Festival of Trees. The 27th annual salute to decked halls brings the sights and sounds of the holidays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. $10/adults; $8/seniors, military, students, children 10-18; $6/members. 474-6064.
Dec. 5-8, 10-15, 17-24
Art Mart 2011. Find the perfect gift from a selection of works from 50 fine artists and crafters, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and stained glass. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St. Free. 422-4059.
Dec. 5-9, 13-16, 18-23, 26-30
White Christmas. Two successful showmen find romance, laughter and plenty of cheer in Irving Berlin’s yuletide musical, a co-production with Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Drama Department. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. $32-$54/adults, $20/ages 18 and under, $30-32/ages 40 and under. 443-3275.
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 21, 27, 31, Jan. 3
Nick Saint, Private Elf. Yuletide spoof concerning murder most foul in this interactive dinner-theater comedy whodunit; performed by Acme Mystery Company. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St. $25.95/plus tax and gratuity. 475-1807.
Poinsettia Sale. Spruce up your home for the holidays with red, pink, white and marble poinsettias for sale by the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Alumni Association. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. St. Joseph’s Hospital main lobby, 301 Prospect Ave. Poinsettias: $10/one, $18/two, $25/three. 448-5303.
Great Russian Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet performs the seasonal chestnut. 3 and 8 p.m. Turning Stone Resort and Casino’s Showroom, off Exit 33, Verona. $35, $40, $45. 361-SHOW.
The Nutcracker. The O’Neill Studio of Dance tackles the Tchaikovsky favorite. Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., Rome. $20-$25/adults, $16-$20/seniors, $12-$16/ages 12 and under. 337-2920.
Dec. 7-8, 14-15
Festival of Lights. Celebrate the light of the holiday season with a horse-drawn wagon ride from the warming room at Burnet Park through the decorated park hillside and to the North Pole-themed clubhouse, where Santa awaits with hot chocolate and candy canes. Wagons depart between 6 and 8:45 p.m. Burnet Park, entrance between the 200 and 300 blocks of Coleridge Avenue. Free. 473-4330.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Ring in the holiday season with pancakes and sausage as well as a bake sale from the Friends of Beaver Lake and a special visit from Santa. 9 a.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $2.50-$4.50. 638-2519.
Music of Christmas Past. Sondra and John Bromka perform ancient and traditional yuletide music on an array of early instruments from harp to bagpipes. 4 to 6 p.m. Kellish Hill Farm, 3192 Pompey Center Road, Manlius. $10. 673-2995.
Holiday Bake Sale and Gift Shop. Shop for one-of-a-kind canal-related gifts like historic Erie Canal prints and local history books. Local vendors will also be on hand to display hand-crafted wares and homemade baked goods. Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 7010 Lakeport Road, Chittenango. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 687-3801.
Caroling in the Woods. Spread holiday cheer even deep in the woods with the beloved tradition at Baltimore Woods. Bring treats for the birds along the trail and snacks for carolers and enjoy a reception with hot drinks following the caroling. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free; donations appreciated. 673-1350.
The Adventures of Rudolph. The 34th annual presentation of this narrated ballet, presented by CNY Arts (formerly the Cultural Resources Council), stars the red-nosed reindeer and his friends as they try to save Christmas. 11 a.m. Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater, 411 Montgomery St. $10-$19; discounts available for four or more tickets. 476-7372.
Dec. 8-9, 15-16
Breakfast with Santa. Dig into a hearty breakfast buffet with the heartiest man on the North Pole, then decorate Christmas cookies with Mrs. Claus and visit the animals. 9 and 11 a.m. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place. $14. 435-8511.
Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles. Victorian-era characters fill the streets singing carols and making merry while visitors are privy to horse and carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, live music and re-enactments of scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Noon to 4 p.m. Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Free. 685-0552.
Dec. 8, 15
Holiday Happenings in Armory Square. Revel in horse-drawn trolley rides and appearances by characters (including notable Syracusan Abe Walton), then get out of the cold with live music at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, 416 S. Clinton St., plus brunch and music at Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., noon to 3 p.m. Free admission. 428-9205.
Liverpool Tree Lighting. Join Santa and members of the Liverpool American Legion for hot cocoa, cookies and the illumination of Liverpool’s grandest tree. 6 p.m. Johnson Park, corner of Route 57 and Vine and Oswego streets, Liverpool. Free. 380-7491.
