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40 Delightful Events to Check Out This December in WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 18, 2021
Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Presented by ACV Auctions is happening Dec. 4th

December is here and so are holiday events galore, plus concerts, craft markets, caroling, and parties a plenty in Buffalo and Western New York! Without further ado, let’s get into Step Out Buffalo’s curated list of exciting events happening this December in WNY, as chosen by our editors.

Disclaimer: At the time this guide was published, all of these events are scheduled to happen, however with things changing rapidly and cancellations possible, please be sure to check with each organization before going to any event for the most recent updates possible.

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The Christkindlmarkt At Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

Fri, Dec 3
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm +more dates

Free

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
190 Scott St Buffalo, 14204

Buffalo

A Traditional German Christmas Market! The Christkindlmarkt will be comprised of three, 3-day weekends during the month of December 2021. This holiday

Yuletide in the Country

Sat, Dec 4
10:00 am – 5:00 pm +more dates

$6

Fairgrounds, Erie County/Hamburg
5600 McKinley Pkwy Hamburg, 14075

South Towns

Shop Local, Shop Small at the 26th Annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market!  Location: Event Center Hours: Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday,

Gingerbread Wonderland At Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

Sat, Dec 4
11:00 am – 7:00 pm +more dates

Free

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street Niagara Falls, 14303

Niagara County

While the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will not have a life-sized gingerbread house this year, we still plan to have live in-person entertainment,

SantaCon Buffalo

Sat, Dec 4
1:30 pm – 7:30 pm

$15

Downtown Buffalo
Chippewa Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

SantaCon Buffalo is back! 10th Annual Christmas Bar Crawl After missing last year it’s time for the 10th Annual Event – Make sure you save

Destination Bethlehem | A Live Nativity Christmas Experience

Fri, Dec 10
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm +more dates

Free

Old Time Baptist Church
5599 Camp Rd Hamburg, 14075

South Towns

The whole family will enjoy this Holiday event! Come experience the story of Christmas told with LIVE animals and actors, exciting sounds and smells, and

Christmas At Westminster 2021

Sun, Dec 12
10:30 am – 12:00 pm +more dates

Free

Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Ave Buffalo, 14209

Buffalo

Westminster Presbyterian Church invites you to join in preparing for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. All worship services and concerts are free and

Fantastic Things To Do In December


Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru

Thu, Dec 2
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$20

Fairgrounds, Erie County/Hamburg
5600 McKinley Pkwy Hamburg, 14075

South Towns

Festival Dates: December 1-31. Closed December 24 & 25. Hours: 5:00-9:00pm Admission is $20 Per Vehicle (plus fees) You must choose the night ...

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo

Thu, Dec 2
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

$7.50

Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is back and better than ever! This year get ready for more lights, more nights, and more fun. Enjoy the Zoo after hours as ...

Cami Clune & Vitamin D3 Holiday Show

Thu, Dec 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$25

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
310 4th St Niagara Falls, 14303

Niagara County

A hometown favorite, you might recognize this dynamic Buffalo, NY, native from her recent semi-final run on Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice”. Enjoy ...

The Christkindlmarkt At Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

Fri, Dec 3
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm +more dates

Free

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
190 Scott St Buffalo, 14204

Buffalo

A Traditional German Christmas Market! The Christkindlmarkt will be comprised of three, 3-day weekends during the month of December 2021. This holiday ...

NFTs and the Future of Digital Art with Assistant Curator Tina Rivers Ryan

Fri, Dec 3
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Albright-Knox Northland
612 Northland Ave Buffalo, 14211

Buffalo

Join Albright-Knox Assistant Curator Tina Rivers Ryan, who co-organized Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art, for an introduction ...

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Elf in Concert

Fri, Dec 3
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

$29

Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, 14201

Buffalo

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t ...

Totally Buffalo 716mas

Sat, Dec 4
10:00 am - 6:00 pm +more dates

Free

Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

FREE for shoppers!!!!!  Boy are we excited for this!! 716MAS is back at Buffalo Riverworks for a HUGE one-day only shopping event! The ORIGINAL ...

Roycroft Campus Holiday Art Show

Sat, Dec 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm +more dates

Free

Roycroft Campus
31 S Grove St East Aurora, 14052

South Towns

Get in the holiday spirit at a National Historic Landmark in the heart of small-town East Aurora! Our annual Holiday Show is back this year, and will take ...

