Come enjoy the power of light and sound!

Downtown Ithaca’s Winter Light Festival Presented by Tompkins Trust Company is making its debut December 5th through 15th.

The festival will feature Prismatica, an art trail of 25 luminous and interactive prisms.

From December 5th through 15th, Prismatica will brighten the highly trafficked Commons pedestrian mall on East State Street and showcase how creativity can enliven this space. As visitors wander among and interact with the exhibit, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and extremely colorful reflections.

Each prism stands more than seven feet tall and is covered in a dichroic film that reflects all the colors of the rainbow depending on the light and the viewing angle. After sunset, internal projectors light up the interactive kaleidoscope giving the project an additional dimension.

The festival will also include annual favorites Chowder Cook-Off and Santa’s Arrival, both presented by Maguire Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram & Fiat.

Additional pop-up activities during the festival will include a Silent Disco, photo opportunities with Sparky, a Giant Rideable Unicorn Art Bicycle, a glow bar serving beer, wine, and hot cocoa, demonstrations, and other entertainment for all ages.

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11 Days of Events, Exploration & Winter Celebrations

Friday, December 6th
  • Winter Light Festival Opening Celebration
  • 5pm-8pm: December Gallery Night presented by Tompkins Trust Company
  • 5pm-9pm: GLOW Bar
  • 6pm-9pm: Silent Disco Party
Saturday, December 7th
  • 12pm-5pm: 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off presented by Maguire Jeep, Fiat, Ram, Chrysler
  • 12pm-5pm: GLOW Bar
  • Photo Opportunity with Sparky The Unicorn
Sunday, December 8th
  • 11am-3pm: Santa's Arrival in Downtown Ithaca Performances by Next Jennaration Dance Studio, CSMA youth carolers, Fall Creek Brass Band, and more!
December 9-12th
  • Coming Soon!
Friday, Dec. 13th
  • Photo Opportunity with Sparky The Unicorn
  • Ithaca Sabers Demo & Battle (TBD)
  • 5pm-9pm: GLOW Bar
Saturday, Dec. 14th
  • 5pm-8pm: Let’s Glow Ithaca! Closing Ceremony Dance Party
  • Bicycle Light Parade through The Commons
  • 5pm-9pm: GLOW Bar
Sunday, Dec. 15th
  • Last day of Prismatica installation

  • 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off

    Saturday, December 7, 2019 12pm-5pm

    The Chowder Cook-Off heats up on the Commons and surrounding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall! Ice Festival-goers can stay warm by sampling over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champions!

    Chowder sampling tickets will go on sale in December.


    Directions & Parking

    Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages and walk to the Winter Light Festival and Chowder Cook-Off. The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators. Street parking is also available. 

    For additional downtown parking information, click here. 

    Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here. 


    Interested in participanting in the Chowder Cook-Off? Register HERE!