A Guide to Managing Thanksgiving Week

from family visits to shopping & everything in between

saranacbrewery Instagram 1954 ig 1903810251602644302 293291149It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or at least that’s what they tell us. But the reality is, the holidays can be stressful. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it’s always a good time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. Some complain about hosting their families while others may not have family at all. Or maybe they simply can’t afford to travel during the holidays. Others stress about how to handle Black Friday shopping, yet some don’t have the luxury of being able to spend money. This got us thinking that there has to be a better way to navigate this busy time of year. Fortunately, there are tons of events and shopping deals happening in Oneida County this week! Check our list below and let us know what your plans are!

Thanksgiving Eve (11/27)

*Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park (Rome) – Events kick off at 5:30pm with the Trinkaus Village display, food, fireworks and live music. Lighting and fireworks will begin between 6:50-7pm.

*Night Before Thanksgiving at the Uptown (Utica) – Grab your friends and hit the dance floor to work up an appetite before the big feast. $5 donation at the door! Starts at 7:30pm.

*Pinz Entertainment Party (New Hartford) – Take the kids (or adults) to Pinz at Sangertown. Buy 1 game of bowling & receive a free $5 play card! Starts at 5pm.

*Copper City Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Celebration (Rome) – They’ll be tapping their 3rd barrel-aged beer today. The perfect place to start your celebrations or post-up and stay cozy. Music, food & more! Celebrations will continue throughout the weekend with Small Brewery Sunday on 12/1 and live music with Seth Becker!

Black Friday (11/29)

*Clinton Shoppers’ Stroll & Holiday Parade (Clinton) – An annual tradition perfect for families & just about anyone! Donate non-perishable food items, craft activities for kids, Shoppers’ Stroll & Holiday Art Sale, book sale, bake shop, holiday music, Makers Collection at Signature 81, horse & carriage rides around the village, Santa, storytelling, caroling, Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm, Holiday Parade at 7pm. Check the link for more details & a timeline of all the festivities! Events continue on Saturday.

*Reimagine Records 6th Annual Black Friday Record Store Day (New Hartford) – A day to celebrate the unique culture that a small independent record store brings to the community. Sales on vinyl and CDs, snacks, contests, swag, giveaways & lots more! 

*Woodland Black Friday Brunch & Dark Beer Tap Takeover (Marcy) – Treat yourself to food and beer after shopping! Woodland will be releasing new barrel-aged beers. Brunch begins at 9am & festivities will take place all day. Plus, they’re offering a buy 2 get 1 item 50% off on merch, glassware and apparel!

*Just Joe at The Brew Haus! (Sylvan Beach) – Oneida Lake Brew Haus will be hosting live music on Fri-Sun! Friday is Just Joe, Saturday is Eddie Arcuri Jr. Live & Sunday is Jackie & Dave of Grit N Grace. Just Joe kicks off at 8pm!

*16 Stone Brewpub (Holland Patent) – Make Black Friday fun! First 10 people in the door get their first pint for $1. There will be special gift bundles and merch available. Open at 5pm! Also check out their live music over the weekend!

*Matt Grainger at Villa Verona Vineyard (Verona) – Villa Verona has a lot going on! On Friday, Matt Grainger will be performing. On Saturday, stop by for Gridley Paige. On Sunday, they’re hosting a Sunday Funday Brunch. A great way to enjoy music and wine!              

Entertaining Family

*Guided Tours: A Little Women Christmas (Utica) – Free guided tours of the annual Victorian Yuletide at Fountain Elms (attached to Munson Williams). This year, the theme is A Little Women; spending time with family, and creating memories at the root of the beloved coming-of-age novel. Guided tour on 11/30 is at 2pm but guests can also explore on their own.

*11/29-30 – White Christmas (1954) at Cinema Capitol (Rome) – Join Cinema Capitol for the holiday classic White Christmas. Fun for family of all ages!

*11/29 – Cathie Timian and the hired hands at Vernon Downs (Vernon) – Stop by Ring Eyed Pete’s for a night of music, dancing and fun! Enjoy live music with a blues/jazz/funk/rock vibe! Kicks off at 8pm.

*11/29 – Financial Friday at Utica Children’s Museum (Utica) – Stop by for Financial Friday with First Source! This is a great way for kids to learn about money through a fun, interactive financial literacy program that teaches kids the value of money. Two sessions at 11am & 1pm! Cost is included in museum admission price.

*11/30 - Unity Hall Musical Open House Party (Barneveld) – Unity Hall has a lot to celebrate on Saturday! A free evening of continuous entertainment that kicks off at 7:30pm!

*11/30 & 12/1– Christmas & Crafts at Turning Stone (Verona) – Shop from a selection of home accessories,  fashion, NYS wineries, jewelry, gourmet specialty foods, holiday décor, photography, candles and so much more. Over 220 artisans, a complimentary Kids Craft Table & visit with Santa both Sat and Sun from 10am-2pm. Tix: adults are $6, military & seniors $4. Make sure to check out the Gingerbread Village while visiting!

*11/30 – Holiday Open House at Fort Stanwix (Rome) – Explore the fort by candlelight & enter the winter garrison of 1778. Activities will include a holiday sing-along and a Junior Ranger holiday hunt. Program begins at 6:30pm and is free!

*11/30 & 12/1 – Visit Prospect Falls Winery (Prospect) – On Saturday, there will be acoustic entertainment by Beth & Fritz. On Sunday, Wine Down with Matt Grainger. Decompress after the crazy weekend with live music, wine and friends!

Shopping Ideas

*Flight Club – Copper City Brewing – Copper City is selling a limited quantity of their Flight Club membership on Friday (11/29). Cost is $50 and will get you a free flight each month of the year! Perfect for the beer-lovers in your life.

*Utica City FC Holiday Pack – 4 tickets to choice of game (12/29, 1/12, 2/9, 2/23) + a $25 team store gift card for only $65! Visit the Adirondack Bank Center Box Office or call (315) 790-9070 to purchase.

*Shop Local with Greenscapes – Beat the crowds and shop online all weekend! Starting on Black Friday, for every $25 gift card purchased, you’ll receive a $5 gift card for yourself.

*Main Street Art + Makers at Smith Market (Utica) – A modern interpretation of a traditional arts and crafts fair. There will be local artists & makers highlighting goods from a variety of studios and workshops. Each work is created by hand. The café will be open serving biscuits, soups, coffee & more. A great way to kick off shopping! Event is 11am-5pm.

*Small Business Saturday at Almost Local (Clinton) – Stores in Clinton such as Almost Local will be open for the Shoppers’ Stroll & Small Business Saturday!

*Sangertown Square (New Hartford) – Visit over 60 stores with amazing holiday sales and promotions all under one roof! Open at 8pm on Thanksgiving through midnight, then reopening on Black Friday at 8am.

*Saranac Brewery – Black Friday Deals! Buy 3 cases, get the 4th free. Steins not released in 2019 are half off! All purchases of $25 or more come with a free pint glass. Once you’re done shopping, head up to the 1888 tavern and try a limited-run Black Friday beer!

turningstone Instagram 1954 ig 17842708705840016We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and is able to enjoy great food and time spent with family and friends. As you head out to shop and explore, we want to remind everyone to be kind to those who work in retail! Their jobs aren’t easy so being nice goes a long way! We also encourage you to shop local when you can. It may not be easy to do all the time, but getting a couple locally-made gifts will put a smile on a small business owner’s face! Finally, this is the busiest week of the year for going out to the bars. Please travel safely and don’t drink and drive! There are plenty of taxis, Ubers and Lyfts available! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OCT!