Queen City Market 2021

Sat, Dec 4
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
453 Porter Avenue Buffalo, NY

Other

Buy local this holiday season! Established in 2011, The Queen City Market is a one-stop-shopping event showcasing an exceptional mix of artisan ...

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 2021 Train Excursions

Sat, Dec 4
11:20 am - 6:00 pm +more dates

$38

Medina Railroad Museum
530 West Avenue Medina ,

Other

The Medina Railroad Museum gets a little extra spark of Christmas magic this time of year. The annual train excursion offers delights for all ages ...

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SantaCon Buffalo

Sat, Dec 4
1:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$15

Downtown Buffalo
Chippewa Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

SantaCon Buffalo is back! 10th Annual Christmas Bar Crawl After missing last year it’s time for the 10th Annual Event – Make sure you save ...

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Presented by ACV Auctions

Sat, Dec 4
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Rotary Rink
20 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Saturday, December 4th, ACV Auctions presents the 2021 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza. This annual event ...

Our Finest Gifts – Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus

Sat, Dec 4
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$20

Trinity Episcopal Church
371 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NYhttps://buffalogaymenschorus.org/ 4202

Other

Coming back to the stage in our first full concert since December 2019 with our traditional holiday concert. Join us for an evening of holiday favorites ...

Holiday Open House & Breakfast with St. Nick

Sun, Dec 5
11:00 am - 3:00 pm +more dates

Free

Genesee Country Village & Museum
1410 Flint Hill Rd Mumford, 10451

Other

Join us at GCV&M on Sunday, December 5, 12, and 19, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to celebrate the season with a magical medley of holiday happenings!  Bring ...

YASSS QUEEN! Drag Brunch

Sun, Dec 5
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$35

Thin Man Brewery
492 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

Thin Man Brewery proudly presents YASSS QUEEN DRAG BRUNCH! Join us and hostess, Brianna Knight, for a royal performance and brunch! October 24 2021 ...

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Shakey Graves w/ Tre Burt

Sun, Dec 5
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$30

Asbury Hall at Babeville
341 Delaware Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

The prehistory of Shakey Graves exists in two overstuffed folders. Inside them, artifacts document an immense era of anonymous DIY creativity, from 2007 ...

Baroness

Sun, Dec 5
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

$60

Mohawk Place
47 East Mohawk Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Vote for Baroness’ setlist! Each online ticket order will receive a link in the purchase confirmation email to vote for the songs in Baroness’ setlist ...

Mt. Joy

Mon, Dec 6
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$30

Asbury Hall at Babeville
341 Delaware Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Please Note: This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements and considerations as of the date of the event; which ...

Vanessa Williams Holiday Show

Tue, Dec 7
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

$39

Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, 14201

Buffalo

Television, film and Broadway megastar Vanessa Williams joins your BPO in this special one-night-only holiday concert event! Enjoy a bouquet of holiday ...

Lagwagon

Wed, Dec 8
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$29.50

Rec Room
79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

After Dark Presents Lagwagon with special guests Red City Radio Keep Flying Lagwagon celebrates their classic album "Blaze" by performing it front-to-back, ...

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Moon Hooch

Thu, Dec 9
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

$20

Buffalo Iron Works
49 Illinois St. Buffalo, New York 14203

Buffalo

Twenty6 Productions Presents: Moon Hooch at Buffalo Iron Works - Thursday, December 9th, 2021 Moon Hooch Moon Hooch started in the NYC subway platforms ...

Every Time I Die – ‘Tid The Season ’21

Fri, Dec 10
4:00 pm - 1:00 am +more dates

$90

Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

‘Tid The Season 2021 Night 1 – Friday, December 10 – https://aftr.dk/3ouIabv Every Time I Die with special guests Circa Survive Poison The ...

Willie Nile and His Band

Fri, Dec 10
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$25

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Live music ...

Winter Choral Spectacular

Fri, Dec 10
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free

Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall – Buff. State
1300 Elmwood Ave. Rockwell Hall 210 Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

The Buffalo State Chamber Choir, Chorale and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will celebrate the winter season in song. ...

Cinderella

Fri, Dec 10
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$31

Shea’s Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine returns to the United States to present their captivating two-act performance of Cinderella, one of the most beloved ...

