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Terry Buckwald A Rockin’ Elvis Country Christmas at the Historic Palace Theatre

Elvis is coming back to the Palace! Get your tickets today for Terry Buckwald A Rockin’ Elvis Country Christmas. Doors open at 6pm and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets just $12 presale & $15 at the door. All patrons who provide proof of vaccination are encouraged but not required to wear a face mask. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you must wear a face mask at all times in the theatre. We thank you in advance for your corporation with this requirement.
Dates: 
12/18/2021
7 pm
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130

Thursday Tromp with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett at Letchworth State Park

All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. Humphrey Nature Center. (2-3 hours, on site, or nearby). Pre-registration is recommended for each program by contacting the Humphrey Nature Center, 585-493-3682. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.
Dates: 
12/09/2021
10 am
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Organization:

Letchworth State Park

Location:

1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY, 14427
United States

Phone:

585-493-3682

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: 
12/07/2021
12/08/2021
12/09/2021
10 am - 4 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

7168271584

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York this December. The event is drive through only and will include a variety of new displays consisting of over 70 variations of LED light displays, arches and light tunnels. Tickets sold online only and guests must select the night they would like to visit. Limited number of tickets available each night. Admission: $20 Per Vehicle (plus $.50 order fee)
Dates: 
12/07/2021
12/08/2021
12/09/2021
5 -9 pm
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Location:

5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY, 14075
United States

Phone:

(716) 649-3900 ext 6404

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! Please check the website for current covid policies.
Dates: 
12/12/2021
performance: 2:30 pm
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000

Breakfast with Santa and the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo

A beloved Western New York holiday tradition returns; Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo is back after a year away! You’ll have your very own table for up to six guests inside our Children’s Resource Center. Bring your holiday appetite for a chef-prepared breakfast buffet that includes all your morning favorites and a special photo opportunity with Santa! After breakfast, stroll the grounds, see our beautiful holiday decorations and say “Happy Holidays” to your favorite animals on exhibit; Zoo admission is included for all guests at your table. Space is limited. Make your reservation today!
Dates: 
12/11/2021
12/18/2021
12/19/2021
Choose from two 1.5 hour seatings: 9:00 am or 11:30 am.
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Organization:

The Buffalo Zoo

Location:

300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo , NY, 14214
United States

Phone:

716-995-6129

Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias at the Botanical Garden

Enjoy the holiday magic during Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias. This exhibit will complement our annual Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit. Experience the charm of this magical time of year and enjoy the tropical Botanical Gardens, the railway exhibit, poinsettia collection, which will be a spectacular sight after dark! You can experience the Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit during the day, at night during Gardens After Dark, or both! Each Gardens After Dark exhibit will focus on our mission of connecting people to the natural world in a new way and in a new light- literally! The Botanical Gardens will be filled with colorful and soft lighting to enhance and showcase our mesmerizing plant collection and the beautiful historic landmark that surrounds. Each exhibit in the series will bring a new way to experience the amazing Botanical Gardens and provide feelings of inspiration, peace and calmness during these diffucult times.
Dates: 
12/08/2021
12/09/2021
12/10/2021
5 - 9 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

7168271584

Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe 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: 
12/07/2021
12/09/2021
12/11/2021
Tuesday/Thursday: 5 - 8 pm; Saturdays: 12 - 3 pm; Sundays: 12 - 2 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

Young Audiences Second Saturdays: Winter Wonderland at the Central Library

Celebrate the season with The Wondermakers and fun folk tales from around the world! “Visit” Turkey, Puerto Rico, and Denmark with us and help act out the stories! Children will have the opportunity to play dogs, trolls, wizards, fairies, kings and queens. This is a very audience interactive program for the whole family to enjoy! Presented by Young Audiences of WNY. Free and open to the public
Dates: 
12/11/2021
1 - 2 pm
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Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-491-7115

Winter Wonderland! Wegmans Family Days at the Botanical Gardens

Join us for Wegmans Family Days at our Winter Wonderland! Frolic around the festive Botanical Gardens this winter. Enjoy seasonal treats and take home cookie decorating kits from Cupcaked Bakery to continue the fun at home. Complete an activity book including a scavenger hunt and turn it in for a prize! Don't forget to pick up your take-home activity bag!
Dates: 
12/12/2021
10 am - 4 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

716-827-1584

All Aboard the Wonderland Express!

