Holidays at the Lodge: A Festive Family Celebration with Music, Santa, and More


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(WNY News Now) – WNY News spoke with David Niles, Program Director at the Roger Troy Peterson Institute, about the ongoing Holidays at the Lodge event on December 9, 2023, and the upcoming festivities on December 16th. 

Jamestown, N.Y. – On December 9, 2023, and returning next week on December 16th, the Roger Troy Peterson Institute is hosting the Holidays at the Lodge event, offering a joyous celebration for families to embrace the spirit of the season. WNY News had the opportunity to catch up with David Niles, the Program Director at the Institute, who shared insights into the festivities.





The upcoming event on December 16th is set to feature a delightful array of activities for the entire family. Attendees can engage in bird ornament decorating, sip on hot chocolate, revel in a visit from Santa Claus, and enjoy heartwarming performances by local choral groups presenting classic holiday tunes.

During our visit on Saturday, December 9th, the Harmony Production Company, a Jamestown quartet with an impressive 37-year history, graced the occasion. Members Dan McLaughlin, David Lewis, Dave King, and George Jarrell treated viewers to a heartwarming Christmas song, setting a festive tone for the season. The performance showcased the community spirit and artistic talents that make Holidays at the Lodge a must-attend event.

Mark your calendars for December 16th and gather the entire family for a day filled with special moments. The affordable admission fee of $5 per person ensures access to all the current exhibits, making it an accessible and inclusive experience for everyone. Additionally, SNAP recipients can enjoy the festivities for free.





















The schedule for December 16th is packed with engaging activities:

9:30 a.m. – Prendergast Library Story Time
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Santa visits RTPI
11:00 a.m. JHS Madrigal Singers
12:00 p.m. Maple Grove High School Choir
1:00 p.m. Westfield Westwinds Choir
2:00 p.m. Frewsburg High School Choir
3:00 p.m. Southwestern Choraliers

In addition to the musical performances, there will be Gingerbread Cookie Decorating and a delightful spread of hot chocolate and cookies available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These sweet treats and activities are made possible by the generous sponsorship of El Greco Woodworking, a family business contributing to the enjoyment of everyone in the county.

Holidays at the Lodge not only brings joy to the community but also provides an opportunity for local talents to shine. The collaboration of various choral groups adds a harmonious touch to the festive ambiance, creating an unforgettable experience for attendees.









As the countdown to December 16th begins, the Roger Troy Peterson Institute welcomes all families to join in the celebration. With a mix of tradition, music, and the warmth of community spirit, Holidays at the Lodge promises to be a memorable event for all ages.

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