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Santa Land at Chestnut Ridge Park!

Come out and get into the holiday spirit with a fun-filled visit to Chestnut Ridge Park! Holiday Crafts, Forestry Department Demonstrations, Hay wagon Rides to Santa's Workshop, Photos with Santa, and MORE!
Dates: 
12/10/2022
10 am - 6 pm
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Organization:

Chestnut Ridge Park

Location:

6121 Chestnut Ridge Road
Orchard Park, NY, 14127
United States

Phone:

716-662-3290

Movie Matinee: Frozen at the Central Library

Bring your kids to the Central Library for a silly, funny, and FREE screening of Frozen! It's a great way to spend an afternoon with your family.
Dates: 
12/07/2022
4 - 6 pm
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Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-858-8900

Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo

Everyone’s favorite festive light show has returned—Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is back for another holiday season! Enjoy the Zoo after hours as you stroll through our illuminated winter wonderland. Take in the dazzling light displays (charge up your phone for those Instagram-worthy photos!), ride on our Happy Holidays Express Train, indulge in warm winter treats including a hot cocoa bar and s’mores, and visit with special guests like Santa (November 27–December 23) or the Snow Sisters (December 26–January 1)! M&T Bank Rainforest Falls and the Amphibian and Reptile Center will be open for an opportunity to warm up and visit with some of our animal residents—all other exhibits will be closed for the night. Zoo Lights kicks off on Sunday, November 27, 2022, and runs select nights through January 1, 2023 from 5:30 pm–9:00 pm. Doors close at 8:30 pm.
Dates: 
12/09/2022
12/10/2022
12/11/2022
5:30 - 9 pm
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Organization:

The Buffalo Zoo

Location:

300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo , NY, 14214
United States

Phone:

7168373900

Santa's Christmas Cottage in Lockport

The Christmas Cottage offers kids a place to share Holiday wishes, drop off a letter in the North Pole Mailbox and visit with the Head Elf. Having the Christmas Cottage gives the community a specific place to host Santa and start a tradition that can last for many years. Bring your camera and take as many pictures as you like, there is a beautiful Christmas setting with Santa’s sleigh filled with with his giant red toy bag, a fireplace, a Christmas train chugging around the Cottage, Holiday greenery, lights, music, giant Candy Canes and many classic Christmas decorations. Santa’s reindeer & bells will be on display as well as some WNY Christmas history about the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School started in 1937.
Dates: 
12/06/2022
12/08/2022
12/10/2022
Tuesday/Thursday: 5 - 8 pm; Saturdays: 12 - 3 pm
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Location:

Day Road Park
Corner of Day Road and East High Street
Lockport, NY, 14094
United States

Phone:

716.439.9520

The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Presents Swan Lake at Shea's

Ballet in 2 acts (performed with one intermission). The terrible spell of the magician Rothbart turns the beautiful Odette and her friends into swans, and only at night do they turn into human form. Only boundless and sincere love can break this spell. Prince Siegfried celebrates his coming of age in the garden of the castle. Guests, charming ladies-in-waiting, and Prince Benno's best friend are having fun. The Jolly Jester entertains everyone with dances. The libretto is based on the script by Vladimir Begichev and Vasiliy Geltser. "Swan Lake" is the most famous ballet of classical heritage. His theatrical fate vividly illustrates the significant aesthetic and artistic changes that the 20th-century ballet theater has undergone. Tchaikovsky's masterpiece attracted the attention of many choreographers in the world. With over 55 dancers, The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine has drawn critical acclaim in performances throughout Europe, India, and Africa.
Dates: 
12/10/2022
7:30 pm
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Location:

646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
United States

Phone:

716-847-1410

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York. Spectacular lights and dazzling displays create a fantastic holiday experience for people of all ages. The Festival experience includes drive through light displays, a visit with Santa, live reindeer, the all new Santa's Christmas Express Train Ride, an illuminated pixel show choreographed to music and more! There will also be indoor kiddie rides, food and shopping vendors and an outdoor European market. New in 2022: The entrance to the drive thru portion of the Festival is off of McKinley Parkway, closest to Clark Street. You will not be able to access the drive thru from South Park.
Dates: 
12/09/2022
12/10/2022
12/11/2022
5 -9 pm
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Location:

5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY, 14075
United States

Phone:

(716) 649-3900 ext 6404

WinterFest at Canada's Wonderland 2022

Canada’s Wonderland transforms into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event features ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, more than a dozen live shows and holiday entertainment, millions of spectacular lights, and hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park, including two 50-foot Christmas trees on International Street. Join us at this one-of-a-kind holiday event in Vaughan, just outside of Toronto, and make special memories with family and friends. Explore the larger-than-life themed areas, enjoy festive food, shop seasonal merchandise, and so much more.
Dates: 
12/09/2022
12/10/2022
12/11/2022
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Organization:

Canada's Wonderland

Location:

1 Canada's Wonderland Drive
Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6
Canada

Phone:

