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This Months Feature Story

In search of an evergreen for the holidays

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Of all the traditions a parent could follow while raising children, getting the annual Christmas tree is probably one of the most memorable.


Lights on the Lake

Lights on the Lake 2017. Photos by Dylan Suttles

Lights on the Lake continues through Jan. 7. Visitors can drive through the illuminated wonderland along Onondaga Lake every evening from 5 to 10 p.m.  The entrance is via Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Admission is $10 per vehicle, Mondays through Thursdays, and $15 per vehicle, Fridays through Sundays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, visitors who show a Wegmans Shoppers Club card can get in for $6 per vehicle. For more information, call (315) 453-6712. And children can enter the Lights on the Lake Coloring Contest by going to this page, printing out the image, and coloring and posting the picture:


For more details on this and other December events, see the Calendar.





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The Cool and the Colorful

Schweinfurth Art Center

205 Genesee St., Auburn. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Two exhibits—Quilts=Art=Quilts and Traditions Made Modern: Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe—are up through Jan. 3. Admission to exhibits is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and free for those under age 12. (There is no admission charge to visit the gift shop on its own.) For more information, call 255-1553 or visit

Michael Davis photos

Cubebot, Mini, $9

Cubebot, Large, $15

Playing Card Set, $15

Backgammon, $25

Checkers/Chess, $25

Kikkerland Samu Windup Toy, $24


The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)

500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and also Mondays and Tuesdays during school vacations). Admission to the exhibit hall costs $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 11, and $8 for age 65 and older. To learn about special holiday events in December, such as the Polar Express Pajama Party, see the calendar in this issue. For more information, call
425-9068 or visit

Art & Motion Dolphin, $12.99

Thick Slab, Dyed, $14.50

Plush Cobra, 12 inches, $16.99


Everson Museum of Art

401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Open Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested donation for the galleries is $5. Admission during the Festival of Trees, Dec. 4 through 13, is $5, free for children under 10. Call 474-6064 for information, or visit

Todd Conover Necklace, $175

Wire Person, $27.98

Roly Poly Push Toys Mommy and Baby Dinosaur, $16.98

Pottery, $35