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TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody! - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 in the United States. Join us as Mr. New-School, Brian Barber, walk us through the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and create a hands-on craft using easy to find materials.
Dates: 
12/10/2020
2:30 – 3:15 PM
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(cancelled for 2020) Breakfast with Santa at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

You won't want to miss this festive breakfast with Santa! Young and old will enjoy the delicious breakfast and entertainment. Following breakfast, children will be able to get their face painted and decorate cookies!
Dates: 
12/05/2020
9:30 - 11 am
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Location:

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

Phone:

716-614-6222

Danbury Library presents a VIRTUAL Field Trip to Visit Wolves

Experience the wonderful world of wolves from the comfort of home! In this virtual field trip to the Wolf Conservation center, viewers will learn about the history and biology of wolves in North America, and will meet the WCC's ambassador wolves. There's even a chance to potentially see endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves! A fun program for the whole family - not to be missed! REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Dates: 
12/08/2020
3pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PDT / 11am AKDT
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Spread Holiday Magic with Tinsel & Jingle

This year has been incredibly hard on everyone, including the children. With social distancing measures in place and the inability to see family and friends this year, Tinsel and Jingle hope to sprinkle a little holiday magic on your family! There are 5 Holiday programs to choose from. Each of them customizable. From Pre-Recorded Videos, Zoom Calls and our VIP package with a socially distant visit right to your front door (Ontario only), you are sure to find some magic to fit your families needs!
Dates: 
12/05/2020
12/06/2020
12/07/2020
10:00AM-4:00PM
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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: 
12/04/2020
12/05/2020
12/06/2020
5 - 9 pm
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Location:

1023 Swann Rd.
Youngstown, NY, 14174
United States

Phone:

716-754-7489

(Now Cancelled) Santa on the Carrousel

It's that wonderful time of the year again, when santa is here to spread holiday cheer here at the Museum! Like many events, our traditional event with Santa has been modified. The staff here at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum have been working with the Head Elves at the North Pole to come up with a safe and healthy way for Santa to visit this year. Advanced registration required.
Dates: 
12/19/2020
10 am - 2:30 pm with timed tickets
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Location:

180 Thompson St
North Tonawanda , NY, 14120
United States

Phone:

716-693-1885

Santa Hustle 2020 VIRTUAL

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? A virtual Santa Hustle® run can be 3.1, 6.2, 13.1, or 26.2 miles, your choice of location, any duration of time, during the designated dates of December 1 through December 31. Run by yourself or with a group, just get out and have a fun time!
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
All day.
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JoAnn's Classical Christmas with the BPO

This performance is part of our BPOnDemand video-streamed series. There will be no live audience at Kleinhans Music Hall for this performance. BPO musicians highlight our annual offering when Sal Andolina presents a special saxophone rendition of holiday favorites, and the BPO Brass shine in Darin Kelly’s Of Nights and Lights, a sparkling Hanukkah composition. Perennial classics including selections from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Respighi’s “The Adoration of the Magi,” Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves, and more bring the spirit of the season to life.
Dates: 
12/15/2020
7 pm
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Santa In the Parking Lot at St. Luke's

Mark your calendars!!!!! Drive thru the Maryvale parking lot on December 5th from 11 am - 1 pm to safely talk to Santa! Santa wants to stay healthy but also wants to hear your wishes and has a special gift for the little ones! Call the church office 716-633-6752 for more information.
Dates: 
12/05/2020
11 am - 1 pm
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Location:

900 Maryvale Drive
Cheektowaga, NY, 14225
United States

Phone:

716-633-6752

Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe in Lockport

New for 2020 Season! Santa's Snow Globe! Keeping your family safe and distanced while still enjoying the Magic of Santa! Things might be a little different this year but we are working hard to keep the Christmas spirit alive! The Christmas Cottage opens December 1st! Plan your visit and create memories! Social distancing, “Santa-tizing" and mask wearing keep you on the Good List! Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-8pm and Saturdays 12-3pm. 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: 
12/01/2020
12/03/2020
12/05/2020
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

Christmas At Akron Acres

Bring the whole family for an outing that will make memories to last a lifetime! Our weekend activities include horse-drawn hayrides back to the Christmas trees ($6 per person, kids 2 and under are free) marshmallows for roasting at the bonfire in back, cut your own trees and visits with the animals in the barn. Santa will also be visiting the farm a few select days this season. RESERVATIONS NOT REQURED. We ask that you wear a mask, social distance your group, and bring Christmas cheer as we work through this year.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
10 am - 5 pm
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Organization:

Akron Acres

Location:

12607 Stage Rd
Akron, NY, 14001
United States

Phone:

716-542-2314

Christmas in Ellicottville

One of the best ways to describe the downtown of Ellicottville during the Holidays is something Norman Rockwell would have conjured up. As we start thinking of the Jolly Old Elf himself, why not come down to see what the fuss is all about during the annual Christmas in Ellicottville weekend? The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce brings you a month full of holiday things to do while following all of the state and federal COVID guidelines to get even the most Grinchy heart growing, and keep those holiday memories growing!
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
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Organization:

