Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tioga Downs' Winterfest to offer free holiday fun for all ages

Series of seasonal events planned through 2015

Nichols, N.Y. - November 25, 2015 - The magic of the holidays begins this weekend with the return of Winterfest, a free celebration of the season for the entire family. The event kicks off November 28 and features nightly attractions such as a brand new magical dancing light and music show, singing tree shows and horse drawn wagon rides* from 5 - 9 pm. The event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. Additional event dates are planned for December 28, 29 and 30.

Other special holiday activities are also part of Winterfest 2015, sponsored by Redneck Boots & Western Wear located on 163 Main Street in Owego. Opening night will also feature a special Ice Bar on the Winners Circle Lounge patio from 7 - 11 pm complete with musical entertainment by Travis Rocco.

Saturday, December 5 brings an ice sculpting contest to Tioga Downs from 5 - 9 pm, and on Friday, December 11, a winner will be announced in the Holiday Wreath Contest. (Homemade wreaths must be delivered to the Players Club by December 11th at 8 pm to be considered for judging.) Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the winning wreaths.

Tioga Downs will host a Holiday Craft Show Saturday, December 12 from 2 - 9 pm and Sunday, December 13 from 10 - 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public both days.

One of the most anticipated events is the annual Lighted Holiday Parade which takes place Saturday December 19 at 8 pm. All are welcome to enter, and winning floats can earn a cash prize for first, second and third places with the top winner taking home $1000. To register your vehicle, contact Alison Meyer at 607.321.9690 or or Sarah Hoffman at 607.425.9325 or

Families are invited to a special Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 20. The event will be held from 10 am - 1 pm, the cost is $14.99 for adults and $6.99 for children.

Winterfest will not take place on December 25, but it resumes December 26 with an Outrageous Sweater contest at 8 pm offering cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 and also features a reindeer petting zoo from 5 - 9 pm.

Winterfest 2015 wraps up Wednesday, December 30 with closing night events set for 5 - 9 pm.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit

*Horse drawn carriage rides will not take place on Sundays with the exception of December 20 and December 27.