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Guide to Family Friendly Events This Month & Beyond in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 29, 2022
Visit with Santa at Kelly’s Country Store: Christmas Week, December 19 -22

Looking to step out with the whole family? We’ve got the guide for you! Our giant guide to family friendly fun won’t steer you wrong, from large fairs and festivals to nature experiences, animal retreats and classes, workshops, and more, there’s something for every age in pretty much every category!

Check out our guide to upcoming family friendly events in Buffalo & WNY this month and beyond:

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Family Friendly Events in Buffalo & WNY

Christmas on Ice

Wed, Dec 7 +more dates
3:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Admission starts at: $25

Fallsview Casino Resort
6380 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls, L2G 7X5

Other

A thrilling high-paced spectacle of world-class ice skating and holiday cheer, Fallsview Casino’s Christmas On Ice features a winter wonderland of national ...

A Christmas Carol (2022)

Wed, Dec 7 +more dates
1:00 pm - 9:00 am

Admission starts at: $28.25

Royal George Theater
Queen Street Niagara-On-The-Lake,

Other

Ebenezer Scrooge is back! Nestled in the heart of the ultimate Christmas village, the charming holiday favourite A Christmas Carol returns to the Shaw ...

Visit Santa!

Wed, Dec 7 - Sat, Dec 24
Times Vary

Free

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA
1900 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, 14304

Niagara County

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting December 1 and is located near ...

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club Open House

Wed, Dec 7
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free

Daemen College
4380 Main St. Amherst, 14226

North Towns

Learn all about Cross Country Skiing, at this fun and informative open house for the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club. Why hate winter, when you can enjoy it by ...

Buffalo / Niagara Holiday Light Show

Wed, Dec 7 - Sat, Dec 31
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission starts at: $25

Niagara County Fairgrounds
4487 Lake Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

The Buffalo / Niagara Holiday Light Show™ is the best holiday light spectacular of the season! Featuring dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday ...

Stony Brook Legendary Lights

Wed, Dec 7 - Sat, Dec 31
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Free


Stony Brook Dr Lancaster, , NY 14086

Cheektowaga and East

Stony Brook Legendary Lights, formerly known as Stony Brook Shines for Others, is excited to announce that our 2022 donation recipient will be the Evan ...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wed, Dec 7 - Sun, Dec 18
All Day

Admission starts at: $17

O’Connell & Company
3200 Elmwood Avenue, Tonawanda, Tonawanda Town Erie County, 14217

North Buffalo

By Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By Special Arrangement ...

The Crepe Chalet

Fri, Dec 9 +more dates
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Coco Bar & Bistro
888 Main St. Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

The Crepe Chalet is open for the Holiday Season! Serving all of your favorite Coco Crepe favorites and seasonal beverages to keep you warm! ...

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 ...

Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner

Fri, Dec 9 +more dates
All Day

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

Other

Join us again this year at GCV&M for our Yuletide in the Country Tours, coming up on December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17. As you explore the ...

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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 ...

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! ...

A Christmas Carol

Fri, Dec 9 +more dates
7:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Admission starts at: $5

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted and directed once again by Alleyway founder Neal Radice, celebrates its 40th milestone this season. Since 1982, the annual ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bee Kind Winter Wonderland

Sat, Dec 10
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission starts at: $10

WE ARE BACK! Join us Dec 10 10 am – 3 pm at Bianchetti’s by Rizzo’s for all the fun, food, and holiday shopping! ❄️ Over 40+ local ...

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greet

Sat, Dec 10 +more dates
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
190 Scott St Buffalo, 14204

Buffalo

Believe in the magic of Christmas at the 2022 Christkindlmarkt. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the market every Saturday and Sunday from 12-2! For reservations, ...

BSRA Boathouse Open House

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

Free

Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association
405 Ohio Street Buffalo , 14204

Buffalo

The BSRA Boathouse, located at 405 Ohio Street on the Buffalo River will be open to the public on Saturday, December 10th from 8-11am. All welcome! BSRA ...

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POSTPONED: Rotary Rink Tree Lighting

Sat, Dec 10
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Rotary Rink
20 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

POSTPONED: Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration – WHERE: Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza, Main at Chippewa Streets – 

WHO: Buffalo ...

Wright Rocks! A Geology Tour of Graycliff with Penn Dixie

Sat, Dec 10
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Admission starts at: $15

Graycliff
6472 Old Lake Shore Road Derby, 14047

South Towns

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Graycliff sits high on the bluff above Lake Erie, one with the site and nature. Join Graycliff and Penn Dixie for a special ...

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™ ...

Winter Wonderland

Sat, Dec 10 - Sun, Dec 11
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 S Park Ave Buffalo, 14218

South Towns

Join us for another Wegmans Day of Play at Winter Wonderland! Frolic around the festive Botanical Gardens this winter with play-based learning activities, ...

