The Official Buffalo Holiday Bucket List 2022

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 30, 2022

The holiday season is here and if you have yet to get into the ~festive mood~ we know just the way to pump up your holiday spirit… because nobody likes a scrooge! From dining in an igloo or a heated patio to finding the best Tom & Jerry or charcuterie spread, this list won’t steer you wrong. Here’s our official holiday bucket list this season in Buffalo and Western New York:


1. Experience Dining in an Igloo at a local restaurant.

2. Shop local with our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide and 5 Best Walkable Neighborhoods for a Fun Shopping Day in WNY.

3. Try Homemade Eggnog at one of these places.

4. Visit Vidler’s 5 & 10 for knickknacks and more.

5. Grab a Hot Chocolate Bomb (or 2) from one of these local places.

6. Get a Tom and Jerry at one of these bars and restaurants.

7. Enjoy the Festival of Lights at the Hamburg Fairgrounds or one of the other few Light Shows to Experience in WNY.

8. Eat, drink, and be merry on these Heated Patios.

9. Take a Holiday-Themed Class at one of these many spots around town.

10. Grab poinsettias, wreaths, and Christmas Trees from a Local Greenhouse or Cut Your Own Tree at a Local Farm.


11. Decorate your home with this Holiday Decor at these Adorable Locally-Owned Shops.

12. Head to The Christkindlmarkt At Hofbrauhaus Buffalo, a Traditional German Christmas Market

13. Spend time with the fam at one of these Family-Friendly Holiday Events.

14. Hit up a Holiday Vendor Market.

15. Order a Charcuterie Spread for a holiday get together or make your own with local goods from Buffalo Artisan Food Traders.

16. Track down delicious Hot chocolate and Cider at these local cafes and restaurants around WNY.

17. Grab a Holiday-Themed Beer from a local brewery.

18. Break in your skates at the Best Places to Go Ice Skating in WNY.

19. Support the Western New York community by Volunteering this Season.

20. Shop our Locally-Owned Etsy Shop Guide.


21. Visit the Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

22. Check out Coco’s Outdoor Crepe Chalet for some sweet and savory goodness.

23. Enjoy a Holiday-Themed Train Ride Experience.

24. Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa at one of these places in WNY.

25. Drive around to see the best decorated houses in town!

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Written by Step Out Staff

A group of Step Out Buffalo team members worked together to create this post from research and writing to editing and imagery. Thanks for reading!
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