Master Guide to December Holiday Fun in Buffalo & Erie County, NY
The December holiday season in Western New York is filled with fun as we prepare for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's! Here is your master guide to the holidays including events, concerts, activities, Christmas tree farms, and more! Our normal big list may be reduced due to COVID for 2020, but see below for some new options!
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Yuletide Open House at Genesee Country Village2020 weekends: December 5/6, 12/13, 19/20. Sat 12-6, Sun 12-4
Celebrate the season and experience the village bedecked in its holiday finery. Walk amid villagers bustling with preparations as you explore historic homes on a self-guided excursion through festive traditions of Gensee Valley settlers. Relish the cathartic sounds of seasonal music, listen to classic tales read aloud, and pickup tips from our cooks as you savor the intoxicating scents of holiday dishes. Don’t miss a socially-distanced photo op with the star of the season, St. Nick, and a stop at the Flint Hill Store for handcrafted gifts. Take advantage of our Saturday extended hours to see the village by candelight.
Please Note! Due to COVID restrictions, our 2020 Yuletide program is NOT a tour, nor is it a theatrical performance as in years past. We hope to return to our typical programming in 2021 but know you will enjoy our Village Open House!
101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun
Our annual 101 Holiday Events list is somewhat shorter this year than our traditional 101 ideas for local holiday fun, but there are still local and virtual ways to make the holidays special in our area for 2020.
Drive-Thru Holiday Lights, Events, and ActivitiesUpcoming events you can experience from the safety of your car!
The COVID pandemic has generated many restrictions on holiday activities, but in the midst of difficulties often spring wonderful ideas and human ingenuity. To accommodate social distancing requirements, organizations around the country have planned drive-thru experiences... most are light displays, but other experiences have emerged as well. Click here for our list of local drive-through activities!
Subscriptions Boxes: Gifts That Keep on Giving
Send thoughtful choices to the ones you love near and far, and plan some excellent expected surprises for your own family in the months to come. KidsOutAndAbout has put together of some of our favorite choices with a range for all different ages and interests.
Where can your kids visit with Santa? At plenty of places around our area! We also show you Breakfasts with Santa (and sometimes, Breakfast with the Grinch!). (Get your tickets early, because those Breakfasts with Santa tend to sell out early.) sell out.
FREE holiday events
You think you can't get anything free anymore? Nonsense! Here are a bunch of free holiday events (listed day by day) coming up in our area.
Hanukkah begins in the evening of December 10, 2020 and ends December 18, 2020.
Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26-January 1 each year.
Lightbulb Day is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, on or about December 21.