The Winter Village at Chautauqua

2018 Dates: Weekends, Nov. 23–Dec. 31

Continuing a new tradition launched last year, Chautauqua Institution will host the 2018 Winter Village at Chautauqua on selected weekends starting Nov. 23 through New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The festivities will highlight on-grounds shopping and dining, and include special events such as wine and food pairing dinners, Breakfast with Santa, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, and other seasonal activities.

The lineup will include some of the most popular events and features of its inaugural year — kids can visit with Santa and write him letters in new Poetry Makerspace, and pups will sport their holiday best for the Reindog Parade. Exciting new events and vendors include Coffee & Canvas, snow-shoeing across the grounds, holiday movies and a holiday concert featuring La Bella Voce Trio.

The 2018 Winter Village kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, when the holiday lights and displays on Bestor Plaza will be illuminated for the first time of the season. On-ground shops and restaurants will be invited to stay open late that night, and holiday music will fill the plaza. Santa will arrive on a horse-drawn carriage to signal the launch of Chautauqua’s Winter Village.

Admission and parking is free, and overnight accommodations are available. Details will be updated on this page and visitors can sign up to receive email updates about Winter Village 2018. Holiday party reservations are being accepted now via email at wintervillage@chq.org.

The 2018 Winter Village festival is made possible in large part by a gift from the Branch family, in memory of Paul and Toni Branch.

In the meantime, the Chautauqua Institution grounds remain open to the public with no entry or parking fees until our 2019 summer season begins on June 22. Some shops and restaurants, including the Chautauqua Bookstore, will keep regular hours throughout the winter and spring. Visit our Off-Season Dining and Shopping page for more details. 


Week 1

Friday, November 23 | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
• Winter Village Kick off with Santa’s Parade 5p
• Visits with Santa: St Elmo Lobby 5:30p – 9p
• Horse drawn carriage rides 5:30p – 9p
• Meet Santa’s Reindeer
• Wine Tasting & Small Plates -Hultquist Time TBD, Reservations required

Saturday , November 24 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Visits with Santa: St Elmo Lobby 11a – 5p
• Lloyd’s Food Truck & Holiday Beer Selections

Sunday, November 25 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Coffee and Canvas -Hultquist Time TBD, Reservations required
• Professional Holiday Window Paintings at the colonnade 

 

Week 2

Saturday, December 1 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Pet Photos with Santa: 11a – 2p & 3p – 5p
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• Pet Costume Parade 2p – 3p

Sunday, December 2 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Meet Santa’s Reindeer
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• Guided Holiday Card Creation in the Poetry Maker Space

 

Week 3

Saturday, December 8 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Breakfast with Santa (La Familia Restaurant) 10a
• Visits with Santa: 11a – 5p
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• “A Classical Christmas” Concert Featuring La Bella Voce Trio – 4p Lenna Hall

Sunday, December 9 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Meet Santa’s Reindeer
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• Tea With Clara from the Nutcracker – Meet Clara and other characters from the Nutcracker ballet – In partnership with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet: 1p -3p
• Wreaths & Wine – Create your own hand-made holiday wreath: Hultquist 3p Reservations Required

 

Week 4

Saturday, December 15 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Breakfast with Santa (La Familia Restaurant) 10a
• Visits with Santa: 11a – 5p
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• Chili-Cook off

Sunday, December 16 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Meet Santa’s Reindeer
• Horse drawn carriage rides 1p – 5p
• Cupcake Decorating 12p, 2p, 4p

Saturday, December 22 | Closed
Sunday, December 23 | Closed

 

Week 5

Saturday, December 29 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Historic Snowshoeing through the grounds
• Wine Tasting & Small Plates -Hultquist Time TBD, Reservations required

Sunday, December 30 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Holiday Movies
Monday, December 31 | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
• Sparklers at Miller Bell Tower – Ring in the new year with countries around the world

Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for a weeklong Food & Film Festival. Film and food lovers will gather with filmmakers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food and craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza will once again come alive with a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events, from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

See below for highlights from the full breadth of Chautauqua programming this week, themed "Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse."

