Wednesday, December 8

10:00am–Close                 Gingerbread House Contest. Come see the great gingerbread houses and vote for your favorites!  See the “It’s A Wonderful LEGO Life” set including old Granville house, the famous truss bridge, George’s 1919 car, and the “You Are Now In Bedford Falls” sign. Santa Letter Writing activity for kids, and new exhibits.  

Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street. MASK

 

10:00am-2:00pm           Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos will be selling and signing copies of his books – Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life & Zuzu’s Wonderful Life.  

Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street. MASK

 

10:30am                              Launch of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of It’s a Wonderful Life with cast. 

BonaDent, 2495 Bonadent Dr.  Registration closed. VAX

 

Noon-5:00pm    Festival Welcome Center. Information, Festival Merchandise, Tickets, IAWL Trivia Show, Lost & Found, First Aid.

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street. MASK

 

–                                             Festival of Wreaths Fundraiser Raffle. Plus the $500 Money Tree Raffle provided by Generations Bank, benefitting Seneca County House of Concern.  

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street. MASK

 

12:30pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” the original  version. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.  

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

 

12:30pm-8:00pm             George Bailey’s 1919 Dodge Touring Car with owners, Keith and Marilyn Smith.  James Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram 1429 NY-414

 

2:00pm-7:00pm               The Ultimate It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Tree (from California) and Artist Yakovetic.

The Shop Around the Corner, 60 Fall Street. MASK

 

2:00pm                                “Notes from Little Pete.” Presentation by Donald & Ronald Collins, the twins who played “Pete Bailey” as a baby.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

2:00pm-4:30pm              Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs. (Autographs FREE with purchase; $30 fee for items you bring). 

The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St. VAX

 

2:15pm                                 Video tour by Brian Rohan of Los Angeles County locations where It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed including: The Martini House; Stage 14/Culver City Studios; Site of the RKO Ranch; and Beverly Hills High School. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

2:30pm                                Michael Willian, Author: “It’s a Wonderful Life Uncovered: Everything You Need to Know and Have Been Missing All These Years.”

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

3:00pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” colorized version – This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.  

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

 

3:30pm                               Michael Willian, Author. “Wonderful Life Scene Sightings: Speed Rounds on Animals, Toys, US Presidents & More Spied in Your Favorite Scenes.” 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

6:00pm                               “There’s a Moon Out Tonight.” Meet and Greet with Cast Members from It’s a Wonderful Life. Ticketed event.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame, 1 Canal Street. VAX

 

6:00pm-9:00pm             Seneca Falls/Bedford Falls Community Block Party.  Come help us celebrate the opening of the Festival.  FREE event, everybody welcome!  Music, Dancing, Food, Friends! Ice Sculpture

Corner of State & Fall Streets.

 

7:00pm                              Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Meet the people who helped to make the Festival happen, plus our Grand Marshal – Susan Souhan.

Corner of State & Fall Streets.

Thursday, December 9

9:00am                               “Zuzu, My Little Gingersnap.” Presentation by Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes. Ma Bailey’s Kitchen. Ticketed event. VAX

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street.

 

9:00am-6:00pm             Festival Welcome Center. Information, Festival Merch, Tickets, IAWL Trivia Show, Lost & Found, First Aid.

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall MASK

 

–                                             Festival of Wreaths Fundraiser Raffle. Plus the $500 Money Tree Raffle provided by Generations Bank, benefitting Seneca County House of Concern.  

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall MASK

 

9:00PM-7:00pm              The Ultimate It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Tree (from California) and Artist Yakovetic.

The Shop Around the Corner, 60 Fall StreetMASK

 

9:00am-8:00pm              Visit George Bailey’s Car

James Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram 1429 NY-414

 

10:00am-Close                  Gingerbread House Contest. Come see the great gingerbread houses and vote for your favorites!  See the “It’s A Wonderful LEGO Life” set including old Granville house, the famous truss bridge, George’s 1919 car, and the “You Are Now In Bedford Falls” sign. Santa Letter Writing activity for kids, and new exhibits.  

Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street. MASK

 

10:00am-2:00pm           Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos will be selling and signing copies of his books – Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life & Zuzu’s Wonderful Life.  

Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street. MASK

 

10:30am                              Videotaped interview with Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”) from the 65th Anniversary Celebration in 2011.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

11:00am:                              Michael Willian, book signing.

It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall Street. MASK

 

11:15am:                               “Bread, Salt & Wine” Housewarming in association with Habitat for Humanity featuring actors from It’s a Wonderful Life, 

27 Tyler Avenue, Seneca Falls.

 

11:30am                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” the original  version. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.  

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

 

12:00-2:00pm                   Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs. (Autographs FREE with purchase; $30 fee for items you bring).

The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St. VAX

 

12:00 Noon                                        Video tour by Brian Rohan of Los Angeles County locations where It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed including: The Martini House; Stage 14/Culver City Studios; Site of the RKO Ranch; and Beverly Hills High School. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

12:15pm                                “The Shop Around the Corner” – Radio Play featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

1:00pm                                 “My Dad, His Remarkable Life.” Presentation by John Kuri, producer, director, author and son of Emile Kuri, Set Decorator for It’s a Wonderful Life

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

2:00pm                               Video about the making of the snow for It’s a Wonderful Life featuring Bob Lawless, Special Effects Team, 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

–                                             Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” colorized  version –This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street.  MASK

 

2:05pm                                “It was a Wonderful Decade.” Presentation by Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”) on his career as a young actor. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

2:30pm–4:30pm             Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs. (Autographs FREE with purchase; $30 fee for items you bring).

 The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St. VAX

 

3:00pm                                 “Jimmy Stewart’s Wonderful Life.” Presentation by Janie McKirgan, Executive Director, The Jimmy Stewart Museum. Includes a short biography on Jimmy Stewart narrated by his daughter Kelly. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

4:00pm                               Special Announcement: It’s a Wonderful Life MuseumDonna Reed Center & Heritage Museum & The Jimmy Stewart Museum. Featuring Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter), Janie McKirgan (The Jimmy Stewart Museum) and the Advisors and Board of Trustees of the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

4:00pm-5:30pm              “I want to live again! Reflections and lessons from George Bailey.” Paintings by Paul Abate. First Presbyterian Church 23 Cayuga Street. MASK

 

4:15pm                                 “Tommy Bailey and More: It Wasn’t Just It’s a Wonderful Life.” Presentation by Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

4:30pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” the original  version. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.  

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

 

5:00pm-8:00pm             It’s a Wonderful Night for Kids – Family Block Party, Crafts and activities for kids, Games, Musical performances, Storytelling, Food concessions. FREE event, everybody welcome! Ice Sculpture. 

Lower Fall St.

 

5:00pm                                Classic episode of The Donna Reed Show featuring Jimmy Hawkins and Shelley Fabares: “Mary’s Driving Lesson.” 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

6:00pm                              Santa visits the North Pole 

31 Fall Street MASK

 

7:00pm                              Merry Christmas, George Bailey! – by the Seneca Community Players. — Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

The Bijou Theater,  95 Fall St MASK

 

7:00pm-9:30pm              Special Screening of Frank Capra’s American Dream. Introduction by Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s granddaughter). Biography of the life and career of Frank Capra. Includes archival footage and interviews with family members, directors, actors and friends including: “Bedford Falls Productions” Directors Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovicz. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 

9:00 pm                             Live Cabaret Show “I’LL BE SEEING YOU… A 1940’s Musical Revue” –Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com 

Pottersville Palladium 107 Fall Street .MASK