Embrace the Lake Effect in Western New York

With more than 200" of average lake effect snowfall, Chautauqua County is Western New York's winter playground!

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SPOTLIGHT:  Peek'n Peak Resort is Open!

Peek'n Peak Resort is officially open for the 2018-2019 ski and snowboard season! Book a stay and play package for the entire family or a daily lift pass. Maybe this is the year you're finally going to learn how to ski. The Peak's award-winning Terrain Based Learning Program is perfect for inspiring confidence in

new skiers of all ages. Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages are just $49 and include a 90 minute lesson, all day equipment rentals and an all day Beginner Area lift ticket. Lessons also make a great holiday gift! 

Upcoming Events at Peek'n Peark
Winter Kick-Off Party: Bonfires & BrewSkis
Sat. Dec. 29 at
The Main Lodge Deck
Snowman Building Winter Games 
Outdoor Fire Pits
Drink Specials
Rail Jam at Peek'n Peak
The Retreat Hill
Sat. Dec. 29
Registration 10am
Event 12pm-5pm
Show off your skills at the Rail Jam of the season! Prizes awarded by sponsor, Monster!
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Winter Fest at Peek'n Peak Resort
Sat. Jan 19
The Main Lodge Deck
  Outdoor Fire Pits
Games & Giveaways
Hot Chocolate Bar
Chili Bar
Outdoor Grill
Beverage Specials

SPOTLIGHT:  Vote for the National Comedy Center as America's Best New Museum
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown is one of 10 finalists for the USA Today Readers' Choice 10 Best New Attractions. The winner of this prestigious award will receive a tremendous amount of media attention in 2019. If the National Comedy Center is selected, the attention for our area will be hugely beneficial.
Since this is a peoples' choice award, anyone who likes the National Comedy Center will want to vote, and share the option to vote with their friends and connections. And, you and your connections are encouraged to vote every day until January 7, 2019 when the contest period concludes.
Here is what to do:
  • VOTE today, click here.
  • Save this message or bookmark the link so you can vote again tomorrow, and every day until Jan. 7, 2019
  • Communicate this opportunity to your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you would like to share the National Comedy Center with. Encourage folks to vote each day. You may even want to post the message or send a reminder a couple of times prior to 1/7/2019.

SPOTLIGHT:  Chautauqua Winter Village
Continuing a new tradition launched last year, Chautauqua Institution hosts the 2018 Winter Village at Chautauqua on selected weekends starting Nov. 23 through New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. Festivities highlight on-grounds shopping and dining, and include special events such as wine and food pairing dinners, "Coffee & Canvas," snowshoeing across the grounds, holiday movies, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, and other seasonal activities.

Admission and parking are free, and overnight accommodations are available. 

Upcoming #WinterVillageCHQ Events
Brunch at Bubbles
11am Sat. Dec. 29 
Holiday cheers! Christmas Eve has come and gone, so join us for a special morning brunch of champagne and Wine Tastes and Small Plates.
$45 | RSVP Req'd

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Guided Snowshoe Hike with Evergreen Outfitters at Chautauqua Institution
12pm & 2:30pm
Sat. Dec. 29
This tour touches on the many historic aspects of Chautauqua Institution. Hikers will receive an information brochure curated by the Chautauqua Institution's Oliver Archives Center. 
$20 | RSVP Req'd
Story Time at Chautauqua's Smith Memorial Library
1pm Sat. Dec. 29

Gather round for a holiday story at Chautauqua Institution's beautiful Smith Memorial Library, a Winter Village Event. Admission and parking are free.

Upcoming Winter Events
Sleigh Rides at Chautauqua
Every Sat. & Sun.
Dec. 22 - Feb. 24

Take a nostalgic ride on a horse-drawn bobsled thru the historic Chautauqua Institution! Dress warmly for this approx. 45 minute ride along the lake and thru the Victorian village.  Purchase tickets at the Chautauqua Bookstore on Bestor Plaza
Celebrate "A Little Women" Holiday at the Fenton History Center
Now - Jan 5, 2019

Celebrate the holiday season with the March Family! "A Little Women Holiday" showcases scenes from the beloved book by Louisa May Alcott. Published 150 years ago, the story of four sisters living in Massachusetts in the 1860s has inspired generations

Rolling Hills Radio: Folkfaces and Maria Gillard at Shawbucks
Dec. 30 at 6:30pm
Folkfaces has an irresistibly danceable energy and a unique versatility. They draw influence from folk, jazz, blues, punk, Americana, jug band and bluegrass. Gillard is a talented singer and songwriter. Best known as a folk musician, she has grown to embrace a wider style range including jazz, swing and blues.
Tickets are $15

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Plan your vacation with the help of the 2018 "I Love NY" Chautauqua County Visitors Guide.
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