December 2018 Events

1st    Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza, Downtown Buffalo
Main & Chippewa Streets
(716) 856-3150
This annual event marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo. The celebration begins at 5pm with free ice-skating. At 6pm, Buffalo Place representatives and local elected officials will countdown the lighting of the tree and Santa Claus will light a fireworks display over Fountain Plaza. Immediately following these events, the fun will continue with Santa visits, horse and wagon rides, ice-skating & holiday gifts. Skate rental is available.

1st-2nd & 8th-9th    Holiday Happenings on the Niagara Wine Trail
Several Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail (visit website for locations & map)
Between the Niagara Escarpment & Lake Ontario
Collect a different ornament at each of the wineries for a complete set. Tickets are valid for each event, so you can spread your wine tasting out over two weekends. Tickets include 3 tastes of wine, cookie tastings, an ornament from each winery and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery. See our website for more info.

7th    First Fridays in Allentown

Allen Street between Pearl Street and Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 881-1024
Join us on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9pm, when Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers and more, come together to create a rich cultural attraction.

21st    M & T Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644 ext. 301
On the third Friday of every month admission to the Buffalo History Museum, the Resource Center and select events are free for everyone.  Visitors will experience new programs, family events, happy hour entertainment, docent-led tours and more.
- Free admission HOURS OPEN on M & T THIRD FRIDAYS at the Resource Center at 459 Forest Ave.  10am-5pm.
- Free admission to the History Museum at One Museum Court 10am-5pm.
Call or visit the website for the M & T Third Friday event schedule. Members always receive free or discounted admission to special happenings.

23rd - 25th    Christmas in Ellicottville
Monroe Street, Village of Ellicottville, NY
(800) 349-9099
FREE family fun!  One of the best ways to describe the downtown of Ellicottville is something Norman Rockwell would have conjured up. The New York Times says it is like being “transported to a scene from an old black and white Christmas movie.” As we start thinking of the Jolly Old Elf himself, why not come down to see what the fuss is all about during the annual Christmas in Ellicottville weekend?  Horse drawn carriage rides, visit Santa Clause and even eat breakfast with him at 10am on Saturday or Sunday, see Santa's reindeer, make your own Christmas decoration for your tree at home & much more. See the website for details.

31st    New Year's Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks Display Downtown Buffalo!
Roosevelt Plaza, Iskalo Electric Tower
Intersection of Main, Huron and Genesee Streets, Downtown Buffalo
(716) 856-3150
Events in the plaza will begin at 10:00pm with live performances and festivities. Video walls are set up showing images of the ball drop here in Buffalo and New York City's Times Square. A fireworks display will follow the ball drop. This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.

31st    First Night Buffalo
Buffalo Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(716) 635-4959 For more information
Celebrate the new year with the whole family in a safe, festive, fun, drug-and alcohol-free way! Stay warm inside the Buffalo Convention Center and experience an affordable night of fun with carnival rides, bounce houses, game shows, music, acrobats, jugglers and much more. The event runs from 5:00-10:00pm, with a grand finale balloon drop at 9:45pm. Ages 2 and Under FREE. $10 tickets presale at Wegmans, $12 at the door.