9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Binghamton

Posted by Brooke Gallo '24 on December 9, 2022

Happy Holidays, Bearcats! The most wonderful time of the year has arrived and what better way to celebrate than by attending festive events in Binghamton?! It’s one thing to blast holiday tunes and sip on hot cocoa in the comfort of your home, and another to cherish the holidays with friends and family at a community event. Make the most of the season by exploring the local area and participating in these fun-filled activities with the people you care about!

Check out the Phelps Mansion Museum

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If you ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated during the 19th century, now is your chance to find out! The Phelps Mansion Museum is offering candlelight tours every Thursday through Saturday. What can be better than seeing one of Binghamton’s most historic buildings transformed into a Christmas miracle with festive decorations galore?

Explore the Jungle Bells

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Every holiday season, Animal Adventure transforms into its very own Winter Wonderland as it displays one million lights for friends and families to enjoy. There is nothing merrier than being surrounded by lovable animals and sparkling lights. If you come on a Friday or Saturday, you may even be lucky enough to spot Santa. Open now through Dec. 31.

Drive through a light show

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One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is by enjoying a light show from the comfort of your car. For the third year in a row, the Broome County Festival of Lights at Otsiningo Park returns with even more lights and out-of-car experiences, including fireworks, food and drink vendors, Santa meet-and-greets, and train rides around the park. Stop by before Jan. 31!

Watch ‘A Christmas Carol’

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You can’t spend the holidays without Christmas past, present and future. Watch a live rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Cider Mill Stage in Endicott through Sunday, Dec. 18. See Christmas magic come to life on stage and purchase tickets online!

Listen to live jazz

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Kenny G will play classic holiday tunes and some of hiss well-known songs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17,  at the Broome County Forum Theatre. Inspired by classic 50’s and 60’s jazz ballads, Kenny G’s music will certainly soothe the soul and cause you to sway as you reminisce about the times you’ve had during the holidays.

Donate to a toy drive

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It’s a special experience to help those in need, especially during the holiday season. Take the time to give back and donate to local charities. If you have the option to donate in person, donate through the Marine Toys for Tots. If not, donate virtually to the Demand Justice Toy Drive 2022, which aims to help children who have been negatively impacted by mass incarceration. You never know whose lives you could change.

Celebrate Hanukkah with the community

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The Jewish Community Center is hosting a community celebration at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 for all your Hanukkah needs! Come together and munch on homemade latkes as you honor this holiday. From the outdoor candle lighting to games and activities, there is something for everyone. Admission is free!

Get festive at Recreation Park

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You can enjoy all things festive at Recreation Park. Ride the carousel and horse-drawn carriage, take pictures with Santa, go on a hayride, and even ice skate (just be sure to bring your own skates!). Stop by to get into the true holiday spirit at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Tour the Roberson Mansion

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The Roberson Mansion embodies the magic of Christmas. It continues to be a community favorite, with countless holiday decorations and displays that will surely light up your holiday season. Admire the dazzling lights and decked-out trees and join the Binghamton tradition!

Brooke Gallo is an intern for the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a junior majoring in English and minoring in education. She hopes to become a high school English teacher. She can typically be found running, reading, writing and watching sports games.

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