"It's A Wonderful Life"

68th Anniversary Celebration

Tentative Schedule (subject to Change)

December 12th - Sunday, December 14th 2014

PRE-FESTIVAL:

THURSDAY, December 11th:

  • 7 PM
    “MERRY CHRISTMAS GEORGE BAILEY”
    An old time radio play based on the 1947 Lux Radio Theatre 7 PM broadcast. Performed by the Seneca Community Players, “Bedford Falls Bijou Theatre,” 115 Fall St., lower level. Tickets $6 at WomanMade Products, 91 Fall St., (315) 568-9364.

FRIDAY, December 12th:

  • 9 AM – 5 PM
    BEDFORD FALLS HOLIDAY POSTMARK
    Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.
  • 10 AM – NOON
    ZUZU AND JANIE SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes “Zuzu” and Carol Coombs “Janie” sign autographs with Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter). Items commemorating the film on sale, autograph included, or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 10 AM – 5 PM
    RAFFLE OF AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS
    Including a Trivia Book from the personal collection of Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”) signed by Jimmy Stewart, Todd Karns (“Harry”), Bobbie Anderson (“Young George”) and the four “Bailey kids.” Proceeds benefit The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 10 AM – 5 PM
    “GINGERBREAD BEDFORD FALLS”
    Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Contest. View and vote for your favorite at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center/Seneca Museum, 89 Fall St.
  • 10 – 5PM
    FESTIVAL OF WREATHS RAFFLE
    Proceeds benefit Seneca Falls Business Association. Visitor Center/Seneca Museum, 89 Fall St.
  • 1 – 4 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE & MARY OWEN SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs together with Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter). Items commemorating the film on sale, autograph included, or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 4 – 5:30 PM
    WELCOME RECEPTION
    Join Karolyn Grimes, Carol Coombs and Mary Owen for hors d’oeurves and wine tasting at the Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St.
  • 6 PM
    KAROLYN “ZUZU” GRIMES – REFLECTIONS ON “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
    Auditorium, Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St.
  • 7 PM
    IT’S A WONDERFUL BEDTIME STORIES
    Fundraising dinner sponsored by Generations Bank to support the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival and the House of Concern Food Pantry. Generations Bank Parking Lot, 19 Cayuga Street. Tickets, $50. Call 315-568-1150.
  • 7 PM
    BONFIRE & LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
    People’s Park, Water St.
  • 7 PM
    AN EVENING AT “BAILEY PARK”
    Stationed Dinner and Musical Entertainment. Tickets -- $50. Reservations required by 11/28/14. Call (315) 568-1150. Tent at Generations Bank Parking Lot, 19 Cayuga Street.
  • 7:30 PM
    SPECIAL SCREENING OF “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
    Auditorium, Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St. Sponsored by the Delavan Foundation.

SATURDAY, December 13th:

