Paint the Town at the Buffalo History Museum – get a head start on holiday shopping at this annual fundraiser on Thursday, November 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Museum, One Museum Ct. in Buffalo. The event features some of the region’s top artists, as well as live and silent auctions; tickets are $50 for Museum members, $70 for non-members.
Christmas in the Country – Thursday through Sunday, November 3-6 at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center, Expo Hall, 42nd Street building, Marketplace and Grange building. The 31st annual artisan marketplace features more than 400 artisans throughout. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; tickets are $10 at the door.
Festival of Trees – this annual fundraiser benefitting the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital takes place November 19-30 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. Among the events that are part of the festival: the Snowball Black Tie Gala on November 19, the Designer Showcase Reception and Awards on November 22 and the Glitter and Glamour Fashion Show on November 30; general admission to view the trees is free.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights – nearly two miles of light displays take over the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg on the following weekends: November 25-27, December 2-4 and December 9-11, plus extended hours December 16-23. Returning in 2016: The Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition, taking place November 25-27, with pieces on display throughout the festival. Admission is $25 per carload, or purchase carload admission at area Tops locations through November 24 for just $15.
Light Up Lancaster Parade – Saturday, November 26 from 5-9 p.m. The popular event kicks off the holidays and Lancaster’s “Christmasville” celebration. The annual fire truck parade begins at Lancaster High School at 6 p.m. and proceeds down Central Ave., ending at Broadway; stick around for the annual tree lighting ceremony and a 7:15 p.m. concert from Terry Buchwald.