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Your Guide to Making Holiday Traditions in Cooperstown/Otsego County

Find your sleds, snow tubes, and toboggans. When winter blows in, Otsego County's sledding hills become the main attraction. Bundle up, and chase away the chills with gravity-induced thrills. For velocity with waterfront views, point your sled downhill at Cooperstown's Lakefront Park. In Oneonta, speed over frozen crystals on the Huntington Library hill downtown.

The outdoor scene, family time, and cozy nooks in our shops, breweries, and restaurants make Cooperstown and Otsego County ideal for holiday escapes. And our communities welcome you to winter gatherings, from live music at the Cooperstown Farmers' Market to an annual presentation of The Nutcracker ballet in Oneonta. Or find solitude on miles of quiet trails and still waterways that inspire reflection and gratitude as you plan for next year.

But first, join the New Year's Eve revelry. May we suggest fireworks with First Night Oneonta, or a lobster tail dinner at the Otesaga Hotel? Wherever the New Year finds you, your friends in Cooperstown and Otsego County send glad tidings.

Here's your guide to our favorite holiday traditions in Cooperstown and Otsego County.

  • Sip good cheer at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. Weekend visitors sample wassail, a tradition spiced apple cider beverage, and find supplies to make their own.
  • Cooperstown farmers and producers work through winter to supply your table—and invite local musicians to serenade shoppers at the Cooperstown Farmers' Market, open Saturdays year-round.
  • Ebenezer Scrooge takes the stage at the Farmers' Museum, which presents annual performances of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.
  • The Fokine Ballet Company covers holiday tradition in tulle each year with presentations of The Nutcracker in Oneonta.
  • Bid adieu to last year in style with New Year's at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. The Hawkeye Bar & Grill hosts dinner, then makes way for live music and dancing.
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