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