Food Festival Program Sponsor:

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Bestor Plaza Food Festival Hours
Sunday, Aug. 19:
Noon–4 p.m.
Aug. 20–24: Noon–2 p.m. and 4–8 p.m.

 

Daily Food Festival Schedule

 

Sunday, August 19
12-4 p.m. | Bavarian Garden in Bestor  featuring brats with Barrel + Brine fixings and homemade pretzals from the Bread Hive

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream with Carnegie Science Center
1-3 p.m. | Bestor Plaza

Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel: Food Festival dinner with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring Chef Ross Warhol, executive chef of Oliver's Restaurant in Buffalo, New York, 5:30 p.m.  $99 per person • Make Reservationor call 716-357-5005


Monday, August 20
Demonstrations at Bestor Plaza Stage:

12-12:45 p.m. | Kiss of Garlic Bruschetta with Barbara Snow from Cutco
1:15-2 p.m. | How to Make the Perfect French Omelet with Edward Forster from The Dapper Goose
2-4 p.m. | Break
4-4:45 p.m. | The Science of Natural Wines with Liten Buffel
5-6 p.m. | Kombucha Making with Barrel + Brine
6:30-7:15 p.m. | Tiki Cocktails 101 with Danny Dispo from The Veiled Pearl - Sponsored by Kegworks

Vendors:

1. Cutco 
2. Full Moon Rising Bakery 
3. Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge and Labyrinth Press Company
4. 21 Brix Winery
5. Yakisoba’s 
6. Liten Buffel
7. Kegworks
8. Lait Cru Brasserie
9. BioDome Project
10. Barrel + Brine
11. Green Heron Growers

Trucks:

1. Sweet Melody’s
3. Lomo Lomo
2. The Cluck Truck

Carnegie Science Center:

4-6 p.m. Tarred, Feathered and Frozen 
Dip marshmallows in melted chocolate, fondue style (tar), roll them in coconut flakes (feathered), then dip that in Liquid Nitrogen (frozen)


Tuesday, August 21

Demonstrations at Bestor Plaza Stage:

12-12:45 p.m. | Fermented Foods from Barrel + Brine
1-1:45 p.m. | Jicama Slaw with Lynn Novo from Cutco 
2-4 p.m. | Break
4-4:45 p.m. | Cocktails in Movies with Nick O’Brien - Sponsored by Kegworks
5-6 p.m. | Sous Vide Cooking, Eggs to Steaks with Chef Corey Kley from US Foods
6:15-7 p.m. | Traditional Spanish Tapas with Chef Ross Warhol from Oliver's Restaurant

Vendors:

1. Cutco 
2. Full Moon Rising Bakery 
3. Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge and Labyrinth Press Company
4. 2 Ames
5. Liten Buffel
6. Kegworks
7. Lait Cru Brasserie
8. Green Heron Growers
9. BioDome Project
10. Barrel + Brine
11. Oliver's
12. Yakisoba’s
13. La Familia 
14. The Watermark
15. Mazza Chautauqua Cellars

Trucks:

1. Sweet Melody’s
2. The Cluck Truck
3. Lomo Lomo
4. Kev's Kitchen


Wednesday, August 22

Demonstrations at Bestor Plaza Stage:

12-12:45 p.m. | Shitake Hazelnut Pâté, From Farm to Cocktail Party with Julie Rockcastle from Green Heron Growers
1:15-2 p.m. | Growing Garlic with Rassie Farms 
2-4 p.m. | Break
4-4:45 p.m. | Convenient Scratch Cooking at Home with Michelle Stevens from Buffalo Cheese Traders
5-5:45 p.m. | Using New World Gin in Cocktails with Lockhouse Distillery & Bar
6-6:45 p.m. | Buffalo Fried Rice with Arthur Bovino

Vendors:

1. Cutco 
2. Full Moon Rising Bakery 
3. Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge and Labyrinth Press Company
4. Liten Buffel
5. Lockhouse Distillery & Bar
6. Green Heron Growers
7. The Watermark
8. BioDome Project
9. Yakisoba’s
10. La Familia
11. Lait Cru Brasserie
12. Rassie Farms

Trucks:

