The holiday season is here and we can feel it all around us. Take a drive around the Southern Tier and you'll see holiday light displays galore. In fact, if you have a outdoor holiday display, we would love to have you share it with us and you could win a tiny box containing a $500 prize. SWEET!!!

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We can't forget about the Broome County Festival of Lights at Otsiningo Park or Jungle Bells at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville. There is also another place to take the family and it's FREE to go.

Winterfest At Tioga Downs Casino Resort In Nichols New York

Winterfest is back at Tioga Downs in Nichols and is offering free family-friendly holiday fun through December. You'll have the chance to a take in their display of Christmas lights as you ride on a Horse Drawn Wagon around the track.

You'll be able to meet Santa and even try your hand at Christmas Trivia. There will be plenty of fun holiday activities for the entire family. The fun runs on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The wagon rides can fit up to 12 people per ride and you don't need to make reservations or call-ahead. The last wagon ride is at 8:15 p.m. and you should dress warm because after all, you will be outside.

 Tioga Downs Casino Resort is located at 2384 West River Road in Nichols and you can see the resort from Rt. 17/I-86 between exit 62 and 63. You can check out the complete Winterfest schedule here and once again, admission is FREE.

Since we are all feeling the spirit of the holidays, here are some Christmas displays to get you in the mood. These pictures were taken from Maryvale Drive to SpringTree Blvd. in Apalachin.

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