The Wonderland Express Train Ride this year features six runs daily on our heated, vintage train. You and your family get to enjoy a round-trip train excursion to Curriers Station (the halfway point), which is our North Pole. Children receive a wish list from Santa’s elf to complete during their journey. Once you arrive at the North Pole, there are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including jumping on the lil’ elf sleigh, taking a family photo in Santa’s sleigh, mailing the wish-list, visiting the Elf House, and so much more! Of course, everyone gets a chance to visit Santa in his house with virtually no waiting line.
Dates: 
12/10/2021
12/11/2021
12/12/2021
varies, see website
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Location:

278 Main St.
Arcade, NY, 14009
United States

Phone:

585-492-3100

White Christmas at the Historic Palace Theatre

Join us for this Holiday classic on the big screen! Tickets just $7 and are available for purchase at the door! All patrons who provide proof of vaccination are encouraged but not required to wear a face mask. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you must wear a face mask at all times in the theatre. We thank you in advance for your corporation with this requirement.
Dates: 
12/21/2021
12/22/2021
12/23/2021
multiple showings per day
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130

The Nutcracker at the Historic Palace Theatre!

Join us for Classical Ballet of Western New York presents The Nutcracker! Enjoy this holiday tradition! Tickets : $25 for adults, $25 for seniors and $25 for children. Proof of vaccination and/or masks required for all guests.
Dates: 
12/11/2021
12/12/2021
varies, see website
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130

Home Ecologist – Predators & Prey at Letchworth State Park

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 – 12 (except as noted). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. You may register for upcoming programs by calling (585) 493-3682. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center.
Dates: 
12/07/2021
12/16/2021
10:30 am and 1:30 pm
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Organization:

Letchworth State Park

Location:

1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY, 14427
United States

Phone:

585-493-3682

Santa Land at Chestnut Ridge Park!

Santa Land will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park. This will once again be a Toys for Tots drop off location! Stop by on Saturday 12/11 from 10 am - 4 pm for what is sure to be an awesome drive through adventure to Santa Land to see Santa and give him your Christmas Wishlist's!!!
Dates: 
12/11/2021
10 am - 4 pm
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Chestnut Ridge Park

Location:

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

Phone:

716-662-3290

Santa Hustle 2021 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: 
12/07/2021
12/08/2021
12/09/2021
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: 
12/07/2021
12/08/2021
12/09/2021
4 - 9 pm
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Location:

1023 Swann Rd.
Youngstown, NY, 14174
United States

Phone:

716-754-7489

I Bird NY at Beaver Island State Park

Our parks offer incredible birding opportunities for all ages. Join us each season as we explore a different park and learn about local birds. This is an excellent walk to brush-up on bird I.D for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Dates: 
12/08/2021
10 am
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Location:

2136 West Oakfield Road
Grand Island, NY, 14072
United States

Phone:

(716) 549-1050

Hot Chocolate Hike At Tifft

Stretch your legs with a guided wintry nighttime walk and warm up indoors afterwards with delicious hot chocolate, marshmallows, peppermints and more. All ages are welcomed at this special, wintery event.
Dates: 
12/11/2021
12/18/2021
6 - 7:30 pm
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Organization:

Tifft Nature Preserve

Location:

1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Tifft Nature Preserve Visitor Center
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-825-6397

Carriage Rides Around the Botanical Gardens!

