Candlelight Evening 2017

(Full schedule below)



Free shuttle service starts at 2:15 p.m., serving parking lots at the Cooperstown Elementary School and three village trolley lots located at the perimeter of the village. Parking is very limited near the museum and fills up quickly. Taking a shuttle is safe and recommended.

Parking at The Otesaga Hotel will be extremely limited due to private events taking place. We are asking visitors to please use other parking areas.

Click here to see parking map.

Visitors can also walk to the museum from the village and enter through the south admission gate. There are sidewalks the entire way.  From Main Street near the Hall of Fame, the walk is approximately a mile.

Please follow signs to find your correct entry point. Cash and credit will be accepted through the museum's main entrance. Members, online ticket holders, and pre-paid ticket holders will enter through a side door - to the left of the main entrance. (If you want to become a member, please use the members' entrance.)




Main Barn

3:30 pm: Main St. Baptist Church Vocal Group
4:00 pm: Syncopation Vocal Group
4:30 pm: Ah Coopella Vocal Group
5:00 pm: Laurens Central School Flute Quartet
5:30 pm: The cast of "A Christmas Carol"
3:00–6:30 pm: Horse-drawn wagon rides
(last ride at 6:30 p.m.)

Empire State Carousel

Free rides all evening.
Sponsored by Matt Sohns & Family

Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse

4:30 pm: Saint Nicholas reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Morey Barn

5:00, 5:20, 5:40, 6:00 pm: “A Living Nativity" by members of the Congregation of Christ Episcopal Church. Limited seating.

More House

3:30–6:45 pm: Caroling with Ron Johnson

Bump Tavern Balcony

3:30 pm: Cherry Valley–Springfield Central School Band

4:00 pm: Worcester Central School Band
4:30 pm: Worcester Central School Quartet
5:00, 6:00, 6:30 pm: Cooperstown Central School Band

Tavern Green Bonfire (bonfire starts at dusk)

All evening! Enjoy wassail made with local cider. Courtesy of Dyn’s Cider Mill.

Cornwallville Church

3:30-4:00 pm: Catskill Chamber Singers with traditional holiday favorites

4:10-4:40 pm: Snowflight: Seasonal Songs of Midwinter - featuring vocalist Diane
Ducey, guitarist Sandra Peevers, and bassist John Davey

4:50-5:20 pm: Catskill Chamber Singers with traditional holiday favorites

5:30-6:00 pm: Snowflight: Seasonal Songs of Midwinter - featuring vocalist Diane
Ducey, guitarist Sandra Peevers, and bassist John Davey

6:10-6:45 pm: Enough Already! An a cappella group singing holiday melodies.




Louis C. Jones Center (Main Barn)

Full Meal only:

Beef stew with noodles ($10.50/adults, $8.75/kids under 12) or baked ziti ($9.50/adults, $8.75/kids under 12), one side order, bread, choice of one dessert (gingerbread or apple crisp), and one drink

Crossroads Café (next to Bump Tavern)

Individual Food Items:

Chili: $5.50

Hot Dog: $2.75

Chili Dog: $3.75

Jumbo Soft Pretzel: $2.50

Gingerbread: $2.25

Drinks: Coffee, Cocoa, Cider, Bottled Water, or Soda $1.75




The Farmers’ Museum Store

& Todd’s General Store

Find one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Museum Members receive 20% off through Christmas Eve.

Come back before Christmas!

Open 10 am–4 pm through December 24 (closed Mondays)




Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by:

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Community Bank
Smith Ford
Haggerty Ace Hardware
Cathedral Candle Company
Dyn’s Cider Mill
Bruce Hall Home Center
Price Chopper

Free carousel rides sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family.

Candlelight Evening is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.