2021 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE FESTIVAL 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 8 - 12

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

Friday, December 10

 9:00am-4:00pm             Bedford Falls Station Holiday Postal Cancellation.

Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.

9:00am-5:00pm              Celebrating the Legacy of Frank Capra. New exhibits; sign the petition for a Department of Peace and a Secretary of Peace that was promoted by Donna Reed.

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

9:00am-6:00pm             Festival Welcome Center. Information, Festival Merch, 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

9:00am-8:00pm              The Ultimate It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Tree (from California) and Artist Yakovetic.

The Shop Around the Corner, 60 Fall Street.  MASK

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

James Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram 1429 NY-414 

10:00am                             Presentation by Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”): “Frank Capra and Me — Untold Stories.”

Trinity Church, 27 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 

–                                             “I want to live again! Reflections and lessons from George Bailey.” Paintings by Paul Abate.

First Presbyterian Church 23 Cayuga Street. MASK

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

10:45am                             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

11:00am-1:00pm              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 

11:00am                               “Touring Bedford Falls: An Immersive Look at the Film’s Downtown and Residential Streets.” Presentation by Author Michael Willian.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

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 noon                         “I want to live again! Reflections and lessons from George Bailey.” Paintings by Paul Abate.

First Presbyterian Church 23 Cayuga StreetMASK

12pm-5:00pm                  It’s a Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street

12:30pm                              “A.P. Giannini: The American Tale of the Italian Banker.” Presentation by Miles Ryan Fisher, Editor-in-Chief, Italian America Magazine, on Frank Capra and A.P. Giannini, believed to be the model for George Bailey.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

1:00pm                               “How IAWL shaped my acting career and life.” Presentation by actor Jody Thompson: A small town boy who shook the dust off this crummy little town to star in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. FREE!

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street.  MASK

1:30pm                                 “Frank Capra: What America Was to Him.” Presentation by John Kuri, filmmaker, son of Emile Kuri, Set Decorator for It’s a Wonderful Life. 

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

2:00pm                               Reading of the Greatest Gift, the original story that inspired Frank Capra & Jimmy Stewart to make It’s A Wonderful Life. FREE!

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

2:00pm-4:00pm             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 

2:30pm                                “Ruth Bailey’s Life Philosophy.” Presentation by Carol Moss Loop, daughter of Virginia Patton Moss (“Ruth Dakin Bailey”)

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

3:00pm                                Interesting Facts About George Bailey’s Car. Presentation by Keith Smith, owner of George Bailey’s car, one of only four known props remaining from the film.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

3:30pm                               “A Hollywood Producer’s Guide to George Bailey: Frank Capra’s Most Wonderful Hero.” Presentation by Harold Buchholz, an Executive Producer and Writer, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix). Mr. Buchholz has taught college film classes, was a Senior Vice President at Archie Comics, and writes and draws the comic strip Sweetest Beasts on Instagram.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK 

3:30pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” colorized  version –This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

The Little Theater, 103 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

4:30pm                                Mrs. Martini’s Pasta Dinner and Movie Trivia – Join Mrs. Martini for a homestyle meal while playing along with the fun IAWL Trivia game. Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

American Legion 48 State Street MASK

6:00pm                                Frank Capra’s Preview Dinner. MC: Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s granddaughter). Shuttles start departing The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, at 4:30 pm.

Del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 NY- 414. VAX

6pm-8:30pm                   It’s a Wonderful Bonfire, Tree Lighting, Caroling, Holiday Lights Contest winners announced & Santa,Music by Calvary Chapel Worship Band. Harry’s Hots & Concessions available throughout.

People’s Park on Water Street. 

6:00pm                              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

7:20pm                               Fireworks on the Canal Harbor — Celebrate the 75th Anniversary with a spectacular fireworks display.  Best viewing along the Canal Harbor north promenade,

People’s Park, Ovid Street Bridge & Bailey’s Bridge Street Bridge. 

