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2016 Holiday Calendar

A Christmas Story, the Musical runs Dec. 13–18 at Shea's



Glitter and Glamour Fashion Show

This holiday-themed fashion show is the final event of the Festival of Trees, which benefits John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Enjoy the show against a backdrop of decorated trees, wreaths, and other holiday displays.

6–9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency (2 Fountain Plaza; 881-8230 or festivaloftreesbuffalo.com)



Holiday Light Up and Parade

Enjoy a festive evening in Newfane with a parade, cookies, and hot chocolate; a visit with Santa and carriage rides follow the parade. 

5:30 p.m. (Main St., Newfane; olcott-newfane.com)


Holiday Live at Larkin

Larkin Square welcomes the community for a free wintertime concert headlined by the original holiday music of local collective Robot Holiday on its covered, heated boardwalk.

Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; larkinsquare.com or 362-2665) 


The Scintas Christmas Show

The show blends classic songs from musical icons such as Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, with comedy and celebrity impressions. 

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


The Kerfuffle Before Christmas

The event features Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, Dirty Heads, GROUPLOVE, and Judah & The Lion. 

6 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or tickets.com)


Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas

McCarthy’s wagon will be parked all day to collect new toys and gifts for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriff’s Santa Program, with a party following in the evening.

6 p.m. at Ellicott Brewing Company (28 Monroe St., Ellicottville 474-7832)



It’s a Wonderful Life

A stage production of the classic film, performed in a woodbox theater.

Western Door Playhouse (1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; 297-5910 or westerndoorplayhouse.vpweb.com)



A Vocális Christmas

A Vocális tradition continues. Relax to the sweet sounds of an intimate choral Christmas. 

8 p.m. December 2 at St. Peter & Paul Church (5480 Main St., Williamsville) and 7:30 p.m., December 3, Karpeles Manuscript Museum (220 Elmwood Ave.) vocalischamberchoir.org



All on a Starry Night

Buffalo Choral Arts Society celebrates this glorious time of year.

Concerts take place on December 2 at Saint Mary’s Church of Swormville (6919 Transit Rd., Swormville) and on December 4 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral (50 Franklin St.) Call 775-7664 or visit buffalochoralarts.org


Scrooge the Musical

The classic Charles Dickens tale set to music has been a Christmas tradition in Lockport since 2003. 

7:30 p.m. December 2–3, 3 p.m. December 4, at the Historic Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lockport; 438-1130 or Lockportpalacetheatre.org)


Hansel and Gretel

This sumptuous musical retelling of the classic fairy tale is performed by Buffalo Opera Unlimited with a full orchestra. 

8 p.m. December 2, 2 :30 p.m. December 4, at Buffalo State’s Performing Arts Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; 878-3005 or buffalostatepac.org


Artists in Buffalo Holiday Open

Over 100 local artists display their work for purchase. Venues include the Burchfield Penney Art Center and other local galleries and private studios.

Visit artistsinbuffalo.org for more information.  




Taste of Christmas Past

Enjoy a menu full of Victorian Christmas recipes, a guided lantern tour, a tree lighting ceremony, music, raffles, and auctions. 

5:30–9:30, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or bnhv.org)


Tree Lighting

The Buffalo Zoo kicks off the most wonderful time of year with holiday music, hot chocolate, animal meet and greets, festive activities, treats, and a dazzling holiday tree. 

3:00 p.m. at Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.; buffalozoo.org or 837-3900)


A Christmas Stroll

Visit the magical Village of Ellicottville in all its holiday finery.

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


Santa on the Carrousel 

Santa rides the carrousel and has lunch with all of his friends and fans, plus crafts, games, and snacks.

Activities start at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; carrouselmuseum.org or 693-1885) 


Friends of Reinstein Woods Holiday Party

Visit with live animals from Earth Spirit Educational Services and take a hike with Santa. Registration required. 