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Wizard Fest Yule Ball

Fri, Dec 10
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$15

Buffalo Iron Works
49 Illinois St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

“The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to let our hair down.” – Minerva McGonagall A feast will be held at the opening portion of the ...

Jack Craft Holiday Market

Sat, Dec 11
11:00 am - 5:00 pm +more dates

Free

The Powerhouse at Buffalo Color Park
140 Lee Street Buffalo, 14210

Buffalo

Shop local + handmade this holiday season at the Jack Craft Holiday Market, a 2-day event held at Buffalo’s new industrial event center, The Powerhouse. Free ...

Classical Ballet of Western New York – The Nutcracker!

Sat, Dec 11
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm +more dates

$25

Historic Palace Theatre Lockport
2 East Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Join us for Classical Ballet of Western New York presents The Nutcracker! Enjoy this holiday tradition! Tickets : $25 for adults, $25 for seniors and ...

Hot Chocolate Hike

Sat, Dec 11
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$7

Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Stretch your legs with a guided wintry nighttime walk and warm up indoors afterwards with delicious hot chocolate, marshmallows, peppermints and more. Ages: All ...

The Castle by Candlelight

Sat, Dec 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm +more dates

$25

Old Fort Niagara
102 Morrow Plaza Niagara County, 14174-1003

Other

Old Fort Niagara assumes a particularly festive air during the holiday season. Special activities kick off on Saturday evenings, December 11 and 18 from ...

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The Lindsey Stirling Christmas Program

Sat, Dec 11
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$69

Shea’s Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

This year’s holiday concert brings back the incredibly talented Lindsey Stirling by popular demand. Lindsey’s holiday concerts sell out all over the ...

Holiday Singalong with The BPO Chorus

Sun, Dec 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

West Falls Center For The Arts
1863 Davis Rd. West Falls, 14170

South Towns

Join us for a FREE afternoon of holiday cheer! Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Music Director, Adam Luebke, Accompanist, Abigail Rockwood, and members of ...

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Sun, Dec 12
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$32.50

The Rapids Theater
1711 Main Street Niagara Falls, 14305

Niagara County

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY – 30th Anniversary Tour Formed in 1991 in Cleveland and winners of a Grammy Award, 2 American Music Awards and a Soul Train ...

It’s a Wonderful Life

Mon, Dec 13
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm +more dates

$7

Historic Palace Theatre Lockport
2 East Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Join us for this Holiday classic on the big screen! Tickets just $7 and are available for purchase at the door! ...

*Snow* Roll at House of Charm

Sat, Dec 18
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

House Of Charm
517 Washington St Buffalo, 14201

Buffalo

Join us for another wintertime free and inclusive community bike ride at new downtown bar House of Charm, with our OG squad member Drew Love behind the ...

49th Annual Carolcade

Sat, Dec 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Main Street
Main Street, between Elm and Olean Streets. East Aurora,

Other

Carolocade is BACK in East Aurora! Join us for the 49th Annual Carolcade celebration in the Village of East Aurora on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. ...

Blood Incantation

Mon, Dec 20
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$15

Rec Room
79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

After Dark Presents BLOOD INCANTATION with special guests Primitive Man & Sissy Spacek ...

Living History for the Holidays

Sun, Dec 26
All Day +more dates

Free

Old Fort Niagara
102 Morrow Plaza Niagara County, 14174-1003

Other

The Fort is open Christmas week, Sunday, December 26 through Friday, December 31, offering daily living history programs. On display this week, traditional ...

Bills Block Parties outside on Chippewa!

Sun, Dec 26
11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Free

Rec Room
79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Join us and 1000 friends for the Bills Biggest Viewing Party once a month outside on Chippewa! Chippewa will be closed from Delaware to Franklin ...

Benny The Butcher

Tue, Dec 28
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$35.00

The Rapids Theater
1711 Main Street Niagara Falls, 14305

Niagara County

Benny the Butcher self-released his mixtapes in the late 2000s as B.E.N.N.Y., including The Mayor’s Back and Chains Bond. In 2014, Westside Gunn ...

Aqueous

Fri, Dec 31
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$30

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Live music ...

Statler City’s 7th Annual Ice Ball

Fri, Dec 31
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$125

Statler City
107 Delaware Ave Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Join us at Statler City this New Year’s Eve to ring in 2022 in style! Ice Ball Ticket holders will receive 4 hours of premium open bar, plenty ...

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