Bring a blanket and take in the fresh winter air with a magical carriage ride around the conservatory with T.D. Laing Draft Horses. Don't forget to stop inside the Gardens and experience a Winter Wonderland with your kiddos. This is a separate event and requires an avanced-purchase eticket.
Dates: 
12/12/2021
1 - 3 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

716-827-1584

Lockport Community Winter Farmer's Market

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, find fresh and local produce, food products, crafters, and artisans at this indoor market. We bring farmers, artisans and the Downtown Lockport community together in a celebration of our rich WNY agricultural heritage!
Dates: 
12/18/2021
01/15/2022
02/05/2022
10 am - 2 pm
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Location:

Lockport Community Winter Market
140 South Street
Lockport, NY, 14094
United States

Phone:

(716) 434-0212

First Day Hike at Beaver Island State Park

Enjoy the crisp air and winter landscape as we wander through the park! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154
Dates: 
01/01/2022
9:30 - 11 am
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Location:

2136 West Oakfield Road
Grand Island, NY, 14072
United States

Phone:

(716) 282-5154

The Easy Street Big Band at the Historic Palace Theatre

Come enjoy the Easy Street Big Band live on our stage! Tickets just $20 and are available online, at the Palace Box Office and at Mills Jewelers. Doors open at 2pm. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you must wear a face mask at all times in the theatre. We thank you in advance for your corporation with this requirement.
Dates: 
12/19/2021
3 pm
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130

Day Camp: Marine Biologist In Action at the Aquarium

Do you love the ocean? Would you like to spend much of your life focused on it? Then a career as a marine biologist may be for you! To get a better understanding of this field, come spend two days at the Aquarium learning about ocean ecosystems and the variety of life found among them. In this two-day long program, we will use aquarium exhibits and local environments to test water samples for chemicals and hunt for animal life, as well as explore the diversity of ocean life through preserved specimens and dissections. Just like trained marine biologists, we will strive to understand the habitat that covers most of our planet while also learning how to preserve it. This program is for youth ages 12-16.
Dates: 
12/23/2021
12/24/2021
9 am - 4 pm; 9 am - 2 pm
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Organization:

Aquarium of Niagara

Location:

701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14301
United States

Phone:

716-285-3575

Wish Upon A Shooting Star At Fort Niagara State Park

Winter stargazing during the biggest meteor show of the year, the Geminids. On a cool and crisp night catch a glimpse of this wonder, and gaze at the stars above. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Dates: 
12/13/2021
9 - 11 pm
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Location:

Route 18F
Youngstown, NY, 14174
United States

Phone:

(716) 282-5154

Drive Thru Country Christmas Light Display

Bring the family out for a festive holiday experience. Enjoy a mile long light display and get dinner starting Thanksgiving night, November 25th, and every Friday & Saturday night through December 18th. Gates open 5 - 9 pm. $10 per Vehicle. Cash only at the Gate, no presale Tickets. Food and Beverage will be available: Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Philly Cheese Steak, Sausage Sandwiches, Fries, Fried Dough, Deep Fried Oreos and More!!!
Dates: 
12/10/2021
12/11/2021
12/17/2021
5 -9 pm
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Location:

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

Phone:

716 570-0177

Christmas on the Canal Holiday Market

Do your holiday shopping on the Erie Canal! Lockport Main Street invites the community to a free and indoor holiday market of local vendors and makers with beautiful views of the Erie Canal. Join us on Saturday, December 11th at the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises building.
Dates: 
12/11/2021
10 am - 1 pm
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Location:

210 Market Street
Lockport, NY, 14094
United States

Phone:

716-433-6195

JoAnn's Classical Christmas with the BPO

Celebrate the holidays with a collection of traditional classical treasures when JoAnn is joined by operatic soprano and Buffalo resident, Sirgourney Cook. Get your tickets early for this Holiday tradition. Please check the website for current covid policies.
Dates: 
12/10/2021
12/11/2021
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

Jr. Vet: Penguins at the Aquarium

Have you ever seen a penguin walk into a doctor’s office? Not likely! Our feathered friends need specific care, provided by our veterinarians. Learn all about penguins, and how our veterinarians take care of them here at the Aquarium! Participants will learn what goes into taking care of our feathered friends by diagnosing real penguin problems and coming up with treatment plans. With an educator, they will learn all about penguins — their biology, where they live, what they eat, and more. The class ends with a science experiment that teaches kids about the effects of an oil spill on penguins and other seabirds. This class is for children ages 8-12.
Dates: 
12/29/2021
1 - 4 pm
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Organization:

Aquarium of Niagara

Location:

