Trumansburg Connection

WinterFest celebrates community

Hilby performs for a large crowd at Trumansburg WinterFest in 2018.
Hilby performs for a large crowd at Trumansburg WinterFest in 2018.
Photo by Allison Usavage

As the Trumansburg WinterFest Event Coordinator, I am pleased to invite the Tompkins County community to downtown Trumansburg on Dec. 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the 24th annual Trumansburg WinterFest. This cornerstone community event is a 100% free family event takes place in the heart of the village, with live entertainment, games, horse and carriage rides and more.

The 2019 festival will feature a performance by Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy at 4:15 p.m. and roaming magician Mike Stanley. New this year will be Hula Hut Polynesian Dance performing holiday Polynesian dance at 5 p.m. Back by popular demand is the Fall Creek Brass Band at 5:30 p.m., who will be playing holiday tunes in addition to fan favorites, along with ushering in Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive by fire truck to light the village tree.

Look forward to a special appearance from Buddy the Elf, the official festival emcee. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be free horse-drawn carriage rides and games provided by the Trumansburg High School group Femtastic. Adjacent to the holiday tree, WinterFest will also feature a holiday-themed sculpture created and installed by the Trumansburg High School AP Studio Art class.

The prize raffle returns again this year, with gift cards from around the village to be raffled off. Tickets will be available beginning Nov. 23 and throughout the festival at the Trumansburg ShurSave, the Ulysses Philomathic Library and Sundrees. There will also be sales during the festival outside the Napa building. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., providing an opportunity to support our Main Street businesses along with other vendors and community groups. There will be original arts and crafts and other handmade items, personal care products, Christmas trees and wreaths and more.

The Trust Company will be open as well and will be home to some vendors and informational tables. The Elementary PTO will be taking orders for gift cards, both to national chain stores and local stores and restaurants. There will be other PTO groups on hand, as well as class groups, all hoping to raise funds.

Check out the games, run by the school group Femtastic, located near the Children’s Village. The after-school program will have decorated the Friendship Tree at the Trumansburg ShurSave with ornaments crafted by the children, using the tree to promote our local food pantry, along with a display of gingerbread houses displayed at Word of Mouth Catering.

The Trumansburg Rotary will once again be providing free hot soup, which is made possible by generous donations from Sweet Land Farm and Full Plate Farm Collective, which rounds out making this a completely free and accessible event.

As in years past, WinterFest isn’t the only event happening in Trumansburg on Dec. 7, so plan to come and share the excitement and activity the entire day. The Trumansburg Craft Sale will take place at the Trumansburg Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Trumansburg United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Lunch from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Handmade Holiday Market will take place at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., along with the Trumansburg Community Chorus performing at 1:00 p.m.

The chorus will also perform at the Ulysses Historical Society at 2:00 p.m. to complement the Historical Society’s noon to 4:00 p.m. open house. Santa will also make an appearance at the Trumansburg Community Nursery School, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where there will be free holiday crafts and face painting, photos with Santa and a gently-used toy sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Trumansburg Community Nursery School scholarship fund.

Trumansburg’s new hair salon, La Belle, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and welcome visitors. It will be giving coupons for $10 off any service to the first 50 people who stop by. As WinterFest wraps up, get cozy by the fire at the library and enjoy the classic story, “The Mitten,” along with some seasonal treats.

The Trumansburg WinterFest is presented by the Trumansburg Chamber in partnership with the Town of Ulysses and the Village of Trumansburg, along with several sponsors including Sidle Insurance, Falls Restaurant and Catering, Little Venice, Ontario Trumansburg Telephone Company, Sheldrake Winery and Ehrhart Energy. Like us on Facebook, TburgWinterFest, and follow along on the Facebook event.

Trumansburg WinterFest is the longest running community celebration in the Village of Trumansburg and provides residents and non-residents alike the opportunity to visit and support our local businesses, connect with each other and enjoy a free night of entertainment and merriment. The festival provides the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on what makes our community truly special - join us!

In Brief:

Thanksgiving Market at Sweet Land

Sweet Land Farm is holding a special Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. What better way to enjoy Thanksgiving than to have some fresh local vegetables? It is open to the public, and all are welcome!

There will be vegetables, apples and asian pears for sale. It will also have a special promotion - receive a free half bag of vegetables if you put down a $50 deposit or more for the 2020 Summer CSA and/or a half bag if you sign up for the winter CSA on or before the market. The Free bag promotions are only valid during the Thanksgiving Market.

Friendsgiving at Bet the Farm

Join Bet the Farm for their second annual “Friendsgiving.” Enjoy wines by the glass at happy hour prices and some small bites. Need to pick up some wines for the holidays? They’re offering special 20% friends and family discount during your visit! RSVP not necessary but appreciated!

Village of Trumansburg Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

The Village of Trumansburg will hold a public meeting to introduce the community to the Trumansburg Comprehensive Plan Update project on Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Fire Hall, 74 W. Main St. All Trumansburg community members are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about and participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update project. The Project Team will be available to listen to your feedback and answer questions. For more information please visit


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