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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Buffalo

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Santa Sightings

December 2, 3 Visit With Santa at Explore & More
Starting November 17 Visit Santa at Walden Galleria
Fridays-Sundays Starting Nov. 18 Santa's Wonderland Express
November 25 On Stage With Santa at the Historic Palace Theatre
November 25, 26; December 2,3 Polar Express With the Medina Railroad
December 2 Skydiving Elves Greet Santa in Lewiston (part of Lewiston Christmas Walk celebration)
December  Cookies and Cocoa With Mrs. Claus At the Buffalo Zoo (TBD 2023)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in December Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe
December 9, 16 Breakfast With Santa and the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo
Various dates in December Santa On the Heritage Carousel
December 16 Santa Land At Chestnut Ridge Park
December  Lunch With Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe (TBD 2023)



December 14  Celebrate Chanukah With the JCC
December 12

Young Israel of Buffalo Gala Chanukah Dinner


Old-Time Christmas

December 14, 21, 28 Candlelight Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Martin House
December 9, 16  Castle By Candelight at Old Fort Niagara 
Multiple Dates in December Yuetide In the Country (TBD 2023)


Light Displays

Various Dates Nov 24 - Dec 30 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Saturday before Thanksgiving - January 7 Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights
November 25 Light Up Lockport 
Various dates in Dec., click to see calendar Gardens After Dark: Magical Pointsettias and Train Display
Starting November   Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo (TBD 2023)



Holiday Theatre

November 25 Free Holiay Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Movie - Illumination Version
November 25 Free Holiday Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: The Polar Express
December 3, 4 The Nutcracker at Shea's
December 17 - 23

It's A Wonderful Life

December 8

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

December 9, 10 Classical Ballet of WNY Presents The Nutcracker
November 29 - December 3 White Christmas Live On Stage
December 2 The Nutcracker at The Center For the Arts!
December 13 Miracle On 34th Street
December 22 A Christmas Carol


Holiday Concerts

November 26 Handel's Messiah at OLV Basilica
December 3  Handel's Messiah at St. Mary's Swormville
December 10 Jingle Bell Jam at the BPO
December 8, 9 Joann's Classical Christmas 
December 14, 15, 16, 17 John Morris Russell's Holiday Pops With the BPO
December 8

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Shea's

December 12 Lindsey Stirling's Snow Waltz Tour at Shea's
December 15 WNY Big Band Christmas
December 21

Straight No Chaser – Sleighin’ It Tour at Shea's

December 2 Merry Christmas Darling: A Carpenters Christmas
December 2 Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Bank Center
December 12 A Celtic Family Christmas


Christmas Tree Experience

Weekends in November and December  Stokoe Farms 
Starting November 24 Christmas Tree Time at Crossens
Opens November 24 Christmas At Akron Acres


Ice Skating

Holiday and Leisure Rinks
Classic Rink 
Northtown Center at Amherst 
Brighton Ice Arena 
The Ice at Canalside 
Faletti Ice Arena


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Saturdays in December Holidays at the Broadway Market
November 18, 19 Holiday Market at Genesee Country Village & Museum
December 2,3 Holiday Market At the Kenan Center
December 2 Holy Ghost Christkindl Holiday Market


New Year's Eve

December 31 Countdown To Noon at Explore and More
December 31  New Year's Eve At Holiday Valley 
December 31 NYE at Splash Lagoon
December 31 NYE Buffalo Ball Drop



Various Dates in November/December Holiday Afternoon Teas
December 10, 11  Winter Wonderland at the Botanical Gardens 
December 1-4 Lewiston Christmas Walk
Multiple dates in November/December  Polar Express at Medina Railroad Museum
Multiple dates in November/December Christmas Cookie Decorating Class At Buffalo Cake Pops
Multiple dates in December Holiday Magic at Explore & More 
December 13  Holiday Cookie Decorating at Clarence Public Library