1. Sweet Melody’s
2. The Cluck Truck
3. Lomo Lomo
4. Lloyd

Athenaeum Hotel Parlor:

Murder Mystery Cocktail Hour | SOLD OUT

3:30–5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 • Athenaeum Hotel Parlor • Register today
Ever watch a crime drama like CSI or SVU and think you’d like to try your hand at forensic investigation? Join the Carnegie Science Center for the premiere of a new immersive experience, Murder Mystery Cocktail Hour.  A fun afternoon at Carnegie Science Center ends abruptly when Harry turns up dead in the theater. But whodunnit? Louise, his lady love; Vince, a blackmail victim; Wendell, a jealous weasel; or Thelma, a woman scorned? Interact with the suspects and victim while you snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails. Test the evidence and gather clues to determine who had the opportunity, means and motive for murder. Register online or by calling the ticket office at 716.357.6250. Only 30 spots available and bodies are already piling up!


Thursday, August 23

Demonstrations at Bestor Plaza Stage:

12-12:45 p.m. | Buffalo Fried Rice with Arthur Bovino
1:15-2 p.m. | From Bean to Bar with Dan Sundell from Dark Forest Chocolate Makers
2-4 p.m. | Break
4-4:45 p.m. | Sumac, From Forage to Kitchen with Sara Bir, Author of The Fruit Foragers Companion
5-6 p.m. | Grilling with Cheese with Jill Gedra from Lait Cru Brasserie 
6:15-7 p.m. | Growing Produce with Hydroponics with the BioDome Project

Vendors:

1. Cutco 
2. Full Moon Rising Bakery 
3. Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge and Labyrinth Press Company
4. 2 Ames
5. Liten Buffel
6. Lait Cru Brasserie
7. Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
8. BioDome Project
9. The Watermark
10. Johnson Estate Winery
11. La Familia
12. Yakisoba’s 

Trucks:

1. Sweet Melody’s
2. The Cluck Truck
3. Lomo Lomo
3. Kev's Kitchen


Friday, August 24

Demonstrations at Bestor Plaza Stage:

12-12:45 p.m. | Late Summer Foraging and a Summer Berry Fool with Sara Bir, Author of The Fruit Foragers Companion
1-1:45 p.m. | Poke for Parties with Chris Dorsaneo from Lloyd Taco Truck Co
2-4 p.m. | Break
4-4:45 p.m. | Steamed Buns at Home with Lomo, Lomo

5-5:45 p.m. | Sweet and Savory Crepes with Jill Gedra from Lait Cru Brasserie
6 p.m. | The Future of Natural Wine with Zack Klug from Liten Buffel 

 

Vendors:

1. Cutco 
2. Full Moon Rising Bakery 
3. Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge and Labyrinth Press Company
4. Liten Buffel
5. Reverie Creamery
6. Lait Cru Brasserie 
7. BioDome Project 
8. Yakisoba’s
9. Rassie Farms
10. Wegmans
11. Victorianbourg Wine Estate
12. Mazza Chautauqua Cellars

Trucks:

1. Sweet Melody’s
2. The Cluck Truck
3. Lomo Lomo

Carnegie Science Center:

4-6 p.m. | Liquid Nitrogen Slushy

 

 

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Smithsonian names Chautauqua 'Best Small Town to Visit in 2014'

Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.

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5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed August 14, 2016

I have lived in Central NYS for most of my adult life. I had heard about the Chautauqua Institute in many passing conversations, But OMG! what a treasure! I traveled there recently with 4 ladies from my book club in Hammondsport, NY to hear the author of our recent read (_Euphoria, by Lily King) speak. What a fabulous day! Besides getting to know these women a bit better, we experienced a rich day full of wonder! The community is akin to time travel back into the late 1800's. The homes are lovely Victorians and bicycles abound. The atmosphere is c harming and the flower gardens impressive. There are many opportunities to participate in programs in music, theatre, literature, and science. My brain was electric with the beauty of the community and the intellectual stimulation it offered, I will DEFINITELY be returning to this hidden treasure for future experiences.

