There is so much going on inside and outside at Tioga Downs Casino, that I don't even know where to begin.  Everybody's eyes are on the new casino as it officially opened today (December 2), that you could almost feel the energy at any given point as you're driving on Route 17.

Also exciting is the return of Winterfest.  Every year, Winterfest gets bigger and bigger and this year is no exception.  Rich Birdsall from the Hawk afternoon show will be out there to highlight some of the biggest happenings this weekend, but there's also a sleigh full of other highlights to tell you about.

In a nut shell, Winterfest 2016 is outside the Casino, on the grounds of Tioga Downs in Nichols. It's a great, free-of-charge, family-friendly celebrations that happens each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., thru December 30th.  One of the many highlights everybody seems to love is their signature sound and light show and the horse drawn rides, that are truly magical.

Saturday, December 3rd is the ice sculpting contest, Friday December 9th the winner of the wreath contest is announced which ushers in the Holiday Craft Show that weekend.  Something you should not miss is the fabulous Lighted Holiday Parade on Friday, December 16th.  Again, all events of Winterfest 2016 are free and fun for the whole family.