5 Things to Do in Binghamton to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on December 18, 2020

Though we are celebrating differently this season, due to the pandemic, there are still ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! From visits with live reindeer to holiday light displays, there are a lot of ways to get in the holiday spirit!

Roberson’s Home for the Holidays

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Check out hundreds of creatively decorated trees and picturesque holiday displays at the Roberson Museum and Science Center’s annual “Home For The Holidays!”.  This has been a Binghamton tradition for more than 60 years, so be sure to make a reservation in advance for this rite of passage into the holiday season.

Binghamton University Peace Quad Display

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Take a trip to campus for a special light display on our Peace Quad. Also check out a special holiday video with season's greetings from President Stenger and a special performance from the Binghamton University Alumni and Friends Holiday Jazz Quartet! 

Festival of Lights at Otsiningo Park

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Through January 10, vehicles can make their way through Otsiningo Park to view several dazzling light displays. You can view the lights from 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15 a car; all veterans receive free admission with proper identification.

Animal Adventure’s Jungle Bells: Holiday Lights

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Located on the grounds of Animal Adventure in Harpursville, “Jungle Bells” provides both in-car and walk-through socially distant experiences. They also have a New Year's Eve “Frozen in Time Ball Drop” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on December 31! Find out all the ways you can experience the magic of the holiday season!

Phelps Mansion Candlelight Tours

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Looking for a historical experience? Check out a “Christmas Traditions” candlelight tour at the Phelps Mansion! You’ll learn about the Phelps family and how Christmas was celebrated in the 19th century! Tours are on on select dates and reservations are necessary.

Jacob Wilkins works as an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate. 

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