By Daniel Meyer,
As November quickly comes to a close and the arrival of December signifies that the holiday season is right around the corner, there is much to be done and not much time in which to accomplish it.
And while stressful moments are likely to occur sometime between now and December 25th, we really all should make an effort to attend some of the unique special events that take place only at this time of the year.
As a follow up to my suggestions earlier this month of ten things to do this holiday season ), here are ten MORE things to do this holiday season.
Compiled chronologically for your planning pleasure, here are ten holiday-related events you may not want to miss:
10) Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke Charity Hockey Tournament
Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 at Holiday Twin Rinks, located at 3465 Broadway Street in Cheektowaga. Winning team will face the Buffalo Sabres Alumni. Admission is $7 per person or $20 for a three-day pass, with family passes available for $30 for the entire weekend. For more information, visit http://www.puccs.org/.
9) Santa on the Carrousel
Saturday, November 30 at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, located at 180 Thompson Street in North Tonawanda. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., with activities to take place from noon to 3 p.m. Ride with Santa Claus for $6 per person. To register and for more information, call 693-1885 or visit http://www.carrouselmuseum.org/.
8) Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ Market
Saturday, November 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in the City of Buffalo. Purchase seasonal food items and other products for the holiday. For more information, visit http://www.elmwoodmarket.org/.
7) Local Author Book Signing & Sale
Saturday, November 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum, located at 1 Museum Court in the City of Buffalo. Special holiday shopping opportunities featuring unique “Buffalo” gifts. Free admission. For details on what authors will be signing their books, call 873-9644 or visit http://www.buffalohistory.org/.
6) Buffalo Choral Arts Society’s “A Caroling Christmas”
Sunday, December 1 at 7:30 pm at the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, located at 8445 Greiner Road in the Town of Clarence. Tickets can be obtained by making a $15 donation. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 775-7664 or visit http://www.buffalochoralarts.org/.
5) Folk Art Guild’s Holiday Festival of Crafts
Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8 at the UB Center for Tomorrow, located on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus at Flint and Service Center roads in the Town of Amherst. Wide variety of arts and crafts available for purchase on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.
4) Hamburg Holidays’ Christmas in the Village
Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m. in the Hamburg Village Square Plaza parking lot, located at 141 Buffalo Street in the Village of Hamburg. Various activities scheduled, including the grand opening of Santa’s Workshop, trolley rides, roaming Christmas carolers and the Lighting of the Star at 7 p.m. in Peace Park. For more information, visit .
3) Chopin Singing Society’s Annual Wigilia Celebration
Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Airport Hotel, located at 2040 Walden Avenue in the Town of Cheektowaga. Seasonal musical performance featuring a wide variety of holiday songs and hymns. Cost is $27 per person. For tickets and more information, call 685-9466.
2) Queen City Market
Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, located at 453 Porter Avenue in the City of Buffalo. Artisan foods, entertainment by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus and food court area featuring local food trucks. For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Niagara Hospice Alliance’s Light-A-Life Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. at the Niagara Hospice House, located at 4675 Sunset Drive in the Town of Lockport. The nondenominational ceremony will take place in the heated Dominic Lariccia Family Pavilion, with horse-drawn wagon rides, live musical entertainment and refreshments. Free admission. For more information, call 280-0766 or visit http://www.niagarahospice.org/.