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Candelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum: There's no place like Cooperstown, N.Y., for Christmas

Christmas in Cooperstown NY at The Farmers' Museum's Candelight Evening
Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum.

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Sanata Claus from Cooperstown NY at The Farmers' MuseumThere's no place like Cooperstown, N.Y., for the holidays

The Farmers' Museum Candlelight Evening puts the holiday season in proper perspective -- a time of friendship and peace on earth in one of America's most beautiful communities

No matter how cold it gets as Cooperstown,  approaches winter, the Candelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum is sure to warm the soul.

Proving that Cooperstown is just as special in the winter as it is in the revered baseball-fueled summer, Candlelight Evening taps into the true meaning of the holiday season the second Saturday of every December. Hundreds of illuminated candles and holiday greenery provide the setting for a close community to come together for caroling, sleigh rides, winter games, and wassail. Santa seems to be in his glory at the event, dressed in his 1840s costume, greeting visitors, telling wonderful stories as well as riding through this enchanted village on a vintage sled.

Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown NY.What makes the Candelight Evening so special is that locals and visitors celebrate The Farmers' Museum at Christmas together as friends, many times exchanging phone numbers, handshakes and hugs whether it be over a warm chili (how's that for an oxymoron?), pleasant conversation, or just warming up by the bonfire. The honest, soul warming caroling from local singers from community church choirs, girl scouts, boy scouts, and 4H groups warm up the priceless, memorable bonfire scene only that much more.

Candlight Evening brings together the best elements of the holiday season in one of America's great communities. It is, by far, the greatest Christmas celebration we've visited, sure to give you goose bumps all over -- at the event or long after when thinking about how you spent your holiday in the most authentic, feel-good holiday setting imaginable.

The Farmers' Museum is located at 5775 Route 80, Cooperstown NY. Tel. (607) 547-1450. Log onto The Farmers' Museum Candlelight Evening page for updates, especially closer to event time.

Photos of Santa
and bonfire by Alan Lincourt, courtesy of The Farmers' Museum.

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