Festive events make holidays in the Finger Lakes very merry.

The holidays bring lots of merry events to the winter beauty of the Cayuga Lakes area. The Inn at Gothic Eves makes an ideal base for enjoying activities that offer a little something for everyone.

Kick off the festive season with Small Business Saturday. Shop in Ithaca’s many quaint stores and show support for local businesses. Then later in the day, enjoy Light Up the Holidays, a professional lighting display that puts the city all a-twinkle.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Downtown Ithaca

The Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail gets visitors into the spirit with the Annual Holiday Shopping Spree, a two-weekend event including 17 local wineries with tastings of holiday-inspired dishes and fine wines. Each ticket holder receives a wine glass, grapevine wreath and ornament from each participating winery, as well as a Shopper’s Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery.
Friday – Sunday, November 21-23, 2014, December 5-7, 2014
Advance Tickets: $40 Single, $60 Couple
Designated Driver Tickets: $35 Single, $55 Couple
Price at the Door: $45 single, $65 Couple

Foodies will want to make note of Restaurant Week in Ithaca, December 6-14, 2014. This tasty event offers diners restaurant and bar specialties, special prices, tastings and cooking classes.

On December 13, 2014 more than 20 restaurants will compete during the Annual Downtown Chowder Cook-Off & Wine and Cheese Expo. Visitors get to sample the chowders, along with Finger Lakes wines and cheeses.
12-5 p.m.
Ithaca Commons
202 E State Street, Ithaca
607-277-8679

You can belly up to an ice bar during the Ithaca Ice War Competition, a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event that has sixteen acclaimed ice carvers competing in three competitions over two days. Bundle up for the Aprés Ski Party and watch the carving while sipping wine or beer at the outdoor bar.

If you prefer a more genteel activity, Cornell Plantations offers a Winter Garden Tour. The guided walk takes visitors through the Mullestein Winter Garden, a showcase for plants with intriguing winter characteristics. The walk takes approximately one-hour and guests are advised to dress for the weather.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Cornell Plantations
1 Plantations Road, Ithaca
607-255-2400

And, of course, there’s holiday music! The Burns Sisters Holiday Concert highlights the talented duo and their lilting Celtic harmonies in a song-filled evening of original songs and seasonal selections from cultures around the world.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Hangar Theater
801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca
607-273-8588

‘Tis the season to plan a stay The Inn at Gothic Eves. We’ll be all decked out for the holidays just for you!

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