Town of Ellicottville

Location:

9 West Washington Street Chamber of Commerce
Ellicottville, NY, 14731
United States

Phone:

716-699-5046

Drive Thru Country Christmas Light Display and Food Court

Come enjoy the lights and get dinner starting Thanksgiving Eve. The display runs Thanksgiving night and every Friday & Saturday night through Dec 19.(Nov. 25, 26, 27 & 28th. Dec. 4&5, 11&12, 18&19). Gates are open each night from 5 - 9 pm. $10.00 per car to drive through (cash only). Santillo Enterprise will be offering drive through food at this event. Menu includes: italian sausage, philly cheesesteak, hot dogs, hamburgs, fries, chicken tenders, blooming onions, corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried dough, deep fried cookies/candies, cotton candy, popcorn, kettle corn, candy apples, lemonade, hot chocolate, coffees. Stay warm, its completely drive through. You drive up, we take your order, we deliver and you drive away. This event is COVID friendly.
Dates: 
12/04/2020
12/05/2020
12/11/2020
5 -9 pm
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Location:

10294 Gillate Rd PO Box 75
Alexander, NY, 14005
United States

Phone:

716 570-0177

Baroque Fireworks with the BPO

This performance is part of our BPOnDemand video-streamed series. Baroque is front and center as JoAnn Falletta conducts Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor played by principal oboist Henry Ward, which echoes the lyricism of an aria. Your BPO Brass plays an exciting work by the influential 16th century organist Giovanni Gabrieli, and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a delicate musical love letter to his new wife on her Christmas birthday, complete this Baroque program.
Dates: 
12/08/2020
7 pm
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Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit at the Botanical Garden

Be filled with the wonders of the holidays with fun twists of different colors and varieties of poinsettias. Be amazed by magentas, lime greens, and apricots with small pockets of traditional color accented throughout by silver and white foliage! As you walk through the beautiful poinsettias, you will also be able to enjoy a festive model train exhibit. The Garden Railway display, that is made possible by the Western New York Garden Railway Society, complements the surrounding poinsettias.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
10 am - 4 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

7168271584

Wee Wednesdays - Virtual! At Main Street Children's Museum

Join us virtually on Facebook Live for Wee Wednesdays where children and their caregivers will sing and wiggle around with us, listen to fun books and participate in activities. Designed for early learners and families with children ages 4 and younger.
Dates: 
12/02/2020
12/09/2020
12/16/2020
10:00-10:30AM
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YouthBiz Marketplace

FIND EXQUISITE GIFTS DIRECT FROM YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS The YouthBiz Marketplace is the ultimate buy local experience, and we’re bringing it to you online! Young business owners sell their unique products–all handmade by them. You will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more–unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
Buy online anytime!
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Visit the Hispanic Society Museum & Library VIRTUALLY - Dec 1 at 6pm Eastern from Danbury Library

Take a live, virtual, and interactive journey through history with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library! Explore the museum’s collections of objects, indigenous art, and maps as we travel through the Ages of Discovery and Exploration from the 1500s all the way through today. Then create your own masterpiece! All you need is paper and a pencil! Free! For all ages. Registration required to receive a zoom invitation. Please note, this is a LIVE event presented on Zoom. Details will be sent to the email provided during registration.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
6pm EDT / 5pm CDT / 4pm MDT / 3pm PDT / 2pm AKDT
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Virtual Event: Christmas Around the World with Puppeteer Robin McCahill

Travel around the world with artist and puppeteer, Robin McCahill as she introduces you to the many characters of Christmas in this one hour presentation suitable for kids of all ages! Meet Italy’s “Befana”, a Christmas WITCH. Iceland has twelve Santa’s called Yule Lads with names like Meat Hook, Spoon-Licker, and Door-Slammer. Head off to Eastern Europe for a visit with the very spooky Krampus! Robin will illustrate these characters with handmade puppets. Gerri Griswold will assist with stories and other visuals. You don’t even need to bring your passport! 10:00 a.m, ZOOM.
Dates: 
12/19/2020
10 am - 11:30 pm EASTERN
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Santa is Coming to the Farm!

During the festive Christmas season, we offer special days and times when Santa will be available to visit with kids and families. Be sure to take pictures and record this special moment in time that you will cherish forever. We ask that you wear a mask, social distance your group, and bring Christmas cheer as we work through this year.
Dates: 
12/05/2020
12/06/2020
12/12/2020
1 - 4 pm
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Organization:

Akron Acres

Location:

12607 Stage Rd
Akron, NY, 14001
United States

Phone:

716-542-2314

Breakfast WIth Santa at the Rainforest Cafe!

