Holiday attractions in Western New York Dec 3, 4

Here's a list of events happening this weekend
Posted at 8:57 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 21:03:31-05

Looking to kick off the most wonderful time of the year this weekend?  There are plenty of attractions to take in across Western New York:

1.  City of Niagara Falls Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 16th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, in which Mayor Dyster lights the City Hall Christmas Tree takes place on Friday Dec. 2nd,  2016 at 4:15pm.  Refreshments will be provided by The Hard Rock Café and the public is welcome to attend.

Immediately following this event, The Annual Holly Trolley,  that brings a caroling youth chorus from Harry F. Abate Elementary School along with The Niagara River Explorers Boys Choir, City Officials and immediate staff, community organizers, and Mr. Clause himself,  to celebrate "Light Up Niagara"  at the community tree lighting stops, will depart from City Hall at 5:15pm.  

2.  Canalside Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting

The Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at Canalside is taking place from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  This year's FREE celebration takes place at The Ice at Canalside presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which opened last weekend for the winter season.  The celebration will feature children's activities, holiday music, dance performances and more.  Discounts on skating with a non-perishable food item.

3.  Seneca Niagara Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

The whole community is invited to attend the Seneca Niagara Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony set to take place at Seneca Square (in front of Seneca Niagara), 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY this Friday, December 2nd between 5:00pm-6:30pm.  The free ceremony will feature a 35 foot Blue Spruce and local choirs from Niagara Catholic High School as well as Buffalo Seminary Semachords keeping the holiday spirit going as attendees enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies! 

4.  Aurora Waldorf School Winter Faire

This year's Winter Faire will have a host of new activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, wreath decorating and garland stringing.  Also new to the Faire this year will be live musical entertainment by Mary Ramsey, and Waldorf's own Sarah Abend-Fritz and Candi Thornton.  The Faire is open to the public with $6 per person admission and plenty of free parking available.  Children ages 16 and under will receive six activity tickets with their admission.

5.  Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival
Thirty-five juried artisans from as near as East Aurora to as far as California, Wisconsin and Michigan will come together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 for the 40th anniversary Roycroft Winter Festival! This highly anticipated annual holiday event will take place in the East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. in the village.  Food and holiday music will also be plentiful during the festival. Admission is just $1, which will help fund future Roycrofters-At-Large Association initiatives.
6.  Buffalo Zoo Tree Lighting
Join the Buffalo Zoo for holiday music, hot chocolate, animal meet and greets, festive activities, treats and be dazzled when the Zoo lights it’s holiday tree. Zoo admission is just $5 per guest (valid members are free). The event starts at 3:00 p.m. and gates will be open until 5:00 p.m.

7.  Polar Plunge

More than one thousand people are expected to take the plunge at Woodlawn Beach for the 10th Annual Polar Plunge.  The event raises money for Special Olympics.  The Plunge is set for 2 p.m.
8.  Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights
Stroll the illuminated street and explore each of the buildings for unique holiday activities, shows, and more. Grab a seat for the Milk for Health Kids Game Show featuring Rob Allen. Climb aboard the Express Train and take a short train ride around the Festival grounds.  Providing some of the most beautiful holiday photo opportunities in the area, the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights invites visitors to wander through Christmas Tree Forest where nearly one hundred trees are illuminated in thousands of twinkling lights.  December 2-4, 9-11, 16-23, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Admission $25 per vehicle-load.