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Guide to Family Friendly Holiday Events to Enjoy This Season 2021

City Guide, Event, Family Friendly, Things to Do

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 24, 2021
Santa Train Ride – Photo courtesy of Arcade and Attica Railroad

Looking for a long list of upcoming family friendly holiday events and activities around Buffalo and Western New York? These events will get your whole crew in the holiday spirit – from breakfasts with Santa and Holiday-themed train rides to parades, Christmas light shows, and more, there’s lots to get excited about this season. Happy Holidays, from our fam to yours!

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Holiday Booths Are Now Open at Selfie WRLD Buffalo!

Thu, Dec 2
11:00 am - 7:00 pm +more dates

$12

Selfie WRLD Buffalo
730 Alberta Dr. Amherst, 14226

North Towns

Kick off the Holiday season at Selfie WRLD Buffalo & immerse yourself in the fun & interactive art installations! With over 20+ photo ops including ...

Magic of Lights

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

$6.99

Darien Lake
9993 Alleghany Rd Darien Center, 14040

Genesee County

Tis the season for glittering lights! Experience 1.25 miles of magical holiday lights displayed through the park and campgrounds from the comfort of your ...

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 ...

Buffalo/Niagara Holiday Light Show

Thu, Dec 2
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm +more dates

$23

Niagara County Fairgrounds
4487 Lake Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

The Holiday Light Show™ is the best holiday light spectacular of the season! Featuring dozens of dazzling, larger-than-life holiday themed displays to ...

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 ...

ornament making workshop

Fri, Dec 3
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$30

Terra Clay Studio
2954 Delaware Ave Kenmore, NEW YORK 14217

North Buffalo

Bring friends and family to make your own Christmas keepsakes along with special memories!  Registration is online at www.terraclaystudio.com/ornament-making. ...

Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner

Fri, Dec 3
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm +more dates

$24

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

Other

Join us again this December at GCV&M on select Fridays and Saturdays for our Yuletide in the Country Tours and Dinner!  As you explore the wintry ...

Santa in the Village

Fri, Dec 3
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Kenmore Village Green
2919 Delaware Rd Kenmore, NY 14217

North Buffalo

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join your neighbors to welcome Santa as he arrives to the Village Green. Sponsored by the Village of Kenmore and Town of ...

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Scrooge The Musical

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

$25

Historic Palace Theatre Lockport
2 East Avenue Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Lockport’s holiday tradition returns to the Palace stage this December! Inspired by Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this upbeat show will have ...

Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo

Sat, Dec 4
9:00 am - 1:00 pm +more dates

$150

Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

A beloved Western New York holiday tradition returns; Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo is back after a year away! You’ll have your very own table ...

Santa’s Wonderland Express Train Ride

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

$32

Arcade & Attica Railroad
278 Main Street Arcade, NY 14009

Wyoming County

The North Pole 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 ...

Santa Express

Sat, Dec 4
10:00 am - 3:00 pm +more dates

$20

Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway
4 Scott Street Hamburg, 14075

South Towns

Route: Hamburg to South Leg 18 Mile Creek to Hamburg 1 Hour Approximate (7.0 Miles Round Trip) Locomotive Used: Diesel Nov 27 & 28 Dec 4 & ...

Santa Express Train

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

$17

New York & Lake Erie Railroad
50 Commercial St. Gowanda, 14070

South Towns

Join us on a fun and festive Christmas train ride where the kids get to meet Santa! He might even have gifts for all the boys and girls! All trips have ...

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, ...

Spring Lake Winery’s Winter Market

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

$12

Spring Lake Winery
7373 Rochester Road Lockport, NY 14094

Niagara County

Celebrate the season at Spring Lake Winery' Second Annual Winter Market. Offering something for the entire family, from shopping, good food and entertainment, ...

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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Krampus Holiday Market

Sat, Dec 4
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

The Loft at Thin Man Brewery
166 Chandler Street Buffalo, NY 14207

North Buffalo

This market brings together local artists and their work for a one of a kind shopping experience. Each artist offers a unique style and high quality creations, ...