  • 8 AM –NOON  
    IT’S A WONDERFUL BREAKFAST
    Trinity Church, east end of Fall St., $6.50 at the door.
  • 8 AM –3:30 pm  
    IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE WEEKEND @ BAILEY PARK
    Stop by the “Bailey Park” tent to do some Christmas shopping, buy some tasty goodies & support local organizations. Generations Bank, 19 Cayuga St.
  • 9 AM –2 PM
    BEDFORD FALLS HOLIDAY POSTMARK
    Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.
  • 9 AM –6 PM
    CHILDREN’S CRAFTS
    Children of all ages can create their own holiday crafts! at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street
  • 9 AM–6:30 PM
  • CHRISTMAS PAST – CIVIL WAR AND THE VICTORIAN ERA
    Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will exhibit his collection of vintage Christmas cards at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street
  • 10 AM
    FREE ROASTED CHESTNUTS
    Served by the Knights of Columbus. The corner of Fall and State Streets, by the Gould Hotel, for as long as they last.
  • 10 AM
    11th ANNUAL GEORGE BAILEY AWARD
    Presented by Karolyn Grimes. Sponsored by the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity, 32 Fall St.
  • 10 AM- 3 PM
    SANTA, CRAFTS, MUSIC & STORIES FOR KIDS
    Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10:30-12:30 and 2-3:30. Blossoms by Cosentino, 106 Fall St. All crafts and activities are free.
  • 10 AM – 5 PM
    FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
    Cooperstown Carriage. Leaves from the American Legion, 48 State St.
  • 10 AM - 5 PM
    RAFFLE OF AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS   
    Items signed by Jimmy Stewart and other cast members. The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 10 AM - 5 PM
    “GINGERBREAD BEDFORD FALLS”
    Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Contest. View and vote for your favorite at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center/Seneca Museum, 89 Fall St.
  • 10 AM - 6 PM
    FINGER LAKES YOUNG PROFESSIONALS - GIFT FOR TEENS
    Raising money to buy gifts for teens. 3 types of cookies available. Outside Blossoms by Cosentino, 106 Fall Street
  • 10:30 AM- 12:30PM
    THE WONDERFUL FASHIONS OF YESTER YEAR
    Ladies/Mens and Childrens fashion from the late 1800’s – 1940 Presented by the Seneca Falls Historical Society at The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street
  • 10:30 PM- 12:30 PM
    SANTA AT THE NORTH POLE
    Free photos with Santa. Blossoms by Cosentino, 102 Fall St.
  • 11 AM
    GIANT CINNAMON BUN EATING CONTEST
    Café XIX, 20 E. Bayard St.
  • 11 AM
    LIGHTING THE TRAIL
    Christmas tree lighting, caroling. Ludovico Sculpture Trail, South of the Bridge.
  • 11 AM – 1 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE & MARY OWEN SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs together with Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter). Items commemorating the film on sale, autograph included, or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 11 AM – 3 PM
    MA BAILEY’S HOT & HEARTY COOK-OFF
    Sample, chili, soups, and stews at downtown merchants along Fall Street and vote for your favorite.
  • 11 AM – 3 PM
    CRAFTS, MUSIC & STORIES FOR KIDS
    FREE ROSE Blossoms by Cosentino. 106 Fall Street. All activities are free. Visit resident artists.
  • 11 AM – 4 PM
    “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” CHARACTERS ON THE STREETS OF THE REAL BEDFORD FALLS
  • 11 AM – 4 PM
    “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” THEMED ICE CREAM
    The Cayuga Creamery will sell ice cream and hot chocolate floats at Home Necessities, 100 Fall St.
  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM
    "TOP SECRET ROSIES"
    Join a park ranger for a talk, and film showing of Top Secret Rosies, exploring how female mathematicians worked behind the scenes to help win World War II at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street. Duration: 90 minutes hour
  • 1 PM
    “IT’S A WONDERFUL PARADE” ON FALL STREET
    Come out and cheer for over 20 groups, including four Fire Departments, the Rising Stars, Brody’s Boot Camp dogs, Girl Scouts, and the North Seneca Ambulance. Our Veterans from the VFW and the American Legion will lead off the parade.
  • 1 AM - 12:30 pm  
    "TOP SECRET ROSIES"
    Join a park ranger for a talk, and film showing of Top Secret Rosies, exploring how female mathematicians worked behind the scenes to help win World War II at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street. Duration: 90 minutes hour
  • 2-4 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE & MARY OWEN SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs, joined by Mary Owen. Items commemorating the film on sale, autograph included, or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 2– 3:30 PM
    DONNA REED -- SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY HER DAUGHTER, MARY OWEN
    The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 2:30 AM – 4 PM
    "FLY GIRLS"
    Join a park ranger for a talk, and film showing of Fly Girls, exploring the amazing stories of American female pilots who served during World War II at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street. Film duration: 90 minutes
  • 2:30 – 4 PM
    SANTA AT THE NORTH POLE
    Free photos with Santa. Blossoms by Cosentino, 102 Fall St.
  • 4:40 PM
    IT’S A WONDERFUL RUN 5K
    Run/Walk through the beautiful, illuminated Town of Seneca Falls. For information, see www.itsawonderfulrun5k.com. Event details & location map.
  • 5 – 7 PM
    A TASTE OF BEDFORD FALLS
    Samplings from local restaurants. “Bailey Park” tent, Generations Bank, 19 Cayuga St. Suggested donation $5.00 to support the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. Children under 12 free.
  • 6 PM
    “MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEORGE BAILEY!” “
    Bedford Falls Bijou Theater,” 115 Fall St., lower level. Tickets $8, WomanMade Products, 91 Fall St. (315) 568-9364.
  • 7 PM
    SPECIAL SCREENING OF “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
    Auditorium, Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St. Sponsored by the Delavan Foundation.
  • 7:30 – 10:30 PM
    DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON & SWING CONTEST
    Dance to the music of the Joe Pera Band, Community Center.

