Winter Village Tabs


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

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.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

With an extensive and scenic waterfront, CHQ has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open daily throughout the year for lap swimming, open family swims and private rentals.

Members of Chautauqua Health & Fitness receive complimentary admission to the pool. Separate pool memberships may also be purchased. Children 6 and under must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult (18 years or older).

Chautauqua Institution maintains four public beaches, open daily (see hours & phone numbers below) and supervised by certified lifeguards during the summer season. Swimming is only allowed at our swim areas when lifeguards are on duty. Children must pass a deep end test unassisted at each beach in order to swim in deep water.



Beaches are currently closed but will reopen June 22, 2019. Lifeguard must be present to swim in designated beaches.

Children’s Beach, by the Miller Bell Tower, provides a shallow swimming area and sand beach for youth and their families. Children unable to stand alone with their head above water or in need of flotation devices must be accompanied in the water by an adult.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pier Beach, adjacent to Children’s Beach is a deep water swimming area. All children must pass a deep end test in order to swim here. New this season: Water X at the Waterfront will be offered at Pier Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. It serves as a fun way to get in shape in the midst of a beautiful setting. Check out the Special Studies catalog for more details.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Heinz Beach, located on South Lake Drive in front of the Heinz Fitness Center. Lane Lines will be in place for individuals who would like to get an early morning swim in the lake.
Hours of Operation: 8–11 a.m.