Decorate a Gingerbread House @ Freedom Run Winery

Sat, Dec 4
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$25

Freedom Run Winery
5138 Lower Mountain Rd Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

The master baker of the Manning Family will guide attendees on how to decorate the perfect gingerbread house.  Must keep these traditions alive!   $25 ...

The Nutcracker

Sat, Dec 4
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$24

University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
103 Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY 14260

Buffalo

The magic of the holiday season begins with the Nutcracker. Come celebrate a very special performance of the holiday classic with the American Academy ...

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 ...

Brunch With Santa At The Tewksbury Lodge

Sun, Dec 5
10:00 am - 2:00 pm +more dates

Free

Tewksbury Lodge
249 Ohio St Buffalo, 14204

Buffalo

Join Santa for brunch at The Tewksbury Lodge on Sunday, December 5th, 12th or 19th with seatings at 10 AM, 12 PM or 2 PM. Reservations are required (716) ...

Holiday Brunch With Santa

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

Free

Italian Prime at Salvatore’s
6461 Transit Rd. Buffalo, 14043

Cheektowaga and East

HOLIDAY BRUNCH with Santa @ SALVATORE’S SUNDAYS November 28th & December 5th, 12th and 19th FREE: Children 2 and under are our special guests. Reservations ...

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 ...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sun, Dec 5
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free

Seneca One Tower
1 Seneca St. Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

JazzBuffalo and Seneca One join together to present this special tribute to legend Vince Guaraldi and his soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday ...

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Gingerbread Architecture: Family Workshop

Sun, Dec 5
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$15

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
125 Jewett Pkwy. Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

We can’t think of a better place to find inspiration for creating your own gingerbread house! Join us for a family-friendly workshop, suitable for ...

Tree of Light

Sun, Dec 5
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
125 Jewett Pkwy. Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

Add a little merry to the holiday season when you join us for Tree of Light! The family-friendly, outdoor event features crafts, holiday treats, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Visit from Santa @ Freedom Run Winery

Sat, Dec 11
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

Freedom Run Winery
5138 Lower Mountain Rd Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Ol' Saint Nick will be on-site at the winery from 3 to 5 p.m. Come early to get your photo op during the first hour, or book a private wine tasting in ...

Amherst Skating Club Presents…”Winterfest on Ice: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

Sat, Dec 11
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$7

The Northtown Center at Amherst
1615 Amherst Manor Dr. Williamsville, NEW YORK 14221

North Towns

Come celebrate the Holiday season with the Amherst Skating Club! Over 50 skaters of all ages from the Western NY area will be participating in two spectacular ...

St Leo the Great Breakfast with Santa

Sun, Dec 12
8:00 am - 11:00 am

$12

St Leo the Great RC Church
Attn: Dave Ehrke 885 Sweet Home Rd - Parish Center Amherst, NY 14226

North Towns

St Leo the Great Breakfast with Santa to be held in the Parish Center from 8:00 am – 11:00 am $15 – Breakfast with Carving Station $12 – Breakfast ...

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 ...

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Virtual Gingerbread House Workshop

Fri, Dec 17
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$25

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

Buffalo

Gingerbread House Workshop – Presented by Patti Green Celebrate the holidays with this fun and engaging Gingerbread House Workshop! Children will ...

Breakfast with Santa

Sat, Dec 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free

Frontiersmen VFW Post 7545
110 Elgin St Tonawanda, NY 14150

North Towns

Bring the family and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Saturday 12/18 from 10AM - 12PM EST. We'll have some fun activities for the kids, such as ...

Live Nativity

Sat, Dec 18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

St. Joseph University Church
3269 Main. St Buffalo, New York 14214

North Buffalo

A Great Christmas Tradition on Saturday, Dec. 18 - 6 pm the Living Nativity. A re-creation of the first Christmas with music, singing, the Holy Family ...

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. ...

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Fri, Dec 24
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

New Story Church
3200 Elmwood Ave Tonawanda, NY 14217

North Buffalo

Join us at New Story Church for a candlelight service Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. ...

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 ...

Holiday Light Shows

Sat, Jan 1
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Free

Stony Brook Dr.
Stony Brook Dr. Lancaster, NY

Other

Stony Brook Shines for Others is in it’s 14 th year of Fundraising. We have been called the largest Residential Light Display in WNY and we don’t doubt ...

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