Holiday Traditions Open House. Venture to downtown Auburn where churches, museums and other non-profits will open their doors to show their appreciation to the community. Participating organizations include: Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., noon to 5 p.m.; Harriet Tubman Home, 180 South St., noon to 5 p.m.; Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., noon to 5 p.m.; Seward House Museum, 33 South St., noon to 5 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 185 Clark St., noon to 5 p.m.; St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Road, noon to 4 p.m.; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., noon to 4 p.m.; Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., noon to 5 p.m. Free. 255-1658.
Christmas Pops Concert. The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of classical Christmas music featuring Bryan Burdick and the handbell choirs of the United Church of Fayetteville. 3 p.m. The Atrium in Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. 243-6586.
Last Chance Run and Breakfast. Start the morning off with an icy nine-mile walk or run through the perilous trails of Highland Forest and finish with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, hosted by the Syracuse Chargers. Race starts from 8 to 9:15 a.m., pancakes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Highland Forest Park, 1254 Highland Forest Road, Fabius. $10/person; $5/ages 12 and under; $20/family. 449-9615.
Amateur Holiday Art Show. Register to bring your own work and display it along with other local craftspeople. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration Friday, Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont Ave., Mattydale. Free. 434-9198.
Holiday Movies. Deck the halls with a double feature of It’s A Wonderful Life (1 p.m.) and A Christmas Story (4 p.m.) Be sure to wear your tackiest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Party between films. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. $3/one film; $5/both films. 475-7980.
The Cake Boss. Buddy Valastro, host of TLC’s Cake Boss, shares traditions and stories from his family restaurant and shows off his cupcake decorating skills. 7:30 p.m. Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery St. $35.75, $43.75. 435-8006.
Breakfast with Santa. Fill up on pancakes, eggs, sausage, pastries and coffee and enjoy an audience with Jolly St. Nick. 9 a.m. to noon. St. Patrick’s Church, 1341 Murray Drive, Chittenango. $7/adults; $6/seniors; $5/ages 13 & under; free/ages 5 and under. 687-3832.
Solstice Snowshoe Hike. Take a reflective hike on the longest night of the year under the glow of a nearly full moon. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/adults, $25/family. 673-1350.
Snowshoe Ramble. Shake off some holiday cobwebs with a guided snowshoe romp at scenic Baltimore Woods. An introduction to snowshoeing by naturalist Julia Maum will be offered for beginners. 1 to 3 p.m. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/adults, $25/family. 673-1350.
New Year’s Eve Party. Ring in 2013 with five hours of open bar and live music by Joe Driscoll. Test your luck at a silent auction and make memories with an on-site photo booth. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. Before Dec. 15: $90/person, $170/couple. After Dec. 15: $100/person. 425-0500.
New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Dinner. Kick off your New Year with a delicious dinner at the scenic Skyline Lodge. Follow up with music, sleigh rides and a champagne toast. Dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Highland Forest Park, 1254 Highland Forest Road, Fabius. $24.95; preregistration required. 677-3303.
First Night. Count down to the New Year with the family at Central New York’s go-to outdoor event featuring local and national musical acts, mini-golf, laser tag, fireworks and a trip through Lights on the Lake. 5 p.m. to midnight. Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $5/advance; $8/at the gate. 471-9597.
First Night of Funny. Say goodbye to 2012 with a riotous showcase of four professional stand-ups from Comedy Central and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. 8 to 10 p.m. Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater, 411 Montgomery St. $20. 435-2121.
Disney on Ice. Disney brings 65 of its most beloved characters to life on the ice to celebrate 100 years of magic. Come see Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pinocchio and many more perform a spectacular show on skates. Jan. 2-4, 7 p.m.; Jan. 5, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; Jan. 6, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Onondaga County War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St. $15-$60. 435-2121.
Run Through Lights on the Lake. Take a 4-mile jog through the festively lit attraction; run begins at the Griffin Visitor Center. 11 p.m. to midnight. Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool. Free. 453-6712.
Snowshoe Race. Brave the winter weather with a 5K snowshoe race through the wilderness of the Beaver Lake trails. Afterward, spend the day learning about winter camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. 10 a.m. race time. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $17/registration; $5/snowshoe rental. 638-2519.
Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk. This event has become so popular that it has outgrown its original venue and it has been moved up in the race calendar. Come to blustery Cazenovia for the “hottest road race in the Northeast.” Afterwards, enjoy chili, beer and a whole lot more, all to benefit Cazenovia Children’s House. The race begins at 1 p.m. from Cazenovia Middle School, 31 Emory Ave. Registration costs $26; either register online or download a paper form at chillychili.com.
Wandering Through Winter. Embark on an inspirational snowshoe hike through Baltimore Woods. The guided tour features reflective readings of legendary naturalist Edwin Way Teale. Snowshoes provided. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8. 673-1350.
