2017 Holiday Calendar




Santa and the BPO share holiday tales through music on December 10 at Kleinhans.

 

DECEMBER 1

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Five actors perform all the voices, music, singing, and sound effects from this beloved movie.

Through Dec. 17 at  710 Main Theatre (710 Main St.; roadlesstraveledproductions.org or 629-3069)

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The dazzling Christmas spectacle of music and lights returns.

8 p.m. at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-0850, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol: A Comedy

The classic Christmas story takes on a comedic twist.

Through Dec. 3 at Shea’s Smith Theatre, produced by O’Connell & Company (646 Main St.; sheas.org or 847-1410, for tickets 800-745-3000)

 

Holiday Open Studios and Galleries

Shop for artwork, crafts, and unique holiday gifts from more than 40 local vendors. Artisans are located at the Burchfield Penney Art Museum, Hotel Henry, Engine 36 Firehouse, Chatham Pottery Studio, Lafayette Clay Collective, Benjamin Gallery, Art on Bryant, Pop In@218 Grant, Atlas Concept Store, Sky Parlour Gallery, and 22 Fairfield Avenue. Friday, 5–9, Sat–Sun, 11–6

Through Dec. 3  (artistsinbuffalo.org)

 

Kaleida Health Foundation 2017 Festival of Trees

Celebrate the 40th annual festival of trees.

Through Dec. 5 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)

 

Grace Bible’s Living Nativity

The 30-minute tour takes you through the story of the birth of Jesus.

Through Dec. 3 at olcott-newfane.com

 

Light Up Newfane

At dusk begins a marvelous parade of floats all boasting the most holiday lights.

5:30 p.m. at olcott-newfane.com

 

The Sounds of Christmas Concert

Listen to classic Christmas music and songs.

Through Dec. 2 at olcott-newfane.com

 

 

DECEMBER 2

A Charlie Brown Christmas

You’ll love this classic and heartwarming Peanuts Christmas adventure.

Through Dec. 17 at Theatre of Youth (Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St.; theatreofyouth.org or 884-4400)

 

The Scintas’ Christmas Holiday Celebration

Celebrate the holidays with holiday songs and laughter.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

The Nutcracker

The American Academy of Ballet performs this holiday staple.

Through Dec. 3 at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Starlight Holiday Open House

Take advantage of this unique holiday opportunity to see many fantastic works.

Free. Starlight Studio (340 Delaware Ave.; starlightstudio.org or 842-1525)

 

Holiday Happening: Every Weekend in December

Visit all 22 wineries for a tasting and a holiday keepsake ornament and wine glass.

Through Dec. 31 at niagarawinetrail.org

 

A Christmas Stroll

A nativity scene comes alive right in the middle of Eville.

Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)

 

Yuletide in the Country

Shop local vendors for unique holiday gifts.

Through Dec. 3 at Hamburg Fairgrounds Events Center (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; 649-3900)

 

Tidings of Comfort and Jazz

Celebrate the holidays with this concert, now in its fiftieth year.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

Lewiston Christmas Walk

Enjoy the holidays with festive lights and decorations throughout this quaint town.

Through Dec. 3 at (niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)

 

Roycroft Campus Winter Festival

Shop unique gifts, pet animals, and watch demonstrations.

Through Dec. 3 at Roycroft Campus Corporation (31 South Grove St., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorporation.com or 655-0261)

 

Old Fashioned Carol Sing at The Van Horn Mansion

Listen to lovely classic Christmas carols at this free concert.

1:30 p.m. at Van Horn Mansion (2165 Lockport-Olcott Rd., Burt; olcott-newfane.com)

 

Friends of Reinstein Woods Holiday Party

Members celebrate the beauty of winter at the annual holiday gathering; new members welcome! Registration required. 

1–4 p.m. at Reinstein Woods (93 Honorine Dr., Depew; 683-5959)

 

Siberian Husky Club Dog Sled Meet & Greet

Meet some of the fantastic sled dogs as part of Jingle Falls.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Old Falls Street USA (www.niagarafallsusa.com)

 

DECEMBER 3

A Christmas Carol

Mike Randall performs as Charles Dickens for this holiday classic.