905-832-8131

JoAnn's Classical Christmas with the BPO

An annual holiday favorite, Maestro Falletta celebrates the season with centuries of classical treasures. Principal harpist Madeline Olson adds a sparkle of delicate magic with François-Adrien Boieldieu’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus returns to lend their festive voices to seasonal favorites and our traditional holiday sing-along.
Dates: 
12/09/2022
12/10/2022
Friday at 10:30 am; Saturday at 7:30 pm
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000

Gingerbread Wonderland at the Niagara Falls Culinary Instute

Imagine brightly colored gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints, licorice, and lots of icing. Talk about a sugar rush. Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun festive activity for the whole family. And it’s even more fun when it’s larger than life. The talented students and chefs of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute took this tradition to the next level by creating a life-size gingerbread village. You can walk around and explore this gingerbread village on weekends starting on November 26 through December 18. Check out the schedule to see when live entertainment, chef demos, and story time is scheduled. You can even purchase a bag with cookies and crafts to take home with you to continue the fun! The whole place is decked out, so you’ll find something festive around every corner. Ready to get in the Christmas spirit? Add Gingerbread Wonderland to your holiday calendar.
Dates: 
12/10/2022
12/11/2022
12/17/2022
Saturdays: 11 am - 7 pm; Sundays: 12 - 4 pm
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Location:

28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

716-614-6222

Wegmans Day of Play: Winter Wonderland! at the Botanical Gardens

Join us for another Wegmans Day of Play at Winter Wonderland! Frolic around the festive Botanical Gardens this winter with play-based learning activities, an themed activity book including a scavenger hunt! After you complete your activity book, claim a prize at the end of your visit. Joining us for the weekend is Prehistoric World Zoo and Buffalo Science Muesum will also be here on December 11th! Visit our learning stations and learn something new! Don’t forget to bring toys for kids in need! This year the Botanical Gardens is a designated Toys for Tots drop-off location! Wegmans Days of Play at the Botanical Gardens encourage young minds to sprout and grow through play-based and interactive hands-on activities, collection exploration, and learning how plants provide necessary nutrients for our bodies.
Dates: 
12/10/2022
12/11/2022
10 am - 3 pm
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Location:

2655 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14218-1526
United States

Phone:

716-827-1584

Buffalo Philharmonic Presents the Jingle Bell Jam!!

A family tradition of festive frivolity including a narrated ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ ballet dancers, Santa helping conduct the orchestra, and a seasonal souvenir for kids! You definitely don't want to miss this child-friendly holiday favorite! This is a magical, must-see experience for the entire family!
Dates: 
12/11/2022
performance: 2:30 pm
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000

John Morris Russell's Holiday Pops with the BPO!

Join “Mr. Christmas” for Buffalo’s can’t-miss family tradition! From the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus to an audience sing along, we have all your holiday favorites and a few surprises. Deck the concert hall with holly jolly fun as Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell returns for four festive performances filled to the brim with holiday music favorites, a timeless carol sing-along, and maybe even a visit from the “man with the bag” himself… if you’re nice!
Dates: 
12/15/2022
12/16/2022
12/17/2022
varies, see below
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show at Shea's

Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea for the Holidays to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs in Baby Shark Live: The Christmas Show!
Dates: 
12/21/2022
6 pm
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Location:

646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
United States

Phone:

716-847-1410

Elf the Musical at Shea's

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Dates: 
12/26/2022
12/27/2022
12/28/2022
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Location:

646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202
United States

Phone:

716-847-1410

White Christmas at the Historic Palace Theatre

Join the Eastern Niagara Hospital Guild for their annual fundraiser and enjoy this holiday classic on the big screen! Doors open at 6 pm where you can enjoy raffles, prizes, holiday hors d'oeuvres and more! Film begins at 7:30 in the newly renovated theater.
Dates: 
12/15/2022
6 pm
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130

Cookies & Cocoa with Mrs. Claus at the Buffalo Zoo

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season? Cookies & Cocoa with Mrs. Claus has you covered! Enjoy an afternoon of North Pole delicacies like hot cocoa and sugar cookies, get a special photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and visit with one of our amazing animal ambassadors. In-between your sugar rush, stroll the grounds to see our magical holiday decorations and say “Happy Holidays” to your favorite animals on exhibit; Zoo admission is included with your ticket! Admission is no longer sold by the table—bring as many or as few friends as you would like to this holiday celebration! Seating in our Children’s Resource Center is first come, first serve. Space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!
Dates: 
12/11/2022
12/18/2022
10:30 am or 1:00 pm.
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Organization:

The Buffalo Zoo

Location:

300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo , NY, 14214
United States

Phone:

716-995-6129

Santa on the Carousel at the Heritage Carousel

Santa is HERE! Join us at the carousel for our special holiday event! Santa on the Carousel! Meet with Santa, get photos and have a carousel ride with Santa. All riders will require a special event ticket to ride, including parents if your child is under 42”. Select your day and time, only 10 spots available per 15 minutes, reserve your slot now.
Dates: 
12/06/2022
12/08/2022
12/13/2022
4 to 7 pm
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Location:

