca Falls

COST: Cookies $8 per pound

❆ Brig Juice Holiday Concert

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

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

INFO: Visit fingerlakesmall.com or call (315) 255-1188

❆ LifeWorks of Cayuga County Christmas party

WHAT: Sober event with food, drinks and games.

WHEN: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

WHERE: West Middle School Apartments, 217 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

❆ Eggnog with Francis

WHEN: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24

WHERE: Auburn Elks Lodge No. 474, 314 State St., Auburn

INFO: Call (315) 252-4351; for members and guests

❆ Spirit of Christmas Run

WHAT: Run to support local food pantries; bring a canned item for them. 

WHEN: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25

WHERE: Serenity Wellness, 214 Seymour St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public. Run at your own risk; roads not closed.

❆ "The Nutcracker" reading

WHAT: Storytime with warm beverages and a craft afterward.

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27

WHERE: Seneca Falls Historical Society, 55 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls

COST: Free and open to the public; space limited so RSVPs recommended

INFO: Call (315) 568-8412

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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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