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40 Awesome Events to Check Out This December in WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 16, 2022
Elf the Musical at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

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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Couples and Money

Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free

The Establishment
5110 Main St. Suite 100 Buffalo, 14221

Online

We all spend and make money differently in every relationship. It is important that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to your funds.

Hofbräuhaus Buffalo Christkindlmarkt 2022

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

Free

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
190 Scott St Buffalo, 14204

Buffalo

Enjoy the cherished German tradition of an outdoor Christmas market right here at Hofbräuhaus Buffalo, as we present our 2nd annual Christkindlmarkt.

Gingerbread Wonderland

Sat, Dec 10 +more dates
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free

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

Niagara County

Imagine brightly colored gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints, licorice, and lots of icing. Talk about a sugar rush. Decorating gingerbread houses is a fun

Mimosas & Bouquets

Sat, Dec 10 +more dates
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Petal Pusher – Allentown
15 Allen St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Every Saturday, Petal Pusher offers mimosa carafes while you make your own bouquet. A great way to kick off the weekend with friends! This season, to

First Night Buffalo 2023

Sat, Dec 31
All Day

Online

First Night® Buffalo, brought to you by the Independent Health Foundation in partnership with The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, will feature

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Thievery Corporation

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

Admission starts at: $43.50

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Live Music ...

Mark Normand

Thu, Dec 8 +more dates
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Admission starts at: $30

Helium Comedy Club
30 Mississippi Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Through his relentlessly punchy writing and expert delivery, Mark Normand is quickly becoming one of the most talked about comedians on the scene. He ...

Santa’s Wonderland Express Train Ride

Fri, Dec 9 +more dates
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Admission starts at: $32

Arcade & Attica Railroad
278 Main Street Arcade, 14009

Wyoming County

The Wonderland Express Train Ride this year features six runs daily on our heated, vintage train. You and your family get to enjoy a round-trip train excursion ...

Festival of Lights

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

Admission starts at: $30

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

South Towns

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York. Spectacular lights and dazzling ...

‘Tis the Season with The Beach Boys ft. The Holiday Vibrations Orchestra

Fri, Dec 9
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Admission starts at: $50

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

Buffalo

For almost six decades, The Beach Boys’ music has been an indelible part of American history. Their brilliant harmonies conveyed simple truths through ...

A Boy Band Christmas: LIVE!

Fri, Dec 9
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission starts at: $43

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

Niagara County

Get ready to sing & swoon! Beloved members of your favorite iconic boy bands are coming together to rock your holiday with their groups greatest holiday ...

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Zoo Lights 2022

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

Admission starts at: $16

Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

Everyone’s favorite festive light show has returned—Zoo Lights at the Buffalo Zoo is back for another holiday season! Enjoy the Zoo after hours as ...

Anti-Flag

Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission starts at: $20

Rec Room
79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

After Dark Presents Anti-Flag with special guests Cancer Bats Plasmid ...

Prince / Princess Sleepover

Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission starts at: $149

Hyatt Place Buffalo
5020 Main St Amherst, 14226

North Towns

Calling all Prince / Princess fans! We are hosting a Prince / Princess Sleepover at Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst on Friday, December 9, 2022! The package ...

Jingle Falls USA

Sat, Dec 10
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Free

Old Falls Street
Old Falls Street Niagara Falls, 14303

Niagara County

Celebrate the wonder of the season and participate in a variety of holiday activities on Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. Festivities ...

A Boy Band Christmas

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

Admission starts at: $43

Seneca -Allegany Resort & Casino
777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard Salamanca, 14779

Southern Tier

Get ready to sing & swoon! Beloved members of your favorite iconic boy bands are coming together to rock your holiday with their groups greatest holiday ...

Shop Small At McKinley Mall Farmers Mkt/ Craft & Vendor Show

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

Free

McKinley Mall
3701 McKinley Pkwy Blasdell , 14219

South Towns

100+ vendors and small businesses throughout the mall ...

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Polar Express Train Rides

Sat, Dec 10 - Sun, Dec 11
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Admission starts at: $40

Medina Railroad Museum
530 West Avenue Medina ,

Other

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ ...