3 p.m. at Niagara Regional Theatre Guild at Ellicott Creek Playhouse (St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; niagaratheatre.com or 260-2319)

 

Hull Family Home Christmas Tea

This holiday-themed tea makes all who partake feel special.

11 a.m. or 2 p.m. at The Victorian (5976 Genesee St., Lancaster; 741-7032 or hullfamilyhome.org)

 

DECEMBER 4

Elf

See this hilarious and heartwarming holiday movie on the big screen.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

DECEMBER 5

Holiday Reception

See the museum in all its holiday splendor at this after hours holiday reception.

5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

The Irish Tenors

 

DECEMBER 6

The Irish Tenors Holiday Tour

Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, and Anthony Kearns come together to present a holiday concert.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside Holiday Luncheon

Lunch, basket raffles, and more await you in the beautiful (and warm!) gardens.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

DECEMBER 7

Winter Choral Spectacular

Buffalo State Choral groups sing all your holiday favorites.

7:30 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

Horton’s Holiday Hayride

Want something a little different? Try this rock ’n’ roll holiday spectacular.

7 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.; tralfmusichall.com or 835-3500)

 

DECEMBER 8

A Christmas Carol

This performance of the classic Christmas tale will boost your holiday spirits.

Through Dec. 23 at Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley.; alleyway.com or 852-2600)

 

A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ classic is adapted by L. Don Swartz.

Through Dec. 18 at The Ghostlight Theatre (170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; starrynighttheatre.com or 743-1614)

 

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas

Join conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for some holiday music.

Through Dec. 9 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Believe

Cirque Musica presents this holiday spectacular.

8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; senecaniagaracasino.com or 299-1100)

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The heart warming and hilarious performance is perfect for kids of all ages.

Through Dec. 17 at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)

 

Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Tunes of the holidays get you in the spirit.

7:30 p.m. at Orchard Park High School Auditorium (orchardparksymphony.com)

 

DECEMBER 9

Photos with Santa

Bring your kids to meet Santa and get a picture.

10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Niagara Power Project Visitor’s Center (5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; nypa.gov or 286-6661)

 

Castle by Candlelight

Tour the French castle opulently decorated for the holidays.

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown; oldfortniagara.org or 745-7611)

 

Santa’s Workshop

Make some crafts and meet and take picture with Santa.

10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)

 

Breakfast with Santa

Have some breakfast with the big man in red and get a picture.

Through Dec. 17 at Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.; buffalozoo.org or 837-3900)

 

Live Reindeer & Sleigh Photo

See Santa’s sleigh, meet his reindeer, and get a picture.

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Old Falls Street USA (www.niagarafallsusa.com)

 

Horse and Carriage Rides

Enjoy a free carriage ride around Old Falls and see it splendidly lit up.

2 p.m.–7 p.m. at Old Falls Street USA (www.niagarafallsusa.com)

 

Frozen

An outdoor screening of the heartwarming Disney movie makes the holiday season less chilly.

5 p.m. at Old Falls Street USA (www.niagarafallsusa.com)

 

The Nutcracker in the City of Light is at the Flickinger Theatre, Nichols School on December 10

 

DECEMBER 10

The Nutcracker in the City of Light

Presented by Configuration Dance Theatre & School of Ballet. This unique production opens with Clara, heroine of the traditional version, now in her eighties telling the story of one very special Christmas Eve some seventy years earlier. Set in Buffalo, during the year of the Pan American Exposition of 1901.

1 and 5 p.m. at Flickinger Theatre, Nichols School (1250 Amherst St.; configurationdancetheatre.org/the-nutcracker)

 

A Celtic Family Christmas

Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, for an intimate and unique Christmas concert.