Reserve your space now at one of two Breakfast With Santa events at the Rainforest Cafe, inside the Sheraton Niagara Falls. Served 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call for pricing and to register, 716-278-2626.
Dates: 
12/12/2020
12/19/2020
9 - 11 am
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Location:

300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

716-278-2680

Cards & Crafts at Niagara Falls State Park

Visit the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center and drop off a holiday card for a local nursing home resident and receive a FREE holiday kid craft! Available daily, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
12/02/2020
12/03/2020
10 am - 3 pm
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Location:

332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

(716) 278-0337

Family Fun Night: Kids Eat FREE at the Rainforest Cafe!

Family Fun Night is back! Join us every Thursday from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Kids meals are FREE per every adult entree purchased. Bradley the Balloon Man will be there too! Get out of the house and get to the Rainforest! Call (716) 278-2626 for info. The Rainforest Cafe is located on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, USA inside Sheraton At The Falls and adjacent to Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Dates: 
12/03/2020
12/10/2020
12/17/2020
5 - 8:30 pm
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Location:

300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

716-278-2680

A Stroll at the Falls at Niagara Falls State Park

Take a deep breath of crisp December air while walking through the park. Watch the water flow over the brink and learn fun facts about this natural powerhouse. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Dates: 
12/04/2020
10 am - 12 pm
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Location:

332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

(716) 278-0337

The Great Conjunction & Other Celestial Events: A Virtual Lecture - Dec 3 at 7pm Eastern from Hamptons Observatory

Every twenty years, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn meet each other in the night sky as they both cycle their way slowly through the zodiac. This year, however, the pair will meet in the closest conjunction in approximately 400 years, merging almost into a single point in the evening sky of the winter solstice. You won’t want to miss this sight, nor the other splendid opportunities for winter stargazing, from Orion’s brilliant nebula to the Geminid meteor shower.
Dates: 
12/03/2020
7pm EDT / 6pm CDT / 5pm MDT / 4pm PDT / 3pm AKDT
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New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration at Cal Performances

Join the artists who have made the Cal Performances at Home season possible for a celebratory evening of exclusive performances recorded especially for the occasion. Soloists, recitalists, jazz artists, and chamber ensembles featured in our fall online streaming series have each contributed a special musical selection to help our audiences usher in 2021 in style. (And really… who doesn’t want to say goodbye to 2020?!) All performers have carefully chosen their program, with the aim of sharing works that convey the joy, hope, warmth, and spirit of the holidays. We invite you to close out the year among friends—with familiar faces from our extraordinary artist roster, in transcendent performances that promise to remind us of the power of the arts to uplift and connect us even in the most trying of times.
Dates: 
12/31/2020
11 PM EST – 2 AM EST
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Holidays at the Broadway Market

Looking for a unique gift idea? Shop the Broadway Market’s Holiday Market each Saturday leading up to Christmas. Great gifts from AAA Fashion & Gifts, Amber Gems, Broadway Optician, Enchanted Cards & Gifts, Gladys’s Nook, or from one of the Broadway Markets delicious food vendors! The Broadway Market also has gift certificates available for that perfect stocking stuffer!
Dates: 
12/05/2020
12/12/2020
12/19/2020
8 am - 5 pm
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Organization:

Broadway Market

Location:

999 Broadway
Buffalo, NY, 14212
United States

Phone:

716.893.0705

Visit Santa at Walden Galleria

Santa Claus arrives at Walden Galleria on Friday, November 27th at 11:00am! Children, families, and pets are invited by the jolly and joyous gift-giver to chat of their Christmas wishes and make memories to last a lifetime until Christmas Eve, December 24th . With decked out evergreen trees, a cozy fireplace, and presents scattered around, it’s the perfect set up for a holiday card! Photo packages will be available starting Friday, November 27th. Want to skip the line? Sign up for special times to get a fast pass to dance right pass that long line! Reserve your spot now: http://bit.ly/2PwAR1h
Dates: 
12/04/2020
12/05/2020
12/06/2020
Times vary. See Website
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Organization:

Walden Galleria

Location:

One Walden Galleria
Buffalo, NY, 14225
United States

Phone:

716-681-7600

World AIDS Day 2020 - Unfinished Business

Tune in with us on Friends of Trillium Health's Facebook Live or on RCTV, found on Channel 1301 in Rochester, NY for a fundraiser to benefit Trillium Health’s work to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic! Please join President and CEO, Andrea DeMeo, and Co-Founder and Staff Physician, Dr. Bill Valenti, to honor and celebrate World AIDS Day as we share stories about Trillium Health’s HIV journey and preview a portion of a new play by David Henderson – Unfinished Business, based on Dr. Bill Valenti’s book. The show will be emceed by Mrs. Kasha Davis, a featured contestant on Season 7 of Ru Paul's Drag Race.
Dates: 
12/05/2020
7 pm - 7:30 pm EST
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Location:

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