Schedule of Events
December 1 - Santa's Arrival to Downtown - 12noon to 3pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion (center Commons) and Center Ithaca
Santa will visit Downtown Ithaca at Noon on Saturday, December 1st. The elves and Santa will arrive from the sky and rappel onto the Ithaca Commons. This is followed by photos with Santa, games, music and dance in Center Ithaca. Bring a canned good to donate to local food banks and photos with Santa are free!
December 1 - Habitat for Humanity Cookie Sale - inside Center Ithaca
December 1 - Wing Walk Benefit for Ithaca Youth Bureau - 11am to 4:30pm
This new event will feature wings from Thai to traditional Buffalo. Patrons will be able to visit restaurant locations and vote for their favorites. This event is brought to you by Kilpatrick's Publick House. Tickets are $7 for 10 wings and $10 for 15 wings.
December 1 - 9 - Restaurant Week in Ithaca
Ithaca's Second Annual Restaurant Week will take place from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 9. Restaurants will offer specials and fixed price menus so you can try out new locations and your favorites.
December 2 - Temple Beth El's Chanukah Festival & Jewish Book Fair (Cnr. Court & Tioga St.) 9am to 3pm - Arts & crafts, books, latkes and fritters, wandering Klezmer musicians, sing-a-long. Free and open to the public. This event is by Temple Beth El.
December 2 -A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia - State Theatre - 12noon and 3pm Performances. Stateofithaca.com
December 6-8 - Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition - Ithaca Commons
Ithaca's Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition is a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event and will take place from December 6-8. Sixteen acclaimed ice carvers will compete in three competitions to win the prize money.
December 7 - Special Holiday Gallery Night - 5-8pm
A walkable tour of downtown galleries with special events and giveaways for the holidays.
December 7 - 5-8pm - Bool's Flower Shop Annual Holiday Open House
December 8 - 3rd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chowder Cook-off -
Twenty restaurants will compete for the coveted Chowder Cup. Tickets are $10 for 10 tastings and include vegetarian, seafood, and meat chowders.
December 7-8 - Mountainfilm: Telluride Mountain Film Festival - Cinemapolis
Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. Film from Telluride will be brought to Ithaca as part of this 2 day event. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 in advance.
December 7-9 - Ithaca Ballet presents the Nutcracker Suite at the State Theatre
Saturday, December 8 - Holiday Artists Market, Holiday Inn - 11am to 5pm
A juried fine art market featuring local painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, and more! Free admission. Bring your holiday shopping list!! A program of the Community Arts Partnership. For more information, visit www.artspartner.org or call 273-5072, ext. 20
Sunday, December 9 - 4pm - Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble present Handel's Messiah - First Presbyterian Church
For more information on any of the Winter Festival events, contact the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at 607-277-8679 or visit DowntownIthaca.com.
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