101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Buffalo - 2020 | Kids Out and About Buffalo

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Buffalo - 2020

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 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

November 28 Santa In the Window at Thin Ice
Weekends In December Yuletide Pancake Breakfast With St. Nick at Genesee Country Village
Saturdays in December Santa on the Arcade and Attica Railroad! (SOLD OUT)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in December Santa's Christmas Cottage Snow Globe
December 11 and 12 Santa's Workshop at the Botanical Gardens
November 29, December 6, 13, 20  Brunch With Santa at Salvatore's 
December 5 Santa In the Parking Lot At St. Luke's
November 27 - December 24  Visit Santa at Walden Galleria 
November 27 - December 30 Christmas in Ellicottville
December 15 (virtual) Holiday Storytelling With Santa At the Hamburgh Library
December 12, 19 Breakfast With Santa At the Rainforest Cafe
December 5, 6, 12, 13 Santa Visits the Farm
Streaming starting Dec. 15 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town! (streaming storytime and songs)
November 28 and December 19 Zoom With Santa Hosted by Herschell Carrousel Museum
Delivered on December 21 A (video) Vist From Santa Claus



December 11 - 18 Virtual Hanukkah Celebration With the JCC


Old-Time Christmas

November 20 Shopping By Candelight at Akron Acres
December 12  Castle By Candelight at Old Fort Niagara (Sold Out)
Weekends In December Yuletide Open House at Genesee Country Village


Light Displays

November 29 - December 23 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Saturday before Thanksgiving - January 6 Our Lady of Fatima Festival of Lights
Weekends, Thanksgiving Eve - Dec. 19 Drive Thru Country Holiday Lights and Dinner
December 1 - 31 Old Falls Street Holiday Lights
Starting December 5 Light Up Lockport 



Holiday Theatre

November 28 A (Virtual) Christmas Carol at Shea's
December 2 - 6 Scrooge The Musical Movie at the Historic Palace Theatre


Holiday Concerts

December 5 Corfu Community Band Christmas Concert
December 15 Joann's Classical Christmas (Streaming On Demand for 2020)
December 18 Christmas Eve and Other Stories Streaming Performance With Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 22 Holiday Pops With the BPO (Streaming On Demand for 2020)


Christmas Tree Experience

Opens the day after Thanksgiving - December 15 Hills Cristmas Tree Farm
Black Friday - Christmas Eve Crossen Christmas Tree Farm
Weekends after Thanksgiving - December 20 Country Pine Farm 
Day after Thanksgiving - December 20 Christmas At Akron Acres
Daily from the day after Thanksgiving - Dec 23 Jurek's Plantation
Thursday - Sunday, Nov 27 - Dec 20 Roth's Hillside Tree Farm 
Weekends in November and December  Stokoe Farms 


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

November 14 Christkindl Outdoor Market
Saturdays in December Holidays at the Broadway Market
December 12 Elf Camp at the Herschell Carrousel Museum
November 15 - 23 Digital Holiday Market With Hotel Henry
November 12 - 26 2020 Online Holiday Market At the Foundry
November 20 Akron Acres: Holiday Shopping By Candelight


New Year's Eve

December 31 Countdown To Noon at Explore and More
December 31 Family Fun New Year's Eve On Old Falls Street (TBD 2020)
December 31  New Year's Eve At Holiday Valley 
December 31  Comedy Sportz New Year's Eve (TBD 2020)
December 31  First Night Buffalo (Scheduled, details currently unavailable)
December 31  Hamburg Rock the Roundabout and Ball Drop (TBD 2020)



November 28 A (virtual) Christmas With the Griswolds
December 12 Gingerbread House Making at the Herschell Carrousel Museum
December 12 Elf Camp at Herschell Carrousel Museum
Nov. 27 - Jan. 3 Pointsettia and Model Railway Holiday Display at the Botanical Gardens
Various in Dec; click through to see list Gardens After Dark: Magical Pointsettias at the Botanical Gardens
December 1 - 31 Cards and Crafts at Niagara Falls State Park
November 28  Christmas In the Village