Visited July 2016

Visit Chautauqua

Weekly Themes & Events

Vacation with us in our 144th season for an exciting series of speakers and events, concerts, plays, opera, youth programs and recreation for all ages.

Events & Entertainment

Where To Stay & Dine

All accommodations, except for the Athenaeum Hotel, are privatley owned. There are many dining options on and off our grounds as well.

Find Hotels & Restaurants

What To Do

Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will vacation and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages.

View Programs

Buy Tickets & Passes

To enter the Institution grounds, a gate pass is required for all visitors ages 13 to 90. This pass entitles you to attend most events on the grounds.

Buy Tickets

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Smithsonian names Chautauqua 'Best Small Town to Visit in 2014'

Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.

Read More

 


 

A Treasure in Western NYS

5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed August 14, 2016

I have lived in Central NYS for most of my adult life. I had heard about the Chautauqua Institute in many passing conversations, But OMG! what a treasure! I traveled there recently with 4 ladies from my book club in Hammondsport, NY to hear the author of our recent read (_Euphoria, by Lily King) speak. What a fabulous day! Besides getting to know these women a bit better, we experienced a rich day full of wonder! The community is akin to time travel back into the late 1800's. The homes are lovely Victorians and bicycles abound. The atmosphere is c harming and the flower gardens impressive. There are many opportunities to participate in programs in music, theatre, literature, and science. My brain was electric with the beauty of the community and the intellectual stimulation it offered, I will DEFINITELY be returning to this hidden treasure for future experiences.

Visited July 2016

 

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Spend one week at Chautauqua: Save up to 20%

The CHQ Experience Package at the Athenaeum Hotel

$1441 per person/per week*
Available June 25-July 14 & August 8-26

Make your 2017 vacation a true CHQ experience. Be inspired by Chautauqua Institution’s programming, discuss the day’s lecture with new friends on the 200-foot lakeside porch and dine at Heirloom Restaurant. Each week is a different theme and your gate pass gives you access to all lectures and concerts at the Amphitheater, book signings and most of the events that occur each day.

Check Availability

  Or call (800) 821-1881


Package includes:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Chautauqua Institution gate pass and parking
  • Full breakfast
  • Fitness Center access

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates and suites available upon request.


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Symphonic Saturday: Save up to 50%

Rates starting at $299 per room

This all-inclusive package for two offers relaxation, entertainment and recreation highlighted by a Saturday evening classical performance. Discuss the performance with new friends on the 200-foot lakeside porch while indulging in an elegant culinary experience. 

Check Availability

  Or call (800) 821-1881

 

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Two Chautauqua Institution gate passes
  • Gourmet dinner on Saturday, breakfast and Grand Buffet lunch on Sunday at Heirloom Restaurant**
  • Free parking  

*Offer based on availability and includes dining plans for two guests. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Single rates available.

**Gratuity not included. Dining plans may be purchased for children ages 5-12 can be added to the package. Children 4 and under eat for free.


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Summer Nights
Save up to 30% with the Summer Nights Package

Package Price
$369 per room/per night

Available June 25-30, July 8-14 and August 5-26, 2017

Get away this summer and enjoy all that Chautauqua Institution has to offer with this package from the Athenaeum Hotel. You’ll have two or three nights to explore CHQ in our lakeside retreat.

Check Availability Or Call: (800) 821-1881

 

Package Includes

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel
  • Two Chautauqua Institution gate passes
  • Breakfast
  • Free parking

 

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Single rates available upon request. Offer is available for 2 or 3 nights.


 

 

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Stay Over Night: Save up to 15%

The Overnight “CHQ Experience”

$463 per couple/per night
Offer is available on June 25-30, July 8-15 and August 5-26

Spend some time at CHQ this summer. Enjoy an evening concert in the outdoor Amphitheater. Wake up to a full breakfast, attend the morning lecture and visit one of the two art galleries on the grounds.

Check Availability

  Or call (800) 821-1881

 

Package Includes

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Chautauqua Institution gate pass
  • Full breakfast
  • Free parking  

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates and suites available upon request.

** Gratuity not included. Dining plans for children ages 5-12 are available. Children 4 and under eat for free.

 

 


Events & Programs

Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will vacation and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages.

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