It's officially "the most wonderful time of the year," and whether or not you love the trademark chill in the air and snow that comes with it, December certainly offers a myriad of seasonal and fun options.. WNY Catholic Schools hopes everyone has an incredible holiday season this year and we're offering five family-friendly activities to get you started.
Winter Ice Biking at Canalside | Thursdays-Sundays
While ice skating at the burgeoning Canalside has become an annual winter must for many Western New Yorkers, there's a relatively new option for those who either may not feel confident enough to strap on ice skates or simply want to try out a different experience. Buffalo's newest Canalside attraction combines the activity of riding a bike with ice! These perfectly safe, stable bikes allow you to pedal and steer around the rink using the same dynamic you would with traditional bike riding. So gather some family and/or friends and experience a new way to take in Canalside during the winter. For more details, you can visit the Ice Bikes of Buffalo website
Rental Price: $12/half hour (sales tax included)
Thursday 4-7 p.m.
Friday 4-10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tree Lighting Event at the Buffalo Zoo | Saturday, December 3
This year, The Buffalo Zoo is kicking off its annual holiday tree lighting with an all-ages event. Guests will be welcomed with holiday-themed music, tasty hot chocolate and opportunities to take part in festive activities and animal meet and greets. The evening wraps up with in the dazzling illumination of the holiday tree! Admission for the event is offered at a reduced rate of $5 per person (Free for Zoo members).
Admission: $5 per guest
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Information: Call (716)995-6133
Location: 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo NY
Kissmas Bash 2016 | December 15
The annual holiday-themed concert returns this year to recently renamed KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo. The popular WKSE-FM Kiss 98.5 holiday pop concert has been around for over two decades while regularly including popular and upcoming artists. Past acts have included Maroon 5, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran. This year continues the trend, featuring a roster of well-known international recording artists including JoJo, Jake Miller, DNCE, Daya and Jacob Whitesides. Tickets can be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, online
or by calling (888)223-6000.
Admission: $25-$35-$45-$85 depending on seat location
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo NY
A Christmas Story The Musical | December 13-18
Shea's Performing Arts Center brings the classic movie to life following its smash hit Broadway run with catchy and fun songs and aesthetically pleasing production numbers. Follow the beloved protagonist Ralphie Parker as he schemes to get his hands on the Christmas gift of his dreams. From the infamous lamp and bunny pajamas to the department store Santa and schoolyard flagpole, watch all the iconic scenes come to life. You can head over to the Shea's Calendar of Events Page
to book tickets.
Admission: $32-$77 depending on seat selection
Friday: 8 p.m.
Saturday: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 2 and 7 p.m.
Location: 646 Main Street, Buffalo
First Night Buffalo | December 31
Now in its 28th year, the popularity of First Night Buffalo continues as the largest drug and alcohol-free New Year's celebration in Western New York. More than 5,000 residents attend the annual event to enjoy visual and performing arts, music and dance, sports activities and children's entertainment. Held by the Independent Health Foundation on the ideal that "a healthy community benefits everyone who lives in it," First Night Buffalo champions a love for the city of Buffalo, a heart-felt appreciation for the arts and the common bond of a community celebrating the New Year together in a healthy, drug-free atmosphere. Additional information including how to purchase tickets can be found on the First Night Buffalo website
Admission: Adults and children 3 and up: $12 each Children 2 and under: FREE
Time: 5-10:00 p.m. (grand ball drop at 9:45pm)
Location: Buffalo Convention Center
While we're inching closer and closer to the New Year, there's still plenty of fun to be had in 2016. Approaching a new year causes us to look back; we are so very appreciative of everyone who makes our network the best private schools in Buffalo. 2016 has been another incredible year and we're excited to keep our success going into 2017. So sip some hot chocolate, listen to some music, enjoy the beautiful lights and bundle up because the most wonderful time of the year only lasts for so long.