Woodstock’s Groundhog Days is a festival to remember over and over again

With Groundhog Day just around the corner, this important question will fill your minds: Will there be six more weeks of winter? Like many who are hopeful, we are crossing our fingers that the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, does not see his shadow, which will indicate the early arrival of spring.

But to those from the small town of Woodstock, Groundhog Day means much more than a rodent seeing his shadow. It celebrates a time when the small charming town transformed into Punxsutawney in the filming of the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, you’re invited to come and celebrate Woodstock’s Groundhog Days. Here are some family-friendly events you won’t want to miss:

Storytime at Stage Left Café

When: Jan. 30 at 5 p.m.

Where: Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren, Woodstock

Cost: Free

Warm up to these festivities with some fun groundhog stories.

Wakening of the Groundhog

When: Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

Where: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren, Woodstock

Cost: Free

At the Woodstock Opera House on the Square, meet Woodstock Willie—the official Groundhog Days mascot—and take a few photos with him. Then warm up with hot chocolate.

Breakfast with Willie’s Woodland Friends

When: Feb. 1 at 8 a.m.

Where: Flores Banquets, 240 North Throop Street, Woodstock

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 kids ages 3-8

Smell that? It’s the smell of pancakes in the air. Munch on a few at Flores Banquets while you enjoy a live animal show.

Jim May’s Groundhog Tales

When: Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where: Home State Bank, 124 Johnson Street, Woodstock

Cost: Free

Enjoy storytelling with Jim May, an award-winning storyteller and writer, at Home State Bank.

Groundhog Day Movie Showings

When: Feb. 1-2, 10 a.m.

Where: Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main Street, Woodstock

Cost: Free

Can’t get enough of watching the film that made Woodstock famous? Watch it again … and again … and again. 

Walking Tour of Filming Sites

When: Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at noon

Where: Saturday tour meets at Moose Club, 406 Clay Street, Woodstock; Sunday tour meets at Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock

Cost: Free

Sure, the website has a digital walking tour you can follow, but how much more fun is a guided tour?

Groundhog Prognostication

When: Feb. 2 at 7 a.m.

Where: Woodstock Square

Cost: Free

Will the groundhog see his shadow or not? Relive the ceremony complete with polka music in the background.

Woodstock Willie’s Family Fun Day

When: Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass Street, Woodstock

Cost: Tickets are 2 for $1, activities are 1-4 tickets each

In addition to meeting Woodstock Willie, kids can play games, color, get crafty, take photos and more.


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