SYRACUSE – Looking for a unique fun-filled Christmas family activity?  

Chautauqua’s Old-Fashioned Christmas is the answer.  

After Thanksgiving’s turkey stupor, on Saturday Nov. 27, come to Oakwood Resort in Syracuse from 6 to 8 p.m.

Yes, Santa will be there, and his reindeer (for petting). And the Live Nativity and Sleigh Rides … and, of course, the Big Tree Lighting.  

The popular reading of the Christmas story from the Bible at the historic Oakwood Chapel is planned.  

New this year is a photobooth for family Christmas pictures, using your phone camera.  

Watch out for characters who are roaming around:  Frosty, the Grinch, Rudolph, Buddy-the-Elf, Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man.

The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Oakwood Resort, with activities starting with music near the Oakwood Inn starting at 6 p.m. Music and carols will be sung around the 60-foot Christmas tree, which will be lit at 6:15 p.m.

Then you and your family may stroll up the lighted path to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures with roaming characters! Listen to an elf read the Night Before Christmas.  

Two barbershop quartets are strolling around singing carols, along with two other music groups.  

Get warmed up with some hot chocolate and munch on a cookie. Don’t forget to pick up some Deer food to take home for Santa’s reindeer.

Stroll up to the historic Oakwood chapel to hear the Christmas story read from the Bible.  

On your way to the Chapel, stop to see the live nativity.

And you’ll want to relax and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the park.  

These are just some of the many fun activities at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.    

Hope for a bit of snow, but if severe weather occurs, check the Chautauqua-Wawasee website at or Facebook, for information and updates.  

There is no cost. It’s all free to the public.