The Winter Village at Chautauqua

2018 Dates: Weekends, Nov. 23–Dec. 31

Continuing a new tradition launched last year, Chautauqua Institution will host the 2018 Winter Village at Chautauqua on selected weekends starting Nov. 23 through New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The festivities will highlight on-grounds shopping and dining, and include special events such as wine and food pairing dinners, Breakfast with Santa, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, and other seasonal activities.

The lineup will include some of the most popular events and features of its inaugural year — kids can visit with Santa and write him letters in new Poetry Makerspace, and pups will sport their holiday best for the Reindog Parade. Exciting new events and vendors include Coffee & Canvas, snow-shoeing across the grounds, holiday movies and a holiday concert featuring La Bella Voce Trio.

The 2018 Winter Village kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, when the holiday lights and displays on Bestor Plaza will be illuminated for the first time of the season. On-ground shops and restaurants will be invited to stay open late that night, and holiday music will fill the plaza. Santa will arrive on a horse-drawn carriage to signal the launch of Chautauqua’s Winter Village.

Admission and parking are free, and overnight accommodations are available. The Chautauqua Institution grounds remain open to the public with no entry or parking fees until our 2019 summer season begins on June 22. Call 716-357-3785 to book a stay with us today.


Chautauqua Institution 

Where can you listen to industry experts speak during the day and then see amazing concerts at night? The same place where you can take classes, listen to religious leaders, go golfing, see a ballet and a play, view stunning art, and so much more all in one vacation. Stay a week with us this summer and we promise it will be unlike any experience you’ve ever had.

Why visit Chautauqua Institution?

  • Chautauqua Institution is a summer continuous learning community located on Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua, NY. Whether you are an avid reader, a concert lover, an adventurer, an artist, or an intellectual there is something for you at Chautauqua Institution.
  • Each week of the 9-week summer schedule has a theme. All of the programming for that week is based on that theme. After a week here you will be an expert on a new and interesting topic. Week themes for the 2018 summer season include:
    • For Love of the Written Word
    • American Identity
    • The Art of Play
    • Russia and the West
    • The Ethics of Dissent
    • The Changing Nature of Work
    • The Arts and Global Understanding: A Week featuring The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
    • The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century
    • The Impact of Cinema: Storytelling and Social Change, A Chautauqua Food & Film Festival

Why Stay at The Spencer?

  • The Spencer Hotel is located right in the heart of Chautauqua Institution. We are steps away from The Amphitheater. Don’t feel like going into the Amphitheater but want to listen to the speaker? You can see and hear everything from our porches.
  • Summers in Chautauqua, NY get warm. The Spencer is the only hotel in Chautauqua Institution with central air and other modern amenities to keep you comfortable.
  • We’re only a block away from Chautauqua Lake.
  • World class daily breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday is included when you book a week with us.
  • The Spencer Hotel offers a cozy, yet elegant bed and breakfast feel to enhance your vacation experience