7:30pm                                Mrs. Martini’s Pasta Dinner and Movie Trivia – Join Mrs. Martini for a homestyle meal while playing along with the fun IAWL Trivia game. Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

American Legion 48 State Street. MASK

8:00pm                              IAWL Participation Movie –  [SEE DESCRIPTION IN EDITED 2019 PROGRAM #2]  #2 – Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

The Bijou Theater, 95 Fall Street.MASK

8:00pm                              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

 Saturday, December 11

 8:00am                               It’s a Wonderful Breakfast. Tickets at the door.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK 

9:00am                                Groundbreaking of the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum Expansion and Unveiling of the 75th Anniversary Bell.

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

9:00am-12:00noon         Bedford Falls Station Holiday Postal Cancellation.

Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St. 

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

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street. MASK

9:00am-6:00pm                 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

9:00am-7:00pm               Visit George Bailey’s Car

James Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram 1429 NY-414 

9:00PM-8:00pm                The Ultimate It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Tree (from California) and Artist Yakovetic. The Shop Around the Corner, 60 Fall StreetMASK

9:30am-1:00pm               Roasted chestnuts by the Knights of Columbus. (or until gone) FREE.

Corner of State and Fall Streets.

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                             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

–                                             “How IAWL shaped my acting career and life.” Presentation by actor Jody Thompson: A small town boy who shook the dust off this crummy little town to star in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. FREE!

Little Theater, 103 Fall Street.  MASK

–                                             18th Annual George Bailey Award Presented by Karolyn Grimes.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK 

10:00am-2:00pm            “I want to live again! Reflections and lessons from George Bailey.” Paintings by Paul Abate.

First Presbyterian Church 23 Cayuga StreetMASK

10:00am-3:00pm           FREE Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides – Pick up and drop off at

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street 

10:00am-4:00pm            It’s a Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street

10:00am-12:00pm          Santa visits the North Pole

31 Fall Street

10:45am                             “Frank Capra in His Own Words.” Presentation by Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s granddaughter).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

11:00am                              Reading of the Greatest Gift, the original story that inspired Frank Capra & Jimmy Stewart to make It’s A Wonderful Life. FREE!

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

11:00am-1:00pm              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 

11:45am                               “Liberty Films: The Essential Partners and How Their Voices Affected America and the World Through Cinema.” Presentation by John Kuri, filmmaker, son of Emile Kuri (Set Decorator for It’s a Wonderful Life).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

1:00pm                               Don’t miss the It’s a Wonderful Parade on Fall Street

1:30pm                                “The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life.” Emmy-winning documentary co-produced and co-directed by Francis DiClemente and Stu Lisson on the history of the connections between Seneca Falls and Bedford Falls.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK 

2:00pm-4:00pm             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

2:15pm                           Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter): Introduction to The Donna Reed Show and Thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Life. A classic episode of The Donna Reed Show that challenges gender stereotypes will be shown.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

2:00pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” original  version.. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street MASK

–                                             Giant Cinnamon Bun Eating Contest

Cafe 19, 20 E Bayard St

3:00pm                              Violet Bick’s Beauty Tips

Violet Bick’s Beauty Shop, 31 Fall St. 

3:15pm                                Screening: Two Hours in the Dark – based on the life of Frank Capra. Introduction by Chip Hackler (Writer, Director) and Joseph D’Alessandro (Cinematographer). “Convinced his next film would fail, he deteriorated to the brink of death — until the day a mysterious stranger appeared, changing Capra’s life, and films, forever.” Awards include: Best California Short (California Film Awards) and Jury Award — Best Short (Charleston International Film Festival).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK.

4:00pm-8:00pm                  Bert & Ernie’s Famous Chicken BBQ.  Before, during or after the Race!   Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

American Legion, 48 State Street. MASK

4:40pm                                 The 13th Annual IT’S A WONDERFUL RUN 5K! It begins at the infamous Bailey Bridge, courses through the holiday-decorated neighborhoods of Seneca Falls, and concludes back at the Bridge where it all started! Open to Runners and Walkers. Register online at http://itsawonderfulrun5k.com.

