There’s nothing we love more than an excuse to relax and enjoy the company of others during the holidays. Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas lights and get in the holiday spirit at downtown festivals.

This winter, skip the crowded cities, and spend your holidays in one of Livingston County’s charming villages. These destinations may be small in size, but they have plenty of holiday spirit—you'll get all the hot cocoa, Main Street parades, and scenic horse-drawn carriage rides you could wish for. Our locals love their hometowns and love to spread joy by decorating their own homes for the holidays. Our entire region is like an authentic Christmas village.

From stunning light displays to family-friendly festivals, there is no shortage of activities for the whole crew to enjoy. While these small towns boast all of their usual year-round appeal—think quaint downtown shops, photo-worthy towns, and hometown hospitality—they're truly something special when decked out for the holidays. 

Take a drive to the cozy, holiday-loving Genesee River Valley and experience the many events of the season. You're sure to make wonderful memories, and maybe even some new traditions.

Avon Holiday Spectacular

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Avon, New York

On the first Saturday of December, the streets of Avon come alive with holiday lights, music, family-friendly activities, and sightings of Santa and his Elves for the Avon Holiday Spectacular! Glide across the synthetic ice rink set up on Genesee Street and visit local vendors, businesses, and organizations offering treats and special discounts for one spectacular evening.


Selling Merch at Avon Holiday Spectacular

Winter in the Village & Wine Walk

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Dansville, New York

Featuring over fifteen ice sculptures up and down Main Street, Dansville's Winter in the Village is happening on Saturday, December 2nd with activities from morning to night. Shop arts and crafts from local vendors, watch the Santa Parade, compete in the costume contest at the Dansville Public Library, and close out the day with a Wine and Spirits Walk in the downtown business district.


Woman at Wine Walk

Hometown Holidays

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Caledonia & Mumford, New York

Mark your calendars for a full day of holiday events on December 2nd at Hometown Holidays in Caledonia and Mumford. Kick off the day with breakfast with Santa, shop for arts and crafts, cheer on the tree lighting, and warm up with s'mores and hot cocoa during the nighttime parade. Be sure to wander the villages and admire decorated homes competing in the Annual Holiday Lights Contest.


While in town, drive through these villages to admire festive holiday light displays. Be sure to snap pictures with friends and family and share with us on social using #LivCoNY.



Picture-Perfect Lights in Avon, New York

Steps from the Genesee Street Business District, the trees are shining bright with colorful lights around the Soldier’s Monument in the Village Circle. And during the Avon Holiday Spectacular, be sure to snap pictures inside the holiday light tunnel at the festival.


Storybook-Worthy in Geneseo, New York

Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Village of Geneseo looks like something out of a storybook when decorated with Christmas lights. With lamp posts wrapped in garland and a plethora of decorated trees in the fountain in the middle of Main Street, it’s a must-see sight. Down the street, at the Village Park, you’ll find the log cabin decked out in lights, wreaths, and decorations.


Trees All Around in Leicester, New York

In the “Little Village with Big Heart” known for the gazebo that hosts concerts in the summertime, in the wintertime the same spot lights up with Christmas trees. Lights of all colors shine brightly from tons of trees sponsored by locals.

Bright Lights in Town in Mt Morris, New York

Just minutes from Letchworth State Park, when the skies darken, swing through the Village of Mt Morris for multiple light displays. At the corner of E State Street and Main Street, a small pocket park lights up with holiday displays. Further down Main Street by the Mt Morris Veterans Park, check out an array of trees brimming with lights.


A Fantasy of Lights in Dansville, New York

Part of the holiday festivities, the Village of Dansville creates the Fantasy of Lights Memory Walk in memory of loved ones. Adjacent to St. Paul Lutheran Church, stroll through a path of fifty trees lining each side of the sidewalk. Decorated by local organizations such as the Santa Hat Society, Boy Scouts, and American Red Cross, the festive trees feature colorful lights, reflective bulbs, and lots of sparkling garland. Some trees include family pictures and custom decorations in place of traditional ornaments.


Dansville Trees Lights