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