Canandaigua, NY is a quaint little town with charming architecture and warm, friendly people.  If you want to kick your holidays off in style, don’t miss Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum’s  Christkindl Market, the opening of their Festival of Trees and downtown Canandaigua’s Holiday Artwalk, which all take place on November 7th to 9th.  

Enjoy a Carriage ride!

Enjoy a Carriage ride!

The Christkindl Market, which is held in a heated tent outside Granger Homestead, celebrates the holidays with the work of 100 juried artists and craftspeople, a holiday ornament and decor display, carriage rides and plenty to eat and drink!  You’ll find every imaginable sort of gift including holiday goodies, jams and jellies, jewelry and accessories, paintings and sculpture, glass and wood art and more.  I intend to get some early holiday shopping out of the way.

Visitors this year can also enjoy the inaugural Holiday Gingerbread Creation Contest.

More than 100 exhibitors participate in Christkindl

More than 100 exhibitors participate in Christkindl

It’s also the opening weekend for the celebrated Festival of Trees, The interior of the Historic 1816 Granger Homestead is festooned with trees, mantel decor, wreaths, stockings and floral arrangements showcasing the work of more than 100 local businesses, organizations and individuals. Don’t forget to cast a vote for your favorite!  This event will run through November 30th.

A 2007 Festival of Trees Entry

A 2007 Festival of Trees Entry

After visiting Granger Homestead, wander down Main Street for Canandaigua’s Holiday Artwalk.  Over 17 galleries, artists’ studios and boutiques will be open, many with live demonstrations.  At All Things Art, take a peek at the miniature of Santa’s Workshop and catch the MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS Performance at 1 p.m.  CLICK HERE for the full list of participants and their addresses.

Granger Homestead is located at 295 North Main Street in Canandaigua, NY.  The Christkindl Market is open Friday, Nov. 7 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is $6 (12 and under FREE). CLICK HERE to download a $1 off discount coupon (on the website page, click the “Christkindl Market” link on the left-hand side of the page, then click the “$1 off Coupon” at the top of the page). 

The Festival of Trees displayed inside Granger Homestead will be open the same hours as the Christkindl Market from November 7th to 9th. From November 10th to 30th, it will be open Mon.-Wed. 1p.m.-5p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 1p.m.-7p.m., Sat, Sun. and the Friday after Thanksgiving 11 a.m.-5p.m.  Closed Thanksgiving Day.  Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors and $1 for students (K-12).  A $1 off Discount Coupon may be downloaded from the Granger Homestead website by clicking on “Festival of Trees.”  All proceeds from both of these events benefit the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum.

The Downtown Canandaigua Holiday Artwalk is open Fri. 2p.m.-9p.m., Sat. 10p.m.-5p.m., and Sun. 12p.m.-4p.m., and is located throughout Downtown Canandaigua.<

All photos courtesy of Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum.

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