The Cooperstown Story Behind the Rockefeller Tree

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From Upstate to Rockefeller Center

An Oneonta family contributed NYC’s most famous Christmas Tree.

If this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree seems even more impressive than ever, that’s because it hails from Otsego County – Oneonta, to be exact. The tree, at 94 feet tall, is the 2nd tallest Rockefeller Center tree on record. We went behind-the-scenes with the Eichler family to learn how their tree earned this year’s honor.
Photos from the 140-mile trip and installation.
(AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)
Don’t miss this magnificent tree all lit up! Catch the annual lighting ceremony on NBC on Nov. 30th at 8 p.m. and get in the holiday spirit.

Holidays at The Farmers’ Museum

Thanksgiving at the Farm
Gather together with your friends and family and learn how 19th century rural New Yorkers celebrated Thanksgiving! You can see traditional foods prepared on an open hearth, visit the turkey house, and illustrate your own Thanksgiving story. Nov 25-26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Learn more.
Candlelight Evening
Enjoy the magic of the season at Candlelight Evening, when The Farmers’ Museum is festooned with greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles. Take a carriage ride pulled by draft horses draped in jingle bells, meet Santa Claus, enjoy holiday musical performances, seasonal crafts for kids and free rides on the Empire State Carousel. Saturday, December 10, 3-7 p.m. Learn more.
A Christmas Carol
Don’t be a scrooge! Discover the true meaning of Christmas in the classic holiday performance adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens. Produced by the Glimmer Globe Theater. Multiple performances on December 16, 17, 18th. Tickets are available online.

With Visions of Gingerbread…

Destination Oneonta’s beloved Gingerbread Jubilee is back! From Nov. 19th to Dec. 10th, you can stroll through downtown Oneonta and see all the deliciously designed gingerbread houses displayed in storefront windows. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Holiday.” Enjoy the culinary delights and do a little shopping at the same time!
Holiday Boutique Shopping
Great shopping without stepping foot in a mall.
Head off-the-beaten-bath to small town Otsego County and find unique artisan crafts and products for your loved ones. Whether it’s a special jar of preserves from Fly Creek Cider Mill, a locally distilled spirit, or art from the many studios in Gilbertsville, we know you’ll find that special something for that special someone.
Upcoming Events
Don’t miss these great events during your visit.
Gingerbread Jubilee & Santa Parade, Oneonta, Nov. 19
Santa’s Arrival, Cooperstown, Nov. 25
Santa Express Train, Cooperstown, Nov. 25-Dec.17 (Sold out)
Tree Lighting, Oneonta, Dec. 1
Dressed for the Holidays, Gilbertsville, Dec. 2
Christmas Lights Train, Cooperstown, Dec. 3 (Sold out)
Ugly Sweater Run, Cooperstown, Dec. 3
Holiday Open House, Cherry Valley, Dec. 3
A Christmas Carol at The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, Dec. 16,17 & 28)
Where to Stay: Fan Favorites
Holiday Special at Cooper Inn
Located on quiet, park-like grounds and only a short walk to the Baseball Hall of Fame and all Main Street attractions, the newly-renovated Cooper Inn recalls the quiet grandeur of 19th century Cooperstown. Offering a special package just for the holidays, you get cozy accommodations, breakfast, tasty treats and dining discounts at nearby restaurants. Learn more.
Cooperstown & Otsego County
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Contact Information
20 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: (607) 322-4046
[email protected]

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