Weekly Feature



2018-11-29 / Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 29

Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical — The fourth in the “Nunsense” series, “Nuncrackers” takes place in real time in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s convent, and is the annual Christmas program. The production features Mary Kate O’Connell, Mary Craig, Ann Mosner, Susana Breese, Mary Moebius and Michael Starzynski, under the direction of Drew McCabe, with choreography by Matt Myers, and musical direction by Cindy Bottoms-Noller. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 23, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

Seneca Niagara Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony — Event will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at 5:30 p.m., and tree lighting at 5:57 and performance by The Midtown Men, stars from “Jersey Boys,” Thursday, Nov. 29, at Seneca Square, in front of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; Free. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

The Midtown Men Holiday Hits Live in Concert — Stars from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” in a holiday concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino’s Bear’s Den, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; $. 1-877-873-6322, www.senecaniagaracasino.com

fri. 30

Donny & Marie Osmond Holiday Show — The brother and sister duo will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, 777 Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.senecaalleganycasino.com

A Vocalis Christmas — The Vocalis Chamber Choir performs a cappella holiday music, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville; $. www.vocalischamberchoir.org

All is Calm, All is Bright — With the Buffalo Choral Arts Society performing sacred and secular songs of the season, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Saint Mary’s Church of Swormville, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

fri. 30 & sat. 1

Marilla’s Christmas Shop at the Roloff House — Event will feature ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, gifts and more, noon-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1739 West Ave., Marilla. Parking available at the Marilla Community Center and behind Marilla Town Hall; $ (proceeds benefit the Marilla Historical Society).

Jingle Falls USA — A holiday celebration in downtown Niagara Falls starting with a candlelight stroll from City Hall to Old Falls Street at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks display. Kick off the following day with a hockey tournament and breakfast with Santa and Cha-Cha, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Rainforest Cafe inside the Sheraton (registration required: 278-2626). There are activities scheduled throughout the day Saturday including ice carving, food trucks, horse and carriage rides, Santa, live music and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.jinglefallsusa.com.

fri. 30-sun. 23

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights — Holiday festival of LED lights provided by North Pole Productions runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and continues 5-10 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 and 19-23. Featuring more than one million dazzling lights, Rudolph’s Holiday Fun Zone, North Pole Experience with Santa, 100 strong illuminated Christmas Tree Forest, train rides and more included in your carload admission, at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. www.the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights

sat. 1

Holiday in the Village — Event will feature horse and wagon rides from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Mill on Spring Street, free trolley rides up and down Main Street, free photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. inside the Williamsville Library, Village Tree Lighting in front of Village Hall at 6 p.m., candle lighting and parade to Island Park at 6:15 p.m., and holiday party at Island Park with hot chocolate, goodies, Santa Claus and the Cavalry Episcopal Church Choir singing carols, Saturday, Dec. 1, Village of Williamsville. www.WillVill.com

Hollywood Holiday Movie Magic — Timothy Reckart’s 2017 animated adventure comedy “The Star,” featuring the voices of Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames, Christopher Plummer and Zachary Levi, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora; Free. 652-1660, www.theauroratheatre.com

Our Grown Up Christmas List — With the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus singing Christmas favorites, including “Jingle Bells Hallelujah,” “Let It Go,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “Little Drummer Boy,” with special guests The Hutchinson Central Technical High School group, Tech Tones, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-8437, www.buffalogaymenschorus.org

A Vocalis Christmas — The Vocalis Chamber Choir performs a cappella holiday music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 220 North St., Buffalo; $. www.vocalischamberchoir.org

Victorian Holiday Tea — Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village presents the annual Victorian Holiday Tea & Basket Auction, including an afternoon of tea and entertainment, basket auction and 10 museum exhibits, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst; $. 689-1440, www.bnhv.org

Santa on the Carrousel — Santa rides the carrousel and visits with each child who visits the museum. The event is complete with festive crafts, hot chocolate and treats and special holiday entertainment, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

