10 Local Things To Do After Thanksgiving

Wonderland of Lights


At some point, we know you're going to want to take a break from Black Friday shopping. We also know that many of you have family and friends visiting over the holiday. Even in my family, we started brainstorming ideas of what we can do with guests. So here it is, a list of 10 ideas (all local) that you can do over the weekend after all of the turkey!

1) Wonderland of Lights - Masonic Care Community, Utica NY

A drive-it-yourself tour through the Mohawk Valley’s premier holiday light show. $8 per vehicle with $7 advance sale tickets available at RCIL.

2) Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature Exhibit - Wellin Museum at Hamilton College, Clinton NY

The Wellin Museum is free and re-opens on Saturday. This exhibition which features new and recent works by Alyson Shotz, an abstract artist who creates monumental sculptures, photo-collages and installations.

3) Utica Comets – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica NY

We know the games this week are selling out, but it’s always nice to have a reminder. Comets games are fun with friends and family and a great way to support the local AHL team.

4) Celebrate the Holidays in a Different Light - Fort Stanwix, Rome NY

Want a unique way to entertain your guests over the long weekend? Bring everyone to Fort Stanwix National Monument and see the fort in candlelight. On Saturday, 11/29 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the staff and volunteers invite you to the park’s annual Holiday Open House to explore winter through the eyes of an 18th century Mohawk Valley resident. Free admission!

5) Home for the Holidays Events and Christmas Parade - Boonville, NY

Santa and his reindeer will be coming to town and the community throws a huge parade to welcome them, floats and all. There’s holiday music, 300 club drawing, photos with Santa and holiday business decorating contest. Check out the schedule (hint: chicken riggies are included!

6) The Historic Sales Office of Oneida Ltd.  - Oneida Community Mansion House, Oneida NY

This unique exhibit will be on display in the Gorman Gallery of the Mansion House from 11/29/14-6/30/15. The exhibit honors an industrial building with photographic displays selected from the archives. You can also see Oneida’s advertisements and silverware from 1926. Feel free to stop in Kenwood and Vine, a locavore restaurant located in the back while you’re visiting. Guided tours are available again beginning Saturday at 10 AM and 2 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.

7) Gingerbread Village in the Winter Garden – Turning Stone Casino, Verona NY

Whether you head to Turning Stone for date night or with the kids, the Gingerbread Village is a must-see. There are eight towering buildings on display all season long. Some stats for you… 700 lbs of frosting, 1,000 lbs of candy, 7,000 gingerbread pieces and more.

8) Village of Clinton Shoppers Stroll & Makers Market – Village of Clinton and Kirkland Art Center, Clinton NY  

Shop all day at local businesses and get your holiday gifts around the village of Clinton. This is a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of shopping centers and malls. Complimentary food, drink, hospitality and music will be offered by businesses and community organizations throughout the day. Learn more at www.clintonnychamber.org. Take a break from the stroll and stop into the Kirkland Art Center for their juried artisan and crafts fair. It features a selection of 20 stellar makers from upstate NY. It offers a unique alternative shopping experience and coincides with the Shoppers Stroll.

9) Annual Victorian Yuletide Exhibition & In Company With Angels Exhibition – Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI), Utica NY

MWPAI will “Tech the Halls” in the Fountain Elms period room. The exhibition with showcase the “modern” inventions of the late 1800s that may have been found under the tree on Christmas Morning. This exhibit is free and open to the public. In Company With Angels features eight-foot-tall windows, the hallmark of Tiffany’s artworks. Other items featured include colorful lamps, vases, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Plus, we have our very own Meyda Tiffany in our own backyard. Feel free to head there for a factory tour and then hit the shop!

10) Cinema: Magic in the Moonlight – Cinema Capitol next to Capitol Theatre, Rome NY

The Capitol is showing this from November 27-30. Show times are 7:30 PM Thursday and Friday, and 4 PM and 7:30 PM Saturday and Sunday. This romantic comedy about a mastery magician trying to expose a psychic medium is a great way to do something different this weekend!