ELLIOT SCOZZARO QUARTET plays the music of Vince Guaraldi‘s “A Charlie Brown Chr

Sat, Dec 10 +more dates
6:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Admission starts at: $12.41

Revolution Gallery & The Lounge
1419 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, 14216

North Buffalo

ELLIOT SCOZZARO QUARTET plays the music of Vince Guaraldi‘s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” The Lounge welcomes the Elliot Scozzaro Quartet for TWO ...

Swan Lake: The State Ballet Theatre Of Ukraine

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

Admission starts at: $40

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

Buffalo

THE STATE BALLET THEATRE OF UKRAINE presents “SWAN LAKE.” Ballet in 2 acts (performed with one intermission). The terrible spell of the magician Rothbart ...

The ENH Guild: White Christmas

Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission starts at: $10

Historic Palace Theatre Lockport
2 East Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Join the Eastern Niagara Hospital Guild for their annual fundraiser and enjoy this holiday classic on the big screen! ...

Mohawk Place Xmas Party: Irving Klaws, Matt Smith’s Nervous System, Glam Vamps,

Fri, Dec 16
6:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Admission starts at: $10

Mohawk Place
47 East Mohawk Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Friday, December 16, 6pm doors, $10 18 + W/ I.D. (No I.D. = No Show) The holiday tradition continues! The Irving Klaws www.facebook.com/theirvingklaws Matt ...

The Sheepdogs

Fri, Dec 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission starts at: $25

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Live Music ...

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Santa Con Bar Crawl in East Aurora

Sat, Dec 17
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Admission starts at: $5

Mister’s Bar and Lanes
206 Main St East Aurora, 14052

South Towns

Second annual Santa Con. Hosted Mister’s bar and lanes, Irishman, Ciderhouse and Brew Works! Tickets are $5 dollars and all proceeds go to the Aurora ...

CarolCade

Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free


Main Street East Aurora, NY

Other

Celebrate the 50th Annual Christmas Carolcade on Main Street in front of Vidler’s! A beloved East Aurora tradition, this began as a handful of carolers ...

Born Without Bones

Sun, Dec 18
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Admission starts at: $17

Mohawk Place
47 East Mohawk Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

After Dark Presents Born Without Bones with special guests Housewife Heart Of Gold ...

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show

Wed, Dec 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission starts at: $49

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

Buffalo

Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea for the Holidays to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs in Baby Shark ...

Trans Siberian Orchestra: The Ghost of Christmas Eve

Thu, Dec 22
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Admission starts at: $39

KeyBank Center
1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 60 cities across the nation. This year’s tour kicks off on Wed., Nov. 16 with performances in Green Bay and Council ...

Break Week Camp – Winter Kids Camp

Mon, Dec 26 - Fri, Dec 30
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Admission starts at: $275

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum
130 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Kids might be home from school this week, but our Winter Kids Club will ensure their time out of the classroom remains filled with both enrichment and ...

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Elf the Musical

Mon, Dec 26 +more dates
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Admission starts at: $40

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

Buffalo

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. ...

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Sat, Dec 31 +more dates
9:00 pm - 12:30 am

Holiday Valley Resort
6557 Holiday Valley Rd. Ellicottville, 14731

Southern Tier

Ring in the New Year with the Holiday Valley Groomer parade and spectacular fireworks. Family friendly party in the main Lodge. Approximate times: Groomer ...

Excision – 2 Nights

Sat, Dec 31 +more dates
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Admission starts at: $49.50

Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

This New Years Eve & Day – Excision: Buffalo New York  Feat 2 nights of bass music, a monstrous K2 sound system, visual panorama, world class laser ...

Celebrate our 20th Anniverary w/ The Goo Goo Dolls

Sat, Dec 31
10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Admission starts at: $125

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

Niagara County

Twenty years after setting the standard for entertainment and excitement, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is ready to celebrate in a big way. ...

2023 New Year’s Eve Party

Sat, Dec 31
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Admission starts at: $199

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel
8315 Park Avenue Batavia, 14020

Genesee County

Ring in 2023 Gatsby-style at Batavia Downs in our Park Place Event Center! Enjoy a fine dinner buffet from 6-8 PM, an open bar until 10 PM, snacks served ...

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