6:00pm                                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

6:00pm                              Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” colorized  version –This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

7:30pm                                 Special Screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. Introduced by Karolyn “Zuzu “ Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

8:00pm                              IAWL Participation Movie – Advance tickets available at Festival Welcome Center or at therealbedfordfalls.com

The Bijou Theater, 95 Fall Street. MASK

8:00pm                              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

Sunday, December 12

All Day – St. George Living History Productions will broadcast via Zoom.

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

 8:00am-11:30am               Pancake Breakfast by the United Way. Tickets at the door.

Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water Street. MASK

8:00am – Noon                 Visit George Bailey’s Car

James Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram 1429 NY-414

 8:30am – 10:30am:         Karolyn Grimes 19th Anniversary Breakfast Celebration. Ballroom,

The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street. VAX

9:00am-6:00pm             Festival Welcome Center. Information, Festival Merch, 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

9:30am                              Bedford Falls Express Train Ride leaves Academy Square promptly at 9:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view. Santa may even make an appearance!

Academy Square, 12 North Park St./Cayuga Street

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

–                                             You’ll want to participate in this year’s Uncle Billy’s Wonderful Scavenger Hunt. Test your observation skill! So much fun!

Festival Welcome Center at 76 Fall Street. MASK

10:00am-3:00pm           It’s a Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street

–                                             FREE Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides – Pick up and drop off at

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street

11:00am                              Reading of the Greatest Gift, the original story that inspired Frank Capra & Jimmy Stewart to make It’s A Wonderful Life. FREE!

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

–                                             Greg Asimakoupoulos:  “Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, 23 Cayuga Street. MASK

–                                             Trinity Episcopal Church members discuss how what they have learned from studying It’s a Wonderful Life can be applied to any community, maybe even the country. Facilitated by the Rev. J. Brad Benson, parish priest.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 –                                             Book signing, Michael Willian.

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

 –                                             FREE Roasted chestnuts by the Knights of Columbus or until gone.

Corner of State and Fall Streets.

11:00am-12:30pm           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

11:30am                              Bedford Falls Express Train Ride leaves Academy Square promptly at 9:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view. Santa may even make an appearance!

Academy Square, 12 North Park St./Cayuga Street

11:30am                               “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

 11:45am                               Presentation by Author Michael Willian: “RSVPs for The Bailey Christmas Eve Gathering: Who’s There, Who’s Not & Everyone’s Back Story.”

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

 12:00 Noon                      Wonderful Music Brass Ensemble

Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street.

12:30pm                            Screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” original version.

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

–                                              “It was a Wonderful Decade.” Presentation by Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”) on his career as a child actor. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

1:00pm                               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

1:00pm-2:30pm               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

1:30pm                                 “The Backstory of Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy and the Other Jimmy.” Presentation by Sal St. George, writer, director, producer, St. George Living History Productions.

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

–                                             Bedford Falls Express Train Ride leaves Academy Square promptly at 9:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view. Santa may even make an appearance!

Academy Square, 12 North Park St./Cayuga Street

2:30pm                              Scavenger Hunt prizes awarded

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street. MASK

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

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

3:00pm                              Festival of Wreaths Winners announced –

Festival Welcome Center, 76 Fall Street. MASK

3:00pm                               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

3:00pm                                “Look Where It’s a Wonderful Life Has Taken Us!” Presentation by Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”).

Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street. MASK

3:30pm                               Bedford Falls Express Train Ride leaves Academy Square promptly at 9:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view. Santa may even make an appearance!

Academy Square, 12 North Park St./Cayuga Street

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

The Little Theater, 103 Fall Street. MASK

4:00pm                               “The Bells of The Real Bedford Falls.” Gather in front of the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum to hear the bells throughout town ring in honor of those who have impacted our lives.

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

6:00pm                               “We’ll Raise a Cup of Kindness: the Final Scene Dinner.” Shuttles start leaving The Gould Hotel at 5:00 pm.

Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 NY-89. VAX