7:30 p.m. at UB Center for the Arts (103 Center For The Arts; ubcfa.org or 645-6259)

 

Jingle Bell Jazz

The Buffalo Dolls and the Ladies First Jazz Big Band perform holiday classics.

12 p.m. at Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.; tralfmusichall.com or 835-3500)

 

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio #4

Daniel Bassis directs the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo choir accompanied by members of the BPO.

10:30 a.m. at UUCB (695 Elmwood Ave..; buffalouu.org or 885-2136)

 

Jingle Bell Jam

Santa and the BPO share holiday tales through music for families to enjoy.

2:30 p.m. at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Billy Kirchen & Too Much Fun

A honkytonk holiday show.

5 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

A Celtic Family Christmas

Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy give the holidays a Celtic twist.

7:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Tree Lighting and Concert

The lighting of the tree for the holidays is accompanied by some festive music.

3 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; albrightknox.org or 882-8700)

 

Jazz on Second Sundays

Celebrate with some holiday jazz music to get in the spirit.

2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court; buffalohistory.org or 873 9644)

 

A Celtic Family Christmas​ is on December 10 at UB Center for the Arts 

 

DECEMBER 11

Roswell Park Cancer Institute 2017 Courage of Carly Fund Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with this amazing group.

5 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)

 

DECEMBER 15

The Night Before Christmas

Immerse yourself in the story of a brother and sister on a Christmas adventure.

Through Dec. 17 at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)

 

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas

Grammy winner Norman Brown performs holiday classics.

8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; buffalostatepac.org or 878-3005)

 

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops

Western New York’s favorite musical holiday traditions

Through Dec. 17 at Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)

 

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

Grammy nominated musician Jim Brickman helps bring the holidays to Buffalo.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

10th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

Shop local items from more than forty vendors.

Through Dec. 16 at Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.; wnybookarts.org or 348-1430)

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays KeyBank Center

 

DECEMBER 16

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The magic of the holidays is captured in this stunning performance.

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza; keybankcenter.com or 888-223-6000)

 

Kenny Rogers

Christmas & Hits show returns as part of Rogers’ The Gambler’s Last Deal Final World Tour.

8 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; ubcfa.org or 645-6915)

 

Dysfunctional Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with a nontraditional one-of-a kind party.

7 p.m. at Squeaky Wheel (Market Arcade Center, 617 Main St.; squeaky.org or 884-7172)

 

Light Up the Holidays Hike

Take a hike and see some holiday lights.

10 a.m. at Cave of the Winds Pavilion on Goat Island (niagarafallsusa.com)

 

DECEMBER 17

Holiday Concert

The Cheektowaga Symphony performs its holiday concert.

3 p.m. at St. John Gualbert Church (83 Gualbert Ave.; cheektowagasymphony.com or 895-1047)

 

Kenny G – The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour

Holiday music is transformed by legendary saxophonist Kenny G.

8 p.m. at Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org or 692-2413)

 

 

DECEMBER 21

Miracle at Levittown

Check out this staged reading of a new Christmas satire.

Through Dec. 23 at The Subversive Theatre Collective at Manny Fried Playhouse (Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Ave.; subversivetheatre.org or 408-0499)

 

Winter Solstice Celebration

A lantern-led evening walk to celebrate the longest night and the return of light; discover solstice traditions from around the world and end the evening with warm drinks and snacks. $5 per person, children 5 and under free. Registration required.

6–8 p.m. at Reinstein Woods (93 Honorine Dr., Depew; 683-5959)

 

DECEMBER 22

Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes

A home for the holidays special performance.

7:30 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.; sportsmensbuffalo.com or 874-7734)

 

DECEMBER 31

Independent Health First Night

Have a happy, healthy New Year at Buffalo’s biggest drug- and alcohol-free New Year celebration.

Through Jan.. 1 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)

 

Moon Hooch

Ring in the New Year with high-energy musical accompaniment.

8 p.m. at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com or 200-1893)

 

Aqueous

Celebrate the New Year at this 18+ event.

8 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)

 

Check out even more events in our full calendar here.

 

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