701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14301
United States

Phone:

716-285-3575

Teen Anime/Manga Club at the Central Library

We will meet in the Central library's West Room. Watch HAIKYUU!!, Yona of the Dawn, The Promised Neverland, My Hero Academia, Yuri on Ice!!!, Mob Psycho 100, Kimi ni Todoke, Ao Haru Ride, and more…. Other Activities are waiting for you; learn Japanese calligraphy or characters, do fun crafts, and eat Japanese snacks!
Dates: 
12/11/2021
1:30 - 3 pm
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Location:

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY, 14203
United States

Phone:

716-491-7115

Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is back and better than ever! This year get ready for more lights, more nights and more fun. Enjoy the Zoo after hours as you stroll through our illuminated winter wonderland. Take in dazzling light displays (charge up your phone for those Instagram worthy photos!), listen to holiday music, indulge in warm winter treats including a hot cocoa bar and s’mores, and visit with Santa or the Ice Princesses (Santa will be here through December 23. The Ice Princesses will be here December 26 - January 2)! Zoo Lights kicks off on Saturday, November 27 and runs on select nights through January 2. 2022 from 5:30 until 9 pm.
Dates: 
12/10/2021
12/11/2021
12/12/2021
5:30 - 9 pm
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Organization:

The Buffalo Zoo

Location:

300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo , NY, 14214
United States

Phone:

716-995-6129

The Castle by Candlelight (tickets on sale now)

Tour Old Fort Niagara and the French Castle, lit entirely by candles. Enjoy holiday decorations by the Youngstown Garden Club. Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand feu de joie. Old Fort Niagara assumes a particularly festive air during the holiday season. Visitors to the event will also enjoy handmade natural decorations by the award-winning Youngstown Garden Club. Throughout the Fort, visitors will encounter members of the Fort’s 18th century garrison demonstrating everything from quill pens to fur trading to traditional games of skill. Three times 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 295-year-old chapel. Admission to the event (a fund-raiser to benefit educational programming) is $25.00 per person. Tickets go on sale on this page November 1. Capacity is limited to 250 persons per night.
Dates: 
12/11/2021
12/18/2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 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

Evangola Christmas Bird Count

Join us for our annual Evangola Christmas Bird count! We will be birding as a group and both veteran and beginner birders are invited to join. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050
Dates: 
12/11/2021
10 am - 12 pm
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Organization:

Evangola State Park

Location:

10191 Old Lake Shore Road
Irving, NY, 14081
United States

Phone:

716-549-1802

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops with the BPO

Celebrate the holidays with “Mr. Christmas” JMR, and festive Pops favorites with your BPO. Gather the family to enjoy Western New York’s favorite holiday tradition–as inspirational and joyous, as it is heart-warming and fun. Sensational singers Zoe Scruggs and George Brown, join the BPO for a seasonal celebration as eclectic and varied as the Queen City of the Lakes herself, with everyone’s favorite carols, seasonal pop, gospel, and jazz. For kids from one to ninety-two! Please check the website for current covid policies.
Dates: 
12/16/2021
12/17/2021
12/18/2021
varies, see website
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Location:

786 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14209
United States

Phone:

716-885-5000

Lunch With Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe

Join us on Saturday, December 11th. 2021 for Lunch With Santa! Tickets include lunch, a meet and greet with Santa, and individual cookie decorating kits! All ages welcome! We hope to see you there! Any questions (including menu questions) please email annie.fazzolari@hardrock.com. **Everyone Must Have Their Own Ticket
Dates: 
12/11/2021
12 - 2 pm
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Location:

333 Prospect Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

Phone:

716-282-0007

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Historic Palace Theatre

Join us for this Holiday classic on the big screen! Tickets just $7 and are available for purchase at the door! All patrons who provide proof of vaccination are encouraged but not required to wear a face mask. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you must wear a face mask at all times in the theatre. We thank you in advance for your corporation with this requirement.
Dates: 
12/13/2021
12/14/2021
12/15/2021
multiple showings per day
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Location:

2 East Avenue
Lockport, NY, 14095
United States

Phone:

(716) 438-1130