Main St. gets an early Christmas look

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

By Business First - by David Bertola

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November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

Starting Saturday it will begin to look a lot like Christmas on Main Street in Buffalo.

From Nov. 20 through Jan. 11, Main Street between West Tupper Street and Chippewa Street will be lined with more than 20 vintage AM&A's Christmas window displays. They will be part of a family-oriented attraction, "Magical Memories on Main Street."

The Rotary Club of Buffalo and the Theatre District Association of Western New York teamed up to revive old-fashioned holidays when thousands of shoppers came to downtown Buffalo to see the elaborately animated window displays at the AM&A's department store, which remains vacant at its Main Street location.

The window displays are from the 1930s to 1950s, and have been restored with a $10,000 grant from the Buffalo Rotary Foundation. This year's Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting will feature a 40-foot tree, free ice skating at Rotary Rink, horse and wagon rides, fireworks over Fountain Plaza, restaurant specials and a visit from Santa Claus.

The event will be highlighted with the annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting at Rotary Rink, located at 40 Fountain Plaza, on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

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