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Photo of the opening ceremonies for the Rutabaga curl
A Unique Winter Getaway
From baking, pottery, and butchery classes to the Holiday Winter Farmers' Markets and the International Rutabaga Curling Championship. Ithaca has endless unique and hands on winter activities for every person, couple, family or group. Take a winter getaway to this winter wonderland.

Non-Traditional Home for the Holidays, Your Winter Getaway

A stress-free alternative to conventional customs, and the perfect place to slow your pace for the holidays. Whether visiting with family-by-blood or family-by-choice, settle in to a cozy inn or home-away-from home to prepare your feast from the Holiday Farmer's Markets. No interest in cooking yourself? Simply plan to sip on craft wine, cider or beer, while enjoying the diverse options in a town with more restaurants per capita than NYC. If interested in adding some more lively activities to your itinerary, Ithaca is your music destination of live performances, home to festivals of ice, frozen waterfalls and quiet outdoors. Take it in and make Ithaca your home away from home.

Photo of Press Bay Alley Holiday Farmer's Market
Press Bay Alley Holiday Farmer's Market | Photo by Allison Usavage

 

Nov. 20 + Dec. 20 – Holiday Farmer's Markets at Press Bay Alley 
Beat the crowds at the grocery stores and stock up on all of the supplies you'll need for a delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced holiday feast. This market will feature more than 20 local farmers and food producers selling everything you need for a celebration including vegetables, pastries, apples, herbs, mushrooms, pork, maple syrup, chicken, sausages, apple cider, hard cider, pickles, and more!
View the full list of vendors and products here. 

Dec. 1 – Trumansburg WinterFest
Just 8-miles outside of downtown Ithaca sits Trumansburg, NY, a small village with lots of character, great food options, and the ability to call itself home to Taughannock Falls. A true taste of Americana - The Trumansburg WinterFest is excited to be celebrating the 23rd year of our cornerstone event. The Festival brings together area businesses, organizations, and community members, providing winter activities for kids, adults, and entire families. This year the Festival will feature Hilby The German Juggle Boy, and the Fall Creek Brass Band! We will also be welcoming Santa and lighting the tree, offering horse drawn carriage rides, plus many more FREE family fun activities! We’re shutting the street down so you can meander through downtown and wander into our local businesses and enjoy food and beverage pairings, handmade goods, live music, and community merriment! Then get cozy by the fire at the library and enjoy a seasonal story and treats.

Dec 6, 7, 8 – Ice Fest in Downtown Ithaca
Ice Fest is an annual tradition in Downtown Ithaca! What holiday season would be complete without a celebration of cold weather and cold weather sports…like Ice Carving! Witness the nation’s finest ice carvers as they compete for $9,000 in prizes during 3 rounds of breathtaking competition. The festival features impressive display sculptures, fire demonstrations, the ever-popular Ice Bar: an outdoor bar made entirely of ice, serving Bacchus Beer, wine, and hot cocoa, and a tasty Chowder Cook-off. The Ithaca Ice Festival ice carving competition is a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event.

Dec. 8 – Ithaca Chowder Cookoff 12-5pm
The Chowder Cook-off heats up on the Commons and surrounding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall! Ice Festival-goers can stay warm by sampling over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champions! Sampling tickets are for sale in advance and during the cook-off downtown.

Dec. 22 – International Rutabaga Curling Championship at theIthaca  Farmer's Market
Since 1996 the sport of rutabaga curling has rocked the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. The games open at high noon upon the arrival of the torch borne by a toga-clad individual running the eternal rutabaga flame in from “Mt. Cruciferous”. The Rutabaga Goddess (pictured at the top of this page) leads the assembled throng in a moving “Parade of the Athletes”. After a celebratory toss of ceremonial first rutabaga, the Commissioner declares the games open. 

Can't Miss Classes: Hands-On Fun
The Piggery: Whole Hog Butchery Classes
Wide Awake Bakery: Baking Classes 
Coltivare: Cooking Classes
Coltivare + Experience! The Finger Lakes: The Science of Food Pairing

Farm-to-Fork Experiences, Packages that Excite...

Photo of pasta dish created by Hazelnut Kitchen, Trumansburg, NY.
Hazelnut Kitchen | Photo by Allison Usavage

 

Don't just visit - immerse yourself! These Farm to Fork packages combine lodging with unforgettable experiences with farms, local businesses, restaurants, events, and more - they make perfect gifts for any adventure-seeker or foodie looking to think outside the box.

Winter Packages:
The Spa at Gothic Eves and Hazelnut Kitchen are teaming up in Trumansburg. 

This winter, treat yourself to an afternoon massage followed by a delectable dinner.  Treatments made between 2-3pm will receive a $25 gift card to Hazelnut Kitchen; where you can continue to relax by walking the historical streets of Trumansburg from The Spa at Gothic Eves to Hazelnut Kitchen for your 5pm dinner reservation.  Available starting in November and running through February. 

Call 607-387-6033 to indulge yourself today. 

*Special offer valid select dates and times only.  Spa treatment is required.  Gift card is valid same day.  Excludes can apply. One gift card per treatment.  Not available for group bookings or other special offers and packages.  Based on availability and subject to change.  

Photo of the Spa room at Gothic Eves, Trumansburg, NY.
The Spa at Gothic Eves | Photo by Jumping Rocks Media 

 

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