HOWL-iday Party — Event will feature a basket raffle, 50/50, booze cart raffle, photos with Santa (with your two and four-legged family), chili and chowder sale, huge bake sale and mystery envelopes, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stephen Sikora Post 1322, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda; $ (all proceeds benefit the Niagara SPCA)

Make & Take Project: Handmade Holiday Gift — You do not have to have any woodworking experience as Rockler staff will teach you how to use a lathe and other tools to create a handle for your choice of a bottle opener, an ice cream scoop or a pizza cutter in 45 to 60 minutes, 9:30 or 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 5085 Transit Road, Williamsville; $. 631-8922, www.rockler.com

Breakfast With Santa — Area youngsters are invited to meet Santa and his Elf, and activities will include storytelling, a holiday craft, face painting and live animals, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; $ (children 3 and younger admitted free). 585-457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Nature’s Art Box: Gift Tags — Join Buffalo Audubon Director of Education Lauren Makeyenko at Beaver Meadow to make gift tags that will spruce up any present you are giving this year — using materials found in nature, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; $ Pre-registration is required. (585) 457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Holiday Bazaar and Baked Goods Sale — Event will feature food being sold, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus in attendance, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the City of Tonawanda Senior Center, 35 Main St., Tonawanda. 946-5159

First Day of Christmas — A holiday jazz concert featuring Tim Bowman, Will Holton, Carlton Wilcox, and Brian Freeman, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-2860, www.tralfmusichall.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Joyryde with the Hitmen Horns Holiday Show Reunion — To benefit St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. 874-7734, www.sportsmenstavern.com

Queen City Market — Buy local from craft artisans, vintage sellers, food vendors and more at this annual one day, one-stop shopping event, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Ave., Buffalo; Free to attend. www.qcmbuffalo.com

Ed Croft’s Tidings of Comfort & Jazz — The evening will feature jazz interpretations of holiday favorites, seasonal standards and some surprise twists to kick off the festive season, with Ed Croft on bass, Nelson Rivera on saxophone and Joe Moretti on drums, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport; $. 433-2617,

Decorated Boxwood Tree — A make-it-take-it workshop, participants will create their own boxwood tree and the Botanical Gardens will supply all materials along with ribbons and small holiday decor items, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. Participants should bring gloves, hand clippers and a large box for transporting. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

A Charlie Brown Christmas — Charles Schultz’s animations come to life in Eric Schaeffer’s stage adaptation presented by the Theatre of Youth. Performances: 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

Lumber City Winter Walk — Featuring more than 40 family-friendly events throughout the day primarily in the Oliver and Webster streets area of North Tonawanda, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

sat. 1 & sun. 2

Williamsville PTSA Council Holiday Craft Show — 43rd annual event will feature more than 160 crafters, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Heim Middle School, 175 Heim Road, Williamsville; $.

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa — The holidays come alive at the Buffalo Zoo where parents and children can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy cookie tables overflowing with tasty treats and cozy up at a hot cocoa station complete with festive fixings, 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo; $ - pre-registration required. 837-3900, www.buffalozoo.org

Christmas Home Tour — Five of this year’s homes will be decked out in dazzling holiday decorations featuring the most inspired festive designs from WNY’s top influencers in this 14th annual event on this self-guided tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, Lewiston. Four trolleys will make a continuous circuit from Lewiston Village Hall (The Red Brick School) at 145 N. Fourth Street to all featured stops; $. 754-9500, lewistonhometour.com

Christmas in Lewiston Art & Craft Show — Presented by the Lewiston Community Lions, event will feature food, music, art, crafts, 50/50, basket raffle and local vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa, 100 Center St., Lewiston. 754-9070

Craft Show & Basket Auction — Featuring 24 crafters and vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., at corners of North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston.

sat. 1-sun. 30

Festival of Trees — The New York Power Authority features a dazzling display of artificial evergreen trees, adorned by local not-for-profit groups with energy efficient lights as part of the annual Festival of Trees event. The trees are decorated for the season by area nonprofit groups and will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 30, at the Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; $. 286-6661, www.nypa.gov/niagarapowervista

sun. 2

Breakfast With Santa — Families are invited to join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their cheerful elves for a pancake breakfast in the ballroom, and parents are encouraged to take photographs, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst; $. 689-1440, www.bnhv.org

