Like it or not, the holidays are here – celebrate them outdoors or indoors, both of which are acceptable in Buffalo no matter what the season! Here are a few things to check out during the month of December in the Western New York area – Happy Holidays!
Go skating at Rotary Rink – Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza offers free ice skating in downtown Buffalo. The rink is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (special hours for selected dates). Skate rental is $2 for children and $3 for adults. The official opening of the rink is December 6th, coinciding with the annual tree lighting. Find out more here.
Visit Forest Lawn Cemetery – on weekends through December, visit Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo, for “It WAS a Wonderful Life!” Narrator John Lay – the first person to take up permanent residence in Forest Lawn in 1850 – will introduce visitors to friends from the last 165 years through music, comedy and a look at Christmases past. Directed by Joe Demerly, tickets for the show are $30 per person – find exact times here.
Catch up with Clint Malarchuk – former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk has had quite a life on the ice and off. Now he’s out promoting his new book, A Matter of Inches, and he’ll be visiting Buffalo for a few book signings. He’ll be at the Sabres-Flames game on Thursday, December 11th beginning at 6 p.m., the Barnes & Noble at 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12th and the Barnes & Noble at 4401 Transit Rd. in Clarence at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th.
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View unique poinsettias at the Botanical Gardens – “expect the unexpected” at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. The Botanical Gardens suffered some damage in the recent snow storm, but the poinsettia show is open – vibrant colors and patterns await visitors, and there’ll be a few guests too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (see website for special holiday hours); admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for kids 3 to 12, and free for members and kids under 3.
Celebrate a new year – your New Year’s Eve choices in Buffalo include the Buffalo Sabres v. Tampa Bay Lightning game at the First Niagara Center (6 p.m. face-off), First Night Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, the IceBall at Statler City, the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones at the Town Ballroom, the Willie Nile Band and Ron Hawkins & the Do Good Assassins at the Tralf, the Buffalo Ball Drop at the Electric Tower downtown and the Hard Rock Café Guitar Drop featuring Theory of a Deadman at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, NY.