Have Yourself a Holly Jolly Holiday in Western NY

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Winter has arrived and some have felt it worse than others.  But regardless of where you live in Western New York, from Rochester to Buffalo and the surrounding towns, there is an abundance of holiday-themed activities to get your family in the spirit this season.

Been to any of these events before?  Leave us a comment and let us know how it was.






A Festival of Trees

December 1-3 (9 AM-5 PM)

NY Power Authority; 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston


Gingerbread House Competition

December 2 through 6

Becker Farms, Gasport


21st Annual Park Avenue Holiday Open House

December 4 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Park Ave, Rochester


A Commedia Christmas Carol

December 4 through 14

Niagara University Theatre


Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County

December 5 & 6 (10 AM – 6 PM)

21 Butternut St, Lyons


Christmas in the City & Holiday Parade

December 5 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Downtown Batavia


Historic Palmyra Homestead Holiday Candlelight House Tour

December 6 (4 PM – 8 PM)

Wm Phelps General Store, 140 Market St, Palmyra


Liberty Pole Lighting and Family Fun Day

December 6 (4:30 PM)

Downtown Rochester, Corner of East Main and East Ave

Join Mayor Lovely Warren, Santa, and other costumed characters for the Holiday kick-off!


Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

December 6 (5 PM)

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza; 40 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo


Christmas at Hidden Valley

December 6 & 7 (9 AM – 3 PM)

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure; 2887 Royce Rd, Varysburg


Yuletide in the Country

December 6 & 7 (10 AM – 4 PM)

Event Center on The Fairgrounds; 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg

Buy locally and with meaning! Find unique handcrafted gifts at the Artisan Market


RWC Christmas Gala

December 6 (7:30 PM) & December 7 (3 PM)

Andrews B. Hale Auditorium at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester


Holidays at the Market

December 7 & 14 (9 AM – 3 PM)

Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St


The Deana Martin Christmas Show

December 10 through December 14

Seneca Niagara Events Center; 310 Fourth St, Niagara Falls

Enjoy an exclusive Christmas show with Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin


 ‘Tis the Season for the Magic of Christmas with “Christmas Memories” Show

December 11 (2 PM)

Riviera Theatre; 67 Webster St, North Tonawanda


Christmas in the Village

December 12 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Elmwood Village, Buffalo

Enjoy festive holiday shopping with music, lights, and a visit from Santa!


Santa’s Workshop

December 13 (10 AM – 1 PM)

Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens; 2655 S Park Ave, Buffalo

Participate in holiday-themed activities and crafts


7th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

December 13 (12 PM – 6 PM)

WNY Book Arts Center; 468 Washington St, Buffalo


Christmas Gala Ball at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

December 13 (4:30 – 9 PM)

151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua

Formal attire required for this event held in the holiday-decorated Sonnenberg Mansion


Christmas with The Buffalo Dolls

December 13 (7 PM Doors, 8 PM Show)

Tralf Music Hall; 622 Main St, 2nd floor, Buffalo


World’s Greatest Holiday Cookie Contest

December 14 (12 PM)

Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St


Festival of Trees at Granger Homestead

Through December 14

295 N. Main St, Canandaigua

Featuring more than 100 decorated trees and more at the mansion


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15 (7 PM)

Rochester Auditorium Theatre


Breakfast with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 13 through December 21

Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 17 (7:30 PM)

Rochester Auditorium Theatre


The Night Before Christmas

December 19 through 21

Lancaster Opera House, Lancaster



December 20 (7 PM)

Historic Main St, East Aurora

Caroling, hot chocolate, and donuts


North Pole Express Train Rides

December 20 & 21; times vary

Arcade & Attica Railroad, Arcade

Travel through WNY, bring your letter for Santa, and visit with the Elves


New York State’s Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 20 & 21

Callahan Theater, Nazareth College


FREE Family Film Series Presents: Elf

December 21 (2 PM)

Shea’s Performing Arts Center; 646 Main St, Buffalo


Polar Express Train Ride

Saturdays and Sundays through December 21; times vary

Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave

Meet Santa, enjoy caroling and hot cocoa, and make the magical journey to the North Pole.


Yuletide in the Country

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 21

Genesee Country Museum, Mumford


Holiday in Vegas

December 19 through January 3

Blackfriars Theatre; 795 E. Main St, Rochester


Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm

Through December 21 (10 AM – 5 PM)

656 South Rd, Scottsville


Fresh Holiday Arrangements: Make-It Take-It Workshop

December 22 (9:30 AM)

Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens; 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo

Design a beautiful arrangement for your holiday table


Festival of Lights

December 28 (5 PM – 9 PM)

Event Center on The Fairgrounds; 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg


A Christmas Carol performed at Geva Theatre

Through December 27

75 Woodbury Blvd

Recommended for families with children over five years of age


Holiday Laser show at RMSC Planetarium

Through December 30

657 East Ave

Holiday songs choreographed to a light display against the starry background


The Holiday by Candlelight

Saturdays in December (5:45 PM & 7:15 PM)

Fenton History Center, Jamestown

Costumed guides give mansion tours with stories of Victorian times


Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail

Through December 31 (5 PM – 11 PM)

Hyde Park Blvd & Pine Ave, Niagara Falls

Drive through Hyde Park and enjoy the holiday lights


New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks

December 31 (7PM – 10 PM)

FREE festivities inside Rochester Riverside Convention Center!!


First Night Buffalo

December 31 (5 PM – 10 PM)

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo

Family-friendly activities including carnival rides, laser tag, music, and more!


Buffalo Annual Ball Drop Countdown

December 31 (10 PM)

Roosevelt Plaza, Main at Huron St, Buffalo

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