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Winery tanks decorated for Christmas at Lakewood Vineyards for the Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event

19 Wineries in 1 Day? How We Conquered the Famous Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event

If you live in Upstate New York and you are over 21, you’ve heard someone talk about the Seneca Lake Deck the Halls event. The famous wine trail holiday celebration hits several favorite wineries in the Finger Lakes Wine Region. And the best part is that in addition to the wine and food samples at each winery, every location also gives participants a unique ornament to decorate with at home.

Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event - 2023 grapevine wreath with ornaments

What is Seneca Lake Deck the Halls?

Deck the Halls is the Seneca Lake Wine Trails most anticipated festival every holiday season. Spread across two separate weekends at the end of November and beginning of December, it’s sure to sell out every year. The main premise of the festival is like any other wine trail event – visit a bunch of wineries while sampling their creations along with a bite of food at each place. But this one adds some Christmas cheer while festival-goers get into the holiday spirit. (Pun intended.)

When you purchase your tickets for Deck the Halls, you will need to choose a starting winery. This helps the festival spread out the guests, so the crowds never get big. At your first winery you will collect your grapevine wreath and you first ornament. At each other participating winery you visit, you’ll collect an additional ornament.

It is worth noting that some of the wineries go above and beyond with their ornaments while others… do not. Nonetheless, there are plenty that were wonderful, made with the spirit of the winery in mind.

Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event - wine & food samples at Leidenfrost Vineyards

Tickets for Seneca Lake’s Deck the Halls

If there is one thing you should know about Deck the Halls, it is that you have to buy your tickets early ! Tickets typically go on sale in July and sell out by August. So while you may not be thinking of Christmas festivities in the hottest part of summer, you’ll miss out if you don’t.

Tickets are available through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail website . Guests can chose a single ticket, a couple’s ticket, or a designated driver ticket. While you save quite a bit of money with the couple’s ticket, keep in mind you will only get one wreath and one ornament per winery. So if you’re not sharing with someone you live with, plan accordingly.

Alternatively, visitors can purchase a weekend package, which includes accommodation for two nights, transportation on Saturday, and tickets to the event.

Tips for Non-couple Couples

If you’re sharing a couple’s ticket with someone outside your home, like I did with my sister-in-law, here are some tips.

First, Most craft stores sell grapevine wreaths, so you can always purchase one on your own. Or you can grab one on Amazon for just $10 .

Secondly, if you’re visiting on the second weekend (toward the end of the festival), you might be able to ask the winery for a second ornament if there is one you both really want. Some wineries will accommodate if they think they will have extras. Alternatively, many of the winery gift shops have other ornaments (sometimes past Deck the Halls ornaments) for sale.

Visiting the wineries during Deck the Halls

For the 2023 Seneca Lake Deck the Halls event, an impressive 19 wineries participated. To be clear, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail does not recommend that you visit all of the wineries in one day. Seriously, you’d have to be crazy to try it. But… call us crazy. Tickets are good for a full weekend, Friday through Sunday. But we had plans on Friday and I had a 6am flight to Hawaii on Sunday. I had no intention of making it to them all. But when you present me with a challenge…

The biggest MVP of the day was definitely my husband. He was such a trooper, driving the three of us to all of the wineries. He earned the nickname “Coach” as he corralled us and shuttled us around Seneca Lake, keeping us on track to visit them all. Coach even took pictures for us and did the purchasing at the wineries when I found wines I liked so we could move quickly.

Secondly, it’s very important for me to note that we did not try all of the samples at all of the wineries . That would be ludicrous. Each winery has one sample with their food sample and then offers to let you try 3 more (on average). Since a typical wine sample is 1-2 ounces, that’s an average of 6 ounces per winery. Multiply that by 19 and that’s 114 ounces… or almost 5 bottles of wine. DO NOT DO THIS IN ONE DAY. If you plan to visit all of the wineries AND maximize your samples, spread it out over the course of the weekend. Even then it’s still a lot of wine!

Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event - wine & food samples at 3 Brothers Winery

2023 Deck the Halls Participating Wineries

  • Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards
  • Boundary Breaks Vineyard
  • Castel Grisch Winery
  • Caywood Vineyards
  • CK Torrey Ridge Winery
  • Fox Run Vineyards
  • Fruit Yard Winery
  • Fulkerson Winery
  • Glenora Wine Cellars
  • Idol Ridge Winery
  • J.R. Dill Winery
  • Lakewood Vineyards
  • Leidenfrost Vineyards
  • Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
  • Tabora Farm & Winery
  • Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
  • Toast Winery
  • Wagner Vineyards
  • White Springs Winery

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Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event - wine & food sample at Toast Winery

2023 Deck the Halls Highlights

While the festival in general is incredible, there were a few things that really stood out to me this year:

As for the overall experience, Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen really outdid themselves. They lit up the winery tanks with Christmas lights and led guests into the tasting area with “snowy” footprints on the ground. They had the most delicious cranberry and brie bites, a photo backdrop, and multiple serving stations. Overall, an A+ experience.

On the food note, there were several delicious options that I am adding to my recipe book (one of which I already made!). Shoutout to the corn chowder at Boundary Breaks and the gingerbread cheesecake dip at Fulkerson Winery . But the real winner here is Idol Ridge Winery with their make-your-own s’mores. Yes, they had mini tabletop fires to roast your marshmallow and a homemade vanilla fudge to pair with it. YUM.

Oh, and you get access to all of the recipes from the festival so you can remake your favorites at home.

