Visit Hamilton for the Holidays


HAMILTON — Hamilton for the Holidays events begin in November and continue throughout December with wagon rides, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, late night shopping, story times, dining, concerts, movies, crafts, and more. Visit to learn more details about Hamilton activities this holiday season. 

The traditional Night of Lights on the Hamilton Village Green is Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Activities are free. Most shops will be open until 7 p.m. The evening’s activities include horse drawn wagon rides, the official tree lighting by Mayor Loveless at 6 p.m., and Santa’s arrival (also at 6 p.m.). There will be live music and a sing-a-long with the Canastota Community Band, free refreshments and s’mores, and a fire truck parade from the Eaton, Hubbardsville, and Madison fire departments. 

Ride through the historic, quaint streets of the village of Hamilton in a festive horse-drawn wagon. The free rides are from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. The pick-up and drop-off stops are in front of the Colgate Inn (1 Payne St.). The wagon rides are sponsored by The Hubb and Community Memorial Hospital. Lamplit Farm ( and 315-427-3942) is the proud owner of the horses and wagon.

Tell Santa all your wishes this holiday season at Parry’s Hardware Store (100 Utica St.) on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

More holiday activities in December

Create and decorate your own free holiday cake pop at Maxwell’s Chocolates (14 Utica St.) on Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.

The Colgate Inn (1 Payne St.) presents Breakfast With Santa (reservations are required) on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon, and a Murder Mystery Dinner, “Hijacked Holiday” by the Acme Mystery Company on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. 

Create a festive holiday wreath at Rogers Environmental Education Center (Rt 80, Sherburne) on Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 2:30 p.m. Participants will receive instructions and all materials necessary to design and build this traditional decoration. Pre-registration required. (Event for teen/adults).

The Hamilton Movie Theater will screen “Home Alone” on Dec. 8 at noon, “The Santa Claus” on Dec. 12 at noon, and “Trading Places” on Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. All movies are free (first come-first served). 

Arts at the Palace (19 Utica St.) presents Jazz at Noon on Dec. 1 from noon to 2 p.m., and their annual fundraiser gala, Winter at the Palace, on Dec. 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Hamilton Lions Club will host Photos with Santa at the Park United Methodist Church (17 Broad St.) on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy crafts for kids, cocoa and cookies as you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Meet the Grinch and learn how he stole Christmas at the Colgate Bookstore (3 Utica St.) on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy crafts and cookies after the story time.

Contact each business for more information.

Special thanks to the Hamilton for the Holidays sponsors: The Hubb, Community Memorial Hospital, Burt Marshall, Colgate Bookstore, Hamilton Area Community Coalition, Hamilton Rotary Club, Rogers Environmental Education Center, Student Government Association of Colgate University, and the Eaton, Hubbardsville and Madison Fire Departments. “The Village of Hamilton and the Hamilton Business Alliance wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.”


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