BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Are you looking for something to do as the holiday season rolls around? Here’s a list of events you can enjoy in the coming months, from tree lighting ceremonies to winter festivities, across Western New York.

🎄 Tree lighting ceremonies

  • Buffalo Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
    • 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Rotary Rink. Festivities kick off with free ice skating at 5 p.m. and conclude with a fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.
  • Rath Building Christmas Tree Lighting
    • 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Rath Building Plaza. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be joined by other officials and members of the public to officially light the 30-foot Rath Building Christmas tree.

🎊 Other festivities and events

  • Ice at Canalside
    • Opening day is delayed to Friday, Dec. 1, and first weekend will feature music, giveaways, fireworks, a visit from Santa Claus himself, and more.
  • Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
    • Gates open 5-9 p.m. Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-23. Features a variety of holiday-themed entertainment, including a drive-thru lights display and visits with Santa Claus himself. Find out more about the event and all its festivities here.
  • Christmas in Ellicottville
    • Festivities begin on Nov. 24 and last through Nov. 26. Festivities include a special lighting of the village’s lights and Ski Tree, free activities for kids, reindeer and a visit from Santa Claus himself. Find more info here.
  • Hertel Christmas Market
    • 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 1849 Hertel Ave. Buffalo
  • Dunkirk Holiday Parade
    • 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 starting on Central Avenue. Pre-parade entertainment will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Christmas on Central Small Business Holiday Market (Downtown Dunkirk)
    • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25
  • Christmas in the Village (Youngstown)
    • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. Village Center 240 Lockport St.
  • Santa Claus himself visits Walden Galleria
    • 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17 Santa Claus himself will return to his temporary fireside lounge near the Apple Store. Reserve a photo session here.
  • Lewiston Christmas Walk and Christmas Lights Parade
    • Weekend-long festivities begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 with a tree lighting ceremony at Academy Park. Elves and Santa Claus himself arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 via helicopter. Additional Christmas festivities and events start at noon on Dec. 3. The lights parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.
  • 51st Annual Carolcade in East Aurora
    • The Carolcade will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 along Main Street. Song books will be available in-person and online. Festivities include free hot chocolate and appearances from Santa Claus himself, and Mrs. Claus.
  • Grand Menorah Lighting at Vidler’s 5 & 10
    • 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10 at 676 Main St., East Aurora. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurary of Chabad House in Buffalo officiates the free Chanukah celebration. Chanukah treats and hot chocolate will be available.

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Emily Miller is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2022. See more of her work here.