'Tis the season to get out and play!   There is so much to do ahead of the holidays in the Southern Tier and I thought I'd share some of it with you.

To start with, treat yourself. Don't cook! Just stop by the Endicott Elks for their Friday night dinner, which includes Chicken Cordon Bleu. They have a standard menu too. it's open to the public with servings between 5 and 8 pm. On Sunday, they have Christmas Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11:30 am. it's open to the public too.

Saturday, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 840 Upper Front Street in Binghamton, is having their Winter Wonderland. There will be crafts, petting zoo, tree lighting, a giving tree, food, hot chocolate and even photos with Santa! Admission is $6 for adults, children $2 and kids 5 and under free. The fun goes from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

The Maine Masonic Lodge, Route 26, is hosting a roast beef dinner on Saturday from 4:30 to 6pm.

Calvary's Love Church presents Hope is Born, a Christmas production featuring dance and drama on Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 5 pm. Admission is free!

Check out a classic film! This can be a great date night. It's Binghamton Classic Films season includes Bullets or Ballots on Saturday at 7 pm in Titchner Hall on the BCC campus.

The St. Michael's Ladies Guild is having a cookie sale on Sunday from noon to 3 pm at the Recreation Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton. You can also pre-order St. Michael's Holubki and Pirohi for pick up December 20th and 21st. Call to order by December 18th at 729-0261.

The Living Nativity Story will be at the Community Independent Bible Church, 879 Maple Street in Little meadows, on Sunday at 3 pm.

Insight Archery are holding their 4th Annual Toys for Tots shoot on Sunday. Shooting times are 9 and 11:30 am and 2 pm.. The cost is a new in package toy or equal money donation.

It's Breakfast with Santa! Join the jolly guy at Saint Joseph's Church on Hayes Ave in Endicott on December 15th for a festive breakfast. Sponsored by the 9th grade confirmation class and at the Church Hall from 9 am to 1 pm.

Sunday, Santa will also be stopping by CHOW's warehouse facility, 3 Otseningo Street in Binghamton, from 1 to 4 pm. He'll be there to play with the kids and take photos with them too. Santa will read stories and then open his gift bag. The Binghamton Downtown Singers will provide caroling entertainment.

The Northminster Presbyterian Church, 711 Farm to market Road in Endwell, holds a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday at 3:30 pm. This service is for those who struggle with emotions and depression during the holidays. Lift yourself up and go.

If you have an event you'd like to share, let me know about it 2 weeks ahead of time and we will spread the word!