As colder weather sweeps across Western NY, we can start looking forward to some spectacular Buffalo Christmas events! Before you know it, you can browse holiday markets, glide along ice skating rinks, and watch your favorite Christmas stories come to life on stage. Don’t miss out on the magical celebrations this year. Learn about these upcoming events so you can experience this winter wonderland to the fullest! Just be sure to get your free Travel Guide to discover even more festivities and local tips for your adventures. It’s our Christmas present to you so that you can make the most of your time here!
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These Buffalo Christmas Events Are Sure to Fill You With Holiday Cheer
Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit
Kick off the holiday season with a stroll through the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens! It’s already a beautiful destination, and it gets even more remarkable during their annual Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit. As you walk through the gardens, you can marvel at over 1,000 poinsettias in beautiful shades of red, pink, purple, and more. The model railway and holiday decorations add to the charm of this holiday tradition.
(November 23 – January 6)
Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting
When the calendar flips to December, it’s time for the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting! Head to the Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza for an evening that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. After the countdown, watch in awe as the Christmas tree glows with an array of lights and sparkling ornaments. The festivities then continue with a spectacular fireworks display over the Plaza!
Queen City Market
Impress everyone on your holiday shopping list this year by getting them the perfect gifts from Queen City Market! Check out the Karpeles Manuscript Library in Buffalo to browse crafts, jewelry, clothing, and more from over 50 local vendors. This popular Christmas market in Buffalo, NY, only takes place for one day in December, so don’t miss out!
Are you ready for one of the best things to do in Buffalo, NY, in December? Don your best Santa Claus costume and head downtown for the annual SantaCon celebration! This fun-filled event takes place around the world, and you’re invited to join the excitement in Buffalo. Explore the city and stop in at local bars with dozens of other attendees in holiday attire. Just don’t forget to bring a new toy to donate. So far, this event has provided thousands of toys for children in Western New York!
A Christmas Carol
The Buffalo theater scene is nothing short of incredible. With so many talented performers and breathtaking shows, you’re missing out if you haven’t caught a performance yet. Luckily, you have the perfect opportunity to see one this winter! Grab your tickets for A Christmas Carol at Alleyway Theatre for one of the most delightful holiday experiences in the city!
(December 7 – 23)
As we get closer to Christmas time, you can check out another magnificent performance at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The Neglia Ballet Artists and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are combining their talents to bring you the 10th anniversary of The Nutcracker! Be sure you’re there as the performers dazzle the crowd through dance and music!
(December 22 – 23)
Celebrate the Holidays at Asa Ransom House!
After the excitement in the city, retreat to our peaceful escape in Clarence, NY! Asa Ransom House is a short drive from Buffalo and offers a quiet paradise for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. You can lounge in our elegant guest rooms, enjoy a gourmet dinner by the fireplace in our top-rated restaurant, and still be close to all of the festivities in Buffalo. It’s the best of both worlds!
Open the door to our Wilson Greatbatch room and discover the perfect atmosphere for your winter getaway. Here, you can curl up on the couch by the fireplace, get a restful night’s sleep in your king-size bed, and wake up to a full country breakfast in the morning.