5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman Museum

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The Holidays are once again upon us and we all know there are many ways to enjoy the season here in our city. We’ll go out on a limb and say that most won't offer the ultimate combination of glitz, glamour, and ROC history that our treasured George Eastman House will.

Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this incredible gem in our community and to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Take in a Holiday Movie

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The Rochesteriat

Dryden Theatre is a great place to get to during the holidays. Find classics like White Christmas and more contemporary favorites like Love Actually. There is sure to be something to fit everyone most people’s tastes.

Speaking of, don’t miss celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ultimate Christmas classic, Die Hard , on December 15th. “Yippee ki yay, mutha…” - ah, the true Holiday spirit.

Find the full list of Holiday films here: Dryden Holiday List

2. Drool Over Some Gingerbread Houses

Miss the good ol' days of being a kid and building gingerbread houses? Why not relive these memories. This annual tradition brings in dozens of Gingerbread house creations from professional bakers, families, and community groups. See something you like? These are also available to purchase through a silent auction.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display: 11/2-12/12

3. Tabletop Trees - Get Inspired

Looking for some Christmas Tree decoration inspiration or maybe a smaller size tree for your home? Displayed throughout the historic George Eastman Museum you'll find tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. These trees are available for purchase through a silent auction and all proceeds go toward providing fresh flowers in the house year-round. What's not to love?

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction: 11/13-12/16

4. Holiday Homecoming

The Holiday Homecoming party is also an annual tradition. Meet Santa and enjoy kid friendly activities, festive displays, live music, refreshments and more.

Annual Holiday Homecoming Party: 12/6, 5-8pm

5. Shop for the Holidays

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Not everyone thinks of shopping at museums for Christmas. But you should! There are tons of great options from the museum store, to Dryden Theatre tickets, to museum memberships. Looking to give a unique gift this year to that die-hard Rochesterian? Head to the Eastman Museum and don’t miss “An Eastman Christmas”, a 24 track CD of holiday classics played on the Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ.

Eastman Museum Store | Membership

George Eastman Museum:
Holiday Activities


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2017 Holiday Guide: Shop LOCAL!

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the Rochesteriat (pictured L>r: Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs)

We're last minute shoppers, it's terrible, we know. There's just something about that deadline creeping up that really puts us into action. So this year we're getting ahead and starting our shopping in November (super early, we know)!

We're all about shopping local as much as possible and our city businesses have a lot to offer. So here's a quick guide to do more LOCAL gift giving this year:

Art Gallery/Museum Gifts or Memberships:

Give the gift of Art! For those art lovers in your life peruse the gift shops of local galleries or museums like the George Eastman Museum or the Memorial Art Gallery. They are full of unique treasures you often won't find anywhere else.

Know someone who will want to adore the art itself over and over? Buy a membership so they can keep going back throughout the year. Giving gifts to younger ones? Head to the Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strong Museum of Play or the Seneca Park Zoo.

And don't forget those theater lovers! Consider subscriptions to one of our many theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

For the Home:

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The Rochesteriat | Peppermint

Skip the big box stores and head to the small mom n'pop shops. Look for gifts at places like Abode Rochester, Stacy K Floral, AXOM Objects, More Fire Glass Studio and the Hub by Archimage. Even Peppermint and Fahsye have a great selections of local Rochester goodies!

The Gift of Learning:

We're life-long learners, we love to read, take classes and attend events where we'll walk away having learned something and been inspired. Give the gift of knowledge through gift cards and classes from Rochester Brainery, the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery, Little Button Craft, or the Flower City Arts Center.

Clothing & Things:

Before you head to the mall or Target, stop at Archimage, Peppermint, Fahsye, or the new Statement Boutique on Park Ave. Shopping for an active friend? Try Fleet Feet, Rochester Running Co. or Rochester Parkour. And don't forget about stores like Little Button Craft, Zak's Avenue and Parkleigh, you never know what great (and random!) gifts you'll find.

Gift Cards!

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Lastly, as much as we love that super thought-out perfect gift, we're also fans of gift cards! Do you have a favorite place you think your friend or family member needs to try, what better way to get them to go than with a giftcard? The list could be endless: McCann's, TRATA, Rocco, The Owl House, The Red Fern, Bitter Honey, Fiorella, all the Coffee Shops, The Little Theatre, all the theaters, and actually any of the places we've already listed in this post!

Whatever you may be shopping for, give city businesses a chance and shop local.

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