Turning Buffalo Into A Winter Wonderland

February 10, 2011 Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 3:06 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

February 10, 2011 Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 3:06 PM EDT

It's been a long winter already but since we can't do anything about it, many people say embrace it.

Starting Friday, the Skyway will be closed and turned into a sledding free for all. Seneca Street in downtown will be taken over by horse drawn carriages and the Coca-Cola Field parking lot will be the setting for some winter game competition.

"It's basically an event for buffalo to revel in the winter and have some great activities," Powder Keg Organizer Drew Cerza said.

These events are all part of the second annual Powder Keg Festival. Cerza and his group have been putting up tents and clearing sights for the activities. He said it's fun for the whole family.

"Adults can enjoy the 10,000 square feet live entertainment booth. We have a food pavilion so you can bring little kids or come as adults," Cerza said.

The Festival is not the only event heating up downtown Buffalo this weekend. The 4th annual Buffalo Pond Hockey tournament is also bringing more than 100 hockey teams from all over Western New York to the Erie Basin Marina. Organizers were putting the finishing touches on the ice, Thursday.

"We're spraying the rinks one last time to make them nice and smooth and slick. It has to be about 10 inches but I think were at about 14 inches right now," Brand Manager for Labatt Blue Brett Carlsen said.

Along with all the fun and games these events bring, General Manager of the Pearl Street Grill Brett Carlsen said they also help community to come together in many ways.

"I think for the morale of our city and reputation of our city I think it puts us on the map in a positive way. It also helps financially for local businesses," Carlsen said.

So organizers say put on your hats and gloves and come on out to see what a Buffalo winter is really all about.