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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Buffalo

KidsOutAndAbout is Buffalo & WNY's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2021, which means we're not sure how many events will be happening this year. Keep checking back as this list will be updated regularly!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Helena Robin at helena@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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Santa Sightings

Starting November 19 Visit Santa at Walden Galleria
Fridays-Sundays Starting Nov. 20 Santa's Wonderland Express
November 27 On Stage With Santa at the Historic Palace Theatre
November 27, 28 Santa's Toy Land Express
December 4 Skydiving Elves Greet Santa in Lewiston
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe
Various dates in December Breakfast With Santa and the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo
December 11 Santa Land At Chestnut Ridge Park
December 11 Lunch With Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe



Multiple dates starting November 28  Hanukkah Film Fest (virtual) Presented By the Buffalo JCC 


Old-Time Christmas

December 27  Living History For the Holidays at Old Fort Niagara
December 11, 18  Castle By Candelight at Old Fort Niagara 


Light Displays

December 1 - 31 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Saturday before Thanksgiving - January 2 Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights
Weekends, Thanksgiving Eve - Dec. 19 Drive Thru Country Holiday Lights and Dinner
November 27 Light Up Lockport 
Various dates in Dec., click to see calendar Gardens After Dark: Magical Pointsettias and Train Display
Starting November 19  Buffalo/Niagara Holiday Light Show at the Niagara County Fairgrounds
Starting November  27 Zoolights at the Buffalo Zoo



Holiday Theatre

November 12 A Drag Queen Christmas at Shea's
November 27 Free Holiay Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: ELF
November 27 Free Holiday Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: The Polar Express
November 27, 28 The Nutcracker at Shea's
December 3 - 5

Scrooge the Musical

December 11-12 The Nutcracker Presented By Classical Ballet of WNY
December 13 - 16 Holiday Film: It's A Wonderful Life
December 21 - 23 Holiday Film: White Christmas
December 23, 30 WWE Live Holiday Tour


Holiday Concerts

December 3 Elf In Concert at the BPO
December 12 Jingle Bell Jam at the BPO
December 11, 12 Joann's Classical Christmas 
December 16, 17, 18 Holiday Pops With the BPO (Streaming On Demand for 2020)
December 11 The Lindsey Stirling Christmas Program at Shea's
December 18

Elvis' Rockin Country Christmas Concert

December 19 Easy Street Big Band
December 21 Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Bank Center


Christmas Tree Experience

Weekends in November and December  Stokoe Farms 
Starting November 26 Christmas Tree Time at Crossens


Ice Skating

Holiday and Leisure Rinks
Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (opening day 2020 TBD)
Classic Rink 
Northtown Center at Amherst 
Brighton Ice Arena 
The Ice at Canalside (opening day 2020 TBD)
Faletti Ice Arena


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Saturdays in December Holidays at the Broadway Market
November 20 Holiday Market at Genesee Country Village & Museum
December 4 Amherst Holiday Market At BNHV
December 11 Christmas On the Canal 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 A Night In Hollywood: NYE at Splash Lagoon



Starting November 26 Magical Pointsettias and Train Display at the Botanical Gardens
December 4 Lumber City Winter Walk
December 5, 12  Winter Wonderland at the Botanical Gardens 
December 2-5 Lewiston Christmas Walk
December 5 Lewiston Christmas Lights Parade
Multiple dates in December  Polar Express at Medina Railroad Museum
Multiple Dates in December  Winter Wonderland at the Botanical Gardens
December 18 Gingerbread Houses at the Grand Island Public Library
November 26, 27 Christmas Cookie Decorating Class At Buffalo Cake Pops