1 Marine Drive
Buffalo, NY, 14202
United States

Phone:

(716) 493-2110

The Castle by Candlelight (tickets on sale now)

Old Fort Niagara assumes a particularly festive air during the holiday season. Special activities kick off on Saturday evenings, December 10 and 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as the Fort presents The Castle by Candlelight, a tour of the Great Lakes’ oldest building illuminated entirely by candles. Visitors to the event will also enjoy handmade natural decorations by the award-winning Youngstown Garden Club. Throughout the Castle, visitors will encounter members of the Fort’s 18th century garrison demonstrating everything from quill pens to fur trading to traditional games of skill. Twice each evening the garrison turns out to perform a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a rolling fire of muskets and cannons. Cooks prepare a holiday feast, musicians play popular songs of the era and a Recollet priest reads the Christmas story in Latin in the Fort’s 296-year-old chapel. All proceeds go towards preserving and presenting the history of Old Fort Niagara. Due to the historic nature of the site, none of our buildings are heated. Please dress for the weather.
Dates: 
12/10/2022
12/17/2022
6:30 - 9 pm
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Organization:

Old Fort Niagara

Location:

102 Morrow Plaza P.O. Box 169
Youngstown, NY, 14174
United States

Phone:

716-745-7611

Here Comes Hanukkah

Gear up for Hanukkah with the JCC. Enjoy Holiday crafts, snacks, and a movie. Enjoy live Klezmer music in the Seller theater. Free and open to the Community. Suggested donation of $10. 11:30-1 Screening of An American Tail, 1-2 Crafts and Holiday Food, 2-3:30 Concert featuring The Ithaca Klezmer Quartet. Led by Buffalo native David Zakalik (piano/accordion), the performance will include old-world and American-style klezmer music, traditional Chassidic melodies, and a few original compositions. Registration Required https://www.jccbuffalo.org/event/family-holiday-series-2/
Dates: 
12/18/2022
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Location:

2640 N. Forest Road
Getzville, NY, 14068
United States

Phone:

716-204-2084

Get Your Hanukkah On

PJ Library and PJ Our Way presents GET YOUR HANUKKAH ON! Join us at Sto Lat Bar Event Space (next door to Chrusciki Bakery, Simply Pierogi, and Sto Lat Bar in the Eastern Hills Mall) to Make a beautiful tile & glass mosaic menorah to light up your home and the world, Enjoy delectable glow in the dark donuts, sparkly adult cocktails and glow in the dark drinks for kids Dance party with DJ Greg Cypin and More! Register here: https://bit.ly/GETYOURHANUKKAHON
Dates: 
12/11/2022
4:30 - 6:30 pm
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Location:

Sto Lat Bar Event Space
4475 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY, 14221
United States

Phone:

716-241-4221

Santa Hustle 2022 VIRTUAL

VIRTUAL is OPEN! Santa Claus is an incredible man but unfortunately, he can’t be everywhere at once. However, he does want you to be a part of the jolliest race series of the year! So why not run virtually?
Dates: 
12/05/2022
12/06/2022
12/07/2022
All day.
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights

Climb to the top of the Basilica where you can have an angel's view of 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights at Our Lady of Fatima's Festival of Lights in Lewiston. 15 acres of spectacular Festival lights, including a 9-foot tall illuminated outdoor Nativity. Get an angel's eye view from the top of the dome Basilica. New features annually. Free admission and ample parking.
Dates: 
12/05/2022
12/06/2022
12/07/2022
4 - 9 pm
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Location:

1023 Swann Rd.
Youngstown, NY, 14174
United States

Phone:

716-754-7489

Candlelight Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Martin House

The seasonal tour is back! The Martin House is breathtaking with the lights dimmed and candles lit. This seasonal docent-led tour is a wonderful opportunity to explore spaces not offered on any other tour offerings including the lower level (basement) of the Martin House, Darwin Martin’s home office, the guest suite of rooms, and the staff dining room. There is stair-climbing and standing involved on this tour. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Behind-the-Scenes tours are not intended for children under the age of 8.
Dates: 
12/08/2022
12/15/2022
4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 pm
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Location:

125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY, 14214
United States

Phone:

(716) 856-3858

Celtic Woman With the BPO

Experience the magical sound of Celtic Woman this holiday season. Celtic Woman is the most successful all-female group in Irish history, with a legacy of 12 consecutive Billboard number ones, 10 million album sales and an incredible 2 billion online streams to date. This is a rare opportunity to hear Celtic Woman’s angelic harmonies with the thrilling live sound of a full symphony orchestra in an intimate concert setting. From delicate traditional Irish carols to magnificent uplifting anthems, Celtic Woman has a wealth of seasonal music to gladden your heart. Hear stunning new arrangements of the classic Silent Night and the ancient Gaelic carol Dia do Bheatha from their holiday album, The Magic of Christmas. Listen out for the jingle of bells as you glide through the snowy landscape of Sleigh Ride and get ready to sing along when it’s time to Deck the Halls!
Dates: 
12/08/2022
7:30 pm
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000