Children participate in Yuletide skit at GCV&M. Photo by Patty Singer

In the midst of the modern holiday hustle and bustle, a local tradition offers the chance to step back in time and experience the season as it once was. Guests to Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide in the Country Tours will travel through the Museum’s historic 19th-century Village, visiting vignettes that illuminate the link between today’s cherished holiday traditions and the cultural customs of generations that came before. Theatrical performances will represent the rich history and tradition that newcomers to the region would have shared throughout the 19th century. Highlights include a look at a Polish Christmas Eve Wigilia dinner, a Hanukkah celebration, traditional Norwegian julkaker cookie baking, and even a visit from St. Nick. Reservations are required for the Yuletide in the Country Tours, which run December 13-15 and 19-21. Tickets are $25 per person/ $23 for GCV&M Members and can be purchased online at www.gcv.org. New this year, GCV&M is offering select tours for those with mobility issues who need extra time navigating the walk through the Village, as well as ASL-interpreted tours for deaf visitors. Reservations for these specific tours can be made via email at info@gcv.org or by calling 585-294-8218.

Adding to the festive ambiance, visitors can make reservations for Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide Dinner, either in addition to a Yuletide Tour or as a stand-alone experience. Guests will enjoy a feast of traditional dishes like roasted turkey with gravy and smoked ham, plus a bounty of enticing side dishes and desserts, set amidst twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Separate reservations are required in advance for Yuletide Dinner, which will be available the same nights as Yuletide Tours, December 13-15 and 19-21. Tickets for Yuletide Dinner are $30 for adults, $18 youth ages 2-10, and ages 1 and under are free. Reserve online at www.gcv.org or by calling 585-294-8218.

Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Flint Hill Store will be open during all holiday season events for those looking for unique, handmade gifts including pottery hand-thrown in the Historic Village. Flint Hill Store hours and details for all events are available at http://www.gcv.org or on the Museum’s Facebook page @GCVMuseum.

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