Jamestown fills with holiday spirit

The holiday season is fast approaching. Jamestown provides a variety of ways to enjoy this festive season. Below are just some of the events and activities that can help you get into the yuletide spirit.
 
Tis the Season Holiday Exhibit
For 35 years, the Annual Holiday Exhibit at the Fenton History Center in Jamestown has been a favorite local tradition. Stop by between November 28, 2014 and January 19, 2015 and enter into American holiday traditions of past and present in the grand 1863 mansion of New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton (1865-1868). The elegant Mansion will celebrate “’tis the Season” featuring holiday time as a time for significant family and friend celebrations like weddings and reunions. The exhibit is adorned with fresh greenery, holiday decorations, and an upside down Christmas tree. Stop by for a candlelight tour of the mansion and exhibit on Saturday evenings in December. The History Center is closed on Sundays.
 
Jamestown Parade
Downtown Jamestown will be full of holiday cheer on Friday, December 5th to welcome the Christmas season and a visit from St. Nick himself. This annual tradition features over 100 floats from local businesses and organizations, pre-parade entertainment, lighting of the Christmas Tree at Tracy Plaza, and fireworks. Bring your friends and family down to 3rd St to join in this holiday celebration. Registration for parade floats has been extended to this Friday, November 28th. Download the registration form here and call Edwin Rodriguez at 664.2477 ext 226 with any questions.

Santa at the Train Station
On Saturday, December 6th the Jamestown Train Station will host a special visit from Santa Claus. There will be food, refreshments, arts, crafts, horse and carriage rides, trackless train rides, and, of course, the opportunity to get pictures with Santa. The event starts at 11 am with Santa arriving at the train station via a real train and runs to 3 pm. Admission is $2 for kids and $5 for adults.
 
Wreath Making
The Jamestown Audubon will host a class where you can learn how to make an evergreen wreath. Using materials from Audubon’s and other local property, you will craft a homemade wreath. You will learn how to identify greens, harvest materials, prepare them for the wreaths, assemble your wreath, and decorate it. You should be able to finish your wreath during the workshop. All materials are provided, though you might want to bring your own hand pruners and gloves. Cost of the class is $25 for members and $35 for the general public. Register by calling the Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or visiting their Web site.

The Nutcracker
The holiday season will soon be upon us and that means it is time for Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. Nutcracker tells the classic story of Clara who falls into a deep, dreamy sleep after a holiday party at which Herr Drosselmeyer presents her a gift of a nutcracker. As she dreams, Clara embarks on a fantasy journey with her nutcracker prince, beginning with a battle with the Rat King and his army of mice, followed by a visit to the magical Kingdom of Sweets. There, they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court of sweets, who offer to perform their favorite dances in Clara’s honor. 
 
Tickets are on sale now for the December 12th and 13th performances and should be purchased early to secure your spot at this annual tradition.