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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Buffalo

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Santa Sightings

November 25, 27 Visit With Santa at Explore & More
Starting November 18 Visit Santa at Walden Galleria
Fridays-Sundays Starting Nov. 19 Santa's Wonderland Express
November 26 On Stage With Santa at the Historic Palace Theatre
November 17, 18 Santa's Reindeer Story Train Ride
December 3 Skydiving Elves Greet Santa in Lewiston
December 4, 11, 18 Cookies and Cocoa With Mrs. Claus At the Buffalo Zoo
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in December Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe
Various dates in December Breakfast With Santa and the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo
Various dates in December Santa On the Heritage Carousel
December 10 Santa Land At Chestnut Ridge Park
December 18 Lunch With Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe



December 11  Get Your Hanukkah On
December 18 Here Comes Hanukkah


Old-Time Christmas

December 1, 8, 15 Candlelight Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Martin House
December 11, 18  Castle By Candelight at Old Fort Niagara 
Multiple Dates in December Yuetide In the Country


Light Displays

Various Dates Nov 25 - Dec 23 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Saturday before Thanksgiving - January 2 Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights
November 26 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 26 Free Holiay Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: ELF
November 26 Free Holiday Movie At the Historic Palace Theatre: The Polar Express
December 3, 4 The Nutcracker at Shea's
December 2 - 4

Scrooge at the Palace

December 10, 11 Classical Ballet of WNY Presents The Nutcracker
December 15 Holiday Film: White Christmas


Holiday Concerts

November 26 Back To The Future In Concert
December 11 Jingle Bell Jam at the BPO
December 9, 10 Joann's Classical Christmas 
December 15, 16, 17 John Morris Russell's Holiday Pops With the BPO
December 26, 27, 28 Elf the Musical at Shea's
December 09 'Tis the Season With the Beachboys Featuring the Holiday Vibrations At Shea's
December 21

Baby Shark Live! Christmas Show at Shea's

December 3,4 A Charlie Brown Christmas at Seneca One
December 22 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
Opens November 25 Christmas At Akron Acres


Ice Skating

Holiday and Leisure Rinks
Classic Rink 
Northtown Center at Amherst 
Brighton Ice Arena 
The Ice at Canalside (November 25th, 2022)
Faletti Ice Arena


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Saturdays in December Holidays at the Broadway Market
November 25, 26, 27 Heritage Carousel Holiday Market
November 19, 20 Holiday Market at Genesee Country Village & Museum
December 3 Holiday Market and Tree of Light at the Martin House
December 10 Christmas On the Canal Holiday Market
December 3 Holy Ghost Christcindl Holiday Market


New Year's Eve

December 31 Countdown To Noon at Explore and More (TBD 2022)
December 31  New Year's Eve At Holiday Valley 
December 31 NYE at Splash Lagoon (TBD 2022)
December 31 Kids New Year's Party at Tumbles Play Cafe



Starting November 19 Magical Pointsettias and Train Display at the Botanical Gardens
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