Harmony for the Holidays

Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission starts at: $10

St. John Lutheran Church
6540 Main Street Williamsville, 14221

North Towns

We are the Niagara Frontier Chord Authority (NFCA), and we so excited to finally sing for you once again! Join us as we share some a cappella holiday songs, ...

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Platter’s Chocolate Factory

Sat, Dec 10 - Sun, Dec 11
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Platter’s Chocolate Factory & Cafe
908 Niagara Falls Blvd North Tonawanda,, 14120

Niagara County

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Platter’s Chocolate Factory Dates: 12/3, 12/4, 12/10, & 12/11 Time: 12:00-4:00pm Location: Platter’s Chocolate ...

St Leo the Great Breakfast with Santa

Sun, Dec 11
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Admission starts at: $13.00

St Leo the Great RC Church
Attn: Dave Ehrke 885 Sweet Home Road Amherst, NY 14226

North Towns

St Leo the Great Breakfast with Santa Sunday December 11th 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Parish Center, 885 Sweet Home Rd, Amherst, NY 14226.  See our website ...

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Sun, Dec 11
1:00 pm - 7:30 am

Admission starts at: $40

Highmark Stadium
1 Bills Drive Orchard Park, 14127

South Towns

America's favorite team takes on the hated Jets-Jets-Jets. GO BILLS!!! ...

Pet Nights with Santa

Mon, Dec 12 +more dates
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA
1900 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, 14304

Niagara County

Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. During Pet Nights we will also be collecting donations on behalf of ...

Visit with Santa

Wed, Dec 14
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

O’Brien’s West End Inn
340 Union Street Hamburg, 14075

South Towns

Bring the kids in for dinner and enjoy a visit with Santa! We'll be featuring $5 kids meals all night and Santa and his elf will be here from 5-8pm (Kitchen ...

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A Christmas Carol Live Reading @ Freedom Run Winery

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

Freedom Run Winery
5138 Lower Mountain Rd Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Join us for a very special “fireside reading” of the classic story A Christmas Carol with actor Ray Boucher Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m. We will ...

Holly Jolly Kid’s Christmas Party

Fri, Dec 16
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Admission starts at: $35

Chrusciki Bakery – Transit Rd
4475 Transit Rd Harris Hill, 14221

North Towns

Ring in the season at Chrusciki Bakery! Get the whole family in the holiday spirit with an evening of festive activities, seasonal goodies, and special ...

Reikart House Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

Fri, Dec 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Reikart House Hotel
5000 Main St Buffalo, 14226

North Towns

Join us in the Fireside Lounge at Reikart House on Friday, December 16th from 6-8pm. We will be accepting donations of any new, unused and wrapped gifts. Our ...

Jingle Bell Bash Toddler Time

Sat, Dec 17
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Admission starts at: $12

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

Buffalo

Toddler Time is a 1 hour program for our little ones ages 18 months up to 3 years, giving them and their caregiver the opportunity to play, learn and ...

Feed The Fish!

Sat, Dec 17 +more dates
9:30 am - 5:00 am

Admission starts at: $15

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 S Park Ave Buffalo, 14218

South Towns

Get up close and personal with our family of koi fish with this unique Gardens Exclusive! Enjoy early access to the Botanical Gardens before we open to ...

Holiday Open House & Breakfast with St Nick

Sun, Dec 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Other

Join us at GCV&M on Sunday, December 18, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate the season with a magical medley of holiday happenings! Stroll the Historic ...

Brunch with Santa

Sun, Dec 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sto Lat Bar
4475 Transit Rd Buffalo, NY 14221

North Towns

Santa Claus is coming to town!  Join us December 18th for our Sunday Brunch at Sto Lat! Santa will be here from 10am-2pm walking around, chatting, and ...

Visit with Santa at Kelly’s Country Store: Christmas Week

Mon, Dec 19 - Thu, Dec 22
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Kelly’s Country Store
3121 Grand Island Blvd Grand Island Grand Island, 14072

North Towns

Celebrate the magic of the season with a visit to our Christmas Room and treat your little ones to a one-on-one with the big guy himself. Santa will ...

T-PAC

Wed, Dec 21
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Admission starts at: $20

Tacoma Performing Arts Center (T-PAC)
351 Tacoma Avenue Buffalo, 14216

North Buffalo

Jack Civiletto has put together a phenomenal cast for us to enjoy T-PAC’s Second Annual old fashioned family friendly Christmas concert. Jack Civiletto, ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Candlelight Christmas Eve

Sat, Dec 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Lafayette Ave Presbyterian Church
875 Elmwood Avenue buffalo, New York 14222

Buffalo

Celebrate the long and rich tradition of Christmas Eve worship with Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church. Come and hear the story of Christ’s birth retold, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Winter Faire

Sat, Jan 14
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free

Aurora Waldorf School
525 West Falls Road West Falls, 14170

South Towns

Come one, come all to enjoy the magic that is Aurora Waldorf School’s Winter Faire! This indoor event transforms the school into an enchanted, ...

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