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31 Things That Aren’t Cancelled in WNY This Holiday Season

Yes, a lot has been cancelled and changed in 2020, from Christmas in the Country and Fall Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market to Black Friday as we know it and Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations. And while we’re super bummed about it, we’re looking on the bright side to the many many things that aren’t cancelled – holiday edition!

Friendly reminder to please continue to follow proper social distancing guidelines, wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible, and make sure to check in with any and all businesses before visiting to learn about their new hours, service adjustments, and up-to-date health and safety protocols.

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  1. Drive around to see the best decorated houses – stay tuned for our guide!
  2. Do your holiday shopping locally using Step Out Buffalo’s Shop by Neighborhood Guides
  3. Eat, drink, and be merry on these heated patios
  4. Visit Vidler’s 5 & 10
  5. Grab a Hot Chocolate Bomb (or 2) from The Sweet Whisk
  6. Get a Tom and Jerry at one of these bars and restaurants
  7. Enjoy the Festival of Lights at the Hamburg Fairgrounds
  8. Try a DIY take-home cookie decorating kits – stay tuned for our guide!
  9. Hear live music at local restaurants and venues
  10. Take a holiday-themed class at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
  11. Grab poinsettias, wreaths, and Christmas Trees from a local greenhouse
  12. Head to a Elm Street Holiday Market Weekend Pop-up in East Aurora
  13. Visit the Totally Buffalo Pop-up Store (happening instead of their annual holiday market)
  14. Meet up with friends and family at one of these Essential New Restaurants to Try


  15. Go curling
  16. Holiday-themed makers classes at Musejar
  17. Dine inside an Igloo at Tappo
  18. Experience Christmas In The Country At Home Live
  19. Order a charcuterie spread for a holiday get together
  20. Track down these awesome local spots to get hot chocolate
  21. Grab a holiday-themed beer brewed by a WNY brewery – stay tuned for our guide!
  22. Go ice skating
  23. Support the Western New York community by volunteering – ’tis the season!
  24. Join in the 125th Annual Turkey Trot virtually
  25. Visit the Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens


  26. Take a road trip on one of your days off to one of these charming NYS towns perfect for a weekend getaway
  27. Enjoy the Friends Of Knox Farm Virtual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
  28. Visit the Holiday Market at Genesee Country Village & Museum
  29. Celebrate Cranksgiving to benefit Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
  30. Experience the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra virtually with JoAnn’s Classical Christmas on December 15 and John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops on December 22
  31. Support local artists, charities and Step Out Buffalo by purchasing our limited edition Step Out Buffalo x Artists merch of the month

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