SUNDAY, December 14th:

  • 8 AM –3:30 PM  
    IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE WEEKEND @ BAILEY PARK
    Stop by the “Bailey Park” tent to do some Christmas shopping, buy some tasty goodies & support local organizations. Generations Bank, 19 Cayuga St.
  • 8:30 AM –3:30 PM  
    CRAFTS AND GOODIES AT “BAILEY PARK”
    Stop by “Bailey Park” tent to do some shopping, buy some tasty goodies & support local organizations. Generations Bank, 19 Cayuga St.
  • 9 AM –1:00 PM
    ZUZU'S WONDERFUL BRUNCH AT THE GOULD HOTEL
    Featuring menu items from ZuZu’s cookbook. Book Signing 9:00 – 10:00 Adults: $23.95 – Children $9.95 at The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street
  • 9 AM –5 PM
    CHILDREN'S CRAFTS
    Children of all ages can create their own holiday crafts! at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street
  • 9 AM –6:30 PM
    CHRISTMAS PAST – CIVIL WAR AND THE VICTORIAN ERA
    Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will exhibit his collection of vintage Christmas cards at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street
  • 10 AM –11:30 PM  
    ZUZU, JANIE & MARY OWEN SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs, joined by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter). Items commemorating the film on sale (autograph included) or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St..
  • 10 AM –2 PM  
    UNCLE BILLY’S WONDERFUL SCAVENGER HUNT
    Win fabulous prizes while visiting Seneca Falls merchants. Look for hidden clues. Sponsored by the Seneca Falls Business Association. Prizes awarded at The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St., at 2:30.
  • 10 AM –3 PM  
    RAFFLE OF AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS
    Items signed by Jimmy Stewart and other cast members. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 10 AM –3 PM  
    FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
    Cooperstown Carriage. Leaves from the American Legion, 48 State St.
  • 10 AM –4 PM  
    GINGERBREAD BEDFORD FALLS
    Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Contest. View and vote for your favorite at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center/Seneca Museum, 89 Fall St..
  • 10 AM –4 PM  
    FESTIVAL OF WREATHS RAFFLE
    Visitor Center/Seneca Museum, 89 Fall St.
  • 10:15 AM –11:30 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE & MARY OWEN SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs, joined by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter). Items commemorating the film on sale (autograph included) or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 11 AM
    GEORGE AND MARY'S AMAZING RACE
    sponsored by Seneca Community Players - is a free Fun Run/Walk where participants reenact situations from the movie along a 1 mile downtown sidewalk course.   Start/Finish line in People’s Park, Water Street.
  • 11 AM
    FREE ROASTED CHESTNUTS
    Knights of Columbus. Corner of Fall and State Streets by the Gould Hotel, while they last.
  • 11 AM
    SPECIAL PRESENTATION – THE DONNA REED SHOW
    Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) introduces a special episode of the Donna Reed Show. Auditorium Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St.
  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM
    "TOP SECRET ROSIES"
    Join a park ranger for a talk, and film showing of Top Secret Rosies, exploring how female mathematicians worked behind the scenes to help win World War II. Duration: 90 minutes hour
  • 11 AM –2 PM  
    SANTA AT THE NORTH POLE
    Blossoms by Cosentino, 102 Fall St.
  • 11 AM - 4 PM
    “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” CHARACTERS ON THE STREETS OF THE REAL BEDFORD FALLS
  • NOON
    THE BAILEY SISTERS, ZUZU & JANIE, INTRODUCE “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” TOGETHER WITH MARY OWEN
    Auditorium Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St.
  • 1 PM
    SPECIAL SCREENING OF “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
    Auditorium, Old Mynderse Academy, Academy Square, 12 N. Park St. Sponsored by the Delavan Foundation.
  • 1 PM
    “MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEORGE BAILEY!”
    “Bedford Falls Bijou Theatre,” 115 Fall St., lower level. Tickets,$6, WomanMade Products, 91 Fall St., (315) 568-9364.
  • 1-2:30 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE & FRIENDS SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    Karolyn Grimes and Carol Coombs sign autographs together with Mary Owen. Items commemorating the film on sale, autograph included, or bring your own item ($10 fee per autograph). Seneca Falls Visitor Center, 89 Fall St.
  • 2:30 PM
    PRIZES AWARDED – UNCLE BILLY’S SCAVENGER HUNT
    The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 2:30 AM – 4 PM
    FLY GIRLS”
    Join a park ranger for a talk, and film showing of Fly Girls, exploring the amazing stories of American female pilots who served during World War II at The Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street. Film duration: 90 minutes
  • 3 - 4 PM
    ZUZU, JANIE AND MARY OWEN AT THE SENECA FALLS IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE MUSEUM
    A special opportunity to meet Zuzu, Janie and Mary Owen and hear about special items on display in the Museum. The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.
  • 4:15 PM
    THE BELLS OF THE REAL BEDFORD FALLS
    Gather outside Trinity Church (across from The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum) to hear the bells ring throughout Seneca Falls in honor of family members and friends who have impacted the lives of others. Bell request forms are available throughout town or go to: www.therealbedfordfalls.com
  • 4:30 PM
    CONCERT BY THE SENECA SINGERS
    Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga St.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! -- SEE YOU NEXT YEAR -- DECEMBER 11, 12 & 13, 2015

All Month

  • Holiday Shopping Specials
    See downtown merchants throughout the month