Visit The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York for one of the region's best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening!
The landscape of the museum is adorned with greenery and aglow with hundreds of candle luminaries. Real jingle bells add to the magic of the evening as horses dressed in harness bells pull wagons carrying visitors through the museum's snowy grounds. Gather around a bonfire on the tavern green and partake of complimentary wassail made with local cider–warming in kettles over open fires and served throughout the event. Delicious food and hot drinks are also available.
Candlelight Evening is unforgettable for children. Saint Nicholas reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas" in the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse at 4:30 p.m. and all visitors enjoy free rides on the Empire State Carousel throughout the event, courtesy of Matthew Sohns and family.
Music and live performances bring Candlelight Evening to life. Hear the sounds of the holidays throughout the museum's grounds. Performers fill the historic Cornwallville Church with music of the season. Local high school bands play holiday favorites at Bump Tavern. Mingle with characters from the museum's upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Best of all, visitors can join in the singing with over 150 carolers in the midst of our candle-lit historic buildings.
Candlelight Evening is another chance to shop for the holidays. Stop at The Farmers' Museum Store and Todd's General Store where a large selection of products made in New York State are available - as well as toys, books, jewelry and other items you can only find at the museum.
Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by Five Star Subaru, Community Bank, Royal Ford Motors of Cooperstown, Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cathedral Candle Company, Dyn's Cider Mill, and Bruce Hall Home Center. Free carousel rides sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family.
Tickets: Purchase your tickets online by visiting FarmersMuseum.org or Eventbrite.com.
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Adults (13-64): $12.00, Seniors (65+): $10.50, Juniors (7-12): $6.00. Children (6 and younger) and museum members are free.
Parking and Shuttle: Free shuttle service starts at 2:00 p.m. Please visit FarmersMuseum.org for updated parking and shuttle information. Visitors can also walk from the village and enter through the museum's south admission gate. Please dress warm as most activities take place outdoors.
About The Farmers' Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. FarmersMuseum.org