Hollywood Holiday Movie Magic — Bharat Nalluri’s 2017 drama, “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” about the journey that led to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes and Miriam Margolyes, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora; Free. 652-1660, www.theauroratheatre.com

Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert — The tree will feature 18th century Neapolitan Crèche, given in memory of Helen Northrup Knox by her close friend, the late Mrs. Howell H. Howard, and holiday favorites performed by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; Free with pay-what-you-wish admission. 882-8700, www.albrightknox.org

Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show — Shop for gifts from more than 50 crafters and vendors, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore; $.

Trains in the Tonawandas Toy Train Show — Presented by the Toy Train Collectors Society and featuring collectible toys and Santa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda; $.

Christmas Concert — 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca; Freewill offering. 674-1233, www.st-petersucc.org

Brunch With Santa — Event will feature pictures with Santa, crafts, cookie decorating and small basket raffle, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Parish Center (blue building) of Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Tonawanda; $ (tickets are presale only). www.bsacramentchurch.com

Christmas at the Rich-Twinn Octagon House — The Newstead Historical Society invites you to take a step back in time and visit their beautifully restored Nationally registered historic home now decorated in Victorian Christmas elegance. Self-guided tour will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Octagon House, 145 Main St., Akron. There is a small admission charge. 542-7022, www.newsteadhistoricalsociety.org

All is Calm, All is Bright — With the Buffalo Choral Arts Society performing sacred and secular songs of the season, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.

Fresh Conifer Wreath Workshop — A make-it-take-it workshop, if you love the smell of holiday evergreen boughs, create a fresh and fragrant 14-inch conifer wreath to add some seasonal greenery to your home, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. Participants should bring garden gloves, hand clippers and a large box for transporting. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

wed. 5

Niagara Hospice Light-A-Life Celebration — Niagara Hospice will hold its annual Light-a-Life Memorial Tree Lighting celebration, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, under the Dominic Lariccia Family Pavilion behind Niagara Hospice House, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. 439-4417, www.NiagaraHospice.org

Clark Wilson: Mighty Concert and Silent Film — A concert featuring your favorite holiday music as well as a screening of the 1924 Buster Keaton silent film, “Sherlock, Jr.,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

ongoing: now-Dec. 9

A Christmas Story — A live stage adaptation by Philip Grecian of the hugely popular film for Rocking Horse Productions. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Lancaster Opera House, Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Dec. 16

Christmas Over the Tavern — MusicalFare Theatre presents the world premiere musical from playwright and Buffalo native, Tom Dudzick. The production features an all-new holiday story about Buffalo’s favorite family, the Pazinskis, from Dudzick’s “Over the Tavern.” “Christmas Over the Tavern” is under the direction of Randall Kramer, with choreography by John Fredo, and musical direction by Theresa Quinn. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 16, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

now-Dec. 20

My Three Angels — Celebrate the holidays with this joyful comedy by Samuel & Bella Spewack that the whole family can enjoy, featuring Richard Lambert, Elliot Fox and Brett Klaczyk under the direction of Tom Makar. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Thursday, Dec. 20, at The New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo; $. 853-1334, www.newphoenixthreatre.org

now-Dec. 21

Gingerbread Wonderland — The largest life-size gingerbread village in WNY returns with visits with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, ice sculptures, kids crafts, entertainment, chef demonstrations, story reading and more, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Friday, Dec. 21, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls; $. 210-2525, www.nfculinary.org/gingerbread

now-Dec. 30

It WAS a Wonderful Life — Critically acclaimed original production as the historic and festively decorated Forest Lawn chapel is transformed into a live theater. Our narrator, John Lay – the first person to take up permanent residence at Forest Lawn, will introduce several of the new friends he’s made over the last 164 years at Forest Lawn. They, in turn, will create musical, comical and poignant glimpses of Christmases past, when they enjoyed life on this side of the lawn. Performances: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 30, at Forest Lawn’s Chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 885-1600, www.forest-lawn.com

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