One can't help but feel nostalgic during the holidays. The cozy fires and twinkling lights set the stage for memory-making. We asked a few locals what their favorite Cortland County winter traditions were. From the muralist in St. Mary's 6th-grade art class to those who live, work and play throughout the county, their answers did not disappoint. Perhaps they might inspire you to create a new tradition this year.
THERE'S SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME
These folks love embracing the weather and enjoying the outdoors. If you're looking to play in the snow, Cortland County is home to three ski mountains; Labrador Mountian, Song Mountian, and Greek Peak. If snowshoeing or cross-country skiing is more your style, Greek Peak's Nordic Center and Lime Hollow Nature Center offer rentals and trails.
I like to build snowmen with carrot eyes! Aarushi Sant, Age 11
I really love winter walks in the country and decorating for the holidays! Sam Daniels, owner of Elf Cup Boutique
I like sledding at Greek Peak! Aneesa Ali, Age 11
I like looking at the lights at Cortland Waterworks. We bring baby carrots for the deer. Tabitha Scoville, Director of Cortland County Historical Society
My favorite winter tradition is ski racing at Greek Peak because it's fun. Russell Streeter, Age 11
My favorite Cortland County winter activity is cross-country skiing at Lime Hollow. Emily Gibbons, watercolor artist
I love to hike, including in the winter, and it's actually an amazing time for outdoor/landscape photography. Rose Williams, scientific illustrator and block printing artist
Growing up here, I always loved skiing at Greek Peak, and now I enjoy relaxing with a warm beverage and watching the snow fall. I really appreciate the calmness and natural beauty of the hills and trees with a fresh coat of snow. Chelsea Horak, owner of Beacon Peak
OUT ON THE TOWN
Whether it's indulging in some shopping, taking in a holiday show, or meeting up with old friends, Cortland County is filled with charming shops, delicious stops, and thriving arts and culture scene. To discover your new favorite spot, click here!
I love browsing all the small artisan shops in the county, like Cinch, Apple Cinnamon Cottage, Willow Lane Farmhouse, and Just Chill. I don't get to some of them as often as I'd like, and holiday shopping is a perfect excuse to stop in. Karen Niday, CFO/Economic Development Specialist for Cortland County Business Development Corp.
I like having hot cocoa at Bru 64 with my family. Mackenzie Barnes, Age 11
I love driving up Main Street [in downtown Cortland] at night when all the trees are aglow with white lights. It's just magical. Maria T., owner of It's All About the Bead
My favorite tradition is going to the 1890 House to see the Christmas Decorations. The volunteers do such a great job getting it ready for the holidays. Tammy Timmerman, owner of Willowbrook Golf Club
The Delany Brother's Bluegrass Christmas show is my favorite local holiday tradition. It's just a great way to celebrate in a down-home kind of way. Ty Marshal, Director for the Center of the Arts
Something about the dark nights and the chill in the air inspires us to gather together. Whether it is time spent around a crackling fire with friends or sharing family traditions that have been passed down for generations, Cortland County is the perfect place to make holiday memories.
I love midnight mass at St. Mary's church and Noche Buena at St. Anthony's. And I love Christmas caroling with my family! Molly Reagan, Good Neighbor Art
I like picking our Christmas tree every year from Hill of Beans. Andrew Camillo, Age 12
I like staying up all night with my dad, eating snacks, and watching TV on New Year's Eve. Regan Williams, Age 11
I love going to Anderson's Farm Market and loading up on all the fixings for Hanukkah dinner. My husband makes the best sweet potato latkes, and I make the spiced apple sauce. It's really special lighting the candles and sharing the meal with friends. Candace Rozansky, CCVB Visitors Center Manager
My favorite holiday tradition is definitely seeing my family. We go to my grandpa's on Christmas Eve and celebrate there. Andrew Camillo, Age 12
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