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Festival Kickoff


Cast members Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey), Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey), Jeanine Roose (Young Violet Bick) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey)

Seneca Falls Celebrates 77th Anniversary of It's a Wonderful Life.

Seneca Falls is hosting its annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival Dec. 7-10, 2023.

The public is invited to visit “the real Bedford Falls” for the four-day festival at and around the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Cast members from the actual 1946 “It’s a Wonderful Life” film will be participating throughout the weekend attending events, offering opportunities for autographs, hosting special presentations about the making of the movie, and more interaction.

Cast members joining the festivities include Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu Bailey; Jimmy Hawkins, who played Tommy Bailey; and Donald and Ronald Collins who played Young Pete Bailey.

Special additions for 2023 are Mary Owen, Donna Reed’s daughter; Monica Capra Hodges, Frank Capra’s granddaughter; and John Kuri, son of Emile Kuri, set decorator for “It’s a Wonderful Life.”


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