‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Turns 70: How to Visit the Real Bedford Falls
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Turns 70: How to Visit the Real Bedford Falls

It's A Wonderful Life 70th Anniversary
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It’s just as lovely as you’d imagine.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a holiday film favorite for many families around the country, and this year marks the film’s 70th Anniversary.

To celebrate, the New York town of Seneca Falls, widely considered the inspiration for the movie’s Bedford Falls, is pulling out all the stops.

In addition to the town’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” Museum—one of only four movie museums in the country—the Seneca Falls yearly festival to honor of the film is bigger than ever.

The weekend, December 9 to 11, will be packed with activities, presentations, screenings, and special appearances from the Bailey kids: Carol Coombs, Karolyn Grimes, and Jimmy Hawkins.

Seneca Falls is celebrating the 70th anniversary of “It's a Wonderful Life.”
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Visitors can expect to be transported back to a Victorian-era Christmas with horse-drawn wagon rides, historic home tours, a tree lighting ceremony, bonfire, and caroling. There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet the cast, as the actors will host a variety of autograph and photo sessions throughout the weekend.

Seneca Falls is about a two-hour drive from Buffalo and an hour drive from Syracuse. Travelers can choose from a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts, all within five minutes of downtown.

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