All of the [holiday] lights
blog by S.J. Velasquez • November 27, 2012 @ 2:28pm
December’s chilly conditions are just around the bend and sunlight hours continue to fade into oblivion, but Buffalonians can at least look forward to one thing: holiday light displays.
Bask in the holiday spirit by catching tree lighting ceremonies and light shows in and around Buffalo. Below is a quick list of upcoming events guaranteed to glisten:
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, ongoing throughout holidays
Drive through a nearly 2-mile stretch of twinkling light tunnels and animated illuminations at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. For roughly $20 per car (there are presale discounts and additional charges for larger vehicles, so check the website for specific pricing), bring along the whole family for a dazzling lights display. After the drive, visit Santa, catch a magic show or enjoy some midway rides.
Buffalo Place Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Saturday
Gather around Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza for downtown’s tree lighting. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with free ice-skating. At 6 p.m., National Grid and Buffalo Place representatives will light up the giant tree for all in the vicinity to see. Santa will also be present to kick off the fireworks display.
New York Power Authority’s Festival of Trees, Dec. 1 through Jan. 5
Part of the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail, this festival features trees decorated by area nonprofit organizations. The trees will be on display through Jan. 5 at the Niagara Power Project Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston.
Roswell Park Tree of Hope lighting, Dec. 7
RSVP by Dec. 3 for the 13-minute lights and music event. The family-friendly celebration features live music, carriage rides, animated lights display, a candle lighting ceremony, winter snacks and a visit from Santa. The free event starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs through 6:30, but attendees must register in advance.