Moonlit Marshmallow Walk. This snowshoe hike through the wintry woods concludes with a bonfire, hot chocolate, marshmallows and candy canes. 6 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5, includes snowshoe rental. 638-2519.
Salt City Winter Antiques Show. The annual show hosts more than 275 dealers and thousands of square feet of showcases. Bring an item for a free preservation consultation by West Lake Conservators. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center of Progress Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $7/adults; $8/weekend pass; free/under 12. 824-2462.
The Big Chill. The annual two-day event includes the Friday night “Viva B’ville” gala, and an all-day festival Saturday featuring a chili cook-off, snowman-making contest and igloos, all leading up to a frosty dip in the Seneca River for the Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser. The event concludes with the Poker Bear Express, a pub crawl through the village. Viva B’ville: Friday, 7 p.m. $50/person. Red Mill Inn, 4 Syracuse St., Baldwinsville; Saturday, 1 p.m. Mercer Park, North Street, Baldwinsville. Free attendance; Polar Bear Plungers must raise at least $100. 638-0550.
Winterfest in Skaneateles. A little something for everyone: taste the chowder, chili, chicken wings, coffee, wine and maple syrup, go on an ice sculpture tour, or check out the woodcarving demonstration, ice fishing derby, brewfest or trolley rides. And for the truly brave, take a dip in Skaneateles Lake in the Polar Bear Plunge. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets, Skaneateles. Fees charged for some events. 685-0552.
AM-JAM Tattoo Expo. The 27th annual expo showcases more than 75 locally and nationally known artists. Compete in more than 20 tattoo competitions and catch a glimpse of some of the best tattoo and piercing work around. Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Best Western Plus, 6555 Old Collamer Road, East Syracuse. $10/day; $25/all three days. (518) 893-2273.
New York Sportsman’s Expo. The show features exhibitors and products for the outdoor enthusiast. Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $10/adults; $7/seniors, police, fire, military w/ID; $5/children 6-12; free/ages 5 and under. (585) 254-2580.
Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. The trails are open until 9 p.m. each night this weekend, providing opportunities for moonlit snowshoeing along the park’s 10 miles of trails. 9 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/parking. 638-2519.
Snow Sculpture Competition. Show off your snow-sculpting prowess and compete for awards in categories like most unusual, best animal sculpture, most creative and more. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/adults, $25/family. 673-1350.
Winter Living Celebration. Sample winter recreation at this 35th annual festival. Indoor and outdoor activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, old-time wood cutting and live music. Some events are weather-dependent, and all are free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rogers Environmental Education Center, Route 80, Sherburne. Free. (607) 674-4733.
Jan. 31–Feb. 3
Blue Man Group. Experience the music, laughs and interactive routines of the internationally acclaimed three-man performance. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. $33-$60. 475-7980.
Feb. 2, 8-9, 15-16
Valentine’s in the Forest. Show some love for the Nordic Ski Patrol with a buffet dinner and live entertainment to support the hard-working volunteers. The candle-lit dinner includes prime rib, chicken riggies with vodka sauce, a bouquet of flowers, horse-drawn sleigh ride and live music and dancing. 7 to 11 p.m. Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest Park, 1254 Highland Forest Road, Fabius. $85/couple. Registration required. 677-3303.
Wine Tasting. Escape the brutal cold of winter with a cozy evening of wine tasting at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Sip on a variety of wines from a complimentary glass and learn the art of pairing wine with food. 6 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $50. Registration required. 638-2519.
Community Folk Art Craft Show. Start your spring shopping early with wares and handmade goods from top local and national artisans. Browse furniture, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry and much more. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horticulture Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $6/adults; free/age 12 and under. (248) 634-4158.
Feb. 8, 10, 12-13, 15, 17
Syracuse Opera. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street follows a tortured barber on a violent quest to find his family. Sung in English. Mulroy Civic Center’s Carrier Theater, 411 Montgomery St. $41, $61. 476-7372.
Cupid’s Chase 5K. Support the non-profit organization Community Options with a wintry 5K run/walk along the shores of Onondaga Lake. Registration: 8 a.m.; Race start: 10 a.m. Griffin Visitor Center, Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $35. 431-9859.
YMCA Folksmarch. The non-competitive walking event features 5K and 10K courses to benefit the YMCA. Saturday registration: 8 a.m., event: 11 a.m.; Sunday, registration: 1 p.m., event: 3 p.m. Arrowhead Lodge, Oneida Shores Park, 9248 McKinley Ridge Road, Brewerton. Free/first-time walkers and YMCA members; $3.50/adults; $1/ages 6-15. 474-6841.
