Museums celebrate the holidays
11:23 PM, Nov 23, 2013
A village of gingerbread houses comes to life each November at George Eastman House for the holidays, made by community groups, Scout troops and businesses.
Sweet Creations is open through Dec. 17 at the museum and is free with museum admission ($12; $10 for seniors; $5 for students).
Also at the museum, 900 East Ave., is a holiday wreath display through next Sunday and tabletop trees throughout the space. All holiday greenery items are available for purchase through a silent auction to raise money for the museum.
Holiday with science and drama
The Rochester Museum & Science Center presents its own take on the holidays with Carol of the Coils at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in December, when the Tesla coil exhibit will be zinging favorite tunes.
At 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in December (except Dec. 22) will be Eddie the Elk and the Twelve Days of Christmas, a new twist to Christmas tales.
At 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 will be the RMSC Players’ annual rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (no, it’s not traditional).
Programs are free with admission ($13; $12 for seniors; $11 for youths). Call (585) 271-4320 or go to rmsc.org.
Meet Frosty the Snowman at The Strong museum on Dec. 7 and 8. On Dec. 14 and 15, an old-fashioned St. Nick will be on hand to visit with kids. And a signed copy of the Clement Moore poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” will be on display. The activities are free with admission of $13.
Yuletide in the Country
Genesee Country Village & Museum is opening for special events in December, including a “Preparing for the Holidays” program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8.50 ($6.50 for youths), plus nominal fees for crafts.
Weekends from Dec. 6 to 22 will be Yuletide in the Country, when the living history museum holds its annual program of guided tours of the village decked out as it would be in 1849, when New York declared Christmas, Independence Day and New Year’s Day as holidays. Music, dancing and a tree lighting are part of the tours, which leave throughout the days. Reservations are required; tickets are $22. Call (585) 538-6822 or go to gcv.org.
Festival of Trees
The annual decking of the historic Granger Homestead and Museum, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua, with trees galor will be through through Dec. 8. Tickets are $5; $4 for seniors; $1 for youths. Call (585) 394-1472 or go to grangerhomestead.org.
The Hinchey Homestead, run by the Gates Historical Society, will be decorated for the holidays and open weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 to 22. A $5 donation is suggested to tour the museum at 634 Hinchey Road. Call (585) 621-1468 or go to gateshistory.org.