A Christmas Tradition Comes Back to Alleyway Theatre

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - "A Christmas Carol" is a holiday tradition for many. It's been preformed for nearly three decades on the Alleyway Theatre stage and for 14 years John Smeathers has played the main character Ebenezer Scrooge.

"It's a joy to play Scrooge. I joke that it's easy to play Scrooge because he's grumpy and I'm grumpy and the hard part is to be nice in the end. There is probably some truth to that," Smeathers said.

John or Scrooge that is, who lives in Britain, talks about why keeps coming back to Buffalo to perform year after year..

"The people of Buffalo are welcoming and warming. It's a wonderful experience," Smeathers said.

He said it's not just the people, It's the places here in the Queen City that have him eager to get here every December.

The Town Restaurant and Founding Fathers pub are just two of Scrooges favor spots and employees said he's always welcome.

After John took off his costume, he got comfortable at the Town Restaurant and showed off a little something special he got from Channel 7 many years ago.

"The Channel 7 cap is almost an antique. I was given this the first or second year I came out. A few times since then I had the pleasure to do the weather spot with Mike Randall. Toward the end of the spot when the maps are up, I change from the top hat to the Channel 7 cap," Smeathers said.

This year, John says his three children will be venturing across the pond to see his show, see what Buffalo has to offer and, of course, watch a little channel seven. John said he's thrilled to come together as a family, Buffalo style.

"They are all coming out and we'll be a family together and that's Chrismasy so I'm so excited about it," Smeathers said.