1:00 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; reinsteinwoods.org or 683-5959)


Restless Heart Christmas Show Season of Harmony

For over thirty years, Restless Heart has been topping the charts with country hits; now it performs distinguished renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.

Through Dec. 4 at Seneca Allegany Casino (777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; senecaalleganycasino.com or 877-873-6322)


Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

This annual event marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo.

5 p.m. at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets; buffaloplace.com).



The Nutcracker

The annual production from American Academy of Ballet and Dance is a holiday favorite. 

1 p.m. December 3–4, 7 p.m. December 3, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (688-4774 or aab-buffalo.com)


Lewiston Tour of Homes

This includes five of the village’s historic homes, a poinsettia cocktail, a dessert reception, a holiday market, and more. 

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (524-3001 or lewistonhometour.com)


Yuletide in the Country

Buy handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list at this popular holiday artisan showcase. 

At the Fairgrounds in Hamburg (649-3900 or the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights)


Roycroft Campus Holiday Art Show

Start your holiday shopping with a special handmade present and view a variety of artists’ work.

10 a.m. at Roycroft Campus Corporation (31 South Grove St., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorporation.com or 655-0261)


DECEMBER 3–4, 10–11

Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail

This festive tasting event along the trail includes a special gift.

Various locations, niagarawinetrail.org


Lewiston Christmas Walk

Santa arrives by helicopter (weather permitting) on Saturday, December 3, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a weekend of caroling, boutique shopping, carriage rides, and more.

Through Dec. 4 at Village of Lewiston, (Center St., Lewiston; niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)



Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Junie B. draws the wrong name for Secret Santa and plots revenge. 

Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St.; 884-4400 or theatreofyouth.org)



Create a Holiday Mini Book

Children ages six to twelve can make  holiday creations to give or keep in this session led by artist David Wasik. All materials are provided, and no registration is necessary. 

2 p.m. at the Central/Downtown Library (1 Lafayette Square; 858-8900 or buffalolib.org)


A Christmas Carol

See Mike Randall’s popular portrayal of Charles Dickens. 

8 p.m., Niagara Regional Theatre Guild (530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda; 284-6358 or niagaratheatre.com)


Breakfast with Santa

Families are welcomed to join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their merry elves for a pancake breakfast in the BNHV Ballroom. This event features two seatings.

9:30 and 11 a.m., Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or bnhv.org)


Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

TSO’s popular rock opera features enduring fan favorites. 

3 and 7 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or tickets.com)



Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

The cast of Cirque Musica performs feats of strength, skill, and grace with music by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

8 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or bpo.org)



A Christmas Carol

Enjoy the Dickens classic in a repurposed church. 

Starry Night Theatre (170 Schenk St., North Tonawanda; 743-1614 or starrynighttheatre.com)



Holiday Concert

The program includes Vivaldi, holiday favorites, and a narration of The Night Before Christmas.

7:30 p.m., Orchard Park High School Auditorium (4040 Baker Rd., Orchard Park; 474-5843 or opsymphony.org)



Classical Christmas

Stefan Sanders leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. 

10:30 a.m. December 9, 8 p.m. December 10, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or bpo.org)



A Christmas Carol

This is the fifth longest-running state production of the Dickens classic.

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



Santa’s Workshop 

Enjoy holiday activities and a visit with Santa among the poinsettias at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. 

10 a.m.–2 p.m., Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.; 827-1584 or buffalogardens.com


Grand and Glorious Christmas Masterpieces

The Buffalo Niagara Choirs performs classical choruses and traditional carols. 

Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Fourteen Holy Helpers R. C. Church, 350 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca and Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo (bnchoirs.org)


Holiday Tea

The event includes tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and a basket raffle.

1–3 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or bnhv.org)


All on a Starry Night

Buffalo Choral Arts Society’s holiday concert at St. Peter and Paul R. C. Church (66 East Main St., Hamburg; 775-7664 or buffalochoralarts.org)




Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert

Enjoy the official lighting of the Albright-Knox’s traditional Christmas tree and a concert of holiday favorites.

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


Jingle Bell Jam

This BPO family event includes holiday music and a postconcert mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. (Toys for Tots drop-off) 

2:30 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or bpo.org)


Secrets of Allentown Holiday Tour of Homes

Self-guided tour of decorated historic homes in Buffalo’s oldest preservation district 

Noon–4 p.m., starting at the Theodore Roosevelt Historic National Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave..; 881-1024 or allentown.org/trsite.org)




Kenny G—Live for Christmas 

Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist. 

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



A Christmas Story, the Musical

The classic holiday favorite about a boy and his air rifle comes to Shea’s. 

Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; 847-1410 or sheas.org)



Kissmass Bash 2016

Performers include The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Jake Miller, Daya, Jon Bellion, JoJo, and Jacob Whitesides. 

6 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or tickets.com)


Pat Shea Holiday Concert

The “Star” talent-search winner presents a concert of all your holiday favorites.

7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; lancopera.org or 683-1776)



Holiday Celebration On Ice Tour 

Enjoy the magnificent athleticism and grace of Olympic champion Brian Boitano and others and the Academy Award-winning sounds of Franc D’Ambrosio. 

8 p.m. (except 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec.17 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 18), Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; 1-877-8-SENECA or senecaniagaracasino.com)



Last-Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

Over forty vendors on two floors offer quality handmade goods at this popular shopping event at Western New York Book Arts Center. 

4–8 p.m. December 16, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. December 17, WNYBAC (468 Washington St.; 348-1430 or wnybookarts.org)



John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops

Join Russell, the BPO, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for all your holiday favorites and some surprises. 

10:30 a.m. December 15, 8 p.m. December 16, 2:30 December 17, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or bpo.org)


The Night Before Christmas

A brother and sister get caught up in a fun-filled adventure with a cast of colorful Christmas characters. 

Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave.; 683-1776 or lancopera.org)



Christmas with the Celtic Tenors

The unique voices, appeal, and wit of Daryl, James, and Matthew combine in a thoroughly uplifting experience.

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


Mohawk Xmas Party

Celebrate the season with some serious rock.

Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; buffalosmohawkplace.com or 312-9279)



Breakfast with Santa

An opportunity to sit in Santa’s lap and get a present, plus games and crafts.

9 a.m. at Aquarium of Niagara (701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls; aquariumofniagara.org or 285-3575)



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.

At Flicking Theatre, Nichols School. Show Times: 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM (configurationdancetheatre.org/the-nutcracker)


Holiday Concert

Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra performs holiday favorites and more.

St. Philip the Apostle R. C. Church (950 Losson Rd., Depew; 893-1807 or cheektowagasymphony.com)



We Three

A polyamorous trio of college students think they’ve got a good thing going until an angry southern Baptist dad shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve.

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



Holiday Church Bus Tour

Tour four Buffalo churches and learn about the history of the congregation, church building, and design elements.

10 a.m. at Villa Maria College, 630 Doat St. (explorebuffalo.org or 245-3032)



First Night Buffalo

Ring in the New Year downtown.

All day at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.; buffaloconvention.com)


Long-running light shows



Fatima Festival of Lights

Fifteen acres of spectacular lights illuminate Lewiston’s famous shrine.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (1023 Swann Rd.., Lewiston; 754-7489 or fatimashrine.com)



Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls, Ontario, becomes a winter wonderland with over three million sparkling lights. 

Visit wfol.com for more information.


DECEMBER 2–4, 9–11, 16–23

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

This family event includes light displays, children’s activities, ice sculpture, and the centerpiece, the North Pole Experience, a 10,000-foot walk-through adventure. 

The Fairgrounds in Hamburg (649-3900 or the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights)



Check out even more events in our full calendar here.

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