Seneca Lake Deck the Halls Event - wine & food samples at Idol Ridge Winery

Final Thoughts

In order to maximize your time and experience at Seneca Lake’s annual Deck the Halls Event, remember these key things.

  • Have a designated driver. Truly, it’s in everyone’s best interest if the people drinking don’t have to worry about driving. At all.
  • Buy your tickets early! Don’t let them sell out.
  • Have a game plan. Know which winery your are starting at and which other wineries are on your do-not-miss list.
  • Dress up and get into the holiday spirit! Seriously, one of the best parts of the event is joining in the frivolity of the season and checking out each other’s ugly sweaters and other holiday wardrobes.
  • Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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Deck the Hall set to begin at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron

  • Updated: Mar. 07, 2023, 4:29 p.m. |
  • Published: Oct. 28, 2022, 5:30 a.m.

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Deck the Hall opens this month

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens’ Deck the Hall opens this month Stan Hywet Hall

  • Marc Bona, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens ’ annual Deck the Hall is coming up, with a variety of holiday displays and more than 1 million lights illuminating the stately grounds.

The estate’s holiday-decorated theme is “Gracious Gatherings,” featuring decorations for a traditional Christmas.

• Friday to Sunday, Nov. 25-27.

• Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 1-4.

• Thursday, Dec. 8 through Friday, Dec. 23.

• Monday to Friday, Dec. 26-30.

Guests can arrive anytime between 3 and 8 p.m. The estate remains open until 9 p.m. each night of Deck the Hall. (Regular daytime tours end for the season Wednesday, Nov. 23.)

Stan Hywet is the former home of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family.

A large decorated tree is in the Carriage House Courtyard while Santa and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer will be nearby. The Music Room - decorated in red, green and gold – will highlight Gertrude Seiberling’s musical talents. Taking a less traditional approach, the West Porch of the Manor House is filled with animals in tuxes, gnomes taking a bubble bath and a woodland Santa in a forest with a flocked tree.

Thirty trees in 19 spaces in the Manor House are decorated for Christmas.

The gardens and grounds are illuminated with 1.2 million holiday lights, including the annual light show in the Great Garden. Gingerbread Land features even more lights, and the poinsettia tree in Corbin Conservatory offers a photo opportunity (different colored poinsettias are available for purchase). Animated shop windows reflecting a gingerbread bake shop and 1920s Akron at holiday time also will be up in the courtyard.

Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path, Akron.

• Monday to Thursday: $20, adults (18 and older); $9 (ages 3 to 17).

• Friday to Sunday: $24, adults; $11, ages 3 to 17.

• All nights: Free, ages 2 and under. College students with valid ID pay youth price.

For tickets, go online or call 330-315-3287. Admission includes self-guided tour of the Manor House, conservatory, grounds and light show.

Related coverage: 2021 Deck the Hall lights up Stan Hywet (photos)

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December Deck the Halls Weekend

December 1-3, 2023,  Fri 12-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm, tickets are good for the whole weekend.

There are two separate weekends of Deck the Halls, either (November 17-19) or December 1-3 and 2023 marks its 30th Anniversary and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate!  During this event, you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries decked out for the holiday season, wine and food pairings at each stop, and collect keepsake ornaments along the way. Deck the Halls tickets are $130 per couple, $95 for an individual and $35 for non-tasters and good for all days so you can go one day or all three days.  

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Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Deck the Halls celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

The ever-popular event launched in 1992 but paused for two years during the COVID pandemic. Today, the original concept remains intact: guests purchase a passport ticket which includes food and wine pairings at multiple wine trail wineries, all decorated for the holidays. Also included in the ticket price are a grapevine wreath, a collectable ornament at each stop and a printed recipe book. In 2023, a couple’s ticket is $130 with 19 participating wineries. The event runs two weekends (November 17-19 and December 1-3), and always sells out.

How did Deck The Halls become the powerhouse event it is today? Liz Stamp of Lakewood Vineyards, who is credited with originating the idea, tells us the story.

Q: How did the idea of Deck The Halls come to you?

Liz: The wineries started doing events and I thought, this could be a great way to invite people to all of the wineries on the trail. And traffic was so slow in the winter months. At the time, Monty Stamp [Liz’s late father-in-law] was selling grapevine wreaths for extra money, so the idea came of giving a wreath to guests and then unique ornaments at each winery. It was important to have something to collect at each stop.

Q: Describe the first year of Deck The Halls.

Liz: It was 1992 and it was the fourth event the [Seneca Lake Wine] Trail had ever done. We advertised with flyers and radio ads, and then the phone started ringing. Tickets were only available at the door and we did not offer pre-sale at the time. We were hoping for 120 guests but when the phone started ringing we planned for 300. When we opened Saturday morning, people started pouring in and we knew we were going to run out of everything. Lots of people didn’t get the ornament, and we did the best we could with food. We saw over 700 people. We ended up writing down guests’ names on a lined notebook so we could make good on the ornaments.

Q: What do you see for the future of Deck The Halls?

Liz: Make it a festive event and not make it too rushed or crowded. COVID helped us re-evaluate the ticket numbers per weekend. We want to make sure that we are delivering quality and connection with guests. For lots of people, it is their first time here and we want them to return.

Q: What is your advice for someone who is attending Deck The Halls for the first time?

Liz: Try to take advantage of the whole weekend, Friday through Sunday. Don’t rush. There’s time to visit all of the wineries. If you visit a space and it is crowded, skip it and come back later when it isn’t as crowded. Most importantly, enjoy it.

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