CNY Boat Show. The annual boat show features more than 500 new models of power boats and sailboats throughout three buildings. Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center of Progress Building, Horticulture Building and Exhibit Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $10/adults; free/ages 13 and under. (585) 526-5460.
Sweetheart Snowshoe. Bring your valentine for a romantic, lantern-lit snowshoe for two through the evening woods, then warm up indoors with hot drinks and decadent desserts. 7 to 9 p.m. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $30/couple. Registration required. 673-1350.
A Natural Valentine. Take a romantic moonlight hike, followed by live music, dancing, desserts and flavored coffee. 7 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $30/couple. 638-2519.
New York Farm Show. More than 400 commercial exhibitors with innovative products and services will fill five buildings at the fairgrounds. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit Center, Center of Progress Building, Horticulture Building, International Building, Art & Home Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $5/adults; free/ages 18 and under. 457-8205.
March 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
It’s Maple Syrup Time. Mark the coming of spring while learning the heritage of sugaring and the process of making maple syrup. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/parking. 638-2519.
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Saturday Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy
fellowship and food with a hearty pancake and sausage breakfast. 9 a.m.
to noon. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road,
Baldwinsville. $3-$5. 638-2519.
Tipp Hill Shamrock Run. Now
in its eighth year, this 4-mile run up and down the hills of Syracuse’s
historically Irish neighborhood, once again kicks off the Syrathon race
series, co-sponsored by the Syracuse New Times. Register at
St. Patrick’s Parade. Celebrate Syracuse’s greenest holiday with music, floats, bagpipes, dancing and much more at the 31st annual parade. Noon to 3 p.m. Clinton Square. Free. 422-8284.
2013 Home and Garden Show. Gather innovative ideas about home building, home improvement and gardening from experts at the largest home and garden show in the Northeast. Thurs. 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Fri. 2 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit Center and Center of Progress Building, State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. Prices TBA. 463-6261.
Ongoing Winter Events
Gingerbread Gallery. Through Jan. 6 celebrate the 27th annual gallery of sweets at the Erie Canal Museum. The second floor of the museum is transformed into an 18th-century street scene featuring more than 40 gingerbread creations from professional bakers. Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E. $5/adults; $4/seniors; $2/children. 471-0593.
Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides and Hayrides. Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 15 to March 24, daily from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Experience the magic of Christmases past with an old-fashioned ride through snow-covered woods. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highland Forest Park, 1254 Highland Forest Road, Fabius. $6/adults and children ages 6 and above; $3/ages 5 and under. 683-5550.
Lights on the Lake. Through Jan. 6. The spectacular annual light display along the shores of Onondaga Lake. 5 to 10 p.m. Onondaga Lake Park, Route. 370, Liverpool. $10/car Mondays-Thursdays, $15/car Fridays-Sundays. 453-6712.
Weekend Walks. Join a naturalist for theme-based guided walk. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Free; $3 parking. 638-2519.
Weekday Snowshoe Jaunt. Every Wednesday in January and February enjoy an hour-long trek through Beaver Lake’s winter woods and the insights of a naturalist. 1:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Free with park admission; $3/snowshoe rental. Registration required. 638-2519.
Half-Price Zoo Admission. Visit the zoo throughout January and February and save 50 percent on regular admission. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place. $4/adults; $2.50/seniors; $2/youth; free/ages 2 and under. 435-8511.
Indoor Winter Farmers Market. Enjoy the freshness of local producers and growers even as snow falls outside with the monthly indoor farmers market. First Saturday of each month through April. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Madison Hall, 100 E. Main St. (Route 20), Morrisville. Free. 684-3402.
City of Syracuse Ice Skating. Through March 30 at indoor rinks; weather permitting, through March 11 at Clinton Square. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs offers skating at these locations. Meachem Rink (121 W. Seneca Turnpike). Open skating: Tuesdays-Fridays, 12:15 to 3:15 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays. 7:15 to 10 p.m. Senior skating: Fridays, 9 to 11:45 a.m. Admission and free coffee or hot chocolate: $2/adults, $1/children and seniors; skate rental: $3. 492-0179. Sunnycrest Rink (698 Robinson St., near Henninger High School). Open skating: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:15 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5:30 and 7:15 to 10 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 4:30 and 7:15 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:45 to 6:45 p.m., 7 to 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 to 10 p.m. $2/adults; $1/children and seniors; skate rental: $3. 473-4696. Clinton Square Ice Rink. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and school breaks, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $3/adults; $2/ages 12 and under; $1.50/seniors; $3/skate rental. 423-0129.