13 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Binghamton

Posted by Laurie Dupnock on November 26, 2019

'Tis the season to do all things festive and merry! Whether you’re only here until the semester ends, or you're staying in town over the break, there are plenty of events taking place in Binghamton to get you in the holiday spirit. Check out a preview of some of these awesome events below!

Catch a performance of 'The Nutcracker'

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Nothing shouts Christmas like The Nutcracker! The Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre will perform this heart-warming story on Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Broome County Forum. Enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky paired with ballet dance sequences in this traditional Christmas tale you grew up hearing.

Experience Jungle Bells

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Find a friend who has a car and head over to Animal Adventure in Harpursville, where they have the largest lights display in the area! Walk through the illuminated grounds while feeding animals, visiting their reindeer, and enjoying refreshments like hot cocoa and fresh donuts.

Tour the Roberson Mansion

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This holiday season, the Roberson Mansion is decking its halls with more than just boughs of holly. If you love Christmas trees and holiday decorations galore, then this is the perfect event for you! Check out one of their guided tours during a weekend this December.

See Rudolph light up the stage

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You’ve seen him on your TV screen, but now you can catch your favorite red-nosed reindeer on the stage! Broadway in Binghamton will feature “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at the Broome County Forum Thursday, Dec. 7. Get your tickets!

Shop at the Holiday Artisan Market

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Looking for homemade crafts to give as gifts this year? The Holiday Artisan Market at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market has got you covered! From homemade baked goods, to home and holiday decor, to bath and body products and handcrafted jewelry, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list -- even if it’s for yourself!

Listen to the sounds of the season

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Christmas music is one of the best parts of this time of year. That’s why The Binghamton Philharmonic is presenting “Home for the Holidays” -- a night full of all the best holiday tunes -- at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, Dec. 14 . Students get discounted tickets when they show their student ID!

Browse the Cutler Flea Market

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Do you love quality antiques? Have a relative that collects vintage items? If so, you should check out the December Cutler Flea on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market for one-of-a-kind gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

View the lights

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One of the best parts of the season is all the lights! Blast holiday music in your car and take a drive through the neighborhoods of Binghamton, or check out local businesses for light displays. Don’t forget to bring some hot chocolate!

Get in the holiday spirit at Recreation Park

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There’s tons of holiday fun to be had at Recreation Park on Saturday, Dec. 7. From 5-8 p.m. you can take a spin on the carousel, enjoy carriage rides through the park, catch a hayride and see Santa, all to the sounds of live musical entertainment to really get you in the spirit!

Enjoy candlelight tours and Victorian Christmas traditions

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The Phelps Mansion Museum is offering special candlelight tours throughout the mansion, so you can explore all of the festive decorations on display and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions. Why browse HGTV for holiday decor ideas when you can browse a local mansion instead? Reserve your spot for one of these guided tours while you’re still in town!

Check out a holiday parade

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Take the short trip over to Washington Ave. in Endicott to catch the 80th annual Holiday Parade followed by a night of Holiday Magic. After the parade, there will be live entertainment, refreshments, performers and even a fireworks show!

Wear your pajamas to brunch

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Need another place to wear your festive pajamas besides home? Citrea’s Holiday Pajama Party is the perfect occasion to do just that! You’ll even get a free zeppoli for wearing them, and who doesn’t love free dessert? If you’ll be around Dec. 22, add brunch at Citrea to your calendar!

Participate in the Holiday Sweater Contest

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Think you have the most atrocious holiday sweater in all of Binghamton? If so, visit room B90 of the Lecture Hall basement (LH-B90) during one of two time blocks: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 6. The tackiest sweater wearers will win gift cards from The Colonial!

Laurie Dupnock is a student assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a graduate student in the MA English and Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University. She loves writing, health and wellness, the outdoors and coffee.   

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