While the holidays can, at times, be stressful, why not take a trip to Central New York and recapture the holiday spirit? The 2015 holiday season is in full-swing at Turning Stone Resort Casino. Whether looking for music, treats or just a healthy dose of holiday cheer, there’s something for everyone at Turning Stone’s 2015 celebration.
Kicking off the season is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on November 23 at 6:00 p.m. Starring the most anticipated guests of the season – Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their Elves – attendees of all ages can tell Santa what’s on their Christmas list, enjoy holiday treats, live entertainment and more!
This magical event also marks the opening of Turning Stone’s legendary Gingerbread Village, recognized last year by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the nine best gingerbread villages in the country. Turning Stone’s Gingerbread Village for 2015 measures nearly 70 feet in length and includes nine towering buildings, including this year’s newest addition, a train depot with an actual moving train.
The Village is constructed from 600 pounds of gingerbread dough and features thousands of individual pieces of gingerbread, 100 pounds of assorted candy, 800 pounds of icing, and 300 pounds of fondant. Turning Stone’s team of pastry chefs, culinary artists and many others spent more than 1,400 hours to design, bake and build the village. Located in Turning Stone’s Winter Garden, the Gingerbread Village is open daily throughout the holiday season following the November 23rd opening.
The holiday magic continues every weekend, with new events occurring throughout the season. Every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas, families can attend Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Season’s Harvest from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. With special visits from Rudolph and friends, kids can have their picture taken with Santa and join in reindeer games. Carolers and Strolling Santa’s Helpers will be on hand to add to the weekend festivities, handing out holiday treats in the Gingerbread Village Saturday and Sunday afternoons, November 28 through December 20.
From November 27 through December 19, guests can also enjoy free holiday entertainment in the Winter Garden near the Gingerbread Village from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Performers in the Winter Garden include pianist Steve Laureti, acoustic duo Merry Mischief, Primetime Duo, and Ronnie Leigh.
Guests looking for that perfect gift can stop by “Christmas & Crafts,” for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind presents. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, guests can shop a wide variety of goods, including home accessories, artisan jewelry, handcrafted holiday dÃ©cor, gourmet specialty foods and other unique handmade gifts. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.
Additionally, Turning Stone’s holiday performances kick off with A Swingin’ Christmas on Thursday, December 10 in the style of old-time favorites Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, the Rat Pack and more. The holiday entertainment continues with pop quartet The Tenors on Saturday, December 12, Kenny Rodgers‘ annual Christmas special on Thursday, December 17, and the “Magic of Christmas” with Leon and Romy, Season 8 winners of America’s Got Talent on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19.
Take a break from getting ready for the holidays and head to Turning Stone for any of these great events!