December 5–6

Holiday Handmade Market

Visit a safe, curated winter popup market where all the gifts are handmade.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Kenan Center Arena (195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport), 433-2617



December 1–18

Holiday Cards and Crafts 

Stop by the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center and drop off a holiday card for a local nursing home resident and receive a free holiday kid craft.

Daily-10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Niagara Falls State Park

(332 Prospect Street) and crafts at niagara falls state park


December 4–5 

Hertel Christmas Market 

Pick up holiday gifts and decorations and feel safe while enjoying a stroll down this outdoor shopping area.

(1650 Hertel Avenue) christmas market


December 5

A Christmas Stroll (Still tentative)

Celebrate the holiday season with a living nativity, complete with a camel, throughout the village.

Village of Ellicottville


Cocktails with Connie: A Concepcion Family Christmas

Join Empress 28 Connie B Holmgren James Concepcion for her monthly show. Special guests, conversation, performances, and cocktails. Proceeds from this show go to Locust Street Art Gallery. An Imperial Court of Buffalo event. 

8–10 p.m.

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December 5–6  

Lewiston Christmas Walk

Experience the Lewiston Christmas Walk and celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way with carriage rides, shopping, carolers, Santa promenade down Center Street, and outdoor entertainment.

All day in the Village of Lewiston, 754-9500


December 11–12

Home and Away: A Virtual Dance Concert

This University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance performance includes fifty undergraduate dance majors—from freshman to seniors—as well as works and performances by MFA students. The show is presented in two formats: “Dance for Camera” from home and recorded performances on campus.

7:30 p.m. online platform TBA


Santa’s Workshop

The Botanical Gardens transforms into a family friendly and safely distanced Santa’s Workshop with lots of holiday photo opps, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens

(2655 S. Park Avenue), 827-1584


December 12

TENET Vocal Artists

Based around the Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols, TENET’s vocal soloists join lutenist Hank Heijink to perform traditional carols and works by Warlock, Howells, Parry, and Vaughn Williams. 

5 p.m. livestream


December 15

JoAnn’s Classical Christmas

Sal Andolina presents a special saxophone rendition of holiday favorites, and the BPO Brass shine in Darin Kelly’s Of Nights and Lights, a sparkling Hanukkah composition, plus perennial classics including selections from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Respighi’s The Adoration of the Magi, and more to bring the spirit of the season to life.

7 p.m. livestream, 885-500


December 17 

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Celebrate the season at this hands-on Christmas cookie baking class and exchange, plus cocktails and delicious snacks to graze on. 

6 p.m. at Shea’s Seneca Banquets and Events

(2178 Seneca Street), 427-5542


December 18

Live From Premier Cabaret Lounge: New York Holiday Swing With Svetlana!

Svetlana & The New York Collective is one of New York’s most beloved swing bands known for their signature vintage-inspired sound, foot-stomping groove, and exciting stage presence. 

7 p.m. livestream


December 19

Santa on the Carrousel

Santa is here to spread holiday cheer at

the museum, but this traditional event with Santa has been modified. The staff at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum have come up with a safe and healthy way for Santa to visit this year. Ride the carrousel with Santa, shop, explore the museum, and spend time in the children's gallery where everyone can make an ornament to take, write letters, and more. Pre-registration is required.

10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

(180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda), 693-1885


December 22

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops

Celebrate the holidays with “Mr. Christmas” himself, Maestro John Morris Russell, with festive Pops favorites from your BPO! 

7 p.m. livestream, 885-500


Through December 

Festival of Lights 

Enjoy this holiday favorite with millions of dazzling lights, seen from the comfort of your car. The event is strictly a drive-thru. Admission must be purchased in advance.

Hamburg Fairgrounds

(5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg), 649-3900


Holiday Lights & Tree Illuminations

Drive or walk down the street to enjoy three blocks of illuminated trees, a twenty-four-foot  Christmas Tree, illuminated snowflakes, and the new Cataract Commons.

Daily, on Old Falls Street

(Niagara Falls)


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