Holiday happenings at Eastman House

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display, a popular holiday tradition, on view Nov. 7–Dec. 12, plus Festival of Trees and festive decorations

For Release 2012-10-30

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House is your home for the holidays, with the 17th annual Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display, a roster of holiday films, the historic house elaborately decorated, Holiday Homecoming, and a new Festival of Trees. And … children are free!

Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display

George Eastman House invites young and old to enjoy a feast for the eyes and nose — a display of more than 70 cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread houses. The Eastman House’s annual gingerbread house exhibition, Sweet Creations, will be the largest display to date, on view Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 12. This exhibition has become a favorite holiday tradition for families.

The gingerbread creations are produced by professional bakers, hobbyists, Scout troops, families, and schools and community groups. They will be sold via silent auction, with proceeds benefiting future restoration projects at Eastman House. The exhibition features a treasure hunt, involving the current entries, to provide additional entertainment for families and invite a closer look at the designs and details. Sweet Creations, which is included with museum admission, is organized by the Eastman House Council and sponsored by Tasteful Connections Catering and Tops Markets.                              

Festival of Trees

Dozens of decorated trees from 1-foot to 5-feet-tall, featuring various themes contributed by local groups and businesses, will be on display throughout the museum and historic house. They will be available for purchase via silent auction, with proceeds benefiting future restoration projects at Eastman House. The trees are on view the same dates as the Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display, Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Festival of Trees is organized by the Eastman House Council and included with museum admission.

Holiday Decorations

The National Historic Landmark home of George Eastman will be decorated for the season in turn-of-the-20th-century holiday style from mid-November through New Year’s Day, Decorations include elaborately adorned grand staircase and fireplace mantel; a plethora of poinsettias; the formal dining room decorated for Christmas dinner; and decorated trees in each room, including an old-fashioned tree encircled by an antique toy train in the Living Room. In addition, Eastman House’s annual Holiday Wreath Display & Auc­tion will be on view Thursday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 29. This year’s selection features more than 25 wreaths donated by florists, garden clubs, and businesses, available for sale via silent auction. Included with museum admission.

Holiday Homecoming Celebration

Savor the seasonal spirit at George Eastman House’s annual Holiday Homecoming celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, that includes holiday decorations, the gingerbread house exhibition, live music, refreshments, and crafts, plus a visit from Santa Claus who will pose for special photos in the decorated Living Room (bring your camera). Included with museum admission.

Holiday Films in the Dryden Theatre

The roster of holiday films are Die Hard (Dec. 1) Christmas Holiday (Dec. 8), The Bells of St. Mary’s (Dec. 14 and 16), Scrooged (Dec. 20), and It’s A Wonderful Life (Dec. 22 and 23). Visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org for the full list. Regular Dryden admission: $8 adults/$6 children and students.

Count Down the New Year at the Dryden Theatre

Count down the New Year with a jewel-heist double feature in the Dryden Theatre, starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. The screenings are To Catch a Thief (1955) and Desire (1936). Stolen jewels, stolen kisses … New Year’s Eve is a night for romance and excitement, and the Dryden Theatre offers up a double-shot of both on the last night of the year. First, reformed burglar Cary Grant is under suspicion on the French Riviera, and distracted by the lovely Grace Kelly, in To Catch a Thief. Then, in Desire, confirmed burglar Marlene Dietrich is on the run from the French police and distracted by the dashing Gary Cooper. These romantic, comedic thrillers endure as examples of why old acquaintances should never be forgotten. Regular Dryden admission/one price for two films ($8 adults/$6 students). Visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

For More Information

For information on holiday events, call (585) 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, (Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day). General museum admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors (60+); $5 students; and FREE for children 12 and under. Dryden admission is $8 general admission/$6 children and students.

 

 

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