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Charitable events and revelry for a cause in December


Every month, Spree lists special events at Western New York’s many cultural and nonprofit organizations, fundraisers for area charities, and other happenings for good causes, including those we organize or co-organize. Do you have an event that should be included here? Contact us at The listing deadline for the February issue is December 15.


Holiday Gift Wrap Booth for Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara

Open mall retail hours from November 27 through December 24 at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, 1790 Military Road, Niagara Falls

Scratch a chore off your holiday to-do list and provide needed funding to a charitable organization that works with families and individuals dealing with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Call 297-6400 or visit


28th Annual Light-A-Life Memorial Tree Lighting

5–5:30 p.m., December 2 at CTG, 800 Delaware Avenue

The decorated tree—displaying ornaments purchased in memory of family and friends who have received hospice care—remains lit throughout December. Memorial bells and tags inscribed with loved ones’ names are available for purchase online. The event benefits Hospice Foundation of Western New York.

Call 686-8090 or visit


The 113th Annual Maria Love Charity Ball

Benefiting: The Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund. 6–8:30 p.m. (Middle School Dance), and 9–11:30 p.m. (High School Dance), December 8, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street

This long-running Buffalo tradition invites young people to dress up, use their best manners, and raise money for a good cause.  The Maria Love Convalescent Fund provides interim financial assistance to promote independence and enhance the quality of life of Erie County residents with medically related conditions, and who may be temporarily ineligible for aid from traditional sources.

Visit or email


Taste of Christmas Past

5:30–9:30 p.m., December 9, at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst

Enjoy an evening of historically recreated Victorian Christmas dishes and drinks. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony, music provided by the Buffalo Schwaben Chor and Historic Organ Grinder Dan Wilke, auctions, and caroling.

Call 689-1440 or visit


See our holiday calendar for special programs at local cultural organizations.                 

To see our full calendar of events, entertainment listings, and more, visit our Events page.


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