Take a guided tour of Yuletides past
Join us again this year at GCV&M for our Yuletide in the Country Tours, coming up on December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16. As you explore the wintry village bedecked in holiday splendor you’ll be invited into vignettes that illuminate the link between today’s cherished holiday traditions and the cultural customs of generations that came before.
Plus, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and cash bar in our festively decorated Meeting Center Lounge, alight with holiday cheer and a roaring fire.
Explore holiday traditions of the past
The story of immigration is not just about crossing borders, but is a testament to human spirit, resilience, and the rich tapestry of traditions. Dive into the classic traditions brought to our region by 19th-century settlers. Explore the intertwining of cultural celebrations, and reflect on how they color our current community’s festive season. Highlights include a look at the Italian-American tradition of Festi dei Setti Pesci, French Noël, a family’s Hanukkah gathering, explorations of St. Lucy’s Day, a traditional tree lighting, and more. You may even encounter that jolly old elf, St. Nick!
Please keep in mind: the performances during Yuletide in the Country are theatrical. We expect our guests to behave according to our code of conduct.
Booking your tour
Yuletide tour groups will be guided from the Meeting Center Lounge to the Toll House to begin their cheerful experience. Tours are approximately an hour, and begin at 5 p.m. on Fridays and run until 8:30 p.m., tours begin at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and run until 8 p.m., and tours begin at 2 p.m. on Sundays and run until 7 p.m.
ASL Interpreted Tour: Sunday, December 3
Mobility tours offered: Sunday, December 3, and Sunday, December 10, at 1:30 p.m. (Mobility tours offer a slightly extended tour length for visitors who need a little extra time to make their way around the Village.) To Book for the Mobility tour, please call 585-294-8218.
Take in the beauty of the candle-lit Village
Marvel at our 19th-century Historic Village, covered in a dusting of snow and lit only by candle light as you make your way in and out of historic buildings decorated for the season.
Savor a sumptuous meal
Seatings for dinners on Fridays are at 5 p.m., seatings on Saturdays are at 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., and seatings on Sundays are at 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Each seating is about 2 hours long (excluding Fridays). The buffet will close by 8 p.m. each night.
Pair your tour with a festive Yuletide Dinner – a sumptuous GCV&M tradition featuring savory and sweet holiday dishes! Whether in conjunction with your tour, part of your family traditions, or a brand-new adventure, our cozy dinner will have your heart swelling with cheer. Yuletide Dinners will include garden salad, roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce assorted desserts, and more.
Please note: tickets for Yuletide Dinners and Tours must be purchased separately.
Plus, enjoy sweets, hot beverages, and a cash bar in our festive Meeting Center Lounge, alight with holiday cheer and a roaring fire. Not planning to join us for dinner? You can still enjoy the bar and refreshments in our Meeting Center Lounge!
Museum Members: $26
General Public: $30
Youth (3 – 12): $20
Children 2 and under: FREE
All Yuletide tickets are absolutely non-refundable for any reason and strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program.
Please make sure to arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes before your tour time. If you miss your tour time, we cannot guarantee that we can fit you in until the END of the scheduled tours.
Tours are 70-80 minutes in length and the tour route is outside and along stone and uneven paths. Please plan to stand for the majority of the tour. Comfortable walking shoes and weather gear are recommended. Guest transportation is NOT available for this event. The Museum is offering two tours for those with mobility issues who may need some extra time to complete the tour.
Tours commence rain, snow, or shine! Please feel free to bring a flashlight and gear for the outdoor conditions. Museums events are only cancelled by emergency order of Monroe County. Please allow yourself plenty of time to get to The Museum before your tour time!
No outside food or drink is permitted; food and beverages will not be permitted in the on the Tour in the Historic Village. Please leave pets at home; leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. There is no smoking or vaping except in the front parking lot. Professional videography and flash photography is prohibited.
Code of conduct: staff and visitors are expected to behave in a way concurrent with our mission and values. The Museum will not tolerate comments that are hateful, violent, homophobic, racist, derogatory, or abusive by either visitors or staff. Those who violate these expectations will be removed from the site.
No. Strollers and wagons are not permitted for this tour, as you will be walking on uneven Village paths, and entering and exiting through very narrow doorways that will not accommodate a stroller or wagon. You will be asked to park your stroller or wagon at the Toll House.
The Lounge, bar, and buffet will all close by 8 p.m. each evening.
You can sit down to eat dinner any time in your seating session window.
I have a 5 p.m. Friday tour time booked and then I want to eat after my tour is over, about 6:15 p.m. – perfect!
I have an 8 p.m. tour time booked on Saturday, and I want to eat before my tour at 6:45 p.m. (second seating session) – perfect!
No. Yuletide in the Country Tour tickets must be purchased in advance at shop.gcv.org.
Only if there are dinner tickets available. If the dinner is sold out, we will not be able to sell you any tickets.
No. The Historic Village will only be open to those who have purchased a ticket for guided Yuletide in the Country Tours.