Holiday Activity Guide for Buffalo 2017


Sarah Jiva, Features Writer

As we near the holiday season, Buffalo is brewing with different activities that will be sure to fill you with the holiday spirit. Here is a guide to some fun things happening this year that will add to your holiday festivities:
1. Look for unique opportunities that only happen during the season
Although it may not seem like it at times, the Buffalo area offers many unique opportunities to celebrate the season. One such opportunity is being able to walk through a life sized gingerbread house at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. On weekends starting November 25th, the Institute will once again be home to Western New York’s favorite gingerbread house. You can walk through the life sized village while enjoying other activities such as live entertainment and cookie decorating. Take pictures!
2. Explore some local businesses
Small business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 25th), is a great way to support small, local businesses and find some new businesses to support. You never know what you might find–Buffalo is full of hidden gems. On December 2nd and 3rd, Buffalo Riverworks will be hosting a shop local event full of unique gifts for the Buffalonian at heart.
3. Canalside
Canalside activities are not just for summer. During the holiday season, you can take part in the classic art of ice skating or the competitive sport of curling. A special tree lighting will take place on Friday, December 1st. This is a great way to kick-off your holiday season if you like to wait until after Thanksgiving to really get into the holiday spirit.
4. The Christmas tree lighting in Downtown Buffalo
On Saturday, December 2nd, the annual Christmas tree lighting takes place downtown, marking the beginning of free ice skating for the season. Enjoy a night of lights, ice-skating, and even fireworks.
5. Take a drive and enjoy the lights
One of my favorite holiday traditions is driving around and looking at all of the different decorations people use for their houses and lawns. No two houses are the same, so it makes for a fun evening with lots to see and enjoy! If you are looking for something even more extravagant, the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights in Hamburg is the place for you. The next-level decorations and classic Christmas activities will bring out your inner five-year-old.

If you learned anything from this guide, hopefully it is that 1) there is more to do in Buffalo during the holidays than